MSI MEG Z690 ACE Motherboard Review

System Overview & Testing Procedures

We will be running the MEG Z690 ACE in the following setup.

MSI MEG Z690 ACE Motherboard

Test System Specs
Processor: Intel Core i9-12900K
Motherboard: MSI MEG Z690 ACE
Graphics: MSI GeForce RTX 3080 Gaming X Trio
Memory: 32GB Crucial DDR5-4800
Storage: Samsung 870 EVO
Cooling: be quiet! Pure Loop 360mm
Power Supply: Corsair HX1200i
Case: Open PC Test Bench

For motherboard testing we will running the processor and motherboard and the default optimized settings in the BIOS (as if you would restore the defaults on the board). We feel that this is how most users will have their systems configured. So everything will be on auto, except for setting our XMP profile for our memory.

We will comparing the following motherboards…

ASRock Z690 Taichi
ASUS ROG Maximus Z690 Hero
Gigabyte Z690 AORUS Ultra

Here are the tests we’ll be running.

Overall System Testing
PCMark 10

CPU Testing
SiSoftware Sandra
– Processor Arithmetic
– Processor Multi-Media
x264 HD Benchmark 5.0

Graphics Testing
– Time Spy Benchmark
– Time Spy Extreme Benchmark
– Fire Strike Benchmark
– Fire Strike Extreme Benchmark

SATA, USB & Power Testing
Kill-A-Watt Meter

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