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Eclipse SLI BIOS, Software, And Accessories

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MSI Eclipse BIOS ranges are more than adequate for extracting the ultimate performance from most components, but the company’s use of plus and minus volts, rather than resulting values, is a little awkward.

BIOS Frequency and Voltage Settings
CPU Reference Clock

133 to 400 MHz (1 MHz)

Clock Multiplier Adjustment

Yes

DRAM Ratios

DDR3-800 to DDR3-2133

PCIe Clock

100 to 200 MHz (1 MHz)

CPU Vcore

Stock -0.32 to +0.63 volts (0.010 volts)

QPI/VTT (uncore) Voltage

Stock -0.32 to +0.63 volts (0.010 volts)

IOH (Northbridge) Vcore

0.78 to 1.73 volts (0.010 volts)

ICH (Southbridge) Vcore

0.70 to 2.13 volts (0.010 volts)

DRAM Voltage

1.20 to 2.77 volts (0.010 volts)

CAS Latency Range

tCAS:6-11; tRCD: 3-15; tRP: 3-15; tRAS: 9-31


MSI bests several competitors by including clock skew controls in addition to VREF, voltage, memory timing, and clock speed settings. XMP Profile settings appeared ineffective, so users should instead set memory speed, timings, and voltage manually.

The menus do get somewhat unwieldy, with a few “detected value” pages that have no settings.

The Eclipse SLI includes four BIOS profile registers, allowing for a variety of configurations to be saved for later use.

MSI OverclockingCenter and GreenPowerCenter provide several clock and voltage controls. Manual selections worked for us, but selecting any of MSI’s pre-defined profiles caused our system to lock up.

Accessories

Accessories
Documentation and Software

Quick Installation Guide

Motherboard Manual

Motherboard Facts Sheet

Audio Card Manual

HDD Backup Guide

Driver CD (Windows Vista)

Driver CD (Windows XP)

Sound Card DVD

MSI HDD Backup DVD

Hardware

1 x Quick Connector Kit

3 x 4-pin to SATA Power Adapter

6 x SATA Data Cable

1 x X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCIe Card

1 x 80-conductor Ultra ATA Cable

1 x Floppy Cable

1 x SATA to eSATA Breakout Plate (2 ports)

1 x USB 2.0 Breakout Plate (2 ports)

1 x eSATA to SATA Data Cable

1 x 4-pin to SATA Power Adapter (External)

1 x GreenPower Genie power monitor

1 x Power Monitor Connector Cable

1 x D-LED2 System Status Display

1 x D-LED2 Thermal Probe

1 x GreenPower Genie data cable

1 x I/O Panel Shield

2 x CrossFire Bridge

1 x SLI Bridge


MSI packs its Eclipse SLI box with accessories, but some are more useful than others. We found the GreenPower Genie adapter particularly questionable since it adds resistance to the circuit through several added connectors and appears to monitor only the 24-pin connection.

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