Before the release of Intel’s 11th G.Animation Rocket Lake processor, motherboard vendors PCI 4.0. unveiled a range of ready-made Z590 motherboards for the region. We saw a lot of refreshing models, with the MSI MEG Z590 Ace being one of them. Typically located as a bridge between mid-range and flagship models, the Ace has offered exceptional features in the past, with slightly lower bells and whites of models like MSI’s Godlock, but still plenty to be excited about.. The MSI MEG Z590 Ace has an impressive four M.2 slots, six Sata ports, 2. g contains gigabytes Ethernet, WiFi, and Intel’s new Thunderbolt Map Maple Ridge controller. Trying to dominate the premium motherboard market segment we take a deep dive into Ace in this review.
MSI MEG Z590 Ace Overview
It’s no secret The price of the modern leading edge Intel motherboard has reached an unprecedented level. There was a time when most premiums went out at to 15, but The Z590 can cost as much as the mid-range on a premium chipset Consumers answer $ 300. Today Vendors are competing to stack their boards through as many features and controllers as possible, even with imaginative designs and shiny RGB. This drives the price even higher. But going below that top level can offer almost the same level of amenities as paying ०० paying00 for the top category, but at half the price. Enter Ace.
MSI’s designs have been getting better and better over the years, and the MSI MEG Z590 Ace is a good example of this. Designed as a premium, low-cost alternative to the feature-packed MEG Z590 Godlike flagship model, the Ace is certainly not a joker and provides ample details on the table. The aesthetics include a predominantly black design, with gold-plated text on the rear panel cover, a heatpad power delivery heatsink, and two areas with integrated RGB LED lighting; Rear panel cover and chipset heatsink. Interestingly, MSI has removed the plastic covers and opted for premium metal covers instead, including one hidden from the audio chip. There’s also an additional motherboard reboot on the back of the motherboard to help with the larger heavy graphics card.
Users looking for something a little different, MSI just unveiled it MEG Z590 Ace Gold Edition, Gold and brushed aluminum with a refinement to find an alternative to the ‘lighter’ regular Ace, with exactly the same features and controller set. Both sets include a driver installation on a USB drive, something we’ve been advocating for, as well as a cleaning brush. For the first time there is everything.
Some of the features of the board include three full-length PCIe slots, including two operators operating at PCIe x.0 x16 or x8 / x8, while the full-length slot below is electronically locked from the chipset to PCIe 4.0 x4. The full-length mid has two PCI 3.0.0 x1 slots, while the MSI includes a total of four M.2 slots, the Ace being one of the smaller selections on board to include more than three. The top M2 slot supports PCI 4.0.0 x M2 drives, while the other three can support PCI 3.0.0X, two of the three that support SATA-based drives. For traditional SATA devices, there are a total of six SATA ports that include support for all RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 arrays. With Intel’s memory-related refinements for the 11th Gen and Z9090, the Ace can support up to DDR4-5600, which is much faster, while the four memory slots can also accommodate up to 128GB of capacity.
More and more premium Intel motherboards use Thunderbolt, and MSI is using Intel’s latest Maple Ridge Thunderbolt controller. It not only adds two TB Type Type-C ports to the back panel but a pair of mini-displayport video inputs, which are especially useful for daisy-chain external display, and provide a unique connection for content creators. Other rear panel connectivity includes two USB 2.2G2 Type-A, four USB Type.2G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports, with additional USB 3.2G2 Type-C front panel connector, a. USB 2.2 G1 Type-A header offering two ports, and two USB 2.0 headers that allow for up to four more ports. MSI uses a random HD audio codec and DAC pair for onboard audio, while network working includes a 2.5 GbE controller and Wi-Fi 6E CNVi pairing.
From a performance standpoint, the MSI MEG Z590 Ace performed very well on all three elements of our test suite, including system, calculation, and gameplay. In terms of power consumption, the S used slightly more juice than most Z590 models we have tested so far, although POST time is competitive, DPC latency performance. Our calculations and games. On the benchmark, the Ace was a competitor to other models.
When we overclock the MSI MEG Z590 Ace with our i9-11900K, we observed a relatively tight Vrodop control at low frequency and CPU VCore voltage less than G GHz, although this was a change we made with a very aggressive VDPop above GGZ. We managed to reach .2.2 GHz all-core 100% stable, no thermal throttling and draw at full load in an incredible and equally scary power draw 485 W. When we tested each frequency, we saw an increase in POV-ray performance. MSI’s auto-overcall game boost presets on firmware actually performed worse than the default settings with more CPU vicor, and much higher core temperature and power draw. In our VRM thermal test, Ace performed well, with a reported temperature of18C1 from integrated thermal sensors in 18-phase power delivery and from a pair of K73 and हाम्रोC our-type thermocouples, respectively.
The MSI MEG Z590 Ace has an MSRP of $ 500, but you can find it cheaply on both Amazon and Neveg. It can be purchased at new speeds at the time of writing 2 2 .2, While Amazon is a good part cheaper with a price of current 0 470. Another model worth mentioning, which is in the same price range, is the ASUS ROG Maximus XIII Hero (our next Z590 review), which has two nice rear panels, also with Thunderbolt, but more USB 2.2 G2 Type-A, Dual 2. With G GbE. The MSI Meg Z90 with the 9090 Ace though has plenty to offer, with more M.2 real estate, and your hands look a little different than other vendors.
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