MSI Z87 MPOWER Motherboard Review
MSI bundled the Z87 MPower motherboard with the latest version of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS, a customized version of the AMI-developed UEFI style BIOS. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse - goes back to previous view if inside a settings pop-up or on a sub-menu page.
MSI's UEFI BIOS design for the Z87 MPower board is very similar to the UEFI implementation used for the previous generation MSI boards, including the Intel Z77-base MPower board. Even so, this UEFI BIOS continues to remain a personal favorite because of its smoothness, layout, and design. The BIOS is very responsive both with the mouse and keyboard. I didn't notice any lag at all when using the mouse buttons - menus and settings responded well to double-click and reverse navigation occurred quickly when right-clicking the window or screen. MSI also includes a screencap utility, which generates a BMP 1024x768 image on an attached USB drive upon clicking the F12 function key.
BIOS Notable Features
While MSI did not use the release of the Z87 board line to revamp their UEFI BIOS interface, they did add some new features to aid with the user experience in the form of the Hardware Monitor and Board Explorer tabs. Additionally, MSI synced the BIOS coloration to match that of the MPower series theme.
Hardware Monitor interface
The Hardware Monitor interface displays information about monitored hardware speeds, temperatures, and voltages, as well as allowing for configuration of system fans based on temperature thresholds. The graphical interface provided is very intuitive and easy to use.
Board Explorer interface
The Board Explorer interface gives the user a graphical representation of the motherboard with zones showing in use ports and attached devices. The zones can be clicked on for an expanded view of integrated ports and devices with informational messaging provided where appropriate. This gives a bird's eye view of the board subsystems without having to crack the case.
Click BIOS 4 main page
Overclocking Settings (OC) page
Overclocking Settings page, Voltage settings
Overclocking Settings page, Voltage settings continued
Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page
Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page, Latency Timings Configuration settings
Overclocking Settings page, DRAM Training Configuration page
Overclocking Settings page, DRAM Training Configuration page continued
Overclocking Settings page, DigitALL Power page
Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page
Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page, CPU Technology Support page
Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page
Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page
Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page, X.M.P. Support Information page
Overclocking Settings page, CPU Features page
OC Profile page
OC Profile page, Profile details page
OC Profile page, Profile details page, Save/Load Profile popup
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