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BIOS Capabilities

Most of our criticism about earlier products from MSI was somehow connected to their BIOS functionality, so we were looking forward to checking out the new MSI Click BIOS 4. To our surprise, its interface turned out to be much the same as the older MSI Click BIOS II.

In the top of the start screen you can see an info panel with current date and time, CPU and mainboard temperatures. You cannot change the date and time here, though. Some basic system information is reported as well: the mainboard’s model name and BIOS version, base clock rate and CPU frequency multiplier, and the total amount and clock rate of system memory. All of this information isn’t vital, however. You could see it without even entering the BIOS by simply turning off the startup picture.

The center of the screen is where BIOS options are displayed, but now it is occupied by the Military Class 4 logo. There are icons of the main BIOS sections on both sides of it.

The current trend in BIOS design is to let the user customize the BIOS interface. So it would be much better if the central part of the start BIOS screen showed user-defined options instead of the logotype. In the current BIOS interface, the start screen is virtually useless. It only reports information we can get elsewhere. The dropdown menu in the top right corner lets you choose the interface language. The OC Genie button on the left is for automatic system overclocking. You can also specify the boot order by moving the boot device icons with your mouse. That's all that you can do in the BIOS start screen. You have to move down into any of the BIOS sections to do more.

As usual, the Settings section goes first, but we go right into the next OC section which probably contains the most setup options. Here you can find almost everything you need to fine-tune and overclock. A number of info parameters report the current status of your computer.

The new MSI Click BIOS 4 brings back the help system that disappeared in the earlier versions. When you select any of the BIOS parameters, you will get context-sensitive information about its purpose and value range in the panel on the right. And when you move your mouse pointer to the right edge of the screen, the hidden section icons will re-appear, so you can use them for quick navigation.

The My OC Genie subsection is nowhere to be found. This feature allowed you to overclock your computer automatically by specifying the desired values of certain parameters. The good news is that you can now not only fix the CPU voltage at a certain level, but also change it in the offset mode, just like on the majority of mainboards from other brands.

Some of the numerous settings of the OC section are located on individual pages. For example, there is a special page for memory timings (which can be the same or different for each of the memory channels).

The new DRAM Training Configuration subsection is where you choose the required options.

The DigitALL Power page contains settings pertaining to the digital CPU voltage regulator.

The CPU Specifications and Memory-Z subsections are purely informational. The former provides some basic info about the installed CPU.

You can go further and learn about technologies supported by your CPU.

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