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MSI 890GXM-G65 Review


The BIOS used in the MSI 890GXM-G65 motherboard is a version of American Megatrends Inc., which comes with an extremely easy-to-use interface. The AMI BIOS can make simple changes, such as setting a first boot device or changing the system date and time, or more complicated changes, such as altering a processor's clock speed or setting specific timings for your memory. The changes made in the BIOS affect the overall system performance and stability.


The Main Menu:

The first screen you will see when entering the BIOS is the main menu screen. From here you can make a selection to enter a sub-menu where you can make changes to the settings of the motherboard. These options are Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, H/W Monitor, Green Power, BIOS Setting Password, Cell Menu, M-Flash, Overclocking Profle, Load Fail-Safe Defaults, Load Optimized defaults, Save & Exit Setup, and Exit Without Saving.











Standard CMOS Features:

The Standard CMOS Features is where you can locate IDE or SATA drives that are connected to the system.



Advanced BIOS Features

The Advanced BIOS Features lets you make changes such as setting the first boot device, enabling Cool&Quiet, and setting the way the first display of the board initializes. This menu will also let you make changes to the IGP, including the HD 4290's Side Port Memory, frame buffer size, and even core clock.



Integrated Peripherals/Power Management

In the Integrated Periperals page you can make changes to built-in peripherals included with the motherboard - SATA, USB, LAN, Serial ports, and others. The Power Management page allows you to handle such things as whether your PC should boot up after a power loss or what can wake it up from standby.


  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look: The Motherboard
  3. Closer Look: Drivers & Programs
  4. Closer Look: The BIOS
  5. Closer Look: The BIOS (Continued)
  6. Specifications & Features
  7. Testing: Setup & Overclocking
  8. Testing: Apophysis, WinRAR
  9. Testing: Office 2007, POV Ray 3.7, PcMark Vantage
  10. Testing: Sandra 2009 Professional
  11. Testing: ScienceMark, CineBench 10, HD Tune
  12. Testing: Far Cry 2
  13. Testing: Crysis Warhead
  14. Testing: Call of Duty: World at War
  15. Testing: Fallout 3
  16. Testing: Left 4 Dead
  17. Testing: 3DMark06 Professional
  18. Testing: 3DMark Vantage Professional
  19. Conclusion
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