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.
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