add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube

Motherboard

MSI MEG Z390 ACE ATX LGA1151 Motherboard

(17 Ratings, 4.5 Average)

Prices

Merchant Base Promo Shipping Tax Availability Total
$364.10 Out of stock $364.10+ Buy
$409.99 Out of stock $409.99+ Buy
$441.83 Free two-day shipping with Amazon Prime In stock $441.83 Buy
( 2 new from $441.83 . Last updated 3 hours ago. )

* Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on Amazon.ca at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product.

* PCPartPicker may receive compensation for purchases made at participating retailers linked on this site. This compensation does not affect what products or prices are displayed, or the order of prices listed. Learn more here.

Price Alert

Send an e-mail alert if the price drops to: $

(Note: Price alerts use your merchant selections and tax settings.)

Specifications

Manufacturer

MSI

Part #

  • MEG Z390 ACE
  • Z390ACE

Manufacturer

MSI

Socket / CPU

LGA1151

Form Factor

ATX

Chipset

Intel Z390

Memory Max

128 GB

Memory Type

DDR4

Memory Slots

4

Memory Speed

  • DDR4-2133
  • DDR4-2400
  • DDR4-2666
  • DDR4-2800
  • DDR4-3000
  • DDR4-3200
  • DDR4-3300
  • DDR4-3333
  • DDR4-3400
  • DDR4-3466
  • DDR4-3600
  • DDR4-3733
  • DDR4-3866
  • DDR4-4000
  • DDR4-4133
  • DDR4-4200
  • DDR4-4266
  • DDR4-4400
  • DDR4-4500

Color

Black / Silver

SLI/CrossFire

  • 2-Way SLI Capable
  • CrossFire Capable

PCI-E x16 Slots

3

PCI-E x8 Slots

0

PCI-E x4 Slots

0

PCI-E x1 Slots

3

PCI Slots

0

M.2 Slots

  • 2242/2260/2280/22110 M-key
  • 2242/2260/2280 M-key
  • 2242/2260/2280 M-key

mSATA Slots

0

Onboard Ethernet

1 x 1000 Mbit/s

SATA 6 Gb/s

6

Onboard Video

Depends on CPU

USB 2.0 Headers

2

USB 3.2 Gen 1 Headers

2

USB 3.2 Gen 2 Headers

2

USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 Headers

0

Supports ECC

No

Wireless Networking

Wi-Fi 5

RAID Support

Yes

Price History

    Reviews

    GTS81
    • 167 points
    • 22 days ago

    from completed build Silent BOS 801 v2

    Dropped One Star Because Of Internal Connectors.

    First, let me start by saying that this is an awesome board when it comes to build quality, aesthetics, and overclocking ability. It even survived splashed liquid cooling coolant while doing 3Dmark benchmark. Either I got lucky or there's plastidip on the front. I'd say skip Game Boost and just dial in your numbers for OC. There's too much guardbanding in ramping up voltages just to hit frequencies and that translates to higher power draw.

    Having 2x 12V RGB and 1x 5V DRGB felt a bit behind. MSI realized that and flipped that around for their Z490 version. I ended up buying some 5V RGB splitters to handle the newer EK blocks' lighting. There's only an extension wire for 5V RGB included. Splitter is available for 12V RGB though.

    Back to that one star removed: There's no 2-pin temperature sensor and 3-pin flow sensor ports available onboard. In fact, MSI deemed this feature so premium that it's only found on the Godlike. I've voiced the same concern on their Z490 AMA yesterday on Tom's but the answer is the same: Only Godlike Z490. Guess I'll be shopping for ROG Maximuses. Which strangely the Z390s stocks are all wiped out. For now I have a Bitspower temperature fitting sitting in the box doing nothing. Well, may be usable as an ugly plug in the future.

    Tobz_au
    • 51 points
    • 14 months ago

    from completed build VR Racing Simulator Computer

    Super expensive motherboard, with a limited feature set. HOWEVER build quality is amazing and really is great for those with a beefy CPU like the 9900k

    i9-7980xe
    • 30 points
    • 8 months ago

    Great motherboard, USB 3.0 header came with bent pin out of the box. If you don't have a keen eye for stuff like that it would seem like you had a defective board. Luckily I was able to bend it back.

