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The summer of hardware launches continues to heat up, and it is now MSI's turn to take the stage with one of its most advanced motherboards. This hardware maker also launched a line-up of advanced LGA1200 chipsets with the Z490 chipset to support the XNUMXth generation processors of Intel Just launched.
As far as branding the various motherboards, MSI Mainly adhered to three series for its gaming and overclocking products. The following is a reminder about the motherboards with the chipset Z490 Recently launched:
MEG series is the most advanced of MSI, And models of the MPG and MAG series overlap. Of course, it is very important to pay attention to the technical details and interfaces the motherboard provides. We are in an age where CPU performance does not vary between the various motherboards as they were many years ago, and it is mainly the quality of the components and the amount of interfaces that dictate the differences, and the table can clearly see this.
Today's star is the flagship MSI flagship in the LGA1200 bracket. The MEG Z490 ACE motherboard wants to offer itself to the top decile of purchasers of computer systems for this bracket, and comes at a recommended consumer price of NIS 2,087. Logically, it can be understood that this is a motherboard built primarily for Processors Such ascore 9-core i10900 10K, and for its future replacement as the most advanced product for the bracket.
The MEG Z490 ACE comes in ATX configuration and is expected to fit in any standard Mid Tower case. The military-something theme is a relatively unique element toMSI And you could say that the design is quite bold, since you won't find much hardware today that carries the colors you see on the screen now.
The lower half of the motherboard has a system of three physical size PCI-Express interfaces of X16. There is support for SLI and CrossFireX video cards, and populating the top and middle interfaces will make them both run at X8 electrical speed. The lower interface is in the X4 indicator and unlike the other two, is connected through the chipset rather than through the processor. The top and middle interface standard is 3.0 simply because it relies on the processor, although it's important to note that like other Z490 boards, Motherboard It is ready to fix 4.0 when the future-generation processors are launched so that they are actually upgraded automatically.
The MEG Z490 ACE contains three M.2 interfaces for drives SSD When it is important to know that three of the six SATA interfaces on the motherboard for drives will be disabled if the user decides to install three M.2 drives. This is a way to perform stunts with the amount of traffic it is able to provide the chipset that is responsible for these interfaces.
When it comes to back ports, I would define the selection on the MEG Z490 ACE as "very good" overall. There is not a record amount of USB interfaces here but the diversity is quite good with two standard 2.0 veterans, three at 10Gbps and two at 5Gbps for devices like external SSD for example. The MEG Z490 ACE contains two wired network controllers - one at 1Gbps speed on a controller Intel i219V and one speed 2.5Gbps on Realtek 8125B controller.
This back panel also contains reset and bios burning buttons, antenna connection for advanced Wifi 6 usage, and analog sound ports that come from the built-in Realtek ALC1220 sound card. Like many other motherboards, here too, cold bios can be burned using an on-disk disk at the interface marked with the gold ring. Burning bios requires no CPU or memory on the motherboard at all. I should also note that the panel also includes air inlet for the fan installed on top Cooling CPU voltage regulators.
The MEG Z490 ACE is Motherboard Which is obviously built for overclocking, and also includes appropriate tools for the job. At the bottom right is an LCD monitor that drives various codes when the system is up for fault detection, as well as the power buttons, boot, and even a switch that turns off or on all the LEDs on the motherboard. Please turn off such a switch at all Motherboard That contains RGB bulbs?
At the top of the motherboard are additional monitoring and debugging tools, where there are voltage test points to use with a multimeter, as well as LED lights that specifically describe which motherboard component is testing at that moment. For example, if the motherboard scans for graphic cards When the computer comes up and detects a malfunction, the VGA light remains on.
Of course you can't talk about an advanced motherboard nowadays without talking about its electrical systems. Depending on its price and location among the other motherboards on the market, the MEG Z490 ACE contains the most advanced electrical system available for motherboards in this bracket, with a completely absurd and overpriced array of 16-phase design for TDA21490 processing cores with 90A current capacity each, The power supply of this system to 1,440 A only for the processor cores. In addition, MSI increased doing and positioning my body Cooling Pretty massive.
A step I have to admit that a little strange, and the power of marketing might outweigh the power of engineering in it, is the placement of a small fan, specifically in a specific area of the heat sink. The ACE's power supply system is so massive that just for the head - even if the i9 10900K's actual power is increased 3 times, it can handle it effortlessly and without any design changes, even without this small fan. I know it only lights up at a specific temperature, but with a design that can handle up to 125 ° C, the stabilizers never have to work hard. Those who really want it can easily disassemble the fan.
