Conclusion: The MSI Eclipse, a high-end motherboard for gaming, comes with an abundance of features, though not all are useful. And while the BIOS offers flexibility and control, it's a work in progress. Still, this board will give you a powerful, stable system.
Pros: Stable. Flexible BIOS. Rich feature set.
Cons: Overclocking is tedious. Thermal monitor not really useful. Pricey.
Summary: So what board would we stick our Core i7 in? It’s hard to say at this point, but if we were forced to choose, the Eclipse SLI would just edge out the Asus P6T Deluxe. But to be honest, with BIOS updates coming out in near real time for the new CPU and new chipset, the answer to that question might be different next month.
Pros: Tri-SLI capable, six DIMM slots, and no X-Fi activation required.
Cons: Questionable placement of third x16 slot; flaky USB support.
Conclusion: The performance of the X58 Platinum motherboard, was admirable. I was not at all disapointed with the level of performance I recieved in both stock and overclocked. What really impressed me, was the increase i recieved during gaming. This is where the X58 Platinum motherboard definetly showed its raw power. The onboard on/off power switch has become more and more mainstay these days as a lot of us are not using cases for when we really start overclocking our rigs.
Summary: Overall I thought the MSI X58 Platinum was a decent performer with great features. It produced very convincing scores in all of our benchmarks and competed very well against X58 boards from the Asus and Gigabyte. In fact, during our 3D Mark2005 and 2006 tests, the MSI X58 Platinum came out on top, as well as poducing a top score in the Science Mark 2 test. So, whatever MSI did on the X58 Platinum ... it certainly was very good.
Pros: - Very good performance, - Support for Intel's new Core i7 Processors, - Support new Tri-Channel memory, - New LGA socket 1366, - Feature Rich, - Green Power and OC center, - Crossfire support
Cons: - No SLI support (so you need to get the Eclipse or the Platinum SLI version), - Overclocking was not simple or easy
Conclusion: As we have seen from the previous review of the P6T Deluxe, X58 has brought with it performance enhancements that while not on the scale of Pentium IV to Core2 are worthwhile nonetheless - especially where memory bandwidth is concerned. SLI support on some X58 boards is another major plus and this is where the Platinum falls down by not supporting SLI.
Pros: No more Pink DDR slots!, On board switches, Layout