    NYGator
    • 21 points
    • 9 months ago

    from completed build InWin 309 Lunar Disco

    The motherboard was very easy to install as was the entire system. I was shocked that when it was all together it just worked without need for any changes. The bios is pretty simple to work within. The mystic software could use more personal configuration options or themes. I love all of the external USB ports. I had one bent rgb pin that I was able to gently unbend when I received it. No issues.

    lostredneck
    • 14 points
    • 15 months ago

    from completed build I thought I knew what I was doing

    Seems decent so far. The built in RGB could be done better than a single infinity light, and I would have enjoyed more control over the lighting that Mystic Light 3 is allowing, but overclocking my processor was a breeze.

    AGENT009.6
    • 11 points
    • 14 months ago

    Great software and easy to use bios platform, also the turn knob overclocking feature would be handy for test benchs.

    XxSkuzzlebuttxX
    • 10 points
    • 16 months ago

    from completed build Extreme Enthusiast Build.

    I like it so far. M.2 FROZR Shield spots which are neat and plenty of accessory options. Plus GREAT IO

    i9-7980xe
    • 10 points
    • 11 months ago

    Better than ASRock, with great heat syncs and power delivery.

    weztmarch
    • 10 points
    • 29 days ago

    from completed build WEST 99

    Very reliable VRM power delivery and VRM cooling for sufficient overclocking of a 9900K. My 9900K has been overclocked to 5GHz core, 4.5 cache, 0 AVX offset @ 1.3v fixed voltage 24/7 paired with this motherboard for over one year without any issues. The VRMs are effectively cooled via heat-pipe & finned aluminum heatsink design. There are a plethora of USB 3.1 Gen2 ports on the back and 5 fan headers scattered throughout. Memory overclocking was a slight disappointment for me because I was eager to push 32GB past 4000Mhz, however I am running a G.SKILL Trident Z RGB 2x16GB dual-rank Samsung B die kit (F4-3200C14D-32GTZR) @ 3200MHz 13-13-13-28-300-1T @ 1.4v and tightened subtimings. Now, the board has been very stable with this kit in the current configuration and it is compatible with a large variety of performance DDR4 kits, but most of the 4000MHz+ kits it supports are 16GB (2x8GB) single-side B-Die kits, which isn't nearly as challenging to overclock as a 2x16GB dual-rank kit. The MEG Z390 ACE utilizes a daisy-chain topology memory trace layout, which means its signal integrity is stronger on 2 slots (A2, B2) thus it tends to perform better with only 2 sticks and may struggle when paired with 4 sticks. This doesn't mean the board cannot work with 4 sticks, but I have not had the luxury to test a 4x8GB kit on this board myself and so I cannot comment on it one way or another. I'm guessing by the QVL from MSI and G.Skill though that it isn't the greatest for DDR4 overclocking. Also, something important to be mindful of if you consider purchasing this board: it does not have iGPU support or iGPU display output like HDMI or DisplayPort support whatsoever. This conclusively means no support for iGPU hardware acceleration like Adobe Premiere's Quicksync, et al. This wasn't a deal-breaker for me as my rig is essentially a gaming PC, but it can certainly be disappointing for a content creator who may require these features. iGPU output is also very useful in the event that your GPU is out of order you can still use your computer. If that is ever the case then you will need to connect another graphics card or your PC will be out of commission. All in all though, the MEG Z390 ACE is an aesthetically attractive motherboard with a plethora of features to satisfy most enthusiasts and the engineering prowess to overclock the 9900K to its limit.

    Hurrin_Stormbeard
    • 8 points
    • 15 months ago

    While I've owned computers since the '90s, I've never tried overclocking anything (nor paid much attention to the "hows" around it) - that is, until this particular MOBO...I'm sure there are others that make overclocking truly easy, but I wouldn't know much about them (other than past reviews that I've read while researching this build).

    Literally, all I did was click the "OC" button within the MSI Dragon Center software and my 9900k is now running at a 5023 MHZ on all cores and everything appears stable!!

    I must say that it's actually a bit scary that it has been so easy...lol

    Add the armored DIMM slots, 3 M.2 slots (one of which is armored as well) and all the RGB bling this thing is an absolute gem of a beast!

    Builds Using This Part

    Sort

    add arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up authorcheckmark clipboard combo comment delete discord dots drag-handle dropdown-arrow errorfacebook history inbox instagram issuelink lock markup-bbcode markup-html markup-pcpp markup-cyclingbuilder markup-plain-text markup-reddit menu pin radio-button save search settings share star-empty star-full star-half switch successtag twitch twitter user warningwattage weight youtube