MSI Eclipse - First X58 motherboard for Intel Core i7

MSI has unveiled details of its new Eclipse motherboard - the company's first X58 motherboard for Intel Core i7.

MSI has unveiled details of its new Eclipse motherboard - the company's first X58 motherboard for Intel Core i7.

MSI Eclipse gallery.

So, what's special about the Eclipse? Well ...

  • Socket B (LGA1366).
  • It features six DIMM slots to take advantage of Nehalem’s triple-channel DDR3 memory controller and can utilize up to 24GB of DDR3-1333+ RAM.
  • A cool looking turbo button, which I assume has something to do with the Core i7's turbo mode.
  • A set of switches marked CPU_CLK which look like a blast from the past.
  • 3x PCI-E 2.0 x16 slots, 2xPCI-E 2.0 x1 slots, 2x standard PCI slots.

  

 

The MSI Eclipse features ten DrMOS High-C capacitors (six for the CPU, two for the northbridge and two for the QuickPath memory controller) which are designed for reliability and efficiency.

Note: Notice that there are no heatsinks on that board. This is because MSI is keeping the cooling system under wraps until later.

This isn't the first X58 motherboard to be announced (the other day ASUS showed off the P6T) but so far it is the most interesting.

No pricing has been announced.

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