If there is one image that depicts the top edge of the Z490 boards, this is probably that image. Sometimes for justifiable reasons And sometimes a little less, the various motherboard manufacturers have become obsessed with the power supply and design systems of the processor. Due to the increasing power consumption of Processors, A feature that usually details were in the background and not of interest to the public occupies the center stage. If in the distant past we would choose Motherboard For overclocking given its ability to reach a high base frequency (the Front Side Bus era, remember?), In recent years the emphasis has been on the quality of electrical systems whose aim is to provide as clean and stable a current as possible to the resident.
The one in the MEG Z490 ACE aligns with the other flagships when it uses the ISL69269 controller to control 8 channels that pass through 16-phase PWM splitters, and from there to coils, receivers and the processor's bracket. There are also steps to visit the IO in the processor and the graphics core separately, but due to their minimal power consumption and inability to make them consume more electricity for improvement Performence, They get single stages and a significantly cheaper type.
Personally, I can understand the marketing pressure to put this monstrous 1,440A system. Admittedly, these are very expensive components and I think in general that motherboard manufacturers need a little time to relax. Specifically, if we were to get a 12-phase 60A system here, which is half the electrical current capacity, but still 2.5 times the 10900K ever asked for under Cooling Air or water, it would make me happy as long as the budget was saved for interfaces and stability. If such a system was used, but we would have Thunderbolt 3 alongside maybe interfaces Network More advanced or maybe even an external sound card - the value of the product would have improved significantly.
Still, anyone who wants the confidence in this engineering, and the option for overclocking provided Cooling Extreme - it exists, and in excess.
A visual addition to the ACE that should be noted is the aluminum plate attached to the rear. This is not a component CoolingSince it is not connected to a thermal pad to any component that emits heat. It simply serves as a sort of spine that keeps the printed board.
It is important to note that there is RGBBecause motherboards, then there is RGB… when on the chipset heat sink there are software controlled light bulbs.
Also above the rear IO panel is a lighting system RGB Programmatically controlled.
Use of motherboard and summary
When I turned on the computer system, I got MSI's nice bio, the Click BIOS Their 5. All in all, this is a bios with a good user experience, and I have no complaints about the graphical interface or its options. It's a graphical interface that hasn't changed much in years and there is probably a good reason for that. There is a main screen that centers all the essential information of the system and its devices.
The advanced situation will take us mainly to the speed options and other system options in much more detail.
I can safely say that the fan profile orientation system inMSI It is the most intuitive and best to find among the various motherboard manufacturers. There are no strict minimum or maximum restrictions that are not between 1 and 100, each fan connector can be individually oriented, and the information is very readable and easy to navigate.
There is also a graphical explorer for the motherboard, where you can switch between the different temperature sensors that MSI has placed on this motherboard, and see the different device models installed on it, such as a video card, זיכרון, Processor and hard drives. I think every hardware maker needs such a tool, there is a lack of time to tour menus to access this information.
While installing drivers or effort tests, it is important to note that I did not encounter any strange phenomena and the motherboard behaved exemplary, even with an initial bios version that existed long before the official launch. For the stability of the power supply system, I usedcore i9 10900K with MCE function on. In this mode, the processor operates at a frequency of 4900Mhz for all its cores with full effort.
I used the Aida64 Engineer software to exert effort on all processor components and regularly inject 250W into the bracket. The temperature sensors of the voltage stabilizers indicated 65 degrees after a continuous hour of effort at room temperature of 30 degrees and with no active air flow on the heat sink. To me, this symbolizes a beautiful green vi, and does not surprise me at all. 250W is a joke for such a monstrous power system.
Summary time. It is very important for me to note that all Motherboard Who comes to our review gets fair treatment given the platform he is aiming for. Comparison of Motherboard In one platform another platform can be done in such cases and others, but it is important to understand mainly where it faces competitors on its platform.
The MEG Z490 ACE is an excellent, though quite expensive, motherboard. Obviously, a price tag of over NIS 2,000 is not for the vast majority of users, even though it costs only half the terribly expensive flagships of this bracket, such as the MEG Z490 GODLIKE, its big brother. It is also clear that this is a motherboard that mainly comes to serve the most powerful processor that can fit into its bracket, which at this time is thecore i9 10900K, and later it is expected to be another processor, along with upgrading capabilities toPCI-Express In the 4.0 standard.
Here are some things we already know about MSI's advanced motherboards today, when ACE is one of them - managed to break overclocking records for both CPU and memory, with MSI easily picking speed records זיכרון Many in recent years thanks to its effective indication.
There is no problem inserting the MEG Z490 ACE MSI To our list of recommended motherboards. The board engineering is excellent, and the amount of features provides for the vast majority of end users. Its power supply system is the most advanced in the market, and the amount of interfaces in it is quite high. This board price is high, but no different from its competitors in the top market Z490.