It clicks with EvaHi I’m Eva and if there’s one thing I learned about computers isthat over the years a lot of people have become afraid of a PCbecause of the BIOS.But I was wondering if building your own PC still leads to so muchfrustration, you could literally eat your mainboard.Today I’ll take a look at a system built around a MSI X79A-GD65(8D). This new mainboard supports Intel’s latest Core i7 CPUs forthe LGA2011 socket and are the fastest thing I can currently buyfor my computerI come from a couple of year old computer and as you can seebelow, this is what I mean with frustrating. How can I ever find outwhere I need to go if I want to overclock? Or change my bootdevice?
But when I booted my X79A-GD65 (8D) I was pleasantlysurprised! No longer I had to stare at that boring bluescreen, I was greeted by a nice graphical interface whichwas informative, responded fluidly and in general veryclearly told me what I could do. I agree withwhatVortez.net said: “Click BIOS II is very good, perhapsnow it has matured it could be said that it is one of, if notthe best on the market at present” –Here’s a screenshot of MSI’s ClickBIOS II interface: Bjorn3D said about ClickBIOS II on the X79A-GD65 (8D) “The graphics are very sharp and clean ifwe didnt know any better we wouldve sworn we were in windows.”
As you can see, this makes me MUCH happierNo longer a wall of text but a nice graphical interface with clear information and easy (mouse)navigation.
I’ve got my system built-up, everything is connected but nowmy question is, what can MSI ClickBIOS II do for me?First off, I’d like to say that all screenshots from ClickBIOS IIwere taken by pressing the F12 button. This will save ascreenshot to my USB stick (Ha! Try that with a normal BIOS!).
Talking about USB, I have my Windows 7 backup image on a USB drive, how do I easily boot from my USB drive instead of my SATA3 disk?That looks simple! In ClickBIOS II an easy drag and drop interface from which I can simply select fromwhich device I want to boot, Hard Drive or USB stick, DVD or over the network.
Another cool feature is PCI Express Gen3. I don’t have a graphics card yet that can do PCI Express Gen3,but my X79A-GD65 (8D) is prepared!
All the settings I need when I go overclocking are found on theOC page. Everything I could possible think of adjusting I canfind here. Voltages, Frequencies, Multipliers can all be set.Features like the easy one second overclocking OC Genie IIcan also be enabled here and of course Extreme MemoryProfiles when I want to have something that’s faster thanDDR3-1600 OH and remember everyone! If you’re going to do extremeoverclocking make sure you wear some form of protection likegoggles for your eyes and gloves.Better safe than sorry!
Of course, you don’t have to be an extreme overclocker to simply get a lot more than you paid for.Simply press the OC Genie button, boot your system and check how easy it is to get free performanceIf you push the OC Genie button, it will light up bright blue to show you it’s active
Last but not least, MSI’s ClickBIOS II features some very easy tools, like a drive backup application. MSI’s“Live Update” tool which allows me to update Drivers, BIOS files and Firmware of all MSI hardware in mycomputer, without booting into Windows and M-Flash.M-Flash not only is an easy way to updateyour current BIOS, it’s also the mostsimple way to actually test a BIOS beforeyou want to flash it. Just put the BIOS fileon a USB stick, boot your computer andyM-Flash will actually load the BIOS fromthe USB stick, without disturbing the BIOSfiles on your mainboard.Can you say easy BIOS recovery?
I hope you’ve learned today that you don’t have to be afraid of a BIOS anymore. MSI ClickBIOS II is agood-looking, flexible and smooth UEFI BIOS that can do everything you expect and even has some toolslike HDD backup and M-Flash that makes my time with the X79A-GD65 (8D) much easier!I’ll go play a bit more with ,my X79A-GD65 (8D), see you around!Eva