MSI MEG X570S ACE MAX Motherboard Review – The ACE In The Hole



MSI MEG X570S ACE Motherboard

August, 2021
Type Motherboard
Price $449.99 US

MSI MEG X570S ACE MAX Motherboard - Unboxing

The MSI MEG X570S ACE MAX comes in a standard rectangular box with an easy carrying handle. The packaging has a gaming touch to it with a black and silver color theme with gold accents. There's a picture of the motherboard itself on the front along with marketing labels for the AMD Ryzen and X570 series.

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The back of the box contains all the marketing details along with product specifications. The most interesting features that are highlighted by MSI include the brand new cooling solution, quadruple Gen 4 M.2 ports, a powerful VRM design, 2.5G/WiFi 6E connectivity, M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 4 AIC, and support for Mystic Light.

Within the package are two boxes, one house the motherboard, and the other houses the board accessories. The accessories for the MSI MEG X570S ACE motherboard include:

  • Quick Installation Guide
  • USB Drive
  • Wi-Fi Antenna
  • Cleaning Brush
  • MEG Stickers
  • Cable Stickers
  • Reward Program / Should Out Flyer
  • Product Catalog
  • Registration Card
  • M.2 Screw / Standoff Sets
  • Screwdrivers
  • 2 x Thermistor Cable
  • 1 to 2 TGB LED Extension Y Cable
  • Corsair RGB LED Extension Cable
  • Rainbow RGB LED Extension Cable
  • 4 x SATA Cables

As soon as you open the box, you are greeted with a large MEG logo on the inside which gives the unboxing experience a very unique touch.

The one accessory that we will take a closer look at is the M.2 XPANDER-Z Gen 4 S AIC (Add-in-card) which supports up to PCIe Gen 4.0 bandwidth through an x8 connection to power two M.2 slots. It's equipped with a single slot design that features active-fan cooling with smart-fan technology and is powered by a single 6-pin connector. You can disable M.2 slots through switches on the PCB & each slot comes with thermal pads, ensuring better cooling for your M.2 SSDs.

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Outside of the package, the MSI MEG X570S ACE MAX has a lot of weight to it which means that it's jam-packed with tons of features in an ATX form factor.

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