MSI B150M Mortar Motherboard Review: Page 4 of 8
Posted by Michael Pabia on Monday, April 18, 2016 - 10:00am
The BIOS layout is a bit different compared to the older generation MSI boards but the general feel is still the same.
Upon entering the BIOS page, you'll see the screen above which you would be on the CPU settings by default under EZ mode. You can read the CPU settings on the middle section of the screen.
Moving to the next tab below the CPU tab on the left side of the dashboard is the memory tab where the settings of the memory modules are displayed.
Next below is the storage tab wherein you can find a list of the drives plugged into the motherboard.
Next tab below is the Fan Info where you can check the settings on the fans plugged into the motherboard. You can edit the fan speed graph to change the way the fans spin based on temperature readings.
Then there's the Help tab where you can get more details about the features and functions in and around the BIOS page. It's the best place to start for the non-tech savvy people.
All of the screenshots above are the EZ mode of the BIOS page, now here's the Advanced Mode.
Under the Settings tab, you can tweak the basic functions of the motherboard from SATA to PCIe settings.
Under the OC tab is where you can tweak the settings of the processor and memory whether to overclock or underclock.
Next is the M-Flash tab where you can flash the BIOS with the help of a flash drive. Note that you need to download the latest BIOS version first at the MSI website, save it in the flash drive before using this flashing tool. Hence, you can also use the desktop utility and flash the BIOS from there which we will discuss on the next page.
Top-right tab is the OC Profile tab where you can save and load tweaked settings.
Under the Hardware Monitor is a set of readings on temperatures of different components of the motherboard. There's also a fan graph which you can tweak to adjust fan RPM settings.
Lastly, here's the Board Explorer tab wherein it shows you a layout of the motherboard. Populated slots are highlighted in red and you can move the cursor and point to the populated slots to reveal the hardware information on that particular populated area.
Next let us check out the included software and utilities with the MSI B150M Mortar motherboard.