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MSI MEG Z490 ACE LGA 1200 Intel Z490 SATA 6Gb/s ATX Intel Motherboard

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  • Intel Z490
  • Supports 10th Gen Intel Core and Pentium Gold / Celeron processors for LGA 1200 socket
  • Supports 1R 2933/ 2666/ 2133 MHz
  • 1DPC 1R Max speed up to 4800+ MHz
  • 1DPC 2R Max speed up to 4266+ MHz
  • 2DPC 1R Max speed up to 4400+ MHz
  • 2DPC 2R Max speed up to 4000+ MHz

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MEG Z490 ACE
OUTSTANDING COOLING SOLUTION
MEG Z490 ACE motherboard
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Frozr Heatsink Design with Zero Frozr Technology

Exclusive to MEG class Z490 models, an active cooling design is ready to spin up when the VRM is loaded with power.

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MOSFET Baseplate

MOSFET backplates are constructed from solid metal for heat dissipation.

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Enlarged Heatsink with 7W/mK Thermal Pad

Large MOS heatsinks increase the heat dissipation surface. A 7W/mK thermal pad provides better heat transfer to the heatsink.

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MEG Z490 ACE

UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY

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Double Side M.2 Shield Frozr

Sustain maximum high-speed M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR and prevent SSD thermal throttling with a double-sided sandwiching thermal design.

MEG Z490 ACE
UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY
UNLIMITED CONNECTIVITY of the motherboard
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Lightning USB 20G

Ultra-fast rear USB Type-C port transfer speeds up to 20Gb/s powered by the ASMedia ASM3242 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller.

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Wi-Fi 6

Featuring the latest wireless solution, delivering speeds up to 2400Mbps and supports MU-MIMO and BSS color technology.

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2.5G + Gigabit LAN

Onboard 2.5G, Gigabit LAN, and Wi-Fi 6 deliver great online experiences without lag.

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Triple Turbo M.2 Connectors

3 x M.2 slots running at PCI-E Gen3 x4 bandwidth for ultra-fast NVMe based SSDs.

MEG Z490 ACE
STABLE CORNERSTONE OF YOUR SYSTEM
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Chest Plate

A rigid black metal backplate reinforces the motherboard against bending and twisting.

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6-Layer PCB Design

6 layer PCB improves signal transmission for high performance capabilities across the motherboard.

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ISL Digital PWM, 16 Phases with 90A SPS

GODLIKE is built with 16 phases of 90A smart power stages to reliably drive the CPU during heavy workloads.

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DDR4 Steel Armor & PCIe Steel Armor

Reinforced and shielded slots for strength and protecting the point of connection from interference.

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Smart Button

Onboard power and reset buttons.

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CUSTOMIZE YOUR GAMING RIG

Personalize your PC with RGB LED lighting capable of 16.8 million colors with dynamic effects through the Mystic Light APP.

  • Customize colors
  • Customize effects
THERMAL SOLUTION of the motherboard
THERMAL SOLUTION FOR HIGH PERFORMANCE MULTI CORE PROCESSORS

VRM Heatpipe, Frozr Heatsink, and MOSFET Baseplate keep temperatures in check and let the CPU power delivery system sustain extreme performance.

TRIPLE TURBO M.2 of the motherboard
TRIPLE TURBO M.2 WITH SHIELD FROZR

Sustain maximum M.2 SSD data transfer with M.2 SHIELD FROZR. Prevent SSD thermal throttling with a heatsink that extends across the motherboard.

EXTREME POWER DESIGN of the motherboard
EXTREME POWER DESIGN

The power delivery system on MEG Z490 ACE is built with an ISL Digital PWM, 16+1 phases with 90A Smart Power Stages, and dual CPU power connectors. Exclusive to MEG class models is Mirrored Power Arrangement on the Vcore phases for releasing true power.

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Lightning USB 20G

Quickly move large files including uncompressed video, raw images, and bulky simulation data, powered by the ASMedia 3242 chip. USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 reaches up to 20Gbps, four times faster than USB 3.2 Gen 1.

