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We’ve been talking about EFI for quite a while now and MSI has always been on the forefront of this technology – this is the next generation BIOS structure that moves away from the 20-year-old Assembler-based design into a new, very user friendly interface where you can even use a mouse.

When you buy an MSI P45 board (it wasn’t stated which yet), MSI has said that it will deliver a free upgrade to EFI in and around the July timeframe. The company's representatives stressed to us that you can choose whether to go back or forth if you like it or prefer the standard legacy BIOS – it won’t be a permanent switch.

One thing we had serious reservations about was the supposed “Vista x64 SP1†limitation – what happens on EFI-based board when you install or use an OS that isn’t Windows Vista x64 SP1? Do you need to streamline SP1 into a Vista x64 DVD or revert the BIOS every time?

Fortunately, no! You can use EFI and install any operating system you want, however you can’t use any in-Windows tools to see the BIOS options (including stuff like CPU-Z, temperature monitoring or clock-gen tools) if you don’t use Windows Vista x64 SP1. You can still use and overclock that board via the new EFI BIOS though if you want to stick to XP.

This is awesome news – one of the concerns was that only Vista x64 SP1 could use and see it at all, but since that isn’t the case we can see a much, much wider take up of EFI this year which should make things far more user friendly.
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Could be interesting. Isn't EFI what MAC is using for Bios information?? If that is the case, that might help push to another OS being available for PCs.
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Originally Posted by prosser13 View Post
You mean OSX?

Wait, that's already available...=s
OSX is the Operating System. I know what that is, and I know it's available. I have seen ways to make OSX work on a PC, as long as the BIOS is a specific kind, and I think it's the EFI BIOS.
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OSX can be installed on any Windows PC, although it's against the EULA and therefore technically illegal =/
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Wow, lost sight of the topic on the 2nd post

I wonder when EFIs will become mainstream, if at all.
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I think it's only a matter of time, really, because Intel is really behind the standard and I expect other motherboard manufacturers are going to follow in MSI's footsteps with their Nehalem boards, particularly on the server side. I honestly think it'll be a great thing when it does. The BIOS is old, outdated technology.
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osX can NOT be installed on "any" windows pc, it searches for the same type of bios that mac uses. This seems cool, but I'm so used to the regular setup I probably wouldn't switch.
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Well I dont like MSI. But this bios does look cool.

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Could be interesting. Isn't EFI what MAC is using for Bios information?? If that is the case, that might help push to another OS being available for PCs.
EFI doesn't limit OSX from being installed on mainstreme PCs.

and EFI was used by gateway a fair while back too FYI
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