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FRONTPAGE MSI MEG Z690 ACE Motherboard Review

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Overclockers.com

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Today, the MSI MEG Z690 ACE is our test bench's DDR5 LGA 1700 motherboard. The Z690 ACE is one classy-looking motherboard forgoing any onboard RGB LED and covered in so many heatsinks it has a real heft to it. It feels like MSI has thrown everything into this board, including the kitchen sink.
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MaddMutt

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Can you explain this comment more :
* I would also like to note the odd results in WPrime 1024. Since we first started testing the new Alder Lake CPUs, the WPrime 1024 results seemed a bit off now with some updates, and they’re more in line with what we were expecting.
I have a complaint though - Where is the picture of the board without it's heat sinks installed? The naked board?
I have a request for additional testing - Can you include a Geekbench 4 Test? It has a break down of single/multi core scores for - Crypto, Integer, Floating Point, and Memory.

I have been grabbing older motherboards (z68, z87, and x79), their cpus, and memory because of the high price of gpus. I have found our reviews of these boards, cpus, and memory extremely helpful when shopping (y) :ty:

As always A Great Write Up :thup:
 

Johan45

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All the IC's are in the slide show so not sure what it is you're after. Here's a GB4 run, the memory is only 5200 CL40. When it comes to WPrime make sure the extra serial I/O drivers are installed or the CPU gets confused scheduling threads and the results are terrible.

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MaddMutt

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Thank You :plus1:for including the Picture around the socket without the heat sink and the Geekbench 4 Score.
When it comes to WPrime make sure the extra serial I/O drivers are installed or the CPU gets confused scheduling threads and the results are terrible.
^ Thank You for this explanation :)
 

Woomack

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I'm not sure why you needed the photo. If you want more extreme benching then get Unify-X as it's cheaper and is a bit better for LN2 benching.
The latest BIOS releases are fixing the weird behavior with C states and some controllers. The same is for Unify-X.
I'm only not sure if it's the same for the Ace and Unify/Unify-X but I can't change RTL/IOL in BIOS. No matter how I set it, it's always working at auto.
It's not really important for most users but on Unify-X, I get about 5ns worse results in AIDA64 latency than on ASUS motherboards, and I have no idea why. Probably the motherboard is forcing something at auto. The tight benching profile at 6600 gives me ~59ns when manual, not even very tight on ASUS was ~55ns.