MSI MEG X570 Ace Conclusion

The MSI MEG X570 Ace is an ATX motherboard which sits very much in the mid-range of the currently X570 product stack with an MSRP of $369. This has raised a lot of questions over social media as to why X570 comes with a higher price tag over previous the previous generations of X470 and X370 models. This is simple, the X570 models are better quality and the mid-range models such as this one come with a much better feature set as standard, as well as better quality componentry within. Another aspect is the addition of PCIe 4.0 and more native support for things like M.2 slots from the CPU and chipset, USB 3.1 G2 connectivity and on some models, the inclusion of additional high performance controllers. 

In terms of its overall design, the X570 Ace is very similar to its Intel desktop variation, the MSI MEG Z390 Ace which we reviewed last year. The biggest difference visually is the fan intake grill on the X570 chipset heatsink which is a direct consequence of the chipset 11 W TDP; MSI has included a cooling fan to keep things running cool, which actually serves two purposes on this model. The power delivery heatsink and chipset heatsink are interconnected with a heatpipe, and in our thermal analysis the MSI MEG X570 has very cool running VRMs with our Ryzen 7 3700X at our maximum achieved overclock. On the rear panel cover is the MSI RGB Infinity Mirror which adds a bit of flair, but the most notable design comes in the gold accents which seems to be a direct shout out to AMD's 50 year anniversary, although not officially stated. Although the integrated RGB LEDs are primarily through the Infinity Mirror, MSI does include vast amounts of RGB LED connections for users to create a unique rainbow-like disco in their chassis. One thing we noted in our preview before launch, there is quite a noticeable amount of plastic around the board, especially the rear panel area and the chipset heatsink. This detracts slightly from the premium element, but it fits in well with the boards aesthetic; it doesn't detriment performance and is purely for visual effect.

For the feature set on offer which includes a long list including dual Ethernet ports on the rear panel, one 2.5 GbE and the other 1 GbE, a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, and an Intel AX200 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface which also offers BT 5 connectivity. While the X570 Ace only includes four SATA ports, MSI has used the modular nature of the PCIe 4.0 lanes on the X570 chipset to provide a total of three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots. Each of these M.2 slots has its own heatsink which blends in with the aesthetic of the board. The top two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots are driven by the CPU which operate at x16 and x8/x8, whereas the bottom full-length slot comes via the X570 chipset and is locked down to x4. 

Its overall performance is underpinned by the Ryzen 7 3700X we use on the test bench. In the majority of our test suite, the MSI MEG X570 Ace performs better than the B450/X470 models we have tested so far. Power consumption at full load was noticeably higher but can be attributed to a number of factors including CPU Vcore at default settings, as well as the X570 chipset which has a TDP of 11 W. In our new thermal VRM analysis testing, the MSI MEG X570 Ace performed very well and shows that the 12+2 power delivery running in a 6+2 configuration spearheaded by an International Rectifier IR35201 PWM controller. Putting it quite simply, the power delivery and heatsinks on the X570 Ace are very capable and stands it as one of the better designs seen from MSI over the years.

Looking at the overclocking performance, we managed to get 4.3 GHz out of our Ryzen 7 3700X albeit without the heavier AVX2 workloads, but with a CPU VCore of 1.375 V. MSI's pre-defined overclocking Game Boost profiles aren't great with way too many volts applied which resulted in CPU temperatures skyrocketing into triple-digit numbers. This is something MSI needs to go back to the drawing board on as 4.2 GHz does not require 1.558 of CPU VCore at full load; this resulted in a maximum temperature of 103 degrees Celcius even with a good quality 240 mm AIO CPU cooler installed. For users that intend to overclock their Ryzen 3000 processors, MSI has included a total of seven 4-pin fan headers which is quite impressive for a mid-range model.

