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MSI 890FXA-GD65 AMD 890FX Motherboard Review

The BIOS
Pressing delete when starting up the computer will get you into the BIOS. The BIOS is an AMI Bios using Version 3.0. It’s a pretty standard BIOS layout and includes the Standard CMOS Features, Advanced BIOS Features, Integrated Peripherals, Power Management Setup, H/W Monitor, Green Power, BIOS Setting Password, Cell menu, M-Flash, and Overclocking Profile. Additionally F4 will bring up the CPU Specs and F5 Memory-Z. Hitting F8 will set the fail-safe defaults while F6 will set the optimized defaults. Your Standard CMOS features include your basic information like time, date and SATA devices.

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The Advanced BIOS menu allows you to change items like the boot sequence, quick booting, BIOS flash protection and others. Moving on into Integrated Peripherals will give allow you to change options dealing with USB, LAN, and the HD Audio controller.

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The Power Management menu will obviously allow you to make changes to a few power management settings including ACPI, EuP 2013, and Restore on AC Power Loss. H/W monitor will show you your PC health status and allow you to change settings with your fans as well as your chassis intrusion, if you have chosen to set it up. Here you’ll be able to quickly monitor temperatures, fan speeds, and voltages.

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The Green Power menu is small and only includes two items: the CPU Phase Control and Motherboard LED Control, both which are set to Auto by default. The BIOS Setting Password will allow you to enable U-Key and the Supervisor Password, thus giving your computer more security.

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The Cell Menu is where all of the overclocking happens, allowing you to change pretty much every aspect of the CPU, most of which are set by Auto or Disabled by default.  The default CPU FSB Frequency is 200MHz with a multiplier of 16.5. If you’re overclocking and can’t boot up your system don’t forget that you can reset the CMOS with the button on the motherboard next to the USB slots. This way you don’t have to open up your case and mess around with the jumpers.

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The M-flash menu will allow you to save/restore your BIOS settings on a USB flash drive quickly and easily.

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The Overclocking Profile menu of the BIOS allows you to store up to six overclocking profiles and allows you to set the number of OC Retry’s. Each overclocking profile will give you the setting name build date/time, BIOS version, any remarks about the BIOS and allow you to save, load and clear that particular OC profile.

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