MSI Z77A-GD65 Motherboard Preview – Intel Z77 w/ Sandy Bridge

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MSI Z77A-GD65 ‘Ivy Bridge’ Motherboard UEFI BIOS

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The MSI Click BIOS II offers a very clean look. Along the top of the page we can change the boot device priority and along the sides we can access the various areas of the Click BIOS II.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The first section of the MSI Click BIOS II is the MSI Settings. The MSI Settings section will give us access to the System Status page, Advanced page, Boot page, and the Save and Exit page.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The system status page displays our system date and time as well as the devices that are plugged into the SATA ports and some basic information about the system.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Advanced page of the MSI Click BIOS II brings us to nine additional pages. These include the PCI Subsystem Settings, ACPI Settings, Integrated Peripherals, Integrated Graphics Configuration, Intel Rapid Start Technology, USB Configuration, Hardware Monitor, Power management Setup, and the Wake Up Event Setup.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Integrated Peripherals page has a few options for the SATA ports and the other various onboard devices.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Above we can see the options for the integrated graphics device. We can enable or disable the Virtu technology and set the primary graphics adapter.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Above we can enable the Intel Rapid Start Technology.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The USB Configuration page allows us to enable or disable the USB controller as well as the Legacy USB Support.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The hardware monitor is a little light. I would have liked to see some of the voltages monitored here as well.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Boot Configuration page allows us to change all the various boot device settings.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Nothing to surprising on the Save and Exit page. Here we can discard or save the BIOS settings, restore the system defaults, or set the boot override device.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The overclock settings page is full of the useful options if you are looking to overclock your Intel ‘Ivy Bridge’ processor.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Should be more than enough voltage for 99.9% of the enthusiast out there.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The MSI Z77A-GD65 has six different profile slots to save your BIOS settings to. We can also save them to a USB flash drive as well as load settings from a USB flash drive.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The CPU Specifications page gives us the details about our Intel processor. Above we can see the CPU model, microcode, frequency, CPU ratio, all three levels of Cache, number of cores, and the CPU stepping. We can also access another page with the CPU Technology support.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Above we can see all of the various technologies supported by our Intel Core i7 2600K

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Memory-Z page of the MSI Z77A-GD65 Click BIOS II will only show the DIMMs that you have memory installed into.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Opening up one of the DIMM pages that we have memory installed into we can see the type of memory installed and the various timings associated with the JEDEC settings. At the bottom of the page we can access the page with the X.M.P. support information.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

Above we can see the maximum bandwidth and the timings for the X.M.P. profile of our Corsair Vengeance Memory.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The CPU Features of the MSI Z77A-GD65 Click BIOS II has the various settings for our Intel Core i7 2600K.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The MSI Z77A-GD65 has a page dedicated to going green, here we can find the some of the various power saving technologies.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Utilities page has access to the HDD Backup, Live Update, and the M-flash BIOS flash utility.

MSI Z77A-GD65 'Ivy Bridge' Click BIOS II

The Security page allow you to set the various passwords and chassis intrusion settings of the MSI Z77A-GD65.

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