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Wednesday, 12 August 2009 00:49

Twelve X58 Boards roundup - 13 MSI Eclipse SLI

Written by Eliot Kucharik

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Review: Money doesn't buy performance



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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

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