BIOS Features

MSI bundled the Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt motherboard with the latest version of their UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) BIOS, a customized version of the AMI-developed UEFI style BIOS. The UEFI BIOS offers full keyboard and mouse support while using the BIOS pages with enhanced mouse navigation supported by right clicking the mouse – goes back to previous view if inside a settings pop-up or on a sub-menu page.

I continue to believe that MSI's take on the UEFI BIOS makes for a nice BIOS experience. The BIOS is well laid out, smooth and very responsive both with the mouse and keyboard. I didn't notice any lag at all when using the mouse buttons – menus and settings responded well to double-click and reverse navigation occurred quickly when right-clicking the window or screen. One issue I did encounter was with keyboard sensitivity while taking BIOS screenshots using the F12 key from within the BIOS.

Settings page

Settings page, System Status page

Settings page, Advanced page

Settings page, Advanced page, PCI Subsystem Settings page

Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Peripherals page

Settings page, Advanced page, Integrated Graphics Configuration page

Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Rapid Start Technology page

Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Thunderbolt page

Settings page, Advanced page, USB Configuration page

Settings page, Advanced page, Hardware Monitor page

Settings page, Advanced page, Intel(R) Smart Connect Configuration page

Settings page, Advanced page, Windows 8 Configuration page

Settings page, Advanced page, Realtek PCIe GBE Family Controller page

Settings page, Boot page

Settings page, Save & Exit page

Overclocking Settings (OC) page

Overclocking Settings page continued

Overclocking Settings page continued

Overclocking Settings page, My OC Genie Option page

Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page

Overclocking Settings page, Advanced DRAM Configuration page continued

Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page

Overclocking Settings page, Overclocking Profiles page, Details page

Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page

Overclocking Settings page, CPU Specifications page, CPU Technology Support page

Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page

Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page

Overclocking Settings page, MEMORY-Z page, DIMM Details page, X.M.P. Support Information page

Overclocking Settings page, CPU Features page

Energy Savings (ECO) page

Utilities page

Utilities page, M-Flash page

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