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

    Early in November 2008, Intel has released the next-generation platform LGA 1366.
    In the middle of November, X58 motherboard and Core i7 CPU can be found in the market already.
    Most motherboard manufacturers had done a good job in the pre-operation and offered several X58 motherboards to support the Core i7 CPU arrival.

    Core™ i7 CPU structure different from the previous LGA 775,
    are the built-in DDR3 memory controller in the CPU, and enhance the three-channel DRAM technology.
    The DDR3 performance will be a lot of progress.
    Moreover, the L3 Cache design in CPU can promotes the overall CPU performance.

    As one of the three major motherboard manufacturer, MSI is also introduced four sections of X58 motherboards in the market.
    They are Eclipse+, Eclipse SLI, X58 Platinum SLI, and X58 Platinum. This time, I was tested the MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard.


    Product packaging is more different than the products in the past.
    The simple expression can be the subject of a solar eclipse that looks great.


    Accessories included the full manual and installation information, and the XP/VISTA/X-FI audio driver CD.


    Wire
    The black lines in the middle has the temperature measurement function.


    MSI exclusive PCI-E Creative X-Fi sound card, GreenPower energy-saving module, and D-LED2
    (debug features of a signal can be used with the temperature wire).

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    MSI Eclipse SLI motherboard






    Motherboard Layout
    3 PCI-E X16 slots (supports ATI CrossFireX and NVIDIA SLI multi-graphics card technology)
    2 PCI-E X1 slots
    2 PCI slots
    There are three buttons at the bottom, are switching Power/Reset/D-LED2 information display functions.
    The red jumper enables users to set the CPU FSB directly, no need to penetrate BIOS.

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    6 SATAII slots (ICH10R, supports RAID 0/1/5/10)
    4 SATA II (JMicronR 322, supports RAID 0/1/JBOD)
    D-LED2 slot is installed next to the blue SATA slot.


    6 DIMMs DDR3 memory slots is the special specifications, which support 600/1066/1333/1600/1866/2133MHz.
    The next is the 24-pin power input.


    The CPU power supply using the 6+2+2 phase power supply and support the DrMOS energy-saving technology.
    In addition, the PWM is using Hi-C CAP needed materials


    I/O Interface
    8 USB 2.0 slots
    2 RJ45 connectors
    1 IEEE 1394 ports
    2 eSATA slots
    Here there is a Clear CMOS button.

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    The North and South bridges cooling modules of MSI Eclipse SLI,
    does not have the exaggerate the size of cooling, but look more delicate and more beautiful.


    The PWM thermal design is quite special; left side is the location of 2+2 phases DrMOS.


    3 Channels DDR3 1600 memory are installed on the motherboard.


    Intel Core i7 965 Extreme also installed.

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    BIOS boot screen-a solar eclipse


    BIOS main screen


    Users can adjust the frequency and voltage in “Cell Menu”.


    CPU Voltage -0.320~+0.630V (in 0.01~0.02 steps)
    QPI Voltage -0.320~+0.630V (in 0.01~0.02 steps)
    CPU PLL Voltage 1.00~1.80V (in 0.05 steps)
    DRAM Voltage 1.20~2.77V (in 0.01 steps)
    IOH Voltage 0.780~1.730V (in 0.01 steps)
    ICH Voltage 0.70~2.13V (in 0.01 steps)

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    The unique feature of high-end Core i7 CPU, it allows processor cores to run faster than the base operating frequency.


    MSI’s exclusively Memory-Z, which is similar to CPU-Z function, enables user to see the DRAM-related information through BIOS.


    DRAM parameters details


    Intel Extreme Memory Profiles (Intel XMP),
    an easy-to-use and high-performance DDR3 memory overclocking tool—no time-consuming manual tuning required.

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    Four setting groups enables user to store or access the preference settings.


    MSI has provided the BIOS update functions in BIOS setting environment.
    In the past, user only can update the BIOS through OS for online updates, it is really quite inconvenient.


    Green Power


    H/W Monitor

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    Testing Platform
    CPU: Intel Core i7 965 Extreme
    MB: MSI Eclipse SLI
    DRAM: CORSAIR Dominator 2GBX3 DDR3 1600C8D
    VGA: MSI R4870X2-T2D2G-OC
    HD: SAMSUNG 32GB SSD SLC
    POWER: Corsair HX1000W Modular Power Supply
    Cooler: Thermaltake V1 AX/JETART Nano Diamond


    CPU test
    Intel Core i7 965 Extreme
    CPU: 161.6X24=>3875Mhz
    DRAM: DDR3 1616 CL8 8-8-24 1T 1.6V

    PCMARK2005


    CrystalMark 2004R3


    CINEBENCH R10


    Core i7 CPU built-in 3-channel of DDR3 memory controller can enhance a lot of CPU performance.
    In above test, the memory performance had a lot of progress than the previous LGA755.

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    DRAM test
    2GBX3 CORSAIR CM3X2G 1600C8D




    CPU default setting, open the Turbo Boost Tech.
    DDR3 1600 CL8 8-8-24 1T 1.5V
    Hyper PI 32M stable


    EVEREST/Sandra bandwidth

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    OC DDR3 1807 CL9 9-9-28 1T 1.65V
    EVEREST/Sandra bandwidth


    Under the new CPU structure, DDR3 voltage is even lower than the previous chipset.
    In the above test, DDR3 1600 CL8 in 1.5V also may reach a stable level.

    Use VISTA 64-bit operating system to test the DDR3 6GB Kit full capacity.
    We use the CrystalMark / Sandra to be the testing software.

    Single Channel
    34602/11789MB/s


    Dual Channels
    54345/20910MB/s


    Triple Channels
    65267/28401MB/s

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