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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
MSI Ships the Eclipse X58 series Motherboard For Intel Core i7


MSI today officially announced its new Eclipse series of motherboards for the Intel Core i7 processors.

The motherboards offers a new architecture that adopts the latest chipset Intel X58 that supports the latest processor Intel Core i7 with LGA1366-pin design, along with ultra-high bandwidth QPI (Quick Path Interconnect) transmission system and high-speed DDR3 memory.

By natively supporting the ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI technologies, the Eclipse series offers those who searching for better 3D performance wider and more variety choice of their favor graphics cards. For better system cooling efficiency, Eclipse series comes with "Split Thermal System", which is a MSI's exclusive cooling system that isolate and separate the heat sink system between the power-supply modules of the chipset and memory with each other to control and manage the cooling performance separately utilizing the DrMOS technology.



The X58 chipset on the Eclipse series comes with a new processor socket LGA1366 that can support the latest Intel Core i7 processor, code named Nehalme, supporting the third generation of HT technology realizing eight threaded computing under a quad-core architecture. The processor has integrated the memory controller used to be seen in chipset, giving substantial increase in memory performance through the 3-channel DDR3 memory slots. The new QPI transmission system design, replacing the traditional FSB architecture, further promote the memory performance by establishing the two-way data exchange to the North Bridge chip with 25.6GB/s bandwidth. For better energy-saving, the processor comes with a Turbo Mode (Dynamic Speed Dynamic Frequency Technology), which automatically switching on/off one or several of its core according to its working load to reduce unnecessary power consumption. This new and high-performance design is expected to replace the current mainstream LGA 775-pin computer platform.

In order to maximize service performance and provide a stable and adequate power supply environment, MSI Eclipse series has extended the application of second-generation DrMOS chip from the processor power-supply module to the power modules of the chipset and memory, along with the exclusive hardware-level Active Power-phase Switching (APS) technology for better energy-saving.

MSI engineers have also replaced the one-heat-pipe-for-all design with a separated arrangement one that isolate the heat sinks of the chipset and DrMOS chip to solve the thermal interfering problem between them for better heat-controlling. Both heat sinks have been designed with large-scale thermal fins and heatpipe. With all this approach, the normal service temperature is controlled successfully under 45˚C, and 80˚C when intense overclocking operation.

The Eclipse series comes with a new RAID technology known as "Driver Booster", which adopts the concept of plug & play to allow users to build a RAID system using up to four Serial ATA hard drives in such an easy way requiring no complex setting and skill from users.

The series has been equipped with an X-Fi Xtreme Audio card, a PCI Express interface card that support the 24-bit Crystalizer audio decoding and CMSS-3D surround sound field technologies to preserve the resolution of audio signal during decoding and to output the sound via 8-channel stereo surround sound speakers. This hardware approach can offer the most accurate sound while it also make such operation require no CPU resources.

The MSI Eclipse series of motherboards include the Eclipse+, the Eclipse SLI, and the X58 Platinum.

Eclipse+
- Intel X58 Express chipset based
- Supports Intel Core i7 series processors
- Supports six 3-channel DDR3-1333 memory slots
- upports four PCI-E x16 AGP slots
- 10 SATAII and 2 eSATAII 3Gb/s hard disk interface
- Utilized Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme 8-channel audio card
- Suports 2 Gb/s LAN interface

Eclipse SLI
- Intel X58 Express chipset based
- Supports Intel Core i7 series processors
- Supports six 3-channel DDR3-1333 memory slots
- Supports three PCI-E x16 AGP slots
- 10 SATAII and 2 eSATAII 3Gb/s hard disk interface
- Utilized Creative SB X-Fi Xtreme 8-channel audio card
- Suports 2 Gb/s LAN interface

X58 Platinum
- Intel X58 Express chipset based
- Supports Intel Core i7 series processors
- Supports six 3-channel DDR3-1333 memory slots
Supports two PCI-E x16 AGP slots
- 8 SATAII and 1 eSATAII 3Gb/s hard disk interface
- Utilized 8-channel audio slot
- Supports 2 GbLAN interface


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