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Review: MSI MEG X570 Ace

by Tarinder Sandhu on 20 September 2019, 14:01

Tags: MSI, AMD (NYSE:AMD)

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Conclusion

...the MEG X570 Ace is a commendable motherboard carrying enough good points to make it a noteworthy addition to the premium AMD chipset firmament.

Priced at £350, the MSI MEG X570 Ace is a decent motherboard in most respects, housing excellent VRM cooling and power-delivery support, best-in-class RGB lighting, solid M.2 coverage, and an attractive I/O section augmented by 2.5G Ethernet and WiFi 6.

We also like the stealthy look, even if it is a bit busy, and top-notch fan support, though we suppose it should have all of these features, and some more, at the £350 asking fee. The Ace could do with a few tweaks, mind, from increasing the number of SATA ports, voltage-monitoring points and dual BIOSes for the proper enthusiast, and a layout rethink enabling easier connection of a few key features.

Our overall feeling is that the MEG X570 Ace is a commendable motherboard carrying enough good points to make it a noteworthy addition to the premium AMD chipset firmament. Extremely strong in I/O provisioning and RGB lighting, its appeal may not be that wide, but for those that like it, there isn't another board quite as cool.

The Good
 
The Bad
Looks good
Excellent RGB implementation
Top-notch networking support
Solid performance
Premium power delivery

 
Four SATA ports
Given focus on cooling, chipset fan necessary?



MSI MEG X570 Ace

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@Hexus Did you try removing the chipset shroud to see whether a custom heatsink could be swapped-in or the fan replaced like-for-like? Most longevity concerns seems to focus on the chipset fan as a key weakness.

Agree that the 4 sata ports suck. I can't figure out why they did that. Even just splitting some sataIII ports to sataII would be useful given HDD still don't really need SATA3 bandwidth.
ik9000
Agree that the 4 sata ports suck. I can't figure out why they did that. Even just splitting some sataIII ports to sataII would be useful given HDD still don't really need SATA3 bandwidth.
Who has four drives these days?
Moreover, who uses three M.2 drives and still needs four SATA drives?

I expect most people with high volume storage requirements will more likely have a NAS or something.
Ttaskmaster
ik9000
Agree that the 4 sata ports suck. I can't figure out why they did that. Even just splitting some sataIII ports to sataII would be useful given HDD still don't really need SATA3 bandwidth.
Who has four drives these days?
Moreover, who uses three M.2 drives and still needs four SATA drives?

I expect most people with high volume storage requirements will more likely have a NAS or something.

I have 4x HDs, 2x NVME's and 2 optical drives.
Ttaskmaster
ik9000
Agree that the 4 sata ports suck. I can't figure out why they did that. Even just splitting some sataIII ports to sataII would be useful given HDD still don't really need SATA3 bandwidth.
Who has four drives these days?
Moreover, who uses three M.2 drives and still needs four SATA drives?

I expect most people with high volume storage requirements will more likely have a NAS or something.

I have a ton of HDDs. No M.2 though, nor does it particularly interest me. When I finally upgrade to a 3700X I might get one, but only if the price difference between that and the same-size SATA is a tenner or so. But ya I have 8 drives plugged into this system.

I'd either get a 1tb m.2, or 2x512gb SATA, and combine them with 2 current 512gb for a 2tb RAID0. Should get pretty decent performance out of it, and as it's purely for gaming, data loss isn't an issue.
Tunnah
I have a ton of HDDs. No M.2 though, nor does it particularly interest me. When I finally upgrade to a 3700X I might get one, but only if the price difference between that and the same-size SATA is a tenner or so. But ya I have 8 drives plugged into this system.

I'd either get a 1tb m.2, or 2x512gb SATA, and combine them with 2 current 512gb for a 2tb RAID0. Should get pretty decent performance out of it, and as it's purely for gaming, data loss isn't an issue.

m.2 nvme is way faster than 2 x sata ssd's in raid matey….

Crystal disk says my corsair can do 3600 mb/s compared to about 2000 of 2 x ssd's in raid
You *should* be interested as if you get a 3700X and an X570 motherboard 5 gig a second is easily obtainable