MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard Review: Page 5 of 9

Posted by Damon Bailey on Monday, December 10, 2018 - 8:00am

System Configuration & BIOS

CPU: Intel Core i9-9900k

Motherboard: MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC

RAM: 16GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB 3200MHz

GPU: Nvidia RTX 2080 Founders Edition

SSD: Toshiba RD400 512GB

OS: Windows 10 Professional X64 1803

 

MSI’s Click BIOS 5 is subjectively one of the easiest UEFI’s to navigate. You first enter into the EZ Mode where you can view basic information and make basic changes such as enabling XMP or turning on Game Boost.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Enabling XMP is as easy as clicking the button on the top. It turns red when enabled.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Each tab along the left shows basic information about that system component.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Here you can see our drive is connected to M.2 port #1.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Clicking the hardware monitor button in the lower left corner brings up this screen. You can program each fan’s curve and set points quite easily.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

If you need to dig in deeper, hitting F7 will bring you to the advanced mode area.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Most of your advanced settings are found under the first button.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Overclocking beyond XMP and Game Boost is found under the OC tab and its sub-menus.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

The OC Profile button lets you quickly save and load up to 6 different profiles right from here with the ability to backup and restore from a USB stick.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

Hardware monitor brings up the same screen here that it does in EZ Mode, and M-flash will reboot you into BIOS flashing mode.

MSI MPG Z390 Gaming Edge AC Motherboard

The last area you want to check out is the Board Explorer. A picture of the board will show up and any device highlighted in red has something connected to it. Hovering over that red area will bring up more details about that device. Here we are hovering over the CPU socket, and you can see we have an i9-9900K installed at the moment.

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