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MSI Officially Announces its Efficient ECO-Series Mobos

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 7 comments

MSI's ECO motherboards have now been officially announced.

MSI originally showcased its ECO series of motherboards at Computex 2014, but at the time it was clear that it was not yet a finished product. While MSI had finished what it wanted to do with the feature set, it still needed to finalize some production kinks and the software. Now it has done so.

The ECO motherboards from MSI are aimed at bringing the most efficient motherboards made possible through the use of various power saving techniques. The motherboards are designed from the ground up to give almost every feature the option of being switched off; this is accessible through the software. You will be able to switch off almost everything ranging from specific fans to audio ports to the PCI port. CPU power profiles can also be adjusted. When finished, you can save these settings to the BIOS and keep them in the system permanently. MSI claims that the boards are so efficient that when coupled with the right processor, they will consume less power than a standard 15-watt light bulb.

At Computex 2014, one of the motherboards was showcased with a white PCB instead of a dark organic brown color. MSI indicated that it had to work out a way to prevent the PCBs from turning yellow when soldering. The problem appears to have been solved by simply getting rid of the white PCB color. Therefore, all the motherboards have light green accents to go along with the ECO theme.

The three variants of the board that will come out are the H81M ECO, the B85M ECO, and the H97M ECO, and they are all Micro-ATX boards.

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    danwat1234 , July 9, 2014 10:03 AM
    Nice, now put that tech in your gaming laptops!
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    FirionRAzar , July 9, 2014 10:40 AM
    Now this would be interesting to me if I could turn off even the PCI-e slot. Then with a display with dual input I could turn the dedicated GPU totally off (Gigabyte showed something similar some time ago)
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    2Be_or_Not2Be , July 9, 2014 11:42 AM
    Where's the mini-ITX version? People who opt for smaller machines also like options for lowering power consumption.
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    falchard , July 9, 2014 12:12 PM
    Yes, but would it let me crank up the voltage to absurd rates incase I needed it?
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    Kewlx25 , July 9, 2014 12:24 PM
    PCI port?! Since they're going retro, they should also include 8bit ISA slots.
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    Damn_Rookie , July 9, 2014 5:46 PM
    Aww, shame they got rid of the white PCB on the H97M ECO. I'm not sure I'd necessarily opt for a white PCB myself, but it's nice to see a bit of variety in PCB color.
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    byza , July 9, 2014 8:45 PM
    Green makes everything more eco friendly.