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MSI Eclipse SLI Review

ccokeman    -   December 22, 2008
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Specifications:

CPU
Supports Intel® i7 based processors in LGA1366 package.
Chipset
• Intel® X58 Chipset
- Supports QPI up to 6.4GT/s
 
• Intel® ICH10R Chipset
- Hi-Speed USB (USB2.0) controller, 480Mb/sec, up to 12 ports.
- 6 SATAII ports with transfer rate up to 3Gb/s.
- PCI Master v2.3, I/O APIC.
- ACPI 2.0 compliant.
- Serial ATA RAID 0/1/5/10.
- Integrated AHCI controller
Main Memory

• Supports six unbuffered DIMM of 1.5 Volt DDR3 800/1066/1333/1600 SDRAM, 24GB Max

- Supports 1Gb/ 2Gb/ 4Gb DRAM size
- Supports x8 / x16 data lines per DIMM
- Supports up to 3 channel mode
Slots
3 PCI Express gen2 x16 slots

- two Black PCIE x16 slots (PCI_E2 &PCI_E4) support up to PCIE x16 speed, one Blue PCIE x16 slot(PCI_ E5) supports up to PCIE x4 speed

- supports ATI® Crossfire™, NVIDIA® SLI
• 2 Black PCI Express x1 slots
• 2 PCI slot, support 3.3V/ 5V PCI bus Interface
On-Board IDE/SATA
• One Ultra DMA 66/100/133 IDE controller integrated in JMicron® 363.
- Supports PIO, Bus Master operation modes.
- Can connect up to two Ultra ATA drives.
 
• SATAII controller integrated in ICH10R/JMicron® 322 / 362 chipest
- Up to 3Gb/s transfer speed.
- Supports six SATAII ports by ICH10R

- Supports four SATAII ports by JMicron 322, support SATA RAID 0/1/JBOD.

- Supports two eSATA ports by JMicron 362.
- Supports AHCI controller with SATA RAID 0/1/5/10 by ICH10R.
 
Audio
• Creative® SB X-Fi Xtreme H/W Audio Card (MS-4132)
- 24-bit / 96KHz audio quality
- 100dB SNR clarity
- Up to 7.1ch EAX 5.0 Surround Sound
LAN

• Supports two PCI Express LAN 10/100/1000 Fast Ethernet by Realtek 8111C.

EEE1394 / FireWire
• VIA® VT6308P chipset
- Supports up to two 1394 ports. (Rear panel x1, pinheader x1)
- Transfer rate is up to 400Mbps.
Internal I/O Connectors
- ATX 24-Pin power connector
- 8-pin ATX 12V power connector
- CPU / System x 5 FAN connectors
- CD-in connector
- Front panel audio connector
- Front panel connector
- 1 x chasis intrusion connector
- 1 x serial port pinheader
- 2 x USB 2.0 connectors
- 10 x Serial ATAII connectors
- 1 x ATA133 connector
- 1 x IEEE1394 connector support additional 1 port
- 1 x GreenPower Genie connector
- 1 x Reset Button
- 1 x Power Button
- 1 x SPDIF-out connector
- 1 x D-LED2 connector
- 1 x TPM module connector
Back Panel I/O Ports
- 1 x Clear CMOS button
- 1 x PS/2 Keyboard
- 1 x PS/2 Mouse
- 2 x eSATA ports
 
- 1 x IEEE1394 port
- 8 x USB 2.0 ports
- 2 x RJ45 LAN jacks
- 1 x 5 in 1 + Optical SPDIF out Audio Card
BIOS

• The mainboard BIOS provides "Plug & Play" BIOS which detects the peripheral devices and

expansion cards of the board automatically.

• The mainboard provides a Desktop Management Interface(DMI) function which records your

mainboard specifications.
Dimension
• 30.5cm(L) x 24.4cm(W) ATX Form Factor
Mounting
• 9 mounting holes.

 

Features:

  • DrMOS: DrMOS has integrated Driver IC, Top-MOSFET, Bottom-MOSFET
  • GreenPower: GreenPower Technology is the Best efficient power saving solution for end-users.
  • XpressCool:  DrMOS offers lower temperature when it is working.  No More Noise!! No More High Speed Fan!!
  • RapidBoost:  DrMOS delivers the high quality power transfer to bring the “Stable Overclocking Environment”.
  • APS:   APS is Active Phase Switching, that is complete function to Control Power Demand With Switcing Dynamically, it’s for CPU, Memory and Chipset PWM.  Benefits:  Saving Power under Variable Loading.  Power Usage More Efficiency.

Easy OC switch

  • Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
    • Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
    • Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance

All Solid Capacitors:

  • Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
    • Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
    • Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance

All Shielded Chokes:

  • Help end-users upgrade CPU FSB directly
    • Buy an essential CPU but want to reach higher performance
    • Skip the complicated BIOS OC setting and enjoy the higher level CPU performance     

Hich C Cap on PWM:

  • Hi-c CAP (Highly-conductive polymerized Capacitor)
    • High voltage derating / heat resistance → higher over-voltage / overclocking possibility
    • Best stability & long lifespan → Average life 44800 Hrs @ 85℃ chamber

MSI M Connectors:

  • Hi-c CAP (Highly-conductive polymerized Capacitor)
    • High voltage derating / heat resistance → higher over-voltage / overclocking possibility
    • Best stability & long lifespan → Average life 44800 Hrs @ 85℃ chamber

 X-Fi Audio:

  • Make MP3 music sound better than CDs
    • Transform to surround sound (speakers/headphone) from stereo audio source
    • EAX ADVANCED HD 4.0 provides the fidelity of gaming audio effect
    • World’s 1st PCIe interface X-Fi audio card
         

User Freindly: 

  • Functions designed with button to be easy use.
    • Help power-users tweaking process in-chasis enviornment
    • Onboard SATA ports are stacked on the mainboard to avoid mechanical issue with giant graphic cards like 8800 Ultra.

ATI CrossfireX:

  •  Equip with 2 or more PCIe x16 slots, ATI CrossFire Ready.
    • The ultimate multi-GPU performance gaming platform.
    • Provides 2.7x faster performance than single graphic card solution.

NVIDIA 3-way SLI

  • Nvidia 3way SLI Technology build the fastest gaming solution available with NVIDIA nForce® chipsets and three NVIDIA® GeForce® high-end graphics cards.(*Note:For Windows Vista Only.)
    • Compared with single graphic card solution, it brings 2.8X faster performance gained.

Live Update on line:

  • The MSI Live Update online is designed to automatically download and update the BIOS and driver when there’s a new version online. It helps reduce the risk of getting the wrong file and minimize the trouble of searching the files from MSI website.

Live update 3 :

  • Live Update 3 is a single utility software that automatically checks BIOS, driver and utility updates and installs for you , which can save your time for searching and lower the risk while updating.

 

 

All information courtesy of MSI @ http://global.msi.com.tw/index.php?func=proddesc&maincat_no=1&cat2_no=&cat3_no=&prod_no=1695




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