By Kevin Tinnin
The MSI MEG X570 Ace is one of seven motherboards that MSI has for the launch of the X570 chipset. The key thing with the MSI MEG X570 Ace is that it is a deviation of the new RGB standard, with similar aesthetics but an an all-black PCB, with black and silver heatsinks and gold accented text.
A notable design feature is MSI’s RGB Infinity Mirror 2, which is integrated into the rear panel cover. The rear panel IO comes attached with a black and red preinstalled IO shield. There is also an LED Debug, a front panel USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, an overclockers toolkit with power/reset buttons, and an MSI Boost dial which gives users the option to use the onboard CPU overclocking profiles without entering the BIOS.
Important features on the MSI X570 Ace include an Intel AX200 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface, as well as a Realtek RTL8125 2.5 Gigabit NIC, and has support for up to three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 drives. Each M.2 slot comes supplied with its own individual heatsink and fits in with the design of the actively Zero Frozr cooled X570 chipset heatsink. MSI is advertising a 14-phase power delivery, but we know it’s running an International Rectifier IR35201 PWM controller running in a 6+2 configuration with doublers. This means the CPU Vcore element is running a doubled phase design, and the VGT/SoC is running a 2-phase setup. This, in theory, should be more than capable of overclocking 16-core AMD Ryzen 3950X which is due later on this year. The design of the heatsinks means that both power delivery heatsinks are connected to the X570 chipset heatsink via a single heatpipe which runs around the memory slots and is designed to be more efficient at dissipating heat from the warm running chipset and VRMs. Other cooling options include seven 4-pin PWM fan headers which are dotted around the board’s edge.
It’s clear that the MSI MEG X570 Ace is intended for users looking to create a high-end gaming system with enthusiast-level features. It is designed to squeeze performance out of the new Ryzen 3000 series CPUs. Compared to a number of extreme models, it still has a high price tag of $356, which slots it into the high-end X570 motherboard segment. But it comes with a number of favorable features for those that want to load a system up with the latest hardware.
The MSI MEG X570 Ace sits towards the higher end of the range of X570 motherboards with a price tag of $356. For the price though, MSI has included a premium controller set which includes a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, a Realtek RTL8125-AG 2.5 G port and a Intel I211-AT Gigabit port, and also includes an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface; this also adds support for BT 5 devices too. Providing power to the 14-phase power delivery are two 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs, while the board and other componentry take its power from a 24-pin ATX 12 V power input. Its cooling comes from seven 4-pin PWM enabled headers which are split into three main sections; one for a CPU fan, one for a water pump, and five for case fans.
|MSI MEG X570 Ace ATX Motherboard|
|Warranty Period||3 Years|
|Memory Slots (DDR4)||Four DDR4|
Supporting 128 GB
Up to DDR4-4633
|Network Connectivity||Realtek RTL8125-AG 2.5 Gigabit|
Intel I211-AT Gigabit
Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax
|Onboard Audio||Realtek ALC1220|
|PCIe Slots for Graphics (from CPU)||2 x PCIe 4.0 x16 (x16 or x8/x8)|
|PCIe Slots for Other (from PCH)||1 x PCIe 4.0 x4|
2 x PCIe 4.0 x1
|Onboard SATA||Four, RAID 0/1/10|
|Onboard M.2||2 x PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA|
1 x PCIe 3.0 x4/x2
|USB 3.1 (10 Gbps)||3 x Type-A Rear Panel|
1 x Type-C Rear Panel
1 x Type-C Header
|USB 3.0 (5 Gbps)||2 x Type-A Rear Panel|
2 x Header (four ports)
|USB 2.0||2 x Type-A Rear Panel|
2 x Header (four ports)
|Power Connectors||1 x 24-pin ATX|
2 x 8pin CPU
|Fan Headers||1 x CPU (4-pin)|
1 x Water Pump (4-pin)
5 x System (4-pin)
|IO Panel||3 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-A|
1 x USB 3.1 G2 Type-C
2 x USB 3.1 G1 Type-A
2 x USB 2.0 Type-A
2 x Network RJ45 (Realtek/Intel)
5 x 3.5mm Audio Jacks (Realtek)
1 x S/PDIF Output (Realtek)
2 x Intel AX200 Antenna Ports
1 x BIOS Flashback Button
1 x Clear CMOS Button
The Msi bios has to setting the easy settings as well as the F7 advance settings.this will be an overview of the MSI bios and how to navigate through it.
If you are not experienced with setting up your Bios MSI has you covered. The 2 quick settings is the AXMP turn from off to on to load your AXPM profile on your ram. The game boost is the setting you have the knob on the board set to. As well as you can select the setting with in the bios. The limits you may run in to will be the cooling solution on your system.
On the Advance Bios for users that like to tweak settings there is lots of settings to use with in the MSI Bios.
The defaults to the MSI MEG Ace X570 in bios has a all core configuration. On Ryzen based system I feel it should have the PBO base plus boost clock profiles by default. Updating the Bios was simple and easy to do by Downloading the latest MSI Bios from their support page. https://us.msi.com/Motherboard/MEG-X570-ACE Extracting the file with a zip file extraction tool. Then copying over to a USB Flash drive. Then going in to the M-Flash mode and selecting the file and letting the system update the bios.
The MSI Bios has plenty of settings you can edit for overclocking and fine tuning your system.
Through Bios you can set up your default Fan curves and temperature ranges for your system.
Something i liked when going through the bios was everything in red is what i have populated on the board ir is in use at the time of the screenshot..
The board even shows what plugs you have populated on the back IO panel..
Experiencing AMD gaming the MSI way.
Current system config.
MSI Meg Ace x570
Gskill Flare X 3200 2x8GB cl 14 14 14 14 34 runing at 3800 cl 14 14 14 14 34
Ryzen R9 3900x
Sapphire Nitro Vega 64
Evga 1000w G2
Samsung evo 970 250Gb nvme m.2
Crucial MX500 1Tb SSD
Bykski Vega 64 Water-Block
Barrow 250ML reservoir
Standered D5 pump
Barrow RGB AMD Water-Block
2 x 360mm Radiators
MSI Sekira 500x Case
MSI MAG 27″ 165Hz 1400p freesync Gaming Monitor.
RGB lighting 6 x 120mm corsair SP fans
2 x Lighting node pro.
Thermals & Performance Numbers
Overclocking the 3900x on the MSi MEG Ace x570 to a 4.5 ALL core was a fairly simple task with the full open loop cooler I have for my system.
In CineBench R20 pulling a 7854 Score on the 3900x with clock speeds on CPU at 4.5Ghz the chips set was able to handle all voltage settings and keep the chipset nice and cool while doing so.
Setting Up PBO
Setting Up PBO over all core overclocking on the MSI MEG Ace X570 Guide.
Easy bios hot F7 to switch over to the advance bios.
Once you are in the advance bios go to OC.
Under CPU Ratio change from allcore to per ccx.
Go to Advance CPU Configuration
Set Precision Boost Override To advance.
PBO limits to manual
below are my settings your system will be limited to your cooling solution on the CPU how ever coping the settings over to your Ryzen CPU will work with it. Once you have done this F10 to save and reboot.
From a Enthusiast Standpoint the MSI MEG x570 Ace has more then enough capability, to give you the performance you are looking for with the Ryzen 3rd gen platform. The Msi Meg x570 is beginner friendly for set up and go, or advance user friendly for tweaking the numbers in Bios.