BIOS

Just like with the GD65 one of the best parts about the GD80 is the easy to use UEFI BIOS. MSI calls it click BIOS but that is just a marketing term for UEFI with a mouse interface. Booting up into the bios will have you greeted with five colorful icons, each with their own purpose.

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Under the green power option you can check your PC health status, or in other words the voltage on different areas of the board. This is also where you can control your CPU Phase control and other power efficiency settings

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Under the utility’s option you can run a memory test, run live update to updated the GD80, back up your hard drive, and set a new image for the boot screen.

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The overclocking is where you are most likely to spend your time at. Once you have made it in this far most of the options are laid out like you would expect a non-GUI BIOS to have them. The overclocking tab has everything you need to tweak and squeeze every ounce of performance out of your Sandy Bridge CPU. In our case the voltage, CPU ratio, and Bclock are all easy to get to. We shouldn’t have much trouble overclocking later in the review.

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You can back up to six different sets of BIOS settings with the ClickBIOS. This helps when working on an experimental overclock or if you have different settings for different times of the year (hot and cool weather).

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The games option in the bios brings you to a screen looking for a UEFI game compact disc although I can’t seem to find one available online. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could skip the OS all together and boot right into the game that you would like to play?

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Last but not least you have the settings icon. This is the only icon that leads to more icons. Here you can reflash your BIOS, set your security settings, boot drive options and order, and check your system status.

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