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Thread: windwithme 2nd episode testing of Intel LGA 1366-MSI Eclipse SLI with i7 965 Extreme

  1. #11
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    Aug 2006

    Default Re: windwithme 2nd episode testing of Intel LGA 1366-MSI Eclipse SLI with i7 965 Extr

    Under the same clock, we use the 1GBx3 to do the comparison.
    Triple Channels

    From the above tests, we can see clearly, 3-channel provides the best performance.
    Moreover, the performance of 2GBx3 is better than 1GBx3.
    For the pursuit of DRAM performance, 2GBx3 is the best choice.

    3D Performance
    MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC,780/1800Mhz
    We used the X58 driver which is revised by ATI in November 20th.



    The 3DMark of the ATI specialized i7/X58 driver is about 5~10% better than the previous driver.
    There were a lot of tests in the website, which mentioned the i7 CPU has no progress in Game, even a slight deterioration.
    Following we are beginning to test the game performance.

    Need For Speed Pro Street
    Last edited by windwithme; 12-06-2008 at 12:42 AM.

  2. #12
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    Default Re: windwithme 2nd episode testing of Intel LGA 1366-MSI Eclipse SLI with i7 965 Extr

    Age Of Empires

    Crysis Benchmark

    Need For Speed Pro Street increased about 20 pages than ATI 8.10.
    Although I have not used the “Age of Empires” to test for a long time, but this is the first time I have such result in a high level setting.
    Crysis Benchmark is worse about 5~10% performance than LGA755.
    It is possible i7 CPU is the difference with the previous structure.
    The game performance problem is to need the amendments patch of game company to solve.

    CPU: 200X20=>4000Mhz
    DRAM: DDR3 1605 CL8 8-8-24 1T 1.6V

    205Mhz Super PI 1M

    MSI Eclipse SLI Result

    1.The new packaging design.
    2.BIOS stability, wide voltage and CPU/DRAM have great overclocking ability.
    3.Simultaneously supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA 3-Way SLI.
    4.6+2+2 phases DrMOS power supply, All Made-in-Japan solid capacitors, and X-Fi sound card.
    5.Provides 10 SATA slots, 2 eSATA slots, and IEEE1394 for expansion.
    6.Four kind different function buttons. D-LED2 has the debugging and display temperature functions.

    1.The DDR clock can go beyond the limit. It would be better if we can use the 133/1866.
    2.The previous user’s setting would be filed away after BIOS update.

    Performance ★★★★★★★★☆☆
    Components ★★★★★★★★★☆
    Layout design ★★★★★★★★☆☆
    Cost/ performance ratio ★★★★★★★☆☆☆

    MSI motherboard with LGA1366 structure provides a different usage in the past.
    MSI products have few BIOS problems, especially in overclocking.
    But this time, MSI Eclipse SLI currently doesn’t have problems, and fairly stable after overclocking setting.
    We can see that MSI had effort to improve the BIOS stability.

    MSI Eclipse SLI is priced about NT$10300 (310 USD), is in the medium-level position of the current high-end motherboard.
    MSI X58 Platinum, the entry-level motherboard, is priced about NT$7400 (230 USD).
    The new generation of new framework is replaced by X58 product, it should be replaced the position of X48 high-end motherboard priced about 230~420 USD.
    But for the LGA775 users, high-end X48 and middle-level P45 motherboards are the most value choice.

    Meanwhile, if the consumer was originally to buy the LGA 775 platform (high-end X48 motherboard with more than the Q9550 level CPU),
    they changed their mind to purchase the X58 with Core i7 920 CPU is the better choice.
    Users need to spend more money on DDR3 memory that would raise the whole platform cost.

    Currently Core i7 is to replace the LGA 775 of high-end price.
    I believe in the coming year will gradually after the introduction of price bands.
    MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard has good performance in functional, performance, and overclocking.
    It is a worthy reference to the inclusion product for the users who want to obtain the X58 motherboard.
    Last edited by windwithme; 12-06-2008 at 12:43 AM.

  3. #13
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    Brisbane, Australia

    Default Re: windwithme 2nd episode testing of Intel LGA 1366-MSI Eclipse SLI with i7 965 Extr

    Good review as always!
    Cameron "Mr.Tweak" Wilmot
    Managing Director
    Tweak Town Pty Ltd

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