MSI MEG Z590 ACE Motherboard Review
Ben Enos / 6 months ago
MSI love to create some of the best motherboards out and they do a good job at offering users what they need. The MSI MEG Z590 ACE is an enthusiast-grade board that is going to be jam-packed with most of the bells and whistles that Intel’s 11th Gen CPU and Z590 chipset have to offer. The MEG ACE range of boards, as seen with the Z490 variant offers just enough to be an enthusiast board without crossing that line into professional overclocking.
MSI MEG Z590 ACE
As we have seen with all Z590 boards, when paired with an Intel 11th Gen CPU they have finally brought us PCIe 4.0 on an Intel setup. Alongside this, users will be able to take advantage of the MSI MEG Z590 ACE’s dual thunderbolt ports, quad M.2 slots, Wi-Fi 6E and 2.5G LAN among other features. In terms of design, the MEG Z590 ACE offers an 8-layer PCB, plenty of M.2 shielding, PCIe Steel Armour and 16x 90A Power Phases
- 16+2+1 phases with 90A SPS
- 8 Layer PCB
- 128GB max memory
- 4 M.2 Slots
- Only 1 slot supports gen4 (with 11th gen cpu)
- SATA2 unavailable when M.2_2 in use
- SATA5+6 unavailable when M.2_3 in use
- M2_2 & M2_3 support up to SATA 6Gb/s
- M.2_4 slot supports PCIe only.
- M.2_4 bandwidth reduces from x4 to x2 when PCIE_5 in use
- 6x SATA
- 3 PCIe X16 slots
- x16/x0/x4, x8/x8/x4, x8/x4+x4/x4
- Gen4 supported with 11th gen cpu
- Gen3 supported with 10th gen cpu
- 2 PCIe 3.0 x1 slots
- 2 way SLI & 3 way Crossfire
- Flash BIOS & Clear CMOS button
- 2x Thunderbolt 40Gbps (Type C)
- 2x Mini DP input
- 2.5G LAN
For in-depth specifications, please visit the official Manufacturer Motherboard product page here.
As this is an enthusiast-level board, it comes with loads of stuff in the box. We have stickers, manuals and even quick install guides to get us started.
For proper accessories we have, Wi-Fi antenna, USB drive, cleaning brush, screwdrivers, M.2 screw/standoff sets, DP to Mini DP cable, Thermistor cable, RGB splitter cable, Corsair RGV Cable extension, Rainbow RGB extension cable and 4x SATA 6.0GB/s cables. All in all, it should be enough for most and if not, it will definitely be enough for you to get the board up and running while you sort out what else you may need.