MSI MEG X570 ACE Review

👤by Matthew Hodgson Comments 📅22-09-19
Overall, the MSI MEG X570 ACE offers a lot for any prospective buyer, if you can justify the £350 pricetag; having said that, there’s certainly plenty of reasons to justify the purchase.

We think the dark theme with gold/copper accents looks great, keeping a stealthy appearance with a sprinkling of tasteful RGB lighting, but the colour theme might not be to everyone’s liking, however, you shouldn’t really discount a motherboard based on the colour scheme over anything else.

Features are abundant across the motherboard, with 2.5G ethernet, WiFi AX, three x16 PCI-E slots and three M.2 NVMe x4 slots, all operating on the 4.0 specification, a very impressive VRM power phase, with the associated cooling capacity, and a very decent rear I/O.

MSI also claimed that they’ve designed the board in a DIY Friendly manner, and it shows. The 4-pin PWM headers are conveniently located, as are things like the 90° USB 3.0 and 3.2 headers. The easily removeable M.2 heatsinks also improve things, allowing you to buy NVMe SSDs with a heatsink pre-applied or using MSI’s solution on a naked SSD.

The cooling solution applied also bodes well for overclockers, we never heard the FCH fan ramp up but it’s nice to know that it’s there if things begin to get toasty, particularly if you go for something like the 3900X or 3950X with their higher power demands.

Although, on the other hand, there are also some problems that we can’t get by for the price point. MSI’s decision to kick the norm and drop a pair of SATA ports, giving only four, will limit the options for some users, and including USB 2.0 ports on the back of the motherboard shouldn’t even be a consideration at this price point. There’s also a lack of a 2nd BIOS chip, something that enthusiasts would benefit from as a method of redundancy.

We feel the MSI MEG X570 ACE offers a good balance of options and premium features to keep the majority of enthusiasts and gamers happy but there are some odd choices implemented for the price point.

+ Extensive cooling systems
+ Capable power delivery
+ Stylish, stealthy appearance
+ Great RGB lighting on the rear IO
+ Three NVMe 4.0 slots
+ 2.5G Ethernet
+ Good placement of headers around the edge of the board

- Only 4 SATA ports
- Only one BIOS chip

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