LGA1151 Motherboard BIOS
MSI has added a “simplified” layer to their evolving ClickBIOS that they call EZ Mode, but while it may be simple, it’s all many users will ever need. A system hardware and settings summary occupies the top portion of the screen, with graphical indications of the status of the Game Boost dial and XMP button.
Down the left side of the screen are selectors for CPU, Memory, Storage, Fan Info, and Help; clicking any one of these replaces the center portion of the screen with detailed information on the item clicked.
For example, here’s the Storage sub-section, which lists the devices plugged into each SATA port. One small complaint I have about this section is that the m.2 slots are considered SATA ports, so my boot SSD, which is plugged into an m.2 port, is shown as occupying SATA Port5.
Pressing F7 will switch to the ClickBIOS Advanced view, which allows more detailed information and settings.
For example, click the large OC tile at the left of the Advanced screen will display all the settings and controls any overclocker could ever need. One feature of Intel’s Skylake CPUs is that we can now adjust the base clock in 1mHz increments, just like we could back in the day.
All of this is presented in a pretty easy-to-use fashion. I’d say MSI is getting close to being as good as ASUS’ UEFI BIOSes. They’re even adopting some features like the “summary of what you changed”:
In the next section I’ve present an overview of the bundled Windows-level software included with this motherboard.