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MSI MEG Z390 ACE Motherboard Review – Very Nice!

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MSI MEG Z390 ACE Test Setup

We tested the MSI MEG Z390 ACE motherboard with an Intel Core i7-8700K processor. The full specifications of the system I used are listed below.

Operating System: Windows 10 Pro 64bit
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z390 ACE
Processor: Intel Core i7-8700K
CPU Cooler: EK Velocity RGB with Thermaltake Pacific RL360 radiator and Enermax NEOChanger Reservoir
Memory: Corsair Vengeance Pro RGB DDR4-3000MHz
Graphics card: MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Duke OC
Storage Drives: WD Black 1TB NVMe SSD
Power Supply: Seasonic 850W Prime Titanium
Chassis: Thermaltake Core P5

Please note that a motherboard’s performance is as good as the other components you install on it. Don’t expect that an Z390 motherboard like this will make your system perform (way) faster compared to other Z390 motherboards (or even Z370) with the same components installed. Overclocking results vary and it usually depends on the quality of the CPU, GPU or RAM that you get. And of course, how good the motherboard is when it comes to overclocking as well.

MSI MEG Z390 ACE Overclocking

In terms of overclocking, the MSI MEG Z390 ACE is an ace! I was able to get the Core i7-8700K to 5GHz stable without any issues. I don’t think the MEG Z390 ACE is built for extreme overclocking though, like liquid nitrogen. But I think it can pretty much overclock the CPU, GPU or memory with a good to great air or liquid cooling solution.

The MEG Z390 ACE was able to overclock the Corsair Vengeance PRO RGB DDR4-3000 up to 3600MHz. That’s a huge increase already considering the default XMP speed is only up to 3000MHz.

Again, all the overclocking here is done manually. I haven’t touched the Boost OC dial yet. Now, time to see what kind of score we got with this motherboard on the next page.

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