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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  • rocky12345 - Monday, July 22, 2019 - link

    Yes here in Canada the God like board goes for $950CAD to just over a grand depending on where you pick it up. Oh wait Newegg Canada has it on for a great sale price of $929.99CAD right now hurry everyone go out and get it while it is
  • pavag - Saturday, July 20, 2019 - link

    I want to buy an X570 mother, but I'm worried about the integrated fan.
    Can it be replaced if broken? I do not want to discard an expensive mother because of a fan failure.

    Can you please attempt to replace the fan and report the results? Either a success or a fail will be very valuable, and something no other reviewer does. It would add a lot of value to Anantech.
  • Foeketijn - Sunday, July 21, 2019 - link

    I read the reason for the expensive x570 motherboards everywhere, PCI 4, 16 core proc.
    The PCI 4 is hard to quantify. I can't imagen the BOM being that much more. A hundred euro/dollar buys you quite a bit more copper than fits in a motherboard.
    And the 220W bulldosers where even more power hungry. And ran fine on 100 euro boards.

    I think 2 things might explain things.
    One AMD is presuring manufactors to push quality over price.
    Or the manufactors saw AMD prices being lower than the equivalent Intel, and thought that price difference can be ours.
  • rocky12345 - Monday, July 22, 2019 - link

    I heard the same thing this time around the board makers are putting on better VRM's to handle more load and the cost of the x570 is higher. They are also claiming because of PCIe 4.0 they have to do better pathways for better signalling. These are the claims anyway. I also think there is a huge greed factor involved as well driving the prices a bit higher. Oh and lets not forget that $1.50 chip set fan required to cool the x570 chip set.
  • Rizen - Tuesday, July 23, 2019 - link

    What is the point of all these comments complaining about price? It's one of the higher end boards in their X570 stack. If you want cheaper X570 boards they have them, this one is $169.
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  • ShadowLich - Wednesday, July 24, 2019 - link

    I had this PBO problem... but faulty one is not ryzen 3000 but MSI Dragon Center.
    Dragon Center is messing with any PBO profile in the bios, stuck @3.6GHz on all core. Then PBO is only working if you activate it through RyzenMaster. Or else you uninstall Dragon Center, OneDC_SDK and forget about Mystic light! (found on reddit).
    New version of Dragon Center today beta testers needed!
  • Daveteauk - Thursday, April 9, 2020 - link

    ShadowLich - DC is a PoS. It hardly does anything it's supposed to, and each time there's Windoze update you have to get a new version from MSI or it falls over! These boards (MSI x570) are so buggy. BIOS will not update in DC. Live Update 6 is also a PoS - same issue with BIOS update there, it crashes the machine. As of April 2020, MSI are still asleep. DC and LU6 conflict with each other and the BIOS - it's a joke, on us. They know about these issues, but have done nothing! Tech support from MSI is really good, but their hands are tied by MSI 'engineers' being asleep. I'm on BIOS 1.70, and still everythings the same. And it's not just the ACE - I also have an x570 Gaming Edge Wi-Fi, which has all the same issues!
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