Early in November 2008, Intel has released the next-generation platform LGA 1366.
In the middle of November, X58 motherboard and Core i7 CPU can be found in the market already.
Most motherboard manufacturers had done a good job in the pre-operation and offered several X58 motherboards to support the Core i7 CPU arrival.
Core™ i7 CPU structure different from the previous LGA 775,
are the built-in DDR3 memory controller in the CPU, and enhance the three-channel DRAM technology.
The DDR3 performance will be a lot of progress.
Moreover, the L3 Cache design in CPU can promotes the overall CPU performance.
As one of the three major motherboard manufacturer, MSI is also introduced four sections of X58 motherboards in the market.
They are Eclipse+, Eclipse SLI, X58 Platinum SLI, and X58 Platinum. This time, I was tested the MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard.
Product packaging is more different than the products in the past.
The simple expression can be the subject of a solar eclipse that looks great.
Accessories included the full manual and installation information, and the XP/VISTA/X-FI audio driver CD.
The black lines in the middle has the temperature measurement function.
MSI exclusive PCI-E Creative X-Fi sound card, GreenPower energy-saving module, and D-LED2
(debug features of a signal can be used with the temperature wire).
MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard
3 PCI-E X16 slots (supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-graphics card technology)
2 PCI-E X1 slots
2 PCI slots
There are three buttons at the bottom, are switching Power/Reset/D-LED2 information display functions.
The red jumper enables users to set the CPU FSB directly, no need to penetrate BIOS.
6 SATAII slots (ICH10R, supports RAID 0/1/5/10)
4 SATA II (JMicronR 322, supports RAID 0/1/JBOD)
D-LED2 slot is installed next to the blue SATA slot.
6 DIMMs DDR3 memory slots is the special specifications, which support 600/1066/1333/1600/1866/2133MHz.
The next is the 24-pin power input.