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MSI Z68A-GD80 (Intel Z68) Motherboard Review (Page 2)

By Shawn Baker from May 11, 2011 @ 22:14 CDT
TweakTown Rating: 92%Manufacturer: MSI

BIOS

Like a lot of companies, MSI use a UEFI BIOS. Theirs is very different to that of what we've seen from companies like ASRock and ASUS over the past few months. They call there's "CLiCKBIOS" and while it is initially a little confusing to get a hang of from an enthusiast perspective, the layout doesn't take long to adjust to.

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You can see MSI have really opted for an easy to use BIOS with the areas being clearly marked.

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Going into Green Power, you can see some of the basic settings along with the level certain voltages are at.

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If we go into Utilities we've got a sub menu that gives us the ability to do Live Update, HDD Back or change the Boot Screen. Here we've also get a Memory Test utility that makes sure your memory is working perfectly. It's good to know ours was.

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If we go into the Overclocking section it's here you see most of the advanced BIOS features that you would be accustomed to seeing if you're a BIOS aficionado. Here you can set your RAM speed, voltages, BCLK, CPU Ratio and more.

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Finally, we have the settings section and under that you'll find the option to do things like flash the BIOS, set your boot order, check your system status along with disable and enable features like networking, RAID etc.

Initially I found myself getting a little lost just because it was so new to me, but really, it's a clean setup that is easy to use. The good news is that at the same time MSI have "dumbed" options down, going into the overclocking section you do get all the main features you'd want and expect which is great news.

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