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Posted by Damon Bailey on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 8:00am

System Configuration & BIOS

  • CPU: Intel Core i7-7820X & i7-7740X
  • Motherboard: ASUS ROG STRIX X299-E
  • RAM: 64GB Corsair Dominator Platinum SE 3200Mhz
  • GPU: Galax GTX 1070 HOF
  • SSDs: Corsair Force LX 256GB, 4x Corsair Force GT 240GB, Samsung 960 PRO 2TB
  • OS: Windows 10 Professional X64

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

The first time you enter the BIOS, each time, you are greeted with the Arsenal Gaming logo in the center of the screen. MSI’s BIOS is arranged so each major section has its own button on the home page. Basic settings, OC settings, M-Flash, OC Profiles, Hardware Monitor, and Board explorer.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

Clicking on any of the section buttons brings the menu items for that up on the center screen, with options and tips listed on the right side.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

As you can see, there is a LOT of options under this section ranging from setting the time and date to forcing what speeds PCIe lanes run at.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

 

The ‘OC’ Overclocking section has everything related within. Clock speeds, multipliers, voltages, dividers, and even some in depth information about your GPU and DRAM can be found here.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

M-flash just reboots you into the BIOS flashing program so we’ll move on the OC profiles. Here you can see you can store up to 6 profiles on board each BIOS, and also save and load them from a USB stick.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

Hardware Monitor is more of a tool than a tab and allows you to see and control everything related to cooling.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

Board Explorer is just that, another tool to explore your board and see information about every single device installed or connected. Anything installed will show as red, and hovering your mouse over that part will bring up more detail.

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

MSI X299 Tomahawk Arctic

As with other MSI boards, if you don’t need all the massive overwhelming amounts of options, pressing F7 will bring you to easy mode. From here, you can still take care of everything important to get up and running quickly.

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