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MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA1151 (Intel 8th and 9th Gen) M.2 USB 3.1 Gen 2 DDR4 Wi-Fi SLI CFX ATX Z390 Gaming Motherboard
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|Processor Socket||LGA 1151|
|RAM Memory Size||DDR4|
|Compatible Processor Types||Intel Celeron, 9th Generation Intel Core, 8th Generation Intel Core, Intel Pentium Gold|
|Series||MEG Z390 ACE|
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- Supports 9th i9-9900k, i7-9700k, i5-9600k and 8th Generation Intel Core/ Pentium gold/ Celeron Processors for LGA 1151 socket
- Supports dual channel DDR4 memory, up to 4600(OC) MHz
- Killer E2500 LAN, Intel 802. 11AC Wi-Fi, Turbo U. 2, 3x Turbo M. 2 with M. 2 Shield frozr, Dual front USB 3. 1 Gen2 Type-C
- Mystic Light Infinity: 16. 8 million colors/ 29 effects. Connect RGB or rainbow LED strips with addressable headers and create an RGB Gaming PC. Control Mystic Light Sync enabled products
- Built for hardcore gaming and extreme overclocking
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Mystic Light Infinity
Mystic Light Infinity brings together colorful lighting and an infinity mirror for deceptively endless light effects. Personalize your PC with 16.8 million colors and 29 effects with the Mystic Light App.
Triple Turbo M.2 with M.2 Shield Frozr
Triple Turbo M.2 delivers PCI-E Gen3 x4 performance with transfer speeds up to 32 Gb/s. M.2 Shield Frozr extends the motherboard’s heatsink over M.2 SSDs to prevent thermal throttling and sustain maximum drive performance.
Intel Wi-Fi AC & Bluetooth
Use your LAN port for online gaming while using WiFi for other online applications.
Audio Boost HD with Nahimic 3
High definition dedicated ALC1220 audio processor, ESS audio DAC with amplifier, quality audio capacitors, golden audio jacks with S/PDIF.
Pre-installed I/O Shielding
Make the assembly process easier and safer with MEG Z390 ACE. The pre-installed rear I/O is grounded and protects the I/O ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment.
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|CPU Socket||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151||LGA 1151|
|Item Dimensions||12.00 x 9.60 x 1.20 inches||13.58 x 11.57 x 3.14 inches||12.00 x 9.60 x 1.20 inches||13.18 x 10.62 x 3.14 inches||12.91 x 2.68 x 10.35 inches|
|Item Weight||3.30 lbs||3.00 lbs||3.30 lbs||3.00 lbs||2.23 lbs|
|Memory Slots Available||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0||4.0|
|RAM Memory Technology||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4||DDR4|
With a unique look and feel, packed with exclusive gaming features, MSI ENTHUSIAST GAMING motherboards offer the best possible gaming experience. Customize and set up your own color scheme with MSI Mystic Light utility. Select the available colors from the palette to match your system style. Bored of the same colors? Simply change the complete look of your system in 1 second! Cooling your PC is essential for reliable performance. We've made sure to include enough fan headers with full control to allow you to cool your system any way you want. pc_4300. MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules and configurations.MSI Z390 motherboards perfectly support Intel 9th and 8th processors, so you can still enjoy latest MSI motherboard technology if you use 8th processors. Combining MSI Core Boost, you can release maximum performance no matter what CPU you use. MSI motherboards featured all the latest solution for enthusiast gamers and prosumers. CPU and memory enhancement and fast storage and USB transfer speed are ready to be on the battlefield.
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HOWEVER, if you plan on using the M2 Shield Frozr (M2 heatsink at the bottom of the board) plan on getting a 2260 M2 SSD or have a set of pliers with a huge amount of patience.
The M2 Shield Frozr comes with 2 mounting screws pre installed, one for a 2280 SSD and one for a 2260 SSD. The problem is, it is quite impossible to remove the 2260 mounting screw (circled in the picture). If you have a double sided SSD like I do, it is impossible to install it in this slot without removing the mounting screw.
This defeats the whole purpose of having the M2 heatsink if you can't install a 2280 sized SSD in it. MSI did not provide any tool to remove this mounting screw and the instructions simply just say "For 2280 M2 SSD, please totally remove the screw and the mounting screw from the 2260 mounting hole." Thanks for stating the obvious? I know I'm supposed to remove both the screw and mounting screw but HOW DO I REMOVE THE MOUNTING SCREW?
