MSI MEG X570 ACE

MSI’s MEG series is a premium/enthusiast range of motherboards with comprehensive feature sets and normally all high-end components. The MEG X570 ACE is second in terms of feature set (and price) only to the MEG Godlike X570. However, at the top end of the range, MSI also offers the E-ATX Creation board, which is similarly full-featured but targets content creators rather than gamers.

Like all AMD X570-based motherboards, the MEG ACE, launched in 2019, introduces the 4th generation of the PCI Express interface, which doubles the theoretical bandwidth compared to the predecessor. At present, the main benefit of the new interface is improved storage performance when using a PCIe 4.0 SSD that can take advantage of the additional bandwidth. 

MSI MEG X570 ACE Key Features

AMD’s X570 chipset was launched in conjunction with the CPU manufacturer’s 3rd-gen Ryzen processors, but will also work with CPUs from the 2nd generation. The MEG X570 ACE is among the more expensive, enthusiast-oriented motherboards to use the chip, comparable to e.g. the ASUS X570 Crosshair VIII Hero. Unlike the Asus board, however, onboard Wi-Fi 6/ax is not an optional add-on. 

The ACE’s high-end power delivery components (12+2+1 IR digital power) should be more than sufficient to enable overclocking and tweaking.  As is common with motherboards with the X570 platform, the MSI ACE uses active cooling in the form of a fan, in addition to MSI’s Frozr-branded heatsinks. 

What makes the ACE stand out a bit even in the enthusiast ATX segment is that it comes with three PCIe 4.0-compatible M.2 SSD slots. Most comparable boards, such as Asus’ Crosshair Hero and Formula are equipped with two. DDR4 RAM support extends up to 128 GB (4x32GB) running at up to 4600+(OC) MHz in dual-channel mode. 

Networking functionality is provided by an onboard Wi-Fi 6 MU-MIMO solution, in addition to a 2.5 Gbit LAN controller. For builders who want RGB customization options, the MEG X570 ACE uses MSI’s Mystic Light Infinity solution.

MSI MEG X570 ACE Vs. X570 Godlike

ProductMSI MEG X570 GodlikeMSI MEG X570 Ace
Form FactorE-ATXATX
CPU Support2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen
RAM Support (up to)4800+ Mhz (OC)4600+ Mhz (OC)
Memory Slots (Channels)2 (4)2 (4)
Max. RAM128 GB128 GB
PCI-E 4.0 X16 Slots42
PCI-E 4.0 X4 Slots01
PCI-E 4.0 X1 Slots02
SATA III Ports64
M.2 Slots3 (+2 via add-in card)3
RAID Support0/1/100/1/10
LAN1x KillerTM E2600 Gigabit LAN,
1x KillerTM E3000 2.5 Gbps LAN
10 Gbps Super LAN add-in card
1x Intel WGI211AT Gigabit LAN
1x Realtek RTL8125 2.5 Gbps LAN
USB PortsFront:
1x (Gen2, Type C)
4x (Gen1, Type A)
4x USB 2.0;
Rear:
1x (Gen2, Type C)
3x (Gen2, Type A)
2x (Gen1, Type A)
Front:
1x (Gen2, Type C)
4x (Gen1, Type A)
4x USB 2.0
Rear:
1x (Gen2, Type C)
3x (Gen2, Type A)
2x (Gen1, Type A)
SLI/CrossfireY/YY/Y
Audio Ports5+ Optical S/PDIF
(Realtek ALC1220)
5+ Optical S/PDIF
(Realtek ALC1220)

Compared to the MSI’s flagship ‘Godlike’ X570 motherboard, the MEG ACE does not have quite as extensive RAM support and has fewer PCIe slots. It does not come with the add-in cards that provide 10 Gbit LAN and additional M.2 slots.   

Reviews

Anandtech

In the majority of our test suite, the MSI MEG X570 Ace performs better than the B450/X470 models we have tested so far.

Techpowerup

The MEG X570 ACE is an attractive, refined motherboard. The VRM is the most sophisticated and overbuilt I have seen so far, and the integrated rear I/O shield is an excellent touch that adds to the elegance of the board.

eTeknix:

MSI MEG X570 ACE Motherboard (AMD AM4, DDR4, PCIe 4.0, SATA 6Gb/s, M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2, AX Wi-Fi 6, 2.5G LAN, ATX)

$369.99
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Features

  • Supports 2nd and 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen / Ryzen with Radeon Vega Graphics Desktop Processors for AM4 socket
  • On-board 2.5G LAN and Gigabit LAN with gaming LAN manager, and Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
  • Triple Lightning Gen 4 M.2 slots capable of unidirectional transfer speeds up to 64 GB/s
  • Audio Boost HD technology with isolated circuitry, dedicated audio processor, and ESS DAC with amplifier
  • Mystic Light Infinity brings together colorful lighting and an infinity mirror for deceptively endless light effects - customize with 16.8 million colors and 29 effects through the Mystic Light APP

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