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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  • beginner99 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    only 4 sata ports on a >$350 board is a no go. It's the only one in this price range with that limit. I currently have 2 ssds, 3hdds and a bluray connected via sata. Admittedly 1 ssd could go, and 1 hdd, bluray probably also but the one time every 2 years you need it...Anyway a asus Strix-e is cheaper and has no obvious downside to this board and 6 sata (or is it 8?). I'm aware some sata ports get disabled if you use multiple m.2 but having either option is clearly a plus. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Yep same 4 ports would not be enough for me as well. Heck even my old z77x board supports up to 9 sata drives granted only 5 of those are Sata 6 the other 4 are only Sata 3 ports. Reply
  • peevee - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Nobody in their right mind should use more than 2 SATA devices with a MB like that for Ryzen 3 CPUs. Did you also connect perforated tape readers to your Pentium 4?
    Your main SSDs should be PCIe 4.0 x4 for this MB to make sense, for example. 1 old BD + maybe, MAYBE some new 8TB+ HDD if you need to store a lot of RAW video. But maybe an external enclosure with RAID would be better, to turn it on only when needed.
  • pavag - Saturday, July 20, 2019 - link

    I have 8 SATA drives connected. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Monday, July 22, 2019 - link

    If you were replying to me I don't think I ever said what I had hooked up to the Sata ports. SO here goes I have a Samsung 860 Pro 512GB as my C drive and 3 4TB WD blacks hooked to the system as just pure storage and game drives. When I upgrade to a new platform I probably will go with a 1TB NMVe drive as my C drive and pick up 3 6TB WD blacks for storage.

    I may also installed a second cheaper 1TB NMVe drive in the second M.2 slot so can install most played games on that drive.
  • TheUnhandledException - Saturday, July 20, 2019 - link

    How about the horrible lack of punch card reader support. 4 SATA is fine these days. The future is m.2 (or ideally also u.2 but that seems server only). I am glad that OEMs aren't wasting PCIe lanes putting in 6 or 8 or 10 SATA ports. If you really need 8 SATA ports then get an expansion card and connect all your drives to that. Reply
  • rocky12345 - Monday, July 22, 2019 - link

    4 ports for most are fine even my own needs only need up to 4 ports since on my current system I have 1 Sata SSD and 3 Sata hard drives installed and got rid of the Blu-Ray drive a long time ago.

    I think the point being made was for this amount of money for the board it seems like they cut some of the features. I think I have seen other recent Ryzen boards with 6 sata ports maybe even 8 ports and cost less also. Right now I require up to 4 ports on my current system and have 5 ports free.

    In my next build I will only need 3 ports because of switching to NMVe m.2 SSD drive but I do plan on getting 3 hard drives for large storage needs because SSD drives can not match the price to storage size yet of a regular hard drive. My plan just like last time I got my drives is to get the fastest possible drives on the market in the consumer segment which is the WD Black drives. I probably will get 6TB drives this time around and would like to get the 8TB drives but they seem to be hard to find right now so 6TB will have to do I will just get 3 of them to fulfill my storage needs.
  • Tomyknee - Saturday, August 31, 2019 - link

    Thank you. Why does no one see this? This is the first new PCIe upgrade in a decade and people are fretting about 6gb SATA? Stay with a stinking X399 board if you are going to continue to use SATA Reply
  • Azurael - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Are you ever planning to do native EFI post time? I'm not sure how relevant BIOS-emulation boot is any more.

    I certainly haven't had CSM enabled for about 5 years - just leaving it on, even if you're booting in EFI mode, easily doubles POST time on most of the Gigabyte boards I've used in that period - and that's without enabling AMI Fast/Ultra Fast boot mode where it doesn't bring up unnecessary things like AHCI and XHCI controllers which aren't hosting a boot device and will have to be initialised by the OS anyway.

    My current machine starts booting Windows about 2 seconds after I press the power button (which is much faster than any of the OEM machines I've observed booting in EFI mode and leads me to suspect that the relative differences between boards will be totally different in EFI mode.)
  • marcle - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    How much noise does the chipset fan make? Can I use the X570 chipset in an audio production environment that requires a (virtually) silent computer?
    Right now I've got an i7-4771 with 84w TDP that's inaudible in an insulated case, and stays under 60C (usually well under) even at load.
    How would the X570 fare in that situation?

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