MSI's EFI BIOS
The BIOS is starting to show its age, and navigating all of the options available on current motherboards certainly isn't quick. EFI changes this completely, and is a joy to use. It also looks a lot more friendly, and should no longer scare off first-time users.
The ability to download and update the BIOS without having to boot into Windows is very impressive, as is the ability to run and play games within the BIOS, albeit very simple ones. As a first attempt, MSI have done a good job, and there were no obvious errors apart from the update and everything appeared to work.
What we have seen today is just the beginning, and it seems genuinely exciting. With MSI hinting at the possibility of creating third-party apps and utilities, the possibilities could quite literally be endless. The change from the Legacy BIOS is radical, but one that we feel is needed. We simply can't praise MSI and their EFI technology enough.
On the whole, we were very impressed with what we have seen today. We can only hope that MSI push on with this and enthusiasts reward them by taking the technology under their wing.
+ Nice looking GUI
+ Easy to navigate and displays data nicely
+ Massive future potential
+ Can download and update the BIOS without needing an OS (within EFI)
+ Games can be played within the BIOS
+ Possibility for third-party applications
* BIOS update dumps you back into a console interface
* We couldn't get our simulated update to work (Legacy BIOS to EFI)
- More motherboards don't use the technology!
Overclock3D would like to thank MSI for providing today's sample.
Discuss in our forums here.