Visual Inspection

As it currently stands, the X570 Ace is the part of MSI's MEG branded enthusiast gaming range. The MSI MEG X570 Ace also follows a different design path to almost all of its launch day X570 competition, with an all-black PCB with gold and black designs on all of the heatsinks. This represents and acknowledges AMD's 50 year anniversary, although it isn't specified on the packaging.  

In terms of PCIe, the MSI MEG X570 Ace has two full-length PCIe 4.0 slots from the CPU, which run at x16 or x8/x8, and a final full-length PCIe 4.0 x4 slot from the chipset. Also present is two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots, On the board are seven 4-pin fan headers, an LED Debugger located below the SATA ports, a power button, a reset switch, and an MSI Boost dial which allows users to use MSI's pre-defined overclocking profiles without entering the BIOS.

The MSI MEG X570 Ace power delivery heatsink without the rear panel cover

Unlike a lot of other ATX sized X570 motherboards, the X570 Ace features only four SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. Sandwiched between the full-length PCIe 4.0 slots are three PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots which have their own individual Lightning Gen4 M.2 heatsink. For the memory, the MSI MEG X570 Ace has four memory slots with support for DDR4-4533 and up to a maximum capacity of 128 GB. All of MSI's X570 product stack has been qualified for use with 32 GB UDIMMs with the Samsung 32 GB DDR4-2666 supported out of the box.

As with the MSI MEG X570 Godlike, the MEG X570 Ace does include a fair amount of plastic on the rear panel cover and around the X570 chipset heatsink. This is more forgivable on a non-flagship model such as this, and although it shouldn't affect thermal performance due to the actively cooled chipset heatsink, more metal would give a more premium feel. Located around the edge of the PCB are seven 4-pin PWM fan headers which are divided into one for a CPU fan, five for system fans, and a single 4-pin header dedicated for water pumps. 

The MSI MEG X570 Ace sits in third position in MSI's stack; only the X570 Godlike and X570 Creation offering a bigger feature-set and better-equipped power delivery. On the MEG X570 Ace, the PWM controller of choice is the International Rectifier IR35201 which is operating in 6+2 mode with the CPU VCore element opting for 12 x IR3555 60 A power stages which are doubled up with 6 x IR3599 doublers. Providing power to the CPU is two 8-pin 12 V ATX CPU power inputs.

The VGT/SoC is using two individual IR3555 60 A power stages to make up the 6+2 design. Keeping the power delivery cool is a large aluminium heatsink which is connected to the actively cooled X570 chipset heatsink by a single heat pipe. The X570 chipset heatsink fan is powered by MSI's Zero Frozr design which makes it semi-passive with the fan only ramping up when the chipset gets warm, and with integrated PCIe 4.0 lanes, this is sure to add extra work for the heatsink to deal with when compared with previous variants of AMD's AM4 chipsets.

Over on the rear panel, the MSI MEG X570 Ace is three USB 3.1 G2 Type-A, a single USB 3.1 G2 Type-C, two USB 3.1 G1 Type-A, and two USB 2.0 ports. Onboard audio-wise, there are five 3.5 mm audio jacks and a S/PDIF optical output powered by a Realtek ALC1220 HD audio codec, while the two Ethernet ports are each controlled by a Realtek RTL8125-CG 2.5 G and Intel I211-AT Gigabit pairing of NICs. The X570 Ace also includes a Realtek AX1650 Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax wireless interface which also adds BT 5.0 connectivity to the board. Also featured on the rear panel is a Clear CMOS button, a BIOS Flashback switch with a highlighted USB Type-A port for users to update the firmware, and a PS/2 combo keyboard and mouse port. As with other premium X570 models from MSI, the X570 Ace also benefits from a pre-installed IO shield.

What's in the Box

Included within the accessories bundle for the MSI MEG X570 Ace are four SATA cables, four RGB extension cables, an antenna set for the Realtek AX1650 802.11ax Wi-Fi 6 wireless interface, three M.2 installation screws, a driver installation disc, and a user manual. Although not as jam-packed as the X570 Godlike's bundle, the X570 Ace certainly provides everything needed to get a system up and running out of the box, and one area which we will look at in the final review will include the software bundle, which is an area MSI usually go all out on.

  • 4 x SATA cables
  • RGB LED Y 80 cm extension cable
  • Corsair RGB LED 50 cm extension cable
  • Rainbow RGB LED 80 cm extension cable
  • Corsair to Rainbow RGB 10 cm extension cable
  • Killer AX1650 antenna set
  • 3 x M.2 installation screws
  • Case badge
  • Sata cable label sheet
  • Product registration card
  • Driver installation disc
  • User manual
  • Quick installation guide
MSI MEG X570 Ace Overview BIOS And Software
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  • Irata - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Also, the MSI MEG Ace's LGA1151 version is not really much cheaper
  • rocky12345 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    I am not sure about this "all at a fairly reasonable price." Since when is $369USD considered a reasonable price for a mid tier board? For us Canadians that translates to $483CAD and then if you factor in the retailers increase it becomes over $500CAD. Great review though thank you.
  • peevee - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    Exactly. The price is totally unreasonable. It's a price for server MBs.
  • rocky12345 - Friday, July 19, 2019 - link

    I made another post on this but since there is no edit function I am posting again on the post times for these new boards. 18-31 seconds before it even starts to boot to Windows ouch that is a long time. My current board form power press to Windows desktop only takes up to about 11-12 seconds and it also has a lot of features to setup after it posts to the screen. I have not been on an AMD platform for a very long time so maybe it is just an AMD thing and they take longer to get everything ready I am not sure. Maybe it is the same with the new Intel stuff as well.

    By the time these new boards get you to Windows on my current system I would have either had YT open and already playing a video or Netflix logged in and picking a movie or already reading an article from Anandtech site.
  • pavag - Saturday, July 20, 2019 - link

  • Daveteauk - Thursday, April 9, 2020 - link

    Rocky - my ACE posts to DT in 14 seconds, and the OS is loaded. You must have done something wrong in BIOS or your setup.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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