MSI Eclipse SLI Reviewccokeman - December 22, 2008
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The MSI Eclipse SLI X58 motherboard uses a BIOS from American Megatrends. The current BIOS revision used for this system and review is version 132b. Flashing the latest BIOS can alleviate many problems, especially with newer, less mature products. The 132b is a substantial improvement over the as-shipped BIOS. The BIOS is where the hardware installed into the Eclipse is set at the most basic level. The CPU, system memory, attached drives as well as hard mounted components can be configured. Let's dig into this BIOS to see just what MSI has made available for the enthusiast.
Standard CMOS Features:
This option lets you set the time and date as well as configuring basic drive settings. The list of attached storage and optical drives attached to the system are shown here. In the system information tab you can see the processor installed as well as the amount of system memory.
Advanced Bios Features:
In this section you can view and enable or disable CPU features such as Hyperthreading and Overspeed protection, adjust the boot sequence, and enable or disable the Trusted Computing function.
This section lets you enable and disable the devices hard mounted to the Eclipse. Raid controllers, USB device functionality and the LAN features are all the items in this section.
Power Management Setup:
Here is where you can adjust the standby settings and the manner in which you wake the computer up from standby mode.
This section is just what the name implies. You can view the temperatures and voltages of the items MSI has allowed. Items shown are the CPU, IOH and system temperatures and voltages that include the CPU and the three main rails from the PSU. Fan speed is monitored and the speeds can be set manually for the fan headers on the Eclipse.
This section allows you to enable the Green Power Features of the MSI Eclipse SLI. The on board LED functions can be enabled or disabled in this section. Under the adjustments are a listing of the amperage currently used by the system.
This is the section where all of the performance enhancements can be made to get the most from your system components. System and component voltages, skew settings memory timings and more can be adjusted here. I will take a deeper look through this section later on to show the immense flexibility in this section.
This section allows you to save specific profiles that you have used. You can save up to four different profiles. You can have a gaming profile, a workstation profile, or the extreme overclock profile to use for when your are doing some serious benchmarking.
M-Flash is a utility to allow you to save and flash the BIOS with a simple utility much like the EZ-Flash used on boards from Asus. You must use the latest BIOS for this program to work properly.
The balance of the items shown on the BIOS main page are things that have functionality but no additional menus. They do perform functions and are self explanatory.