MSI bundles a couple of notable accessories with its Eclipse MS-7520 board. The first is called the GreenPower Genie, a brick-like device that sits between the motherboard and your power supply. The Genie isn’t new—it debuted alongside MSI’s P45 boards, monitoring power usage and savings as the board adjusts the processor, QPI, and PLL voltages, as well as adjusting power phase usage.
The other pictured component is MSI’s D-LED 2, described by MSI as a provider of information. That’s cool. We like information. The small OLED display attaches to the Eclipse via 9-pin and 2-pin connector (the former being its communications interface and the latter hooking up to a temperature probe).
Also included in our package, but not pictured, is MSI’s X-Fi Xtreme Audio PCIe sound card. When we first saw the add-on, we thought "Ah ha! A bundle based on the same technology as Creative Labs’ own discrete sound cards." After all, it is advertised as centering on Creative’s CA0110. The fact of the matter is a bit different from the marketing illusion, and Creative Labs is largely to blame. The EMU20K1 audio processor is what drives the hardware-accelerated positional gaming audio that gave the X-Fi name any value at all. The CA0110 is merely a codec with software support for the CMSS 3D and Crystalizer effects engines. Kudos to MSI for trying to give its customers better audio solution, but enthusiasts, consider yourselves warned: in the face of a rapidly-evaporating market for its sound cards, Creative Labs is slapping the X-Fi label on products like this one that are actually in an entirely different class of hardware.