I have tried removing the mounting screw with a set of pliers but it didn't budge. Also I didn't want to risk damaging my other components with my pliers so I just gave up after about 30 minutes. I ended up just putting my M2 SSD in the first M2 slot at the top and the M2 Frozr Shield is just empty. Based off the other reviews I read, some people have been able to remove this mounting screw using pliers or they just straight up ignored it and mounted the SSD anyway, YMMV.
If you read the Q&A for this product, someone had the same problem as me. The question asked was "Has anyone successfully removed the m.2 standoff under the m.2 heat sink and if so how?" and MSI's reply was "Yes, it should be removable with a Philips head screwdriver." That alone just shows the level of ignorance that MSI is operating at. Look at my picture again, there is no way in hell you're removing that mounting screw with a phillips head screw driver.
Overall this is a great board, but if you were looking forward to using a 2280 SSD in the heatsink be prepared for some hassle.
My build consisted of a MSI Ace Motherboard, i7-9700K Intel Processor, XFX Over Clocked 580RX Video Card, 32GB Corsair Vengeance 3200MHz DRAM, WD Black 500GB m.2 drive, 4TB WD Hard Drive, 500GB Samsung SSD from my prior build, Corsair 570X Crystal Series Glass Mid Tower Case (which is also awesome), a Corsair H115i liquid cooler, Corsiar LL series RGB fans and RGB Light Strips. I absolutely love my system. I was able to easily overclock the processor to 5.2GHz, but settled at 5.1GHz to allow a little headroom. BTW, MSI has an excellent Overclocking guide for the I9 and I7-9700K processor installed on a MSI motherboard. A must read if you want to Overclock. I only have my CPU Core voltage at 1.310 at 5.1GHz, so if you start with the guides recommended 1.37V setting and your overclock works then keep backing down the voltage by .100 volt until your system becomes unstable. Then set the Core CPU voltage to .200 or .300 volts higher than the unstable voltage so you aren't running on the ragged edge. This is what I did on my system and I have been doing some heavy gaming, etc. with zero heating or software problems.
Other thoughts: All the MSI Z390 boards (i.e., Ace, Pro Carbon, Gaming Edge, Godlike, etc.) seem to be similar except for variations in power supplies and USB, Wi-Fi, etc. I choose the Ace due to all of the USB connectors and its 13 phase power supply. I don't think you could go wrong with any of the other MSI motherboards. The i7-9700K processor is great with zero complaints. All of the Corsair products work great. My only partial regret is not going to at least a 2070 or higher series graphic card. No complaints on the 580X with an AMD processor, but just not fast enough for me. My reasoning for not biting the bullet on a +$600 Graphics Card is this: I am attending the 2019 CES show in a couple of weeks and I want to see what's up with AMD's upcoming offering to compete with NVIDIA. Rumors are AMD's new GUI's are going to kick butt, and be less expensive. I know you can spend the rest of your life waiting to pull the trigger on buying a cutting edge Graphics Card, but this time I decided to wait, right or wrong. Since I like my MSI motherboard so much, I will probably end up replacing with a MSI Graphics card. Presetly my system can play most games on Medium or High Setting with FPS varying from 30 to 80 at a 1920 x 1080 resolution. I use a 34" wide Dell 3415W monitor that supports up to 3440 x 1440 resolution, and not being able to take advantage of the monitors full resolution keeps me up at night. LOL So, I am hoping in the next few months their will be a sub $500 MSI graphics card that will allow me to play almost all my games at High or Ultra High settings on my monitors max 3440 x 1440 resolution setting at 50FPS or better. I want to be able to go full throttle for a few years without having to upgrade again.
Tips: If you can't get your wireless mouse to work with the MSI BIOS then plug in a corded USB mouse. I had to do this, though you can use the keyboard to navigate the BIOS without a mouse, just slower for me. Also, you can like or dislike Corsair, but I like their products. Their documentation is sometimes lacking and their pricing a little high, but their quality and breadth of computer kit building hardware is excellent. It's nice to have a company who still sells products for the home PC builder! I built this computer on my kitchen counter height island which is much easier than building on the floor like I have previously done with other computer builds. Just clear off the counter, it is worth it.
