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Early Look: MSI X58 Eclipse

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Mankz 26th August 2008, 11:50 Quote
It looks like a very well designed and set-out motherboard...
The boy 4rm oz 26th August 2008, 12:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Mankz.
It looks like a very well designed and set-out motherboard...

I agree 100%.
ComputerKing 26th August 2008, 12:07 Quote
They HAVE a GREAT color Theme. Not a party theme. But I will go for the Asus.
The Infamous Mr D 26th August 2008, 12:15 Quote
Want. Seriously, want.

I'll want even more if they put a massive chunky looking cooling system on it - MSI have made some cracking boards which I've thoroughly enjoyed using, and this could be the Nehalem board I go for...
[USRF]Obiwan 26th August 2008, 12:15 Quote
FINALLY NO MORE FDD!

awesome looking motherboard. All the stuff in the right places I wonder how it looks in retail with heat pipes on it.
Tyrmot 26th August 2008, 12:23 Quote
Looks nice. I want!
quack 26th August 2008, 12:23 Quote
Dumping the FDD port has been long overdue. I am loving the colour scheme, would look great through a case window.
kenco_uk 26th August 2008, 12:27 Quote
Foray or Foreplay?

This looks good, very good. I hope MSI nail the bios on this, as it's now on my shortlist as a possible upgrade in the (hopefully) near future.
Bindibadgi 26th August 2008, 12:59 Quote
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Obiwan]FINALLY NO MORE FDD!

awesome looking motherboard. All the stuff in the right places I wonder how it looks in retail with heat pipes on it.

You know, I didn't even notice :o
Xtrafresh 26th August 2008, 13:04 Quote
the jumpers could be very very awesome for modders. It would be very easy to solder a switch together and use that to switch between memory speed settings instead of the jumpers on the mobo itself. Imagine having an airplane-cockpit like switchboard to use for clocking your PC :)
sotu1 26th August 2008, 13:48 Quote
now you see, a pink motherboard have gone perfect with my dream mod: a kinky leather/fishnet based pc.

bring back the pink ram slots!
Spaceraver 26th August 2008, 14:08 Quote
The board looks cool as is. Hopefully the cooling won't scream "IAMUB3RL33T!!111LOLZORZ" but just be a discrete tone of gun metal. That would make me buy it.
But I'll wait for Gigabyte to spit a board out of the factory due to the inherent stability.
E.E.L. Ambiense 26th August 2008, 14:11 Quote
Wow, call me a dork for liking aesthetics, but that's a nice looking board!
badders 26th August 2008, 14:27 Quote
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Originally Posted by Xtrafresh
Imagine having an airplane-cockpit like switchboard to use for clocking your PC :)

Then imagine a 3-yr old finding their way into your computer room.... Argh!:(
wuyanxu 26th August 2008, 14:43 Quote
when will MSI stop using the non-regulation super unnessory and space consuming 4 USB ports on their backIO plate? look at Asus or Gigabyte for how to use tha back IO space!

what are the chocks on top of (or towards the back of) northbridge for? there are 4 and an additional 2 behind the capacitors.
ComputerKing 26th August 2008, 14:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
when will MSI stop using the non-regulation super unnessory and space consuming 4 USB ports on their backIO plate? look at Asus or Gigabyte for how to use tha back IO space!


I AGREE!!!! :(
Journeyer 26th August 2008, 15:29 Quote
You've got to love that three channel DDR3 feature...
[USRF]Obiwan 26th August 2008, 15:54 Quote
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But I'll wait for Gigabyte to spit a board out of the factory due to the inherent stability.
We don't know how the stability will be from the big trio (Asus, Gigabyte and MSI) I bet we see a great HUGE article coming on the bit-tech front page in the month to come :D
Bindibadgi 26th August 2008, 16:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
when will MSI stop using the non-regulation super unnessory and space consuming 4 USB ports on their backIO plate? look at Asus or Gigabyte for how to use tha back IO space!

It's so you can fit large USB dongles or ruggedised USB sticks in without losing other ports alongside. Imo it's a great use of a space.
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what are the chocks on top of (or towards the back of) northbridge for? there are 4 and an additional 2 behind the capacitors.

It'll just be to cut out the interference from the many ultra fast connections in close proximity. These will be for the PCI-Express I imagine.

Obiwan - It'll all be down to what information, hardware and time we get for testing. :)
DarkLord7854 26th August 2008, 17:08 Quote
Ooh... want.
Jasio 26th August 2008, 18:39 Quote
This will definitely be cheaper than the Asus or Foxxconn offerings (the ones with SAS controllers) which is a good move on MSI's party -- SAS is a bit of a niche/eye-candy feature at the moment due to price and I'm not convinced X58 alone will push SAS drives down in price, they're in the SSD price range which makes them a bit of an 'iffy buy since you can pick up OCZ Core V2 drives for less/same-price.

But the layout is nice, I'm curious to see how they setup their cooling solution.

As for the 'Turbo' button... anyone thinking factory/BIOS preset overclocking based on an Intel determined stable overclock? I'm thinking along the lines of Intel says "Ok, the 2.66Ghz Core i7 can safely run at 3.2Ghz lets set that as it's 'Turbo'..." (repeat for other processors) ? Can't really think of anything else it'd be for. Maybe crank the memory up a bit too? Since its mysteriously appearing on X58 boards I'm sure Intel has some kind of plan in motion that they can incorporate across the entire X58 range regardless of the board manufacturer.
[USRF]Obiwan 27th August 2008, 08:43 Quote
Yeah Bring back the old days and put a turbo button on in. I remember my AMD DX120 running the Norton Commander screensaver at blazingly fast speeds. And playing doom with full screen! wow!
Splynncryth 28th August 2008, 01:17 Quote
The turbo button may have to deal with the power features of Nehalem mentioned at IDF.

Not sure if the exra SATA and IDE are worth it. I would also like to be Creative free, so I hope they offer a different board without the X-Fi.

It's a nice color scheme and looks solid though. Any word on the BIOS? MSI has been experimenting with UEFI, so will this have their "click BIOS" or is it a more traditional "Legacy BIOS"? Will they offer both like they are doing with the P45 boards now?
r4tch3t 30th August 2008, 01:35 Quote
Ah good old DIP switches, had them to overclock my first laptop, could overclock from 200MHz to 266MHz on a Laptop with only 8 screws left over after disassembling it and finding the switches.
Nice looking board too.
Sparrowhawk 30th August 2008, 21:02 Quote
What's the button between the eSATA and the USB/RJ-45 for? The one with the "rollback" emblem?
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