MSI Previews MEG X570 ACE & X570 Gaming Plus Motherboards – AMD Ryzen 3000 CPU Ready, Propeller Blade Fan Design With Zero Frozr Technology
MSI has just unveiled its next-generation X570 chipset powered products for AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs which will include the MEG X570 ACE and the X570 Gaming Plus boards. While we have already seen a couple of X570 motherboards from MSI, this is the first time they are officially previewing their new products prior to the official announcement Computex 2019.
MSI Previews Their Enthusiast MEG X570 ACE and Budget-Tier X570 Gaming Plus Motherboards For AMD Ryzen 3000 CPUs
The AMD X570 and Ryzen 3000 CPUs are just a week away from the official announcement but it looks like MSI wanted to give us an early preview of what they are unveiling at the event. We have already seen two X570 motherboards from MSI in previous leaks but we just got a bit more info on the upcoming products along with the first look at their enthusiast class X570 product.
MSI MEG X570 ACE Motherboard
The MSI MEG X570 ACE motherboard is the enthusiast tier offering which is part of the Enthusiast Gaming lineup. The motherboard rocks an impressive 14+2 phase VRM design and is powered by dual 8-pin connectors. This motherboard should allow for some good overclocking on AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors. The motherboard has a solid design layout with both the DDR4 DIMMs & PCIe slots shielded by a metal brace. There are four DDR4 DIMM slots on the board which would support up to 64 GB of memory capacity with speeds beyond 4000 MHz OC+.
There seem to be at least 6 SATA III ports for storage, a right-angled USB 3.0 port, and a BIOS DEBUG LED right beneath the SATA ports. In terms of expansion, the motherboard has three PCIe 4.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 4.0 x1 slots and triple M.2 slots, all of which are covered with MSI's own thermal heatsink solution. The PCH has a massive heatsink which includes a LED display with the MSI Dragon logo and also has vents which cover the propeller blade fan that comes with MSI's Zero Frozr technology which essentially stops the fan when it's not under much load. The board also has a full coverage heat pipe that runs from the PCH heatsink and all the way to the top VRM heatsinks.
MSI is also using their infinity display around the I/O cover which looks amazing when the board is running. In terms of I/O, the board has a Clear CMOS switch, a BIOS flashback switch, PS/2 port, 8 USB ports which are a mix of USB 3.0, 3.1 Gen 1 & Gen 2, dual Gigabit Ethernet Lan ports, a 7.1 HD channel audio jack, and two antenna jacks which support WiFi 6.
MSI X570 Gaming Pro Carbon Motherboard
Moving on to the higher-end MSI X570 Gaming Pro Carbon, we are looking at what seems to be a 12 phase VRM which should deliver some really good overclocking results on the upcoming AMD Ryzen processors. The AM4 socket is powered by an 8+4 pin connector configuration and there are the MSI DDR4 Boost and Core Boost technologies that should automatically tune up clocks from within the BIOS. There are four DDR4 DIMM slots that can support up to 64 GB of DDR4 memory. Supported clock speeds aren't mentioned but we have seen up to 4000 MHz OC+ memory support on BIOSTAR's X570 Racing GT8 motherboard so we should expect higher memory clock support on the Gaming Carbon.
Storage options include 6 SATA III ports and dual USB 3.0 front panel headers. Expansion includes two PCI-e 4.0 x16 slots (x16/x8 electrical), two PCI-e 4.0 x1 slots and two M.2 slots (PCI-e 4.0 x4). The full-length PCI-e slots are shielded by metal brace while the M.2 slots are covered by heatsinks that extend from the main PCH heatsink. The motherboard has wireless (WiFi+BT) capability which has been indicated by the source.
MSI has there Dragon theme and carbon textures all across the motherboard and we can also see active fan cooling on the PCH which is a common theme for all X570 motherboards we have seen so far. The MSI X570 Gaming Carbon seems to have solid I/O and a metal fin heatsinks along the CPU VRMs and a great looking I/O panel cover with RGBs that are compliant with MSI's Mystic Aura lighting technology.
MSI X570 Gaming Plus Motherboard
Lastly, we have the MSI X570 Gaming Plus which is a more budget-tier offering with standard aluminum heatsinks that are placed over what looks to be a 6 or 8 phase VRM supply. Power to the socket is supplied through an 8+4 pin connector configuration and we can spot the whole red and black aesthetics across the motherboard. Storage options include 6 SATA III ports while expansion slots include two PCI-e 4.0 x16 (x16/x8 electrical), three PCI-e 4.0 x1 and two M.2 slots.
The motherboard also features the active fan cooling on the PCH heatsink which looks to be of the same design as MSI's Twin Frozr series graphics cards.
The MSI Gaming Plus (X470) was priced under $140 US so we can see that even the entry-level X570 boards require active PCH cooling which could highlight slightly higher thermals than the existing X470 and X370 PCH.
AMD's Next-Gen X570 Chipset – A New House For Ryzen 3000 Series CPUs
As we saw with X470, there were a few features for the Ryzen 2000 series processors which were only supported by new motherboards such as Precision Boost Overdrive and XFR 2.0. There’s no doubt that AMD’s Zen 2 based Ryzen mainstream processor family would come with new features but the main highlight would be support for PCIe Gen4. The X570 platform will be an all PCIe Gen4 solution, which means this would most probably be the first consumer platform to feature support for the new PCIe standard.
That, however, doesn’t mean that AMD Ryzen 3000 series would only be compatible on X570 boards since just like last time, the new CPUs will be backward compatible with X470 & X370 boards too. Following are links to the respective motherboard manufacturers BIOS release for existing motherboards to support 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen CPUs:
- ASRock AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) BIOS Support Link
- Gigabyte AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) BIOS Support Link
- ASUS AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) BIOS Support Link
- MSI AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) BIOS Support Link
- BIOSTAR AM4 (3rd Gen Ryzen) BIOS Support Link
They certainly won’t display the same feature set that will be available on the newly launched X570 lineup but will feature fully stable functionality for users who just want to drop in a new CPU and continue using their PCs without the hassle of upgrading the motherboard and everything from scratch. Expect more to hear at Computex 2019 which commences on 27th May 2019.