MSI 790GX-G65 AM3 Motherboard Reviewajmatson - March 29, 2009
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The BIOS is where all of the computing magic takes place. This area of a motherboard is very overlooked by most users as they do not understand the potential of what you have control over. I will be taking a look at the BIOS of the MSI 790GX-G65 for you in sections so that you get a better understanding of what it has to offer. This board uses an AMI (American Megatrends) BIOS which uses a menu system for easy navigation so that you can find exactly what you need without wasting time searching.
The Standard CMOS section is where you can set the date and time of the system, as well as get drive and system information.
Advanced BIOS Features:
The Advanced BIOS features section is where you can change features such as enabling and disabling the onboard video, boot options such as boot order, and CPU features such as C1E. For the onboard video you have the option to use only system memory or system memory and the Sideport memory together. You can also select the amount of system memory you want to allocate to the video and the speed at which the Sideport memory will operate at.
The Integrated Peripherals section is where you can change the onboard options such as USB, FireWire, LAN, SATA, IDE, and COM functions. You can set how the onboard SATA will operate in RAID mode such as in IDE, RAID, or ACHI which makes the drives hot swappable for things like servers.
Power Management & Hardware Monitor:
The Power Management section allows you to choose how the system will handle its power properties. You can set the ACPI states, how the power button responds when pushed and how the computer responds to Wake requests. The Hardware Monitor allows you to check on your systems temperatures, voltages, and fan speeds as well as control how the fans are running.
Green Power, User Settings & M-Flash:
The Green Power section allows you to choose to have the system adjust the phase power based on the load of the CPU and to enable the green power activity leds. The User Settings section allows you to save and load any BIOS profiles you have set so that it is easier to switch between them or to recall them in the event your system goes down. The M-Flash section allows the user to update and save the BIOS via USB drives or other media for quick and easy updates and back ups.