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MSI Z370 Gaming Pro Carbon AC System Build Guide

By: Steven Bassiri | Guides | Posted: 1 week ago

UEFI Overview

 

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The UEFI BIOS offers two modes of operation. The Click BIOS 5 landing page is a simple window with a few of the main settings you might need to configure in the BIOS; it's called EZ Mode. Boot order can be changed by dragging around the icons for the detected devices located under BIOS build version and build date. You can also access main settings such as fan control as well through tabs such as "Hardware Monitoring." The Advanced mode can be accessed by pressing F7. Advanced mode is where all the main settings are located, as well as overclocking settings. In both modes, the GAME BOOST button, XMP button, as well as Boot Priority are in the same position.

 

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The hardware monitor is where you will find fan control for all six fan headers on the motherboard. You have total control over each header, and we will cover how to tune the fans later in the guide. The settings tab is where you will find settings to disable devices, set up boot order manually, and even accomplish tasks such as Secure Erase+.

 

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The boot tab might be the only tab you need to reach, and you get many options apart from just settings boot order. If you don't see your drive on the list, please go to "UEFI Hard Disk Drive BBS Priorities" and change the order of the drives. If you don't see your drive under the BBS menu, you might need to go to the Integrated Peripherals menu and see if your drive is detected.

 

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The motherboard also features a 2D model that is interactive and can show what devices are plugged into what ports and slots. Windows operating system configuration can also be found, and you can use these settings to install Windows 7 or 10 and control Fast Boot.

 

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You must save and exit the UEFI to save the settings, and you can also do a one-time boot override. Overclocking will be covered a bit later in the guide, as there are just so many settings available.

 

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If you want to access CPU settings such as Hyper-Threading and C-state support, you will find those settings under the Overclocking menu's CPU Features page. You can also save BIOS settings under the Overclocking Profile menu.

 

 

Manually Updating the BIOS

 

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I made a nice little step-by-step image for you to follow to manually update the UEFI. There are many ways to update the UEFI, but I prefer using the UEFI's built-in BIOS flashing tool. For manual flashing, you can download MSI's latest UEFI/BIOS version from their official website and load it onto a USB drive.

 

Then you will enter the UEFI, click on M-Flash, and the system will reboot and enter into M-Flash mode. In M-Flash, the utility will scan your USB stick for a BIOS file and ask you if you would like to update using the file. Click yes, and the system will attempt to flash the UEFI. Do not, no matter what, interrupt this process. One thing I always like to do after a flash is load optimized defaults and then save and exit the BIOS and proceed as usual.

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