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jmke 5th February 2008 08:43

MSI is the first to release EFI BIOS!
 
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MSI is the first to release EFI BIOS!

MSI has launched the first EFI BIOS based motherboard "MSI EFINITY". EFI, Extensible Firmware Interface, is intended to replace the legacy BIOS firmware interface used by current PCs. It offers a new and more flexible interface that supports colorful graphical interfaces, multiple languages and has mouse support. The EFI BIOS will encourage users to experience the full potential of MSI motherboards. Even at this early beta stage MSI has seen excellent OC potential using the current generation of MSI motherboards in combination with EFI BIOS.

New Type of Graphics BIOS Settings


MSI has started to adapt EFI into its next generation motherboard platform. The ability to use a GUI and mouse provides the opportunity to fully experience the possibilities of MSI motherboards. EFI also supports LAN, pre-OS applications such as live update, games, instant messenger, media player and a browser. Microsoft will add EFI support to the x64 versions of Windows Vista with Service Pack 1.

What is EFI BIOS?

The Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) is a specification that defines a software interface between an operating system and platform firmware. EFI is intended as a significantly improved replacement of the old legacy BIOS firmware interface historically used by all IBM PC compatible PCs. The EFI specification was originally developed by Intel, and is now managed by the Unified EFI Forum and is officially known as Unified EFI (UEFI).


Benefits of EFI BIOS
- Supports graphical menus and features
- Supports mouse-controlled interface
- Supports pre-OS applications, file oriented
(ex: System recovery, games, media player, Internet browser, etc.)
- Supports LAN activating environment
- Supports multi-language
- UEFI support for x64 versions of Windows Vista are included in a Service Pack 1


About MSI
MSI is proud of its 20 years experience in designing and manufacturing high performance IT products. The product lines of MSI are motherboards, graphic cards, notebooks, consumer electronics, barebones, networking and server products, and fully integrated add-on peripherals. With its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 qualified facilities, MSI products provide the ultimate performance, reliability and value-increasing productivity. We distribute our products through offices located in Taiwan, United States, Canada, Italy, Brazil, Germany, Japan, France, China, Korea, Australia, United Kingdom, India, Poland, Russia, and The Netherlands. MSI markets its products to distributors, computer system manufacturers, and system integrators. For more information visit the company on the World Wide Web at http://www.msi.com.tw/.

Mystar Computer BV in the Netherlands, the European head office of MSI, was established in 1998. Having its own facility in Son near Eindhoven, it handles all marketing, sales, logistics and after-sales-service for its customers throughout Europe.

jmke 5th February 2008 08:44

Compaq PCs had a graphical BIOS with mouse support about ~10 years ago already, the upside of this BIOS though is the enthusiast minded feature set :)


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