MSI Eclipse Plus ReviewRHKCommander959 - June 11, 2009
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The Cell Menu contains the options for changing voltages for the CPU, motherboard, memory, as well as changing the clock speeds of each of those. At the top of the page is the current CPU speed, memory speed, and QPI frequency. The CPU specifications can be seen through this page, or from another window accessed by hitting F4, which details the CPU frequency, multiplier, CPUID, number of cores, along with other facts including features such as whether the CPU supports the many phases of Streaming SIMD Extensions. CPU multipliers and base clock can be changed at the top, as can enabling EIST and C-State to control processor efficiency by allowing it to throttle itself. Underneath here are the settings for the OC Dial; options for controlling how much a click of the knob adds to the base clock and whether or not to even allow the knob to be used. The amount that the dial adds can also be reset or left alone. Near the middle of the page contains options for the memory, QPI, and PCI/PCI-E frequencies. The memory and uncore multipliers can be calibrated to match the memory standards, timings can be set manually or left to auto, or if the memory allows - the XMP profile can be loaded up to set the memory to an optimal setting. Moving on down to the bottom of the Cell Menu reveals the many voltage options for tweaking the system - CPU, memory, QPI, IOH, ICH, and nForce 200 along with other options round off the chart with plenty of options for over- and under-voltage.
A feature of growing popularity is the ability to backup BIOS settings to the CMOS, especially handy for when overclocks are pushed too far or if the BIOS is accidentally cleared. MSI allows four settings to be saved and loaded - other companies allow each entry to be named as well but that is not the case here, so users will have to remember or load each entry and see what is in them. M-Flash is MSI's BIOS flashing solution, no longer do people have to suffer as they did in the old days of using floppy disks to flash BIOS, USB drives can be used to save and load BIOS files - much more reliable, useful, and simpler than the old floppy disk.
The bottom menu has some quick reference pages under F4 and F5 for CPU Specifications and Memory-Z respectively, which give the information about the CPU and memory in detail. SSE information, CPUID, CPU stepping, CPU multiplier and frequency, along with other details are along the CPU Specifications page. Memory-Z has timing information including sub-timings for each stick of installed memory. Neither of these have any adjustable settings, and are merely just for information.
Let's take a peek at the list of features for the MSI Eclipse Plus!