MSI MEG Z490 ACE DDR4 ATX 4xDIMM M.2 SATAIII RAID 1xDP 1xHDMI 3xPCIE 6xUSB CROSSFIRE RGB WIFI6 MU-MIMO

Part Number: MEG Z490 ACE
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MASTER THE GAME
The MEG series seeks to transcend current gaming products, the flagship model designed to push the limits of what an extreme gaming series can be. Combining the strengths of our existing arsenal with new innovative technology; this results in significant improvements in operational and gaming efficiency. With the MEG series, take complete control of performance and personalization with the ultimate gaming series for enthusiasts who want it all.

PREMIUM
HARDWARE DESIGN

With years of experience, MSI is no stranger to building high-performance motherboards. Our R&D and engineering teams have reviewed countless designs, evaluated a wide selection of high quality components, and developed products for reliability even under extreme conditions.

FULLY CONTROLLABLE IN BIOS AND SOFTWARE
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans. Total Fan Control allows you check your primary system characteristics in a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets for CPU and motherboard, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.

OPTIMIZED FOR WATER COOLING
Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & customized water cooling solutions on the market. A dedicated water pump PIN header supports up to 2 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy and safe installation and a perfect fit.

16+1 PHASES ROBUST POWER DESIGN
Unleash and sustain maximum performance with an aggressive VRM design built with a total of 16+1 digital power phases. Combining dual power connectors and exclusive Mirrored Power Arrangement, MEG series motherboard is ready for the challenge of high-end processors.

CORE BOOST
Core Boost technology combines MSI’s premium layout and digital power design which allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. This creates the perfect conditions for your CPU overclocking.

1-SECOND OVERCLOCKING!
MSI Game Boost enables one-second overclocking, giving you the performance boost you need to get more FPS.

LOAD-LINE CALIBRATION
What you set, is what you get. LLC makes sure your CPU voltage remains 100% stable under any load. This greatly improves stability when demanding more CPU performance.

OVERVOLTAGE PROTECTION
Prevents potential short-circuit damage to the CPU and other critical components.

DIGITALL POWER DESIGN
A fully digital power design allows for faster and undistorted current delivery to the CPU at pin-point precision. Creating the perfect conditions for CPU overclocking.

DOUBLE POWER CONNECTORS
Two 8-pin connectors deliver adequate power even for an overclocked multi-core CPU.

ENHANCED PERFORMANCE
High performance MSI motherboards are loaded with advanced features and the latest technology to overwhelm any challenge at hand no matter whether you’re a gamer, prosumer, or PC enthusiast.

EXTREME STABILITY & COMPATIBILITY TESTING
MSI conducts thorough memory testing with the most popular memory brands under extreme conditions to ensure your system runs stable no matter what. Our memory partners include brands like Corsair, Crucial, Kingston, G.Skill and many more to optimize memory modules, configurations and even improve overclocking.

A HUGE STEP OF DDR PERFORMANCE
MSI OC LAB does not merely work hard on extreme overclocking. Compare to Z390 motherboard memory XMP profile, MSI does have great improvement on performance and efficiency for Z490. Easy to enable XMP profile with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.

EASY OVERCLOCKING WITH XMP PROFILE
The XMP (Extreme Memory Profiles) in MSI BIOS are tested and certified by MSI OC LAB. It is easy to enable with auto power settings to get the best memory speed and stability.

FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE
MSI motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Higher efficiency makes your work easier.

OPTANE: BOOST YOUR HDD TO PERFORM LIKE AN SSD
PC Enthusiasts can now enjoy the performance of an SSD on their HDD by coupling it with the new Intel® Optane™ Memory device. Intel® Optane™ technology provides an unparalleled combination of high throughput, low latency, high quality of service, and high endurance.

EASY RAID SETUP WITH M.2 GENIE
Looking to go all out in terms of raw data speed and put multiple SSDs in RAID 0? Setting this up can prove to be quite the challenge. That’s why we created M.2 Genie, a brilliant feature to make setting up RAID 0 for M.2 and U.2 much easier and less time consuming.

DRAGON CENTER
MSI brand new Dragon Center unifies a suite of MSI software utilities into a single centralized application. Take control of advanced motherboards features and unleash endless possibilities.

CLICK BIOS 5
Get more from a loaded BIOS designed for ease of use. Fine-tune the motherboard for gaming performance, efficiency, or overclocking world records!

GAME BOOST
Quickly overclock your CPU with a single button for more performance.

XMP
Choose from a preset XMP profile and automatically overclock compatible DDR memory.

M-FLASH
Conveniently flash or upgrade the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility.

HARDWARE MONITOR
Get immediate access to your critical hardware information in real-time including temperature, memory capacity, clock speed, and voltage.

MEMORY TRY IT
Get extreme speed out of your system memory and get more performance.

SEARCH & FAVORITES
A permanent search & favorite option in the top right corner moves you through the BIOS menus quickly.

MSI APP PLAYER
Developed under an exclusive partnership with BlueStacks, the MSI APP Player brings seamless gaming experience between mobile games and PC platform, and leverages customized features as specific keyboard lighting and better graphics with multi-task works.

