MSI Eclipse Plus ReviewRHKCommander959 - June 11, 2009
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MSI BIOS is powered by American Megatrends, with a fairly common layout nowadays. The BIOS has options for Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, H/W Monitor (hardware monitor), Green Power, BIOS Setting Password, Cell Menu, User Settings, M-Flash, and Load Fail-Safe Defaults/Load Optimized Defaults, Save & Exit Setup/Exit Without Saving. Overclockers will focus mainly on Cell Menu (CPU/Memory/etc settings are changed here), H/W Monitor (for observing system temperatures, fan speeds, and voltages), and User Settings (allows for user settings to be backed up in event of the BIOS being cleared, great for pushing overclocks), while for general system performance to be changed users will likely use Standard and Advanced BIOS Features, and possibly the Green Power tab. The bottom also lists basic F-key commands and general information: arrow keys to move around, Enter key to select an option, +/- keys to change values, F10 to save, ESC key to exit, F1 for general help tips, F4 for the CPU specifications, F5 for Memory-Z memory specifications, F8 for Fail-Safe Defaults, and F6 for Optimized Defaults. Opening Standard CMOS Features allows users to change the system date and time, and view information about the system and anything attached through the SATA and eSATA ports.
Advanced BIOS Features has many general settings for the motherboard and CPU, with BIOS Flash Protection, Full Screen Logo Display control, Quick Booting, Boot Up Num-Lock LED control, IOAPIC Function, MPS Table Version, Primary Graphic's Adapter, PCI Latency Timer, and controls for CPU and Chipset, along with changing the Boot Sequence and Trusted Computing setting. Integrated Peripherals control USB/IEEE controllers as well as LAN and SATA settings, covering most of the I/O panel, SATA settings, and connectivity headers.
Power Management Setup contains settings for ACPI and standby, as well as settings to allow rebooting when power is lost and Wake Up controls for turning the computer on. H/W Monitor shows the CPU, IOH, and System temperatures, the CPU fan RPM along with three of the fan header's RPM, along with CPU voltage and 3.3V/5V/12V rail voltages. Fan speeds can also be adjusted, along with Chassis Intrusion detection.
The GreenPower tab allows the Phase Control for the CPU, QPI, IOH, and memory to be enabled along with adjusting the motherboards LED's for power management and efficiency. The GreenPower Genie also displays statistics for estimated efficiency and usages.
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