MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

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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

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

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.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

The second page shows your ram settings and current status.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

Page three takes care of storage.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

Page four covers your fans and cooling profiles.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

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.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

Last but certainly not least is the Favorites button where you can store up to 5 profiles for all of the settings.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

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.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

Important settings like Security and Boot, as well as all the advanced settings like integrated peripherals can be found drilling down from here.

MSI X299 Gaming M7 ACK Intel X299 LGA 2066 Motherboard

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.

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