The recent release of the X58 chipset has seen a slew of motherboards announced from many manufacturers across the world. The X58 is the first of the LGA-1366 motherboard chipsets from Intel that are required for the new Core i7 CPUs and the ability to do triple channel DDR3 memory has increased the memory bandwidth for CPUs by a wide margin.
Micros Star International or MSI is a Taiwanese manufacturer of motherboards video cards and other computer equipment. They have been making motherboards for years. The board on the review bench today is the MSI X58 Eclipse motherboard which features support for both SLI and Crossfire unlike the Intel reference board which is not yet qualified for SLI. The other thing about this new board that I will take a close look at today is the features of the board. As with any major motherboard chipset release we launch a new hardware platform for it.