MSI X58 Eclipse
Released January, 2008
The Pros:Great audio - includes a discrete sound card by Creative. Board layout - well designed to accommodate SLI configurations. Huge motherboard heatsinks - great for overclocking enthusiasts.
The Cons:The manufacturer's product page is hard to use when looking for BIOS updates. Expensive - costs more than the average X58 motherboard. The built-in RAID controller is buggy.
The MSI X58 Eclipse is a high-end gaming motherboard built on the X58 chipset and provides support for the Intel Core i7 processor through the LGA 1366 socket. MSI’s Eclipse features support for triple channel DDR3 memory up to 24GB through 6 slots.
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The board also includes a total of 3 PCI Express 2.0 slots, 2 capable of being utilized at x16 mode simultaneously, as well as 2 PCIe x1 slots and 2 PCI slots. This motherboard provides 8-channel HD audio surround sound thanks to the included Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme sound card. Also included are 2 gigabit Ethernet ports, 8 USB 2.0 ports, 2 eSATA ports and 1 FireWire port for highspeed external data transfer. The MSI Eclipse also supports 2 or 3-way CrossFireX/SLI in order to maximize users' graphics processing potential. The board also features high quality all-solid capacitors, in order to prolong component life and minimize power loss. Users looking for a high-end X58 motherboard designed with gaming in mind will likely find the MSI X58 Eclipse an acceptable choice.
- CPU support: Intel Core i7
- Chipset: Intel X58
- Socket: LGA 1366
- Memory Support: Triple Channel DDR3 DDR3 1600 (O.C.) /1333 up to 24GB maximum
- Audio Chipset: Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme
- Audio: 7.1 HD Audio surround sound
- LAN: 2 gigabit LAN ports
- Supports ATI CrossfireX & NVIDA SLI technology (2 or 3-way)
- 3 PCIe 2.0 x16 slots (x16 + x16 + x4), 2 PCIe x1, 2 PCI slot
- 8 USB 2.0 Ports, 2 eSATA ports, 1 FireWire port
- 6 SATA 3GB/s connectors
- ATX Form Factor
User Reviews (1)
great audio - includes a discrete sound card by Creative
board layout - well designed to accommodate SLI configurations
huge motherboard heatsinks - great for overclocking enthusiasts
push button overclocking - great for inexperienced users
documentation - the included manual is easy to read
the manufacturer's product page is hard to use when looking for BIOS updates
expensive - costs more than the average X58 motherboard
the built-in RAID controller is buggy
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