CONNECTIVITY
MSI motherboards are built with a variety of connectors to satisfy gamers. Enhanced audio, advanced LAN networking capabilities, USB and Mystic Light turn any gaming experience into an immerse one.

HIGH-BANDWIDTH AND LOW-LATENCY NETWORK
MEG Z490 ACE features high-bandwidth and low-latency 2.5G plus Gigabit LAN for 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.

SURFACING WITH THE REAL MU-MIMO TECHNOLOGY
The WIFI 6 adopts the latest OFDMA and two-way MU-MIMO technologies and could provide up to 4X network capacity and efficiency in the high signal density environment. Comparing to the WIFI 5, which can only send the data packet to one device at a time on each channel, the WIFI 6 could combine the packet, separate to several devices and allow signals from the different devices bundled together. This new technology provides all the devices in the same network environment with same and harmonious traffic bandwidth in an efficient way.

OPTIMIZE ONLINE GAMING TRAFFIC FOR LOWER LATENCY!
MSI GAMING LAN Manager automatically classifies and prioritizes the latency-sensitive applications for online games, giving you the best online gaming experience with low latency.

HIGH DEFINITION ALC1220 AUDIO PROCESSOR
Supports DSD Super Audio CD playback & recording(64x better than regular CD quality) and 120dB SNR / 32-bit.

ESS AUDIO DAC
Recreates the optimal natural analogue sound with ultra-low distortion to ensure a perfect, realistic display of sound.

HIGH QUALITY AUDIO CAPACITORS
A high fidelity sound experience with exceptional acoustics and realism for studio level headphones is ensured.

GOLDEN AUDIO JACKS WITH S/PDIF
Keep your sound perfect by transmit your audio with pure digital signal

DEDICATED
HEADPHONE
AMPLIFIER

A dedicated headphone can drive audiophile headphones up to 600Ω impedance, delivering studio-grade sound quality by automatically.

DOUBLE BANDWIDTH WITH LIGHTNING USB 3.2 GEN 2×2 20G
Using USB 3.2 devices has never been faster! Featuring the Lighting ASmedia 3241 USB 3.2 Gen2x2 controller, MSI motherboards offer never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s when connecting the Rear USB Type-C. The Lightning USB 20G connectors are covered with gold to ensure a better signal and performance.

USB FRONT TYPE-C
MSI gaming motherboards support USB Front Type-C that allows gamers to connect with the latest USB devices. Built up a system with MSI PC case to have the most convenient experience.

TRUE COLOR MYSTIC LIGHT ON MOTHERBOARD
Splash on some color and vibrant RGB lighting effects using MSI Mystic Light with 16.8 million colors and 29 LED effects.

SKU: MEG Z490 ACE Category: Brand:
FeatureFeature Value
Processor manufacturerIntel
Processor socketLGA 1200 (Socket H5)
Compatible processor seriesIntel® Celeron®, Intel® Core™ i3, Intel Core i5, Intel Core i7
Maximum number of SMP processors1
Supported processor socketsLGA 1200 (Socket H5)
Supported memory typesDDR4-SDRAM
Number of memory slots4
Maximum internal memory128 GB
Memory slots typeDIMM
Memory channelsDual-channel
Non-ECCY
Supported memory clock speeds2133,2400,2666,2933,3000,3200,3300,3333,3400,3466,3600,3733,3866,4000,4133,4200,4266,4300,4400,4533,4600,4800 MHz
Unbuffered memoryY
Supported storage drive interfacesM.2,SATA
Supported storage drive typesHDD & SSD
Number of HDDs supported6
RAID levels0,1,5,10
Parallel processing technology support2-Way SLI,3-Way CrossFireX
DirectX version12.0
USB 2.0 connectors2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) connectors1
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) connectors1
Number of SATA III connectors6
Total number of SATA connectors6
Front panel audio connectorY
Front panel connectorY
ATX Power connector (24-pin)Y
CPU fan connectorY
Number of chassis fan connectors6
Chassis intrusion connectorY
Peripheral (Molex) power connectors (4-pin)1
EPS power connector (8-pin)Y
12V power connectorY
RGB LED pin headerY
USB 2.0 ports quantity2
USB 3.2 Gen 1 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity2
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-A ports quantity3
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (3.1 Gen 2) Type-C ports quantity1
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) ports2
PS/2 ports quantity1
S/PDIF out portY
USB connector typeUSB Type-A, USB Type-C
Wi-FiY
Ethernet LANY
Ethernet interface type2.5 Gigabit Ethernet
LAN controllerRealtek RTL8125B, Intel® I219-V
Wi-Fi standards802.11a,802.11b,802.11g,Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n),Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac),Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
BluetoothY
Bluetooth version5.1
Component forPC
Motherboard form factorATX
Motherboard chipset familyIntel
Motherboard chipsetIntel Z490
Audio output channels7.1 channels
Audio chipRealtek ALC1220
Cooling typePassive
Power source typeATX
Number of mounting holes9
Windows operating systems supportedWindows 10 x64
PCI Express x1 slots2
PCI Express x16 (Gen 3.x) slots3
Width305 mm
Depth244 mm
Cables includedSATA
Drivers includedY