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In the same way, the Memory-Z subsection shows you information about your memory modules (taken from their SPD). It is these settings that the mainboard applies by default.

The real capabilities of the memory modules are defined in their XMP profile and you can take a look at them, too.

In the CPU Features subsection you control CPU frequency multipliers, power targets and various CPU-related technologies. This very important subsection goes last in our description, but you can access it easily since the subsections of the OC section are closed in a loop. You don’t have to scroll down to the bottommost parameters by pressing the Arrow Down key a lot of times. Just press the Arrow Up key once and you get right there.

The OC section used to include a page called M-Flash, but now it is one of the main sections in its own right. Here you can boot up using a BIOS image from a USB drive. You can also save the current firmware or update it. There are certain restrictions. BIOS images are saved in the drive’s root folder only. They must also be placed there for updating. There is no file manager of any kind. NTFS is not supported, so the drive must be formatted as FAT or FAT32.

We never tried to boot up from a BIOS image located on a USB drive. We just never needed that. This time around we gave this feature a try, but got an error message in response.

MSI's firmware update procedure has become somewhat more sophisticated recently. There used to be only one option suggesting that you choose a firmware file to update to. Now there is a second option that lets you update both BIOS and Intel Management Engine simultaneously. It may be confusing for the user to choose between the two options, but MSI has assured us that they are going to change this and leave only one and unequivocal option in their BIOS update tool.

The next section, OC Profile, used to be an individual page of the OC section, too. Now it is independent and can store up to six full profiles with BIOS settings. Settings can be saved to and loaded from external drives. It is still not convenient that the BIOS interface doesn’t make it immediately clear which profiles are already in use.

Otherwise, the profiles are easy to deal with. For each profile, its creation date and time and the BIOS version it refers to are saved automatically. Profiles can be given descriptive names and, when necessary, deleted.

One of the most anticipated innovations in the MSI Click BIOS 4 is the ability to compare BIOS profiles. The OC Profile Preview feature can be used to compare the current BIOS settings with those of a profile located on an external drive by several parameters. We'll discuss it in more detail shortly.

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