The Intel Z590 Motherboard Overview: 50+ Motherboards Detailedby Gavin Bonshor on January 19, 2021 10:15 AM EST
MSI MEG Z590 Ace & Z590 Ace Gold Edition
The MSI MEG Z590 Ace and MEG Z590 Ace Gold Edition both represent its enthusiast gaming series and sits just below the Godlike in both specifications and overall presentation. MSI has opted for a primarily black design with gold accents at various points of the board, including the power delivery and top M.2 heatsink, with more gold text on the audio PCB cover. It includes a stylish illuminated RGB MSI Dragon logo built into the rear panel cover, with more RGB LED's located within the bottom mesh of the chipset heatsink.
The only difference between the Z590 Ace and Z590 Ace Gold Edition is the aesthetic, with the latter decked out in gold and aluminum instead of black. The rest of the feature and controller set remains the same.
The MSI MEG Z590 Ace is stacked with features, including three full-length PCIe slots, with two operating at PCIe 4.0 x16 and x8/x8, with the bottom full-length slot locked to PCIe 3.0 x4. MSI includes plenty of storage options, including four M.2 slots, one PCIe 4.0 x4, and three PCIe 3.0 x4/SATA, with six SATA ports with RAID 0, 1, 5, and 10 support. Going all out on memory capabilities, the Z590 Ace includes four memory slots, with support for up to DDR4-5333 and up to 128 GB.
In the top right-hand corner is a two-digit LED debugger, while a power and reset button pairing is located in the bottom right-hand corner. MSI is advertising a 16+2 phase power delivery that uses doublers, with a pair of 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs.
On the rear panel are a pair of Thunderbolt 4 Type-C ports with two mini-DisplayPort passthrough inputs, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. A single HDMI video output allows users to utilize Intel's HD graphics, while a Realtek HD audio codec drives five 3.5 mm audio jacks and S/PDIF optical output. MSI uses Intel's I225-V 2.5 GbE controller, with the latest Intel AX210 Wi-Fi 6E CNVi, with support for BT 5.2 devices. Last but certainly not least, the Z590 Ace includes a clear CMOS button and a BIOS Flashback button to allow users an easy alternative to flash the board's firmware.
As it stands, MSI has an MSRP of $489 set for the MEG Z590 Ace, which is around $80 more than when it released the Z490 version. It does include a host of premium features and includes dual Thunderbolt 4 Type-C.