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Black Haru

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Feb 24, 2010
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MSI aims to continue their legacy of excellent performance and overclocking with the new Z590 line-up. Targeting the top end of the mainstream stack, the MSI MEG Z590 ACE features a robust VRM design, four M.2 slots, Thunderbolt 4, and a plethora of overclocking features. Has the MSI MEG Z590 ACE hit its target?

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Dec 26, 2020
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System Name Incomplete thing 1.0
Processor Ryzen 2600
Motherboard B450 Aorus Elite
Cooling Gelid Phantom Black
Memory HyperX Fury RGB 3200 CL16 16GB
Video Card(s) Gigabyte 2060 Gaming OC PRO
Storage Dual 1TB 970evo
Display(s) AOC G2U 1440p 144hz, HP e232
Case CM mb511 RGB
Audio Device(s) Reloop ADM-4
Power Supply Sharkoon WPM-600
Mouse G502 Hero
Keyboard Sharkoon SGK3 Blue
Software W10 Pro
Benchmark Scores 2-5% over stock scores
Is it me or are the prices of Z590 boards way too high? The B550 variant is just above half the price of the Z590 variant while offering quite similar features (Z590 board has slightly more than B550). Also wondering about possible new chipsets on the AMD side.
Dec 26, 2006
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Northern Ontario Canada
System Name Just another PC
Processor Ryzen 1700
Motherboard Gigabyte GA-AX370-K3
Cooling Noctua NH-C12P SE14
Memory DDR4-2133 2x16GB
Video Card(s) XFX RX480 8GB
Storage Samy 960 EVO 500GB m.2, 1TB SSD & a 2TB spinner
Display(s) LG 27UL550-W
Case Be Quiet Pure Base 600 (no window)
Audio Device(s) Realtek ALC1220
Power Supply EVGA Supernova G2 550W
Mouse Mionix Naos 8200
Keyboard Corsair Strafe with browns
Software W10 Pro x64 v2004
Benchmark Scores Wife says it's fast
US$499.99 for a "the top end of the mainstream" MB? Jesus Christ! Hell on Earth for DIY PC builders has arrived.
Indeed. Now it wouldn't be so bad if they offered at least a 5-yr warranty and 10 years of bios/drivers support.
Jan 24, 2011
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Processor AMD Ryzen 3800X
Motherboard MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk
Cooling Custom Water Cooling
Memory 4x8GB G.SKILL Trident Z Neo 3600C16
Video Card(s) AMD Radeon RX 5700XT Reference
Storage ADATA SX8200 480GB, Hitach 3TB
Display(s) MSI MAG341CQ
Case Lian Li PC-O11 Dynamic XL
Power Supply Fractal Design Ion+ 660p
Mouse Glorious Model D
Keyboard Das keyboard Model S Professional, Cherry MX Blue
US$499.99 for a "the top end of the mainstream" MB? Jesus Christ! Hell on Earth for DIY PC builders has arrived.
I think that might be more like "mainstream instead of HEDT" not "mainstream instead of high end."
Feb 18, 2013
1,919 (0.64/day)
KL, Malaysia
Processor Intel Core i5-7600K
Motherboard ASUS PRIME H270M-PLUS
Cooling Corsair H55 AIO Liquid Cooler + HD120 RGB (3) + SP120 RGB PRO (3) + Commander PRO
Memory Corsair Vengeance LPX 16GB (2 x 8GB) 2400MHz D4
Video Card(s) Zotac RTX2060 Twin Fan 6GB GDDR6 (stock)
Storage Samsung 960 EVO 250GB M.2 PCIe SSD + Kingston A400 480GB 2.5in SSD
Display(s) LG 29WK600-W Ultrawide 1080p IPS + Dell U2417H 1080p IPS (set to Portrait orientation)
Case Corsair iCUE 220T RGB Airflow (White) w/Lighting Node CORE + Lighting Node PRO RGB LED Strips (4).
Audio Device(s) ASUS XONAR DX PCIe Sound Card
Power Supply Corsair RM750x 750W 80 Plus Gold Fully Modular
