MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard review

By Julio Franco
Jun 11, 2009
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  1. MSI X58 Pro-E motherboard review @ TechSpot

    MSI has quietly been preparing an army of Core i7 motherboards, now with five unique models on offer, we feel they may have what we're after. The X58 Pro-E is an interesting looking motherboard, priced at around $200 which is almost as low as X58-based motherboards will go.

    Read the full review at:

    Please leave your feedback here.
  2. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 799   +48

    its a slow news day when the top story is a review of a motherboard that doesnt really cost any more or less than a bunch of other motherboards..
  3. yukka

    yukka TechSpot Paladin Posts: 799   +48

    Of course, its a good read :) Just means ive had to do more work than usual
  4. Burty117

    Burty117 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,765   +534

    I'm glad i'm not the only one who stops working just to read techspot =) I to had to do more work today =(
  5. FoReWoRd

    FoReWoRd TS Rookie Posts: 204

    same here.....
  6. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    Another interesting and very usefull motherboard review... that is written in a way that will appeal to a lot of people who visit this forum. I would like to see them in a form that could be easily printed or saved.
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    This is a great price for a board in this playing field. pci e expansion slots like these are hard to come by, great spacing. There are only about 5 high end boards with the same type of spacing, optimizing space for tri sli while leaving room for pci add on cards.
  8. Julio Franco

    Julio Franco TechSpot Editor Topic Starter Posts: 6,907   +543

    Suggestion noted. We used to offer printable versions a long time ago, and should be doable today, just haven't paid attention to the possibility. I will explore the option a bit further and if we decide to go with it you will notice :)
  9. I recently purchased this board and will actually be assembling tonight. In this review it says you have to purchase a special "SLI" version of the pro-E in order to get SLI, but according to MSI's website the pro-E supports SLI as do all MSI X58 motherboards. Here is the pro-E specs, at the bottom it says "Y" by SLI:

    Also, here is a press release pre-dating this review that says all MSI X58 mainboard's now support SLI:

    That said, I guess I will know for sure tonight as I counted on it when I made my order.
  10. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,047   +1,057

    Actually technically that press release was produced after I wrote this review. Despite the slight difference in dates the 11th of June was not when I wrote the review but when it finally went live.

    Anyway it does appear that MSI has dropped the whole confusing SLI and non-SLI board structure giving all X58 boards SLI and Crossfire support.

    If you look at these boards over at Newegg you will see what I meant about the SLI/non-SLI versions.

    MSI Eclipse Plus

    This board originally did not support SLI but I presume that it does now.

    MSI X58 Eclipse SLI

    This version always supported both SLI and Crossfire.
  11. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    May I say that the pci e layout is superior to most x58 mobos' if you're doing tri sli/X fire the last slot isnt all the way at the bottom of your atx motherboard, in which most pc cases dont have the room to let you expand a 2 slot card passed the last slot on the motherboard.
  12. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,047   +1,057

    Yeah its the same layout the EVGA 132-BL-E758-A1, ASRock X58 Deluxe, EVGA 132-BL-E758-TR and ASUS P6T boards use for example...
  13. I am the above guest that talks about the press release. It turns out the board does support SLI now. I am not sure how pervasive this is, but fortunately my dual GTX 260's can be SLI enabled without an SLI bridge sense the mobo does not come with one. It is only packaged with a crossfire bridge which did not work despite fitting in the SLI slots.

    Thanks for the review, it was quite helpful.
  14. Steve

    Steve TechSpot Editor Posts: 2,047   +1,057

    How do they perform without the SLI bridge?
  15. The only real test off the graphics card I have done is the demo of ArmA 2. With everything on it's highest setting including AA I got a little under 30 fps on average. I am not sure how that compares to SLI disabled sense I didn't test it. Here are the rest of the computer specs:

    MSI X58 Pro-E
    Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.6 GHz
    2X EVGA GTX 260 core 216 in SLI
    Cooler Master v8 CPU cooler
    Corsair 750TX psu
    Cooler Master Storm Scout Case
    G.Skill (3x2GB) DDR3 1333
    Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
  16. I forgot to add the resolution previously... it is 1920 x 1080.
  17. Again, the usual guest. I ran 3Dmark06 to get some idea of how the SLI is performing. The settings were left at the default 1280 x 1024, no AA, and optimal filtering. Here are the results:

    3Dmark Score: 22585
    SM2 Score: 9338
    SM3 Score: 10319
    CPU Score: 6197

    Comparing these numbers to Tom's Hardware numbers, it seems the SLI scales well. This combination falls right in between the 9800 gx2 and the GTX 295. I think I remember reading the GTX 295 is essentially a single card SLI of two GTX 275 cores? Thus, it is falling right where is should.

    Again this is with the following configuration:

    MSI X58 Pro-E
    Intel Core i7 920 @ 3.6 GHz
    2 x EVGA GTX 260 core 216 overclocked to 600 MHz, in SLI
    Cooler Master v8 CPU cooler
    Corsair 750TX psu
    Cooler Master Storm Scout Case
    G.Skill (3x2GB) DDR3 1333
    Western Digital Caviar Black 500 GB
    Windows Vista Home Premium 64 bit
  18. will this card support 2 295s?
  19. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Any cards will work without sli bridges, they dont even have to be identical, people think that things like this will make your pc blow up or something, its not really helpful to you to do it, but it wont hurt anything. Its impossible to run two identical cards in sli w/o the bridge, but I guess this is what you were implying? Both cards will still work, but they wont split the load for max efficiency.
  20. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    That's exactly right.
  21. I just finished my PC together using this board today and I must say I am impressed. I love it love it love it.
  22. what is ur config(im asking the previous guest :D)

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