MSI Eclipse Plus ReviewRHKCommander959 -
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In the box come a user guide, quick installation guide, SoundBlaster guide, poster, MSI Extras disc, and HDDBackup for hard drive backup. An I/O panel, eSATA kit, three SLI cables with one longer to reach from the first and third slot, three CrossFire cables, an external USB port, Molex to SATA power, MSI's M-Connectors for easy connecting of motherboard headers and USB/IEEE, SoundBlaster X-Fi Xtreme Audio card, GreenPower Genie and cables for both the GreenPower module and D-LED2. Overall, a nice kit that is pretty well rounded out and should get most people a good start, but lacks IDE and floppy cables - indicating that the motherboard does not support either!
The MSI GreenPower Genie is a hardware-level power management device that hooks up from the power supply 24-pin and then into the motherboard. The device also has a 3-pin connector that hooks into the motherboard. The short 24-pin cable to bridge the device to the motherboard is not sleeved, which will be an eyesore for some.
The MSI D-LED2 hooks directly into the motherboard through eleven pins and is supported by two feet opposite from the pins. There are two pins at the side for a thermal diode; the whole device comes apart with the snap of a clip. The circuitry inside is very basic but the module works just fine - showing boot information in detail, rather than the older beep codes, LED error lights, and even hex LED readouts, which the Eclipse Plus board also sports on the I/O panel.
The CrossFireX cables included are all the same length and proudly bear the MSI logo. Each is individually packed, as are the SLI cables, which include a longer cable for Tri-SLI. All of the cables are flexible and allow for triple-graphics configurations in either SLI or CrossFire in any of the top three slots.
The motherboard also comes with four packs of Molex to SATA power adapters and two SATA cables apiece. In total eight SATA cables, one for each SATA port on the motherboard. It also comes with a bracket for eSATA, which has two ports for eSATA and a Molex output to convert to eSATA power. The kit comes paired with a Molex to eSATA power cable that can only power one device, so the other port cannot be used. Also included is an SATA to eSATA cable, again only allowing the use of one of the ports.
The board supports up to twelve USB connections, with eight on the motherboard's I/O panel. The accessories include a bracket to turn an onboard header into two more ports, and save another for users to use with devices such as front panel USB. The GreenPower Genie needs the short 24-pin cable and another 3-pin cable to hook up to the motherboard, while the D-LED2 device can use the 2-pin thermal diode.
On to the motherboard!