Very nice VRM: With twelve 60A IR3555 and a powerful IR35201, the VRM on this motherboard is well equipped to handle any overclock of the new 3rd generation Ryzen CPUs. The VRM is cooled by a large heat sink that uses a heat pipe to attach to the chipset heat sink.
Networking: We find not only an Intel Gbit NIC, but also a 2.5Gbit Realtek NIC for faster network connectivity when dealing with the new Wireless AX controllers. We also find the new AX200 WIFI6 controller onboard, so we know the motherboard is ready for the future.
Solid Audio: Audio on this motherboard is also quite good, and we find the ESS Sabre 9018 DAC on the motherboard, which should provide better audio.
A bit low on SATA: There are only four SATA ports on the motherboard, which is a bit low compared to other motherboards, but was done to allow more USB and other chipset features.
The MEG X570 ACE costs around $370, putting it within range of the ASUS Hero and the GIGABYTE Master. They all have similar features such as a 2.5Gbit NIC, a Gbit NIC, and the new WIFI6 controllers. They also all have quite nice VRMs, so it's a very tied up competition, which should come down to part selection, PCB quality, and heat sink performance.
Each has its own benefits, but what is clear is that all of them can handle the new high-performance CPUs. Other than the VRM, the motherboard has a nice cooling system where the chipset fan can turn all the way off, something a lot of people complained about on other motherboards.
We were very impressed with the aesthetics of the motherboard as well; black and gold were popular before, and we are impressed with the way MSI brought it back. We think this is a solid motherboard with an excellent feature set at a reasonable price.
The Bottom Line
Loaded with an excellent VRM, solid aesthetics, great features, and excellent audio and networking, the MSI MEG X570 ACE is a solid choice for the new Ryzen platform.
- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Packaging and MEG X570 ACE Overview]
- Page 3 [MSI MEG X570 ACE Circuit Analysis]
- Page 4 [MSI MEG X570 ACE Circuit Analysis Continued]
- Page 5 [BIOS and Software]
- Page 6 [Test System Setup]
- Page 7 [Overclocking]
- Page 8 [CPU, Memory, and System Benchmarks]
- Page 9 [System IO Benchmarks]
- Page 10 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]