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You can navigate the BIOS using your keyboard and mice. It displays the date and time on the middle top portion of the page. To its left are the system specifications highlighting the processor and RAM information. Below that are several icons MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth storage devices which you can MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth and rearrange wherein the leftmost portion has the highest boot priority. Settings Tab Under the Settings tab is a menu which includes the following below: System status - general overview of the system like hardware and storage installed and its current status Advanced - for configuring features of the motherboard Boot - for configuring storage devices, boot priority and related functions Security - for setting up password for accessing BIOS page Save and Exit - for saving or discarding changes and exiting the BIOS page Overclocking OC Settings This is just one long page which contains all the overclocking settings and information.


We will come back to this later and configure our overclocked settings. OC Profile You can save your overclocking settings and they will appear in this page. You can quickly activate your saved overclocked settings using this tab.

Here you can check MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth hardware installed in the motherboard and its status. You can see every socket and port has been highlighted with red. You can hover your mouse cursor to each section and see which port are in use and what hardware is connected to it. Hovering the cursor to the DIMM slots, you will know what memory modules are installed. Drivers and Utilities Installing the drivers and utilities from the two CD installers is very easy. The installer's setup page will give you the option to choose what you want installed or not installed. You can manually overclock the processor and RAMs using this tool. Live Update 6 It is important to have drivers updated regularly to fix bugs and improve your system's performance. You can set a schedule for the app to automatically check for updates under the Settings tab, check the version of installed drivers in the System Information tab and the History tab for the history of downloaded and installed drivers of course.

Live Update MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth is very easy to use, just go to the Live Update tab and do an automatic scan. The scan will run for a few minutes and you need to be connected to the internet. It will then give you a list of all the drivers installed and the latest version available for download.

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There are checkboxes to the left so you can pick which drivers you want to download and install. Click the download button and wait until download is finished. Clicking the Total installer will install all the downloaded drivers.

Note that it might reboot your system a couple of times. OC mode will launch the OC Genie application which is the automatic overclocking tool.

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You need to reboot your system to use it and it will automatically run and overclock your system. On Gaming Mode, the processor will run at the highest frequency constantly.


MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth Silent Mode does the opposite wherein it will constantly run at the lowest calibrated frequency available. Intel Extreme Tuning Utility This is actually another "tuning" or overclocking tool but this time coming from Intel. I explored around it a bit and explaining to you how this works will be another major section of the review so we will skip to that. The software has MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth own stress testing and benchmarking functions for you to check the stability of your tuned system. Just like the MSI Command Center, you can also save your overclocked settings into profiles and load them in a jiffy.

Now let's move on to overclocking our system manually in the BIOS before we proceed with our benchmark and testing.

However, it is best to overclock your system in the BIOS. In this portion of the review, we will give you a simple step-by-step guide on how to overclock the processor and memory. Look for CPU Ratio and key in your desired multiplier.


So keying in 40 will result to a 4. Memory By the default, memory will run at Mhz even if you install a Mhz memory kit just like what we have. As for our configuration, we will use Mhz which is Profile 1. Clicking Profile 1 in the selection will automatically configure the timings and so on. So we have overclocked the processor to 4. Below is the validation of our settings using CPU-Z. It includes 7 tests combining more than 25 individual workloads covering storage, computation, image MSI Z97I AC Intel Bluetooth video manipulation, web browsing and gaming.

Specifically designed for the full range of PC hardware from netbooks and tablets to notebooks and desktops, PCMark 7 offers complete Windows PC performance testing for home and business use. See results here Super PI 1.

And best of all: You can test the system drive or any other recognized storage device, including local external drives. The support of a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth ensures that you have the fastest available transfer speed. With Intel® WiDi (stands for Wireless Display) and. Updated BIOS code to support 5th-Generation Intel Core Processors ***Support 5th-Generation Intel CPU requires VGA driver version or later.

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