As with the MSI Eclipse SLI, the Eclipse Plus also comes bundled with a Creative X-Fi Xtreme sound card, which is a 7-channel solution with 24-bit / 96KHz audio quality.
MSI also provided a hardware-based solution that works in tandem with their GreenPower Genie application to monitor power voltages through the BIOS and their software-based utility.
As with other boards in their Eclipse lineup, MSI included a DLED2 debug display that attachs directly to the motherboard. It monitors CPU temps, voltages, and other system components like the Northbridge voltages.
MSI also bundled four SATA to Molex connectors, eight SATA cables, and a power adapter to use with the GreenPower Genie hardware solution that monitors power voltages.
They also included all the bridges users will need to configure dual, triple, and quad SLI or CrossFireX graphics card solutions.
MSI gave us a handwritten benchmark sheet that was signed and dated by a couple of their motherboard testers. This is a great personalized item that I think consumers will appreciate because they will know their board was hand tested to make sure it worked at its most optimum levels before it was shipped to the customer.
They included a two-page instruction sheet on installing and configuring the GreenPower Genie’s software and hardware. Their instructions are very detailed and easy to follow.
This is the back page of the GreenPower Genie instruction sheet.
A quick guide was also provided for users to have step-by-step instructions for putting together an i7 system using this motherboard.
Another instruction sheet was created to show users how to install and use the DLED2 debug display. Full color photos are easy to follow and should create no issues for the user during installation.
This is the back page of the instruction sheet for the DLED2 debug panel. It shows which errors might occur if the product isn’t installed properly. It also shows what type of information can be displayed on the device.
One of the most useful handbooks that was included in this bundle was the overclocking guide. It goes step-by-step into performing basic overclocking functions as well as how far to manipulate CPU and RAM voltage to get the best overclock possible. Excellent product for beginners and intermediate computer enthusiasts.
To round out the manuals included with the Eclipse Plus, we have the overall user guide and another guide for using the HDDBackup application.
These are the driver CDs that came with our board. I hope they are shipping with more professional CDs because this took us off guard a bit. But,we confirmed the included drivers were legit so we pressed on with the review.
The I/O backplate is color coded and the M connectors can be used to plug in front panel, USB, firewire, and audio headers into the motherboard.
The bracket above can be secured to one of the PCI slots and used to power two eSATA devices. They also included one eSATA cable and power adapter.
If eight USB 2.0 ports on the back I/O panel aren’t enough, MSI included an easy bracket that can give users two more USB 2.0 ports to work with from the back of the computers. The temperature probe below works with the DLED2 debug display for temperature readings.
Whew. The included accessories bundled with the MSI Eclipse Plus are more than enough to put together a smokin’ high-end i7 system with multiple hard drives, video cards, eSATA drives, and other USB devices. There doesn’t seem to be an end to how much this board can handle device wise. Now lets move onto the BIOS to see how it ticks and what benefits we will find in the belly of the beast.