MSI Launches MEG X570S Ace Max Motherboard, Max Out Ryzen 5000by Gavin Bonshor on August 18, 2021 5:30 PM EST
- Posted in
- Zen 3
- Ryzen 5000
- MEG X570S Ace Max
On the back of a myriad of new motherboard launches based on AMD's X570 chipset, we have the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max. The new Max motherboard supersedes the previous X570 Ace, and fittingly has lots of new and improved features. Some of the biggest features of the new Ace Max include a large 18-phase power delivery with premium 90 A power stages and the inclusion of an Intel Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface. Other features include four PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, support for DDR4-5300 memory, and 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet.
Perhaps on par with MSI's flagship X570 model, the Godlike, the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max looks to take things to the next level with a stylish all-black design with contrasting gold stripes and multiple areas of integrated RGB lighting. Looking at PCIe support on the X570S Ace Max, it includes three full-length PCIe 4.0 slots that operate at x16 or x8/x8/+x4, with a single PCIe 4.0 x1 slot. The latter of which unfortunately shares bandwidth with the Wi-Fi 6E module, so when that is in use, the slot is disabled.
Looking at storage options, the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max has four PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 slots, including three with support for SATA drives, as well as eight SATA ports with support for RAID 0, 1, and 10 arrays. MSI also includes an M.2 Xpander-Z Gen4 S M.2 PCIe 4.0 addon card for users looking to add more M.2 storage. Memory support is also impressive, with support for up to DDR4-5300 and a maximum supported capacity of up to 128 GB across four memory slots. Keeping the system cool is a combined total of eight 4-pin headers, including one designated to a CPU fan, one for a water pump, and six for chassis fans. MSI also has a premium power delivery, with an 18-phase design using 90 A power stages versus the 60 A power stages used on the original MEG X570 Ace.
The rear panel has a solid array of input and output befitting a premium model, including one USB 3.2 G2x2 Type-C, three USB 3.2 G2 Type-A, four USB 3.2 G1 Type-A, and four USB 2.0 ports. It uses a Realtek RTL8125B 2.5 GbE controller for Ethernet, and Intel's latest AX210 Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface for Wi-Fi, offering access to the 6 GHz band and support for BT 5.2 devices. There's also a premium onboard audio pairing of a Realtek ALC4082 HD audio codec and an ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC.
At the time of writing, we don't have pricing information or when the MSI MEG X570S Ace Max will be available at retail, but we expect this to be within the coming months.
Post Your CommentPlease log in or sign up to comment.
View All Comments
shabby - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkBlame intel for keeping us on 1gbps for this long.
dontlistentome - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkOther network vendors are available. If they'd made 2.5G/5G/whatever for a reasonable price we'd all be on it by now. They didn't, so we're not.
Copper 10G sucks power. Still irrelevent for 99% of users who don't use a NAS and aren't on multi-gig internet.
willis936 - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - link99% of users aren't going to pay more than 500 USD for a motherboard. For the 1% of users that will: the motherboard better have 10G if they expect me to give them my cash.
ballsystemlord - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkThey lack enough PCIe bandwidth for 10G.
Silver5urfer - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - linkThis Mobo has 8x SATA which is a win in my book and good spec sheet, but the real deal is if these mobos exhibit the USB issues or not. Wifi and BT also seems to have some issues on some boards. If these also show the same problems then it's 100% Ryzen 5000 issue and I will move to Intel for my purchase.
coburn_c - Wednesday, August 18, 2021 - linkFriends don't let friends buy MSI. Also if you are this late to the game don't spend this much on x570. I'm really hoping for 32 pcie lanes from the next socket.
sonny73n - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkI'm not your friend so I buy MSI and you can wait about 60 years then you'll have 1024 PCIe lanes which will be better than 32.
RaistlinZ - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkMy MSI Z490 Unify has been fantastic. Sorry if you've had a bad experience with them.
Shmee - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkLooks like a solid board, though I agree an onboard 10G ethernet port would be great, so one does not have to use a PCIe x4 NIC. I have its predecessor, the X570 Meg Ace, and I am happy with it.
ZoZo - Thursday, August 19, 2021 - linkRight, at some point someone's going to have to tell MSI to drop their stupid dragon