Similar to a traditional BIOS, ClickBIOS is separated into multiple categories. The first few categories are pretty self-explanatory so we won't cover those in great detail, but you can check out the screenshots above to get an idea of what each section covers.
The OC category is where enthusiasts will likely spend most of their time. Here you can adjust the CPU Base Frequency, CPU Ratio (with a "K" series CPU), various memory settings and voltages. CPU-specific features like EIST are also found here.
At the bottom of the OC menu are four additional sub-menus: Overclocking Profile, CPU Specifications, Memory-Z and CPU Feature. Overclocking Profile allows you to store up to six individual profiles and set the number of times you want the system to try and start after a failed overclock.
CPU Specifications shows some more detailed information about the processor such as CPUID, Ratio Status and the amount of cache at each level. The CPU Technology Support sub-menu displays many of the instruction sets and other technologies supported by the processor.
Memory-Z displays RAM data such as type, bandwidth, serial number and timings. Since this board supports X.M.P. (Extreme Memory Profiles), there is a sub-menu for this as well that displays SPD information about each installed module.
The last section, CPU Feature, allows you to enable / disable various processor features, mostly related to power-saving. For overclocking purposes, I have already disabled C1E Support, OverSpeed Protection and Intel C-State.
The Game menu allows you to play a few games from within the BIOS, although you have to use the included DVD to install these. This addition is pretty puzzling, I must admit.
The Settings menu is where you will find the majority of common BIOS options. These include system status and device settings, boot options, security features, hardware monitoring and BIOS flashing. I used the BIOS flashing utility a few times since the original BIOS that shipped with this board was a pre-mass production version and I am happy to report that it worked great. I was able to load the new BIOS file on a flash drive and update the BIOS using the utility without issue.
MSI is trying something new with their ClickBIOS and I will admit that it takes some time to get used to. Once you learn the new layout, things are much easier and I do enjoy being able to use the mouse to navigate the BIOS. It isn't perfect, however, as there is a little bit of lag associated with navigating the menus and some of the mouse clicks didn't register initially.
Next up, let's have a look at some of MSI's software suites.