Revamped MSI UEFI looks promising

IDF — MSI’s first UEFI effort was a bit of a disaster. The user interface was sluggish and unresponsive, the mouse support was plagued by flickering and imprecise tracking, and the graphics weren’t all that visually appealing. Fortunately, MSI has a revamped UEFI interface dubbed ClickBIOS II. The new firmware actually debuted last month on the Z68A-GD80, but I got my first taste of it earlier today on the IDF show floor.

MSI is keenly aware of the issues with its first UEFI effort, and ClickBIOS II addresses many of those problems. The new interface feels smooth and responsive, at least in part because mouse tracking has been sorted out and wheel support has been added. I did notice a couple of instances of flicker while flipping through the menus, but it wasn’t an annoyance—or a seizure risk.

The GUI has been completely overhauled, and it looks much better than what we saw with the first wave of 6-series Sandy Bridge boards. MSI is still refining a few elements, through. The company says it’s going to add the ability to key in variables like clock speeds and voltages directly rather than forcing users to make selections from lists of options or hammer the + and – keys to make incremental adjustments to their current settings. Improvements to what remains a relatively basic fan-control scheme are being explored, as well, and we could see memory and stability testing utilities added to the UEFI.

In addition to showing off its UEFI, MSI demoed a nifty voice-control module that it’s been working on for a couple of years. The module plugs into a specialized onboard header that has been present on several generations of MSI motherboards, allowing for voice control independent of the operating system. Noisy trade shows aren’t the best venues to demo this kind of technology, but being able to tell your PC to turn itself on is an interesting prospect. MSI hasn’t decided whether the device will be sold separately or bundled with select motherboards.

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    • zimpdagreene
    • 8 years ago

    They do have the 990fx bios up on there site. I did try it but but it didn’t have USB support for my Logitech 510 keyboard . I had to use a old keyboard with the keyboard jack . Also didn’t have a spot for pcie frequency adjust. Booted to previous OS at stock and went ok after reboot because changes to devices Id’s So after that I just flashed back to the older and back at the same thing now. O and my mouse did work once i could get into the bios. But I also didn’t do a lot of exploring or tweaking to see what it could do. Seems unfinished.

      • msi-rajiv
      • 8 years ago

      Hi there,
      We’re adding support for all types of keyboards/mice – we found this issue recently and are addressing it with updates.

      Thanks!

    • luisnhamue
    • 8 years ago

    I have an MSI p67a-gd55 mobo. and seeing this new UEFI screen make me fell bad. They must port it for us.

      • ARandomBob
      • 8 years ago

      P67A-GD65 here. I hope I get it as well. Off to check for updates!

    • shank15217
    • 8 years ago

    Imagine voice control for launching pr0n sites

      • yogibbear
      • 8 years ago

      Could result in some sticky situations.

    • DeadOfKnight
    • 8 years ago

    RAM is overkill

      • Farting Bob
      • 8 years ago

      They want to show off what their boards can do, so put the best SB CPU in there and a ton of RAM, becausde everything has to be top of the line when your showing it off in your booth.

      • msi-rajiv
      • 8 years ago

      Keep in mind there are 2 dimms per channel. The amount of RAM is based on the chipset, so we populated all slots to demo it. IDF is an event for developers to see these emerging platforms.

        • yogibbear
        • 8 years ago

        ^^ This.

      • LoneWolf15
      • 8 years ago

      RAM is cheap. And your post had no bearing on the key subject.

    • MethylONE
    • 8 years ago

    man, someone really torqued on that that top jack on the card…

    • derFunkenstein
    • 8 years ago

    Hopefully they’ll port this back to existing boards that they’re still selling with the gimpy UEFI interface.

      • msi-rajiv
      • 8 years ago

      Its being ported back to 990FX boards already.

    • UberGerbil
    • 8 years ago

    We can count on you to hammer them over the fan controls.

    Now, can you stop by Gigabyte and ask them why their BIOS is stuck in the previous century?

    Also, it would be interesting to hear what each of the big vendors (and Intel) is claiming about IB compatibility for their current MBs, especially with MSI running around with ads claiming PCIe 3.0 compatibility for their “Gen3” Z68 boards (I’m skeptical).

      • msi-rajiv
      • 8 years ago

      We’re very confident it is backwards compatible based on internal testing. 🙂

    • lilbuddhaman
    • 8 years ago

    Hooray! For it not being a jumbled cartoony mess that the last iterations I saw of this were.

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