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The next two sub-sections, “CPU Specifications” and “Memory-Z”, perform a purely informational function. The first one reports the basic info about the installed CPU.

If you wish, you may dig a little deeper and check out the processor technologies supported by your specific model.

The “Memory-Z” sub-section is organized in a pretty similar way. When we get to it we immediately see the information recorded in the modules’ SPD. The mainboard will use these settings as default.

However, it is the “X.M.P.” profile that shows what the memory is really capable of. And you can check out these settings here, too.

“CPU Features” sub-section allows us to adjust the processor clock frequency multipliers and processor technologies. This pretty important sub-section is the last on the list, but you can easily access it, because all parameters in the “OC” section are looped. You don’t have to press the “Down” key a hundred times to get to the last positions on the list: just press the “Up” key once and here you are.

“ECO” section is what used to be “Green Power”. Here we can adjust some parameters dealing with power saving as well as monitor the current voltages.

“Browser” icon on the right will let you surf the web, check your email or IM someone, but only if you have previously installed the Linux-based Winki 3 OS from the bundled DVD disk. The same requirements are valid for the HDD Backup and Live Update programs hiding behind the “Utilities” icon.

“M-Flash” sub-section has become much simpler and more convenient, although it has exactly the same functionality as in the traditional BIOS. You can boot from the BIOS image stored on a flash-drive, you can save the current BIOS version or update it. All images should be stored in the root folder of the drive and this is where they will be saved, too. NTFS file system is not supported, so you have to make sure that your drive has been formatted in FAT or FAT32.

You can set access passwords in the “Security” section, just like you would on any other mainboards. However, they retained Micro-Star’s unique peculiarity: the ability to set a regular flash-drive as a system access key.

Overall, the new MSI Click BIOS II looks much more convenient than the previous version. Its biggest disadvantage would probably be very low contract for the text used in informational parameters. Take, for example, the previous screenshot: you can barely see the first three lines and they are extremely hard to read. However, MSI mainboards have only recently introduced this new look for their BIOS, so we are pretty sure that it will get even better eventually.

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