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CHEST PLATE

MEG Z490 ACE features a rigid metal backplate that reinforces the motherboard's edges along the connectors, preventing bending and twisting during installation that could potentially damage or dislodge surface mounted components.

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PRE-INSTALLED IO SHIELDING

Pre-Installed IO Shielding makes handling the motherboard process easier and safer. The patent-pending design is grounded and protects the IO ports from potential electrostatic discharge damage from the external environment.

10G SUPER LAN of the motherboard
DUAL LAN WITH 2.5G LAN

MEG Z490 ACE features high-bandwidth and low-latency 2.5G and Gigabit LAN for demanding creators and power users. Onboard 2.5Gbps connectivity provides incredible data transfer speed faster than ever before. MSI LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive for your applications, giving you the best online experience with low latency.

BLUETOOTH of the motherboard
WI-FI 6 & BLUETOOTH

Connect to a high-speed WIFI 6 network with onboard Wi-Fi 6. OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technology optimize data transmission and deliver speeds up to 2.4Gbps.

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UNMATCHED MEMORY PERFORMANCE

MSI takes memory stability and performance to the extreme. The memory circuit layout has been optimized for reliability and tested extensively in partnership with major memory manufacturers for compatibility.

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AUDIO BOOST HD

A dedicated audio processor, ESS audio DAC, and headphone amplifier have been integrated into isolated audio circuitry to output game-changing studio grade sound.

STEEL ARMOR of the motherboard
MULTIPLE GPU SUPPORT AND PCI-E STEEL ARMOR

MEG Z490 ACE supports both NVIDIA® SLI™ and AMD® CrossFire™ multi GPU technologies. PCI-E slot placements provide optimal airflow for graphics card cooling. MSI PCI Express Steel Armor slots are secured to the motherboard with extra solder points and support the weight of heavy graphics cards. When every advantage counts, Steel Armor shields the point of contact from electromagnetic interference.


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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years
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Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
very solid excellent quality 8/4/2020 10:24:22 PM

Pros: very solid excellent quality
full support of RGB
Powerfull WIFI & Bluetooth

Cons: No Integrated graphics

Overall Review: Very Recommended
Of course i would by it again

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Motherboard for My 10900k 7/13/2020 11:49:13 AM

Pros: -The bios is very customizable. It has a fairly straightforward menu to get anyone new up and running in addition to a more in-depth menu for overclocking.
-Good motherboard for clean cable management.
-Diverse compatibility for fitting a variety of components of different brands and sizes.

Cons: Nope, so far this board has been perfect.

Overall Review: When deciding on a motherboard for Comet Lake I'm glad I ended up buying the ACE rather than other competitors' models. For me, I had previously built a pc with a 9900k and I had a much harder time with the bios. After building my pc and booting my 10900k I found the bios to be VERY user friendly. Overall, the Z490 Ace makes for a great motherboard for both plug-and-play gamers and hardcore overclockers.

This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Hayden,

Thank you for reviewing the MSI MEG Z490 ACE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Motherboard for My 10900k 7/13/2020 11:49:00 AM

Pros: -The bios is very customizable. It has a fairly straightforward menu to get anyone new up and running in addition to a more in-depth menu for overclocking.
-Good motherboard for clean cable management.
-Diverse compatibility for fitting a variety of components of different brands and sizes.

Cons: Nope, so far this board has been perfect.

Overall Review: When deciding on a motherboard for Comet Lake I'm glad I ended up buying the ACE rather than other competitors' models. For me, I had previously built a pc with a 9900k and I had a much harder time with the bios. After building my pc and booting my 10900k I found the bios to be VERY user friendly. Overall, the Z490 Ace makes for a great motherboard for both plug-and-play gamers and hardcore overclockers.

This review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent Motherboard for My 10900k 7/13/2020 11:38:59 AM

Pros: -The bios is very customizable. It has a fairly straightforward menu to get anyone new up and running in addition to a more in-depth menu for overclocking.
-Good motherboard for clean cable management.
-Diverse compatibility for fitting a variety of components of different brands and sizes.

Cons: Nope, so far this board has been perfect.

