|MSI Z77 MPOWER LGA1155 Motherboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Motherboards|
|Written by David Ramsey|
|Tuesday, 02 October 2012|
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Z77 MPOWER UEFI
The Z77 MPOWER comes equipped with the latest version of MSI's "ClickBIOS II" visual BIOS. It's a modern and relatively easy to use UEFI BIOS with a few rough edges. The top area of the screen shows the time, date, CPU and motherboard temperatures, as well as statistics about the system (CPU and memory specs). Below that is a "Boot Device Priority" area; simply drag the devices in the order you wish them to be considered for booting. The main "Settings" area, shown below, will contain all of the non-overclocking and non-power saving system settings you'd need to change.
The Overclocking section is complete with all the settings you'd want to change. However, from a user interface point of view, it could use a little work. For example, clicking on most of the settings will display a popup window with your choices; but clicking on the "Adjust CPU Ratio" section does nothing at all. A little experimentation (or reading the manual, but really, who does that?) reveals that you can adjust this value by pressing the "+
A foray into the "Eco" section of the BIOS reveals another minor problem: many of the "Help" sections aren't very helpful. I'd never heard of "EuP 2013", and still don't know what it means after clicking on "Help".
The Utilities section contains buttons for backing up your hard disk, doing a live BIOS update by downloading the latest BIOS from MSI's servers, or updating the BIOS from a previously-downloaded file installed to a USB key.
ClickBIOS II even has a separate "Windows 8" section with the settings shown below. This section of the BIOS isn't covered in the manual so it's not immediately obvious what these settings do. The "Help" function provides only cryptic answers. For example, for "SATA Devices Support", "Help" says "If Enabled, SATa devices will be skipped" (sic). For "PS2 Devices Support", "Help" says "If Disabled, PS2 devices will be skipped." Note that one says "Enabled" and one says "Disabled"; I suspect some editing is needed here.
Let's take a look at the bundled software in the next section.