Featured Articles

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

Analysts expect ARM to do well next year

British chip designer ARM could cash in on the mobile industry's rush to transition to 64-bit operating systems and hardware.

More...
Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Huawei and Xiaomi outpace Lenovo, LG in smartphone market

Samsung has lost smartphone market share, ending the quarter on a low note and Xiaomi appears to be the big winner.

More...
Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

Intel Broadwell 15W coming to CES

It looks like Intel will be showing off its 14nm processors, codenames Broadwell, in a couple of weeks at CES 2015.

More...
Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Gainward GTX 980 Phantom reviewed

Today we’ll be taking a closer look at the recently introduced Gainward GTX 980 4GB with the company’s trademark Phantom cooler.

More...
Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac ZBOX Sphere OI520 barebones vs Sphere Plus review

Zotac has been in the nettop and mini-PC space for more than four years now and it has managed to carve…

More...
Frontpage Slideshow | Copyright © 2006-2010 orks, a business unit of Nuevvo Webware Ltd.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:49

Twelve X58 Boards roundup - 13 MSI Eclipse SLI

Written by Eliot Kucharik

Image

Review: Money doesn't buy performance



Features:
Intel X58/iCH10R
6-phase VRM
Intersil ISL6336A

Image


2x Realtek RTL8111DL PCIe Gb LAN controller
JMicro JMB363 SATA II/PATA controller
JMicro JMB322 SATA II port multiplier
JMicro JMB362 SATA II controller
VIA VT6308P PCI Firewire controller
Fintek 71882FG Super I/O controller
ICS 9LPRS933BKLF clock generator
passive cooling of chipsets/VRM
32Mb BIOS, version: various, 1.8beta2
Mainboard Revision: 1.00beta

Image


Slots:
3x PCIe 2.0 x16, 2x 16x, 1x 16x/2x 8x
1x PCIe x1
2x PCI

Memory:
6x Triple-Channel DDR3-slots for PC3-12800U memory up to 24GB

Storage:
6-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1, 5, 0+1, JBOD
4-Port SATA II featuring RAID 0, 1, 0+1, JBOD
1-Port IDE

Image


Backpanel ports:
1x PS/2 keyboard
1x PS/2 mouse
2x Gb LAN
8x USB 2.0
2x eSATA
1x Firewire 400
1x CMOS clear button

Image


Accessories:
1x Dual-SLI bridge
2x Crossfire cable
1x IDE cable
1x 2-port eSATA slot-bracket with eSATA cable
4x eSATA cable with clips
1x 2-port USB 2.0 bracket
1x M-Connectors
1x DLED2 with temperature sensor
1x GreenPower Genie
1x X-Fi Audio card


The biggest difference between this board an all the others is the use of hi-cap capacitors. This little buggers are not only small and expensive they also help to keep the temperatures down and can do load and unload at incredible speeds compared to standard capacitors. Of course MSI is also using integrated MOSfets. The area around the CPU is really cool. Not so on the cooler for the hub-chip. Because the heatpipes are not connected to the VRM cooling the heat can't disappear. So we advise you to use a top-blower CPU-cooler, otherwise inceasing the so called "NB voltage" may cause harm to the board without proper cooling. 

(Page 13 of 13)
Last modified on Thursday, 13 August 2009 13:02
blog comments powered by Disqus

 

Facebook activity

Latest Commented Articles

Recent Comments