Overall Review: When deciding on a motherboard for Comet Lake I'm glad I ended up buying the ACE rather than other competitors' models. For me, I had previously built a pc with a 9900k and I had a much harder time with the bios. After building my pc and booting my 10900k I found the bios to be VERY user friendly. Overall, the Z490 Ace makes for a great motherboard for both plug-and-play gamers and hardcore overclockers.

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
My 2nd ACE but definitely not my last (This Review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program) 7/13/2020 5:16:32 AM

Pros: This Review is for the MSI Review Rebate Program

Beautiful Board with a great bio for overclocking, all three M.2 slots have the Sheild Frozr with thermal pads this time around. The XMP profiles worked like a dream on my DDR4, there are enough USB ports for everything I need to hook up. The USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller on the back I/O shield along with the USB 3 front port is also an added bonus. One thing I've absolutely come to love on this motherboard are the PCI Express Steel Armor slots, I have an MSI RTX2080 Gaming trio and there is almost no GPU sag (I get almost zero GPU sag with the included support bracket.) The Steel armor chest plate is a nice touch too.
Now for overclocking, I was able to get my I7-10700k to a stable 5.0ghz at 1.25V and it stays pretty cool with my AIO water cooler. Granted I may have just won the silicon lottery, even this board provides the stability and power to get it there with it's 16+1 digital power phases.
I plan on doing custom cooling and even higher overclocking in the future.

Cons: The only issue I have with this motherboard is the sound. I had 2 older Logitech speaker/subwoofer combo that used the rear speaker input jack. When I first installed the board they worked fine but after an update to my Realtek Audio drivers, I haven't been able to get them to work. Everything else works fine though, the front audio input, the digital in etc....
So I'm not sure if it's a driver issue or a hardware one.

Overall Review: I always recommend MSI (my wife has an Ace Z390 in her PC and I have the Z490), I would recommend this board to anyone upgrading to Intel's 10 gen line (and apparently Z490s will also take 11th gen chipset making a higher-end board like this one a good choice for future upgrades).
The MEG line (specifically the ACE) are the best motherboards I've ever purchased and will continue to purchase in the future because of how much I've come to really like them.
This is the board to buy for reliable overclocking and performance

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Paul,

Thank you for reviewing the MSI MEG Z490 ACE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
Verified Owner
5/ 5
As described! Great board. 7/11/2020 8:27:33 AM

Overall Review: Perfect for high end gamers.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Brandon,

Thank you for reviewing the MSI MEG Z490 ACE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
Verified Owner
3/ 5
What Was MSI Thinking? 7/8/2020 4:49:17 AM

Pros: The quality of this board stands out. Their Customer Service is top-notch and easily accessible.

Cons: This motherboard doesn't support iGPU (integrated Intel Graphics). Why not include this? What happens if my dedicated GPU Fails? An HDMI Port would have been nice to have as a backup to prevent down time. Really wish MSI can back to the drawing board on this one.

Overall Review: I still like the direction MSI is going. I hope to see them overtake ASUS and Gigabyte as the leading motherboard manufacturer in the world.

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Arjus,

Thank you for sharing your experience with the MSI MEG Z490 Ace motherboard. We understand your point of view and we apologize for the inconvenience you may experience due to the motherboard not having a video port. Given the enthusiast level of the motherboard and the vast I/O connectivity available to it, compromises had to be made for a higher quality of LAN and USB ports. If you have any further questions regarding this product or have any suggestions for improvement for us, please do not hesitate to contact us directly at usrma@msi.com and we will be more than happy to assist you. If you would like further technical assistance, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team | JM07072020094 | usreview@msi.com
Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Excellent motherboard 7/7/2020 3:05:04 AM

Pros: Quality VRM’s, digital readout is nice to always keep tabs on temps, solid build quality

Cons: Nope

Overall Review: I always go MSI for my motherboards, love the quality and bios. I bought this to replace my MSI z370 gaming m5 for my 8700k to upgrade to the i9-10900k

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Edward,

Thank you for reviewing the MSI MEG Z490 ACE! If you ever require technical assistance or warranty support, please feel free to contact our technical support department directly at 626.271.1004 from M to F, 9am to 6pm Pacific Standard Time.

Thanks for choosing MSI!

Best Regards,
MSI Review Team
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