MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard Review
So lets take a look and find out what features are on offer and if its a board, you should consider buying.. The ATX board has a nice clean, black and grey metallic colour. Scheme. Theres some RGB lighting above one of the heatsinks theyre, calling it Mystic Light Infinity because it has an effect that makes it look like it goes deeper than the space available.. This can be controlled using MSIs light sync software. In total. There are 29 different effects, but you can always turn it off if you prefer., As for rear IO from left to right, there are BIOS flashback and clear CMOS buttons. Four USB 2.0 Type, A ports gigabit ethernet, 5, USB 3.1 Gen, 2 Type, A ports, a single USB, 3.1 Gen, 2 Type C port, two WiFi, antenna, connectors and audio jacks.. The black and red IO shield is also pre installed on the board. Making installation easier. At the center of the board is the LGA 1151 socket, which supports both Intel, 8th, gen and 9th gen CPUs, and for my testing Im using an i7 8700k. Next to the socket. Are the four memory slots which run in dual channel and can support up to 64GB of memory at up to DDR4 4500 speeds with overclocking. In my system? Im just running two 8gb sticks of T Force Night Hawk CL16 memory from Team Group at DDR4 3200.. As for the PCIe 3.0 slots from the top down theres an x16 slot with 16 lanes via the CPU two PCIe x1 slots, with one lane via the PCH x16 slot with 8 lanes via the CPU third x1 slot with 1 lane via the PCH, then.
Finally, down the bottom, an x16 slot with 4 lanes via the CPU.. The board also supports either two way SLI or three way Crossfire and the three x16 slots are also reinforced with metal.. There are three M.2 slots around the PCIe slots and the top one supports slightly longer drives while the bottom one is cooled by the included heat shield.. All three M.2 slots are wired for 4 lanes of PCIe 3.0 via the chipset. However, installing drives will disable different SATA ports. You can check which get disabled in the manual.. As for internal IO, along the top of the board, there are two 8 pin power: connectors, CPU and pump fan headers two RGB headers and a debug LED. Along the right hand, side, theres, 6, SATA, 3, connectors internal USB 3.1 Gen, 1 header, two internal USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C headers, ATX, 24 pin power, connector and two system fan headers towards the top.. Finally, along the bottom, from left to right, theres, the front panel audio third system fan header, a couple: more RGB headers 4th system fan header, two internal USB 2.0 headers. Second, USB 3.1 Gen1 header front panel connectors, followed by power and reset switch with a dial for overclocking.. Last but not least, the 5th and final system fan header is found just above the top M.2 slot. Using the SATA ports. Theres support for RAID 0, 1, 5 and 10, while the M.2 slots support RAID 0, 1 and 5.
. The WiFi antenna can be attached to the back of the board and supports up to 802.11ac WiFi with Intel Wireless AC 9560. To boot, into the BIOS, simply press. The delete key during boot. Its the same as other MSI boards, Ive used so easy to navigate through and make changes, and I had no issues while updating to the latest version noted here, which is what I was testing with.. The BIOS can be upgraded easily by copying the update files onto a USB stick, plugging in and pressing the BIOS flashback button on the back of the board. It just takes a few minutes to complete and its a great feature to have.. With Z'0 youve got the option of overclocking too.. The overclocking dial found on the bottom left corner of the motherboard, starts at the default of 0 and can literally be turned up to 11.. Each increment applies different frequency and voltage automatically after you reboot.. The amount will differ between CPUs for the 8700K Im using here. These are the values were looking at, but I just went ahead with my usual manual 5.0GHz overclock, without any issues. Heres. What were looking at in terms of VRM temperature at idle and with the CPU under Aida64 stress, test at stock and overclocked to 5GHz on all 6 cores with an ambient room temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. For up to date, pricing check the links in the description As prices will change over time.
At the time of recording in the US, its going for 270 USD while here in Australia, its 479 AUD.. So what did you guys think about MSIs Z'0 ACE motherboard? I like how it looks and its got great features, but these come at a cost, as this is one of MSIs, more premium Z'0 options at the moment, so it depends what youre after in a board.. Let me know your thoughts down in the comments and, if youre new here get subscribed for future tech.