Big Tip: If you use the Corsair H115i cooler, the MSI Ace Motherboard, and the Corsair 570X case the cooling radiator will NOT fit on the inside TOP of the case. And, since the radiator is supplied with (2) 140mm LL Series fans, and the top of the Corsair case is the only spot for (2) 140mm fans this creates a big problem, or so I thought. There is not enough room due to the radiator and fan combination interfering with the Motherboard. Needless to say when I discovered this I was in disbelief especially after planning every last detail of my build, plus I already had the Motherboard installed in the case and wired up. I searched the internet for a couple of hours and could not find an easy solution. Some people went to extreme measures to make this combination work, but I didn't want to do any drilling on my brand new case! But, after a couple of beers and staring at my case for a few minutes I found my answer: Mount the radiator on the front of the case. This was fairly simple,; however, you will need to swap the flat metal plate that holds the (3) fans on the front of the case with the plate on top of the case that is made to hold (2) fans. I am not sure if Corsair made the case to be able to do this, but nonetheless it works. Because I wanted to see my funky RGB fans when viewing the front of the case I attached the (2) LL Series Corsair fans that came with the H115i cooler to the front of the case, THEN I mounted the radiator on top of the fans with the supplied longer Corsair screws. As far as the airflow, there should be very little difference. Just make sure the (2) Radiator fans and the Top (3) Case fans are blowing air out of the case. I ended up putting a single LL series RGB 120mm fan on the rear of the case with the air blowing into the case. This is probably not needed, but it looks pretty darn cool.
Last tip: Go for it. When it comes to finally pulling the trigger on all the components for your new computer build don't let a few hundred bucks get in your way. Look at it this way, just cut out a few nights out on the town and use the savings to stay home and admire your PC. Yes, you qualify as being a little nerdy, but no one will know. LOL
Update 9/8/2019: I am still loving this motherboard and have had Zero problems. One tip I can pass along is to make sure you keep the Killer Network software up-to-date. I still haven’t purchased a 2080 video card, but one is still on my list if the prices ever drop! As far as gaming I have been using my Xbox on a 75” UHD TV with a 5.1.4 Atmos sound system. I like this gaming setup better so really no need for super fast graphics on PC, at least for me.
The color scheme is great and fits with any build. I love that this board has plenty of fan headers as well as rgb headers. Prior to this z390 build, i never messed with RGB so this is all new to me but this board makes it very easy to learn.
The infinity mirror looked great while testing, unfortunately I don't notice it in my case but I'm over that already.
The bios is laid out pretty nicely. I don't find the overclock "switch/dial" to be very effective. If you're wanting to overclock, its better to do on your own. Maybe if you are a beginner... this would be helpful?
My only gripe i've had with this motherboard was when I was building my new system. I tried a POST test and... no beep. Later on after like 30 minutes of re-seating my parts and what not.. I plugged in my other monitor and saw that it was booting the whole time, for some reason it didnt like my HDMI cable. But the other thing is.. the POST beep is disabled by default... why???
Overall.. I am satisfied with this MSI board.
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- Overclocking is easy and works well
- A lot of useful connectors
- The connectors are lit, making it easy to plug stuff
- Very beautiful
- 2x m.2 slots and 1x frozen shield m.2 slot
- Fast DDR4 with XMP option
- You will need to use the antenna for wi-fi and Bluetooth. It's horrible without it. With it though, it's extremely fast. You can even consider gaming on wi-fi.
- Great features (more than enough ports and peripheral space for typical use)
- Easy to overclock
- Great bios (this is from someone coming from a previous ASUS bios)
- Onboard LCD also shows realtime CPU temp, which is very handy
- Had no issues removing M2 screws unlike many other commenters. They key is to use the right screw driver head, and it comes right off easily.
- Packaging was a bit cheap (Asus do a much better job with packaging).
- MBD felt a bit too light with a little too much flex in the center of the board. It would have been better if MSI had reinforced the board to reduce flex, especially for heavy dual GPU setups.
- No MBD RGB backlight (personal asthetic taste, might not appeal to others).
Overall, I am very very pleased with the MSI z390 MEG. It is half the price of a Godlike, whilst providing over 75% of the same features.
The Ethernet port can be annoying, Microsoft likes to auto install there own outdated driver, even if you install the latest from manufacture witch works perfect and you get the full speeds, Microsoft will reinstall there own at random without asking or notifying so if you notice internet issues check the driver. Manufacture provides a 2020 driver, MS likes to install some old 2016-2018 driver.
I would highly recommend this product for anyone who is a gaming or computer enthusiast
I also wanted to do a custom water cooled system, and EKWB had a monoblock for this motherboard that made overclocking a breeze. So happy with this build, I think I might try a MSI X570 Meg Ace for my next build :).