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Official MSI MEG z390 ACE motherboard thread

Thought i'd make a thread for what seems to be an outstanding motherboard. I took delivery of mine a few days ago and just waiting for my 9900k to arrive (pre ordered thru amazon) Hoping we can start some good discussions in here concerning this board and any troubleshooting issue that may turn up... Anyone have anything to add?!

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I'm accustomed to and like the MSI BIOS, so I'll go MSI when I can. Nothing lower than an M5, though.
Thought about buying this board for my 8086, but then I saw no integrated graphics and no PS/2 connector and went "Wha....? They replaced the M5 and M7 with this? ????!!!!" It's their second best z390 board and it's the only one that has no PS/2 and no IGD?
I was disappointed that it wouldn't meet my needs.
Looks like the components are pretty good, though.
I look forward to seeing how well it runs for you.

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I am an owner without a CPU to use with it. Waiting on that pre-order.
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Quote: Originally Posted by Beagle Box View Post
I'm accustomed to and like the MSI BIOS, so I'll go MSI when I can. Nothing lower than an M5, though.
Thought about buying this board for my 8086, but then I saw no integrated graphics and no PS/2 connector and went "Wha....? They replaced the M5 and M7 with this? ????!!!!" It's their second best z390 board and it's the only one that has no PS/2 and no IGD?
I was disappointed that it wouldn't meet my needs.
Looks like the components are pretty good, though.
I look forward to seeing how well it runs for you.
Just curious sir, why would one buy a highend board like this (or MEG series in general) and want/need IGP outputs? im just a little confused. Also, why do you still have a need for a PS2 port? Im an OLD SCHOOL pc addict myself, but i moved away from PS2 2 generations ago... I understand tho, sometimes old habits are hard to break and nothing wrong with that at all. Appreciate your reply tho however!

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I am an owner without a CPU to use with it. Waiting on that pre-order.
Terrible aint it! Im just itching to get my hands on my 9900k, praying amazon doesnt shaft me!

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Just curious sir, why would one buy a highend board like this (or MEG series in general) and want/need IGP outputs? im just a little confused. Also, why do you still have a need for a PS2 port? Im an OLD SCHOOL pc addict myself, but i moved away from PS2 2 generations ago!
If you are an extreme overclocker at some point USB ports start to malfunction, having a PS2 port for your keyboard allows for consistency. I'll be buying the EVGA Dark and it has PS/2.

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Just curious sir, why would one buy a highend board like this (or MEG series in general) and want/need IGP outputs? im just a little confused. Also, why do you still have a need for a PS2 port? Im an OLD SCHOOL pc addict myself, but i moved away from PS2 2 generations ago... I understand tho, sometimes old habits are hard to break and nothing wrong with that at all. Appreciate your reply tho however!


Terrible aint it! Im just itching to get my hands on my 9900k, praying amazon doesnt shaft me!
I like a PS/2 port because I like my old keyboard and a few times it has worked on troubled machines on boot when other usb devices have not.

I like the integrated graphics because there are times, especially on MSI motherboards, the PCIe GPU doesn't fully initialize and you end up with no screen. This is especially true when MSI fastboot is enabled. The IGP always works when the BIOS hangs and you have to reset. I also always install my operating systems using the IGP first and get it up and running before adding any GPUs. It also makes it easy to go back and forth between AMD and NVidia cards with no fuss during driver removal install. Sometimes in linux it's good to have two separate video devices. The IGD works well for that. It's also easy to use when building a new system. I can work on OCing the system before I even buy my GPU.

Old habits.


Addition: I buy high-end boards because they tend to have high-end components. I'm not really impressed with MSI's MEG line. From the looks of it, my old X-Power z270 and z170 M7 boards are of better and equal quality. I haven't looked, but the ACE looks only mildly upgraded from my current Z370 M5, but with no IGD.

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Terrible aint it! Im just itching to get my hands on my 9900k, praying amazon doesnt shaft me!
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OC3D.net gave it a good review.

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anyone having issues getting ANY memory timings with a "1T" command rate to boot?? I can set the most relaxed timings and set 1T and no post.... Can set the tightest timings with 2T and all is fine... anyone else?

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am i stuck with 2T cause im using all 4 ram slots? Just dont ever remember intel based cpus/boards doing this to me like AMD was back in the day

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