MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9
Posted by Damon Bailey on Friday, July 28, 2017 - 8:00am
System Configuration & BIOS
For the Purpose of this review, we’ll load this system up with the following:
Intel Core i7-7740K
Galax GTX 1070 HOF
32GB Corsair Dominator SE Ram, (2x16GB) 3200MHz C14
256GB Sandisk Ultra Plus SSD
Corsair RM1000 PSU
To be added later for storage testing:
Samsung 960 Pro 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD
4x Corsair Force GT 240GB SATA 6GBps SSD
If you’ve used many MSI boards the last few years, you should be fairly familiar with MSI’s Click BIOS 5 setup. You start out in the EZ Mode like pictured above by default, and are presented most of what you need right from this screen. The first page shows your CPU status.
The second page shows your ram settings and current status.
Page three takes care of storage.
Page four covers your fans and cooling profiles.
You can get very detailed with the fan and cooling profiles if you need, but the standard smart mode is plenty fine to get started with for our purpose.
Last but certainly not least is the Favorites button where you can store up to 5 profiles for all of the settings.
If you really need to drill down and tweak, switching over to the advanced mode via pressing F7 or clicking the button at the top brings you here. You have all of the same basic information available via different buttons, but there menus are far more detailed.
Important settings like Security and Boot, as well as all the advanced settings like integrated peripherals can be found drilling down from here.
The things we will be most interested in will be the OC settings shown here. This is too large a list to show here without adding 20 more pages to this review, but if it can be tweaked, you can find it in here.