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Is this a good motherboard? 🤔

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Just a question:

 

My old motherboard was an MSI z370-a Pro and I saw this MSI MEG Z390 ACE motherboard on Newegg at a great price of $219.99 vs the normal price of $289.99 so I decided to pull the trigger.

 

But is this a good motherboard? Is it better than my old one? Or like..where does it rank on the motherboard “tier list”? 🤔 
 

Ive read some things like good “vrm cooling” are important, does this one have that?

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CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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More features, MUCH better VRMs, higher quality components, etc. A much better board than what you had. 

Edit: The cooling is very good. The heat sinks around the VRMs are actual proper heat sinks. Those are the metal things with a pipe sticking out in at a right angle around the socket. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
4 minutes ago, Lord Xeb said:

More features, MUCH better VRMs, higher quality components, etc. A much better board than what you had. 

Edit: The cooling is very good. The heat sinks around the VRMs are actual proper heat sinks. Those are the metal things with a pipe sticking out in at a right angle around the socket. 

Oooh ok! Thanks!

 

Im not very knowledgeable about motherboard components so I wasn’t sure how much better this was than my old board.

 

did notice that it had not one, but two M.2 slots so I can put another Samsung 970 Evo Plus in there.

 

Is there anything else besides better VRM cooling that makes this board better than the MSI z370-a Pro motherboard?


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
6 minutes ago, Rxkvn07 said:

u dont even need to ask lol , sure thats a good MB , Msi has nothing to prove

Well I do have to ask because I’m not very knowledgeable about motherboard components. 
 

Is this a lot better than my old board or just a little better?

 


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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1 hour ago, GamerBlake said:

Well I do have to ask because I’m not very knowledgeable about motherboard components. 
 

Is this a lot better than my old board or just a little better?

 

way better , if ur planning to get a 9th gen cpu get it

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Posted · Original PosterOP
8 minutes ago, Rxkvn07 said:

way better , if ur planning to get a 9th gen cpu get it

I actually already have an i7 8700K oc’ed to 5Ghz and it’s not worth spending another ~$450 for an i9 just to get 5-7% more performance.

 

Ill just throw my 8700K in it.


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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3 hours ago, GamerBlake said:

Oooh ok! Thanks!

 

Im not very knowledgeable about motherboard components so I wasn’t sure how much better this was than my old board.

 

did notice that it had not one, but two M.2 slots so I can put another Samsung 970 Evo Plus in there.

 

Is there anything else besides better VRM cooling that makes this board better than the MSI z370-a Pro motherboard?

I would have to dig into a bit further and spend a bit of time comparing, but the biggest thing is better VRMs, better overall build quality, likely more layers to the PCB (a good thing), additional features and just overall much higher build quality. You generally can expect more USB 3.x ports on it as well. some of the higher end boards even come with wifi, bios flash back feature (such as not needing a CPU to flash the bios). This helpful when bios becomes corrupt. You can recover your board with little effort. 

Additionally you can expect more feature rich bios, possibly higher overclocks and stability at higher overclocks. There is more there, but overall it is a MUCH better. 
 


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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, Lord Xeb said:

I would have to dig into a bit further and spend a bit of time comparing, but the biggest thing is better VRMs, better overall build quality, likely more layers to the PCB (a good thing), additional features and just overall much higher build quality. You generally can expect more USB 3.x ports on it as well. some of the higher end boards even come with wifi, bios flash back feature (such as not needing a CPU to flash the bios). This helpful when bios becomes corrupt. You can recover your board with little effort. 

Additionally you can expect more feature rich bios, possibly higher overclocks and stability at higher overclocks. There is more there, but overall it is a MUCH better. 
 

Oh ok thanks!

 

I knew my old motherboard wasn’t very good since it was pretty cheap and obviously it’s pretty rare to get a high quality component of any kind at a very low price, I just wasn’t sure what exactly was different between low quality motherboards and high quality motherboards.

 

Thanks for the information! I appreciate it :).


CPU: i7 8700K (5.1 GHz OC). AIO: EVGA CLC 280 280mmGPUEVGA XC2 Ultra 2080Ti. PSU: Corsair RM850x 850W 80+ Gold Fully Modular. MB: MSI MEG Z390 ACE LGA 1151. RAM: 32GB Corsair Dominator Platinum RGB (3600 MHz OC). STORAGE: 1TB Samsung 970 Evo Plus M.2 NVMe, 1TB Samsung 860 Evo, 1TB Samsung 860 QVO, 2TB Firecuda 7200rpm SSHD, 1TB WD Blue. CASE: NZXT H510 Elite. FANS: Corsair LL120 RGB 120mm x4. MONITOR: MSI Optix MAG271CQR 2560x1440 144hz. Headset: Steelseries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset. Keyboard: Razer Cynosa Chroma. Mouse: Razer Deathadder Elite. Webcam: Logitech C922x Pro Stream Webcam.

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11 hours ago, GamerBlake said:

Oh ok thanks!

 

I knew my old motherboard wasn’t very good since it was pretty cheap and obviously it’s pretty rare to get a high quality component of any kind at a very low price, I just wasn’t sure what exactly was different between low quality motherboards and high quality motherboards.

 

Thanks for the information! I appreciate it :).

You are welcome. :)


I am Lord Xeb from OCN. Fear me!

"Everyone is an expert in something. Never approach an interaction thinking someone is otherwise. Knowledge is acquired not earned. Always be humble and wise. Never look down on others for simply being ignorant within your realm of your expertise." ~ Unknown
"There he goes, one of god's own prototypes. Unfit for mass production, but too rare to die." ~ YellowJersey

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