At its current price point, the MSI MEG X570 Ace ($369) is in direct competition with a handful of models including the GIGABYTE X570 Aorus Master ($360), the ASUS ROG X570 Crosshair VIII Hero WIFI ($380), and the ASRock X570 Phantom Gaming X ($350), with the latter on paper comes with a very similar feature set but at a slightly lower price. The MEG X570 Ace has initial niggles including the laggy launch firmware and irrational overclocking presets, but marks a big step forward for MSI in terms of power delivery, and its networking capabilities. The MSI MEG X570 represents a good example of an enthusiast-level gaming themed board which steps things into another gear, which could, in turn, prove to be the ace in the hole of its current X570 product stack. 

At the time of writing at Newegg, the current price for the MSI X570 Ace sits at $415. This is also reflected at Amazon US with a current selling price of $400. This is considerably more than the MSRP suggests and could be due to an issue with availability and stock levels as at both stores, the MSI X570 Ace is only available via third-party sellers. When Newegg and Amazon eventually receive stock, the price should drop down, but it would be recommended to check your local hardware stockist for pricing and availability. For the European markets, the MSI MEG X570 Ace is also available at Amazon UK with a price tag of £360, and at Amazon DE for 400€.

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  • Peter2k - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    First
    One could connect the board with the front USB ports of the case
    It's rare to find a case that has no frontal USB
    If you're attaching some new usb thingy more permanently to the back, you could turn the case a little or something

    Second
    Its clear comes button is next to the wifi cable
    The layout should make it clear you're not next to USB at all

    Third
    Those buttons are not sticking out of the I/O cover, and an USB plug is too wide to accidentally be pushed into them

    Lastly, I'm not aware of any complaints from users about such buttons
    It's not a new or unique feature at all
    Reply
  • Peter2k - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Btw
    You could also save your current settings and even if you do wipe them by accident, you can load them again
    Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Anything semi-permanently attached gets plugged in the rear to keep the cabling mess out of the way. Front ports are for thumb drives and the like.

    If the system's awkwardly placed such that I can't see it, I'm probably looking for ports by touch and the buttons are finger sized. A year after the last time I've seen the back I have no idea how the ports are arranged, and am generally starting from the top and working my way down, top ports are easier to access from above so I normally fill the bottom ones first and leave the top USB open for later. The cable plug isn't going back until I've found the right location. Starting by scraping a plug around until you find something big enough for it to fit into is a good way to end up with a USB plug stuck in the second ethernet socket by accident.
    Reply
  • Mr Perfect - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    No, it's not just you. My mobotherboard has a rear panel BIOS reset and I've only pressed it twice in five years. Both times where accidental.

    I probably shouldn't admit to that...
    Reply
  • FreckledTrout - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Yeah. I always wished they would put some type of flip cover on these so you don't mess up and hit them by accident. Reply
  • 12345 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Just save a profile to local storage. Reply
  • peevee - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Way too expensive. For comparison, for that price you can buy a basic laptop with a motherboard and WiFi, but also:
    1) CPU with iGPU
    2) Memory
    3) Display
    4) Battery
    5) Disk
    6) Case
    7) Charger

    Oh the times when I could buy a microATX MB for $50 and spend money on what actually matters...
    Reply
  • HighTech4US - Sunday, July 21, 2019 - link

    Agree way too expensive.

    I just purchased a ASRock B450M PRO4 Micro ATX AMD Motherboard for only $74.99 from NewEgg and an AMD Ryzen 5 3600 for $199.99 and Team T-Force Vulcan 8GB (2 x 4GB) 3200 (PC4 25600) for $39.99. Total $314.97

    So I got an entire CPU/Motherboard/Memory for less than this motherboard alone.
    Reply
  • regsEx - Thursday, August 1, 2019 - link

    Agreed. The red price is $280, yet only if had 10 GbE controller and 20 Gbps USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 controllers. If no, the $250. Reply
  • Sparkyman215 - Thursday, July 18, 2019 - link

    Why are certain seemingly random portions of the article specifically tagged a certain color? The body <p> tags are #444 but some snippets are set to rgb(68,68,68) (which is #444) in the same <p> tag. I know it literally doesn't matter to anyone but I noticed it and it's weird haha Reply

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