MSI has some pretty good BIOS Kung-Fu; feature and functionality wise the BIOS is loaded to the brim. MSI has added an "easy mode" for more novice users, but once you get into the more advanced operation mode things look pretty familiar if you have used an MSI board in the last three years. While many of the features are very advanced, MSI makes the UEFI easy to use offering options to tune settings for things such as "Fixed" and "Dynamic" CPU frequency during overclocking.
Fan control is also very well done, you can choose the temperature source, and the GUI allows for very fine control over tuning. The active temperature monitoring built into the GUI allows you to know where the temperature baseline is located.
MSI's Nahimic audio software is provided as well as a custom skin for the Realtek audio. The Nahimic audio software is one of MSI's premium features for audio, providing a little extra for gamers.
MSI also has their COMMAND CENTER for overclocking tuning and fan control. MSI's ECO CENTER is used to help save power, Live Update 6 is for easy driver and software update, SUPER CHARGER is used for fast phone charging, and MSI's FAST BOOT is used to speed up system boot times.
MSI now has their own custom CPU-Z skin and their Command Center Lite is fully functional which is great for extreme overclockers. However, MSI's OC Dashboard works very well and without any software.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and Z170A XPOWER GTE Overview]
- Page 3 [MSI Z170A XPOWER GTE Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [MSI Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM EDITION Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [Thermal Imaging and Power Consumption]
- Page 11 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]