Mouse Corsair M65 RGB FPS Gaming (White)
Keyboard Corsair STRAFE RGB Mechanical Keyboard (MX Red RGB)
Software Windows 10 Professional x64 (Update Build 20H2)
I can get a R5 5600X and a STRIX B550-A by topping up $10. Still a more complete-ish system than just a mobo with no processor installed.
Sep 24, 2020
116 (0.56/day)
Palm Springs, Thunderbird Heights, CA
System Name (2008) Dell XPS 730x H2C
Processor Intel Extreme QX9770 @ 3.8GHz
Motherboard Dell LGA 775 (Propiatary)
Cooling Dell AIO Ceramic Water Cooling (Dell Propiatary)
Memory Corsair Dominator Platinum 16GB (4 x 4) DDR3
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 980ti 6GB (ebay used)
Storage 2-WD 1TB Velociraptor/1-2TB Samsung SSD 860 Evo
Display(s) Alienware 34" AW3420DW (Amazon Warehouse)
Case Dell 730x with "X" Side Panel (60 pounds fully decked out)
Audio Device(s) Creative X-FI Titanium & Corsair SP2500 Speakers
Power Supply PSU: Dell 1000 Watt (Propiatary)
Mouse Alienware AW610M (Amazon Warehouse)
Keyboard Corsair K95 XT (Amazon Warehouse)
Software Windows 7 Ultimate & Aliendware FX Lighting
Indeed. Now it wouldn't be so bad if they offered at least a 5-yr warranty and 10 years of bios/drivers support.
Indeed you are 100% correct and especially with the new pricing being proffered. But nevertheless I have been pondering to upgrade my 12-year old and cobbled together set-up. Over the years it has been 3-times now that I had to replace my power supply, AIO, motherboard, memory and GPU. Most of which came of course with dictated compliments of Dell's propiatary hardware. With that my PC almost smells new. I never had nor eyed a MSI mobo. And wonder how much better in general MSI compares to ASUS. In this instance the Z590 Hero VIII possibly being in the same mobo-league and pricing. Prices of course are running amok and like all upgraders we are being held hostage with the unavailability of a decent GPU. No rest for the weary.
Sep 3, 2017
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Processor FX 8320 @4.2 | i7 2600 @3.8 | Xeon W3670 @ 3.6
Motherboard Asus Sabertooth R2.0 | Asus P8Z77-V Deluxe | Gigabyte X58-UD7
Cooling Zalman Performa 10+ | Zalman Performa 11+ | Zalman Performa 10+
Memory Crucial Ballistix Sport XT 32GB @ 1866 | Corsair Vengeance 32GB @1866 | Samsung 24GB @ 1600
Video Card(s) XFX Radeon 390x | Zotac GTX 1070 AMP Extreme | Zotac GTX 980 AMP Extreme
Storage Intel SSD / SAS 15k Fujitsu | Intel SSD / Velociraptors / Hitachi 2TB | Intel SSD / Samsung 1TB
Display(s) Samsung 245T | HP ZR30w | IBM 20" 4x3
Case Chieftec | Corsair Graphite 600T | Thermaltake Xaser IV
Audio Device(s) SB Titanium HD | SB Titanium HD | SB X-fi Elite Pro
Power Supply Thermaltake 875W | Corsair 850W | Thermaltake 1500W
Mouse Logitech | Logitech | Logitech
Keyboard Mitsumi Classic | Microsoft |Microsoft
Software W7 x64 | W7 x64 |W7 x64 / XP x32
The more i see ACE models Z390/490 and current 590 of MSI mobos the more i agree that would be my next system board, finally i will replace my aged Sandy Bridge this summer. Almost all features i need except second and 5-10G LAN (just in case and for future proofing) and one of the best VRM for great longevity and stability during summer like my current ASUS Z77 deluxe.


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Is it possible to connect monitor(s) to thunderbolt ports so that processor´s iGPU delivers video signal? Those displayport inputs, are they mainly for video capturing?