MSI Meg x570 Ace Review

System Configuration & BIOS

Outfitting the MSI MEG X570 ACE with an AMD Ryzen 3900x and 16GB of G.Skill Ripjaws V, we booted the board into the MSI Click BIOS 5. If this is your first time entering the BIOS, it defaults to easy mode. In easy mode, you have quick visuals of your current Game Boost setting, whether A-XMP is on/off, specifications of the system, and boot priority. To the left of the screen, we find a navigation menu that includes menu items for CPU, Memory, Storage, Fan Info, Help, M-Flash, Favorites, and Hardware Monitor. Finally, at the bottom of the screen are some quick toggle/indicators for LAN Option ROM, CSM / UEFI, ErP Ready, ACHI / RAID, Indication LED Control, and RGB Light Control.

Starting from the top of the navigation, the CPU menu item displays the current clock of the processor as well as various settings such as CPU base clock, CPU ratio, core count, and CPI core voltage.

Moving to the Memory menu item, much like the CPU, this section displays the setting of your memory modules such as speed, voltage, and timings. It also indicates which slots the memory is installed in on the MEG ACE, with ours installed in DIMMA2 and DIMMB2.

The next section, “Storage” displays what the current storage mode is and which SATA / M2 ports are in use.

In the “Fan Info” section, we can see the configured fan profile as well and the current temperatures/fan speeds for the CPU and motherboard.

On the “Help” menu, we can see the current configuration of the Game Boost knob.

Click the M-Flash button asks you if you wish to reboot the system into “flash mode,” which enables you to update the current BIOS of the board.

If you want quick access to various BIOS settings, this can be done through the “Favorites” button. After clicking “Favorites,” you’re presented with 5 favorite lists that can be used to organize various settings that you may use on a regular basis.

The last button, “Hardware Monitor,” is where you can configure your CPU/System fan speeds and monitor various system temperatures.

If you’re looking to do some overclocking, you can get to the “Advanced” mode by pressing F7. Once there, you have 6 navigation items, which include Settings, OC, M-FLASH, OC Profile, Hardware Monitor, and Board Explorer.

Diving into the “Settings” menu item, you’re presented with 5 additional sections: System Status, Advanced, Boot, Security, and Save & Exit.

Under “Advanced,” you find another menu list to configure settings such as PCI subsystems, ACPI, and Power Management.

In the “PCI Subsystems” section, you can your PCI link speed as well as your chipset gen switch.

Under “ACPI Settings,” you can configure the power LED and CPI over-temperature alert.

Looking at the “Integrated Peripherals” section, you can configure your LAN, SATA, and Audio settings.

Moving to “USB Configuration,” you can enable/disable XHVI Hand’s Off and Legacy Mode.

Under “Power Management,” you can set up various power features such as “Restore after AC Power Loss.”

In the “Windows OS Configuration” section, you can select UEFI or CSM mode for your BIOS.

Under “Wake Up Event Setup,” you can configure your wake-up settings.

The last menu item, “Secure Erase+,” can be used to securely format a given drive.

Moving to the “OC” menu item, which is where you can configure OC settings such as CPU clock speed, CPU voltage, DRAM frequency, and DRAM voltage.

Under the “Advanced CPU Configuration,” you can change various settings for your Ryzen chip such as Precision Boost Overdrive and SMT Control.

Looking at “Clockgen Features” allows you to change various settings of your BCLK.

In the section “Advanced DRAM Configuration,” you can adjust your memory main/sub timings.

Under “DigitALL Power” you can configure various power-related settings such as Load Line Calibration, Over/Under voltage, and VRM temperature protection.

In the “CPU Specifications” section is a readout of all the specifications of the installed CPU with ours being the AMD Ryzen 3900x.

Looking at “Memory-Z” you get the current settings of your installed memory.

Under the “CPU Features” section you can find various CPU settings such as AMD Cool n’ Quiet and Power Supply Idle Control.

Moving over to the next menu item “OC Profile,” you can load any of your saved profiles as well as save/load them to/from USB.

One of the cooler features of the BIOS is the “Board Explorer” that displays which ports/sockets are in use.

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