Unleash the power of gaming with MEG Z790 ACE MAX. Boasting premium aesthetics featuring a sleek black finish and silver embellishments, this E-ATX gaming motherboard takes Intel®'s 14th Gen and 13th Gen Core processors to new heights. With exceptional hardware support and durability, it thrives in extreme settings, pushing boundaries in processor overclocking, DDR5 memory, and graphics card (GPU) performance. Elevate your gaming experience with MEG Z790 ACE MAX.
THE REVELATION OF LEGEND
With the determination of transcending current gaming products, the flagship models push the limits of what an extreme gaming series can be.
One button with multiple hardware control. You can set up the different functions in the BIOS. Reset Computer, Safe Boot, Turbo Fan and EZ LED control with just one click.
FLASH BIOS BUTTON
Flash the BIOS with only a connected power supply by following a few steps.
CLEAR CMOS BUTTON
Restore the BIOS to the default settings – helpful in 99% of the cases to successfully boot again.
Two physical BIOS ROM allow a fallback to plan B.
Displays the error code for troubleshooting. Also functions as temperature monitor!
EZ LED CONTROL
A built-in LED switch on the motherboard to control your light effect. Turn on/off your light in a second!
OUTSTANDING COOLING Module
Fin Array Design with
7W/mK Thermal Pad
M.2 Shield Frozr
Enlarged PCH Heatsink
Dual 2.5G LAN
Dual Thunderbolt 4 Ports
Latest Wi-Fi 7
Lightning Gen 5
PCIe & M.2 Slots
Latest DDR5 Memory
Dual Front USB 20G
Type-C with One 60W PD
Quintuple M.2 Connectors
STABLE CORNERSTONE OF YOUR SYSTEM
Pre-installed I/O Shield
Magnetic & Screwless
M.2 Shield Frozr Design
PCIe Steel Armor
24+1+2 Phases Design
Advanced SMT Process
8-Layer Server Grade PCB
with 2oz Thickened Copper
- Power Solution
- cooling overview
- System Cooling
- Fully Fan Control
- Water Cooling
Stacked Fin Array Design
Stacked fin array design enlarges up to 50% heat dissipation, provides the maximum surface of heat dissipation.
Fully aluminum IO cover and extended heatsink design provide the maximum surface of heat dissipation.
Direct Touch Cross Heat-pipe
The U-shape dual heat-pipe connect three MOS heatsinks to enlarge the surface of heat dissipation.
Double-sided M.2 Shield Frozr
Double-sided M.2 thermal solution keep M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run cooler and faster.
The aluminum baseplate cool down the MOSFET temperature with dedicated thermal pads.
7W/mK Thermal Pad
High quality 7W/mK MOSFET thermal pads and extra choke thermal pads ensure all cores running in high performcance.
Enlarged PCH Heatsink
MSI replaced the PCH fan with enlarged heatsink design to reduce dust and noise as well as maintain high heat dissipation efficiency.
DIY 2.0 – INTEGRATING WITH THE SYSTEM ENVIRONMENT
Connect and synchronize with MSI coolers and cases with strategically positioned pin-header locations including a dedicated pump-fan header.
Fully Fan Control
MSI motherboards let you manage speeds and temperatures for all your system and CPU fans in BIOS and software with a simplified graphical interface. You can also set up to 4 temperature targets, which will adjust the fan speeds automatically.
Detecting CPU & GPU temperatures and automatically adjusting fan duty of system fans to a proper value by adopting MSI AI ENGINE.
MSI fan headers automatically detect fans running in DC or PWM mode for optimal tuning of fan speeds and silence. Hysteresis also makes your fans spin up fluently to make sure your system stays silent, no matter what.
DUAL PUMP FAN HEADER FOR OPTIMIZED WATER COOLING
Designed to support the most popular All-In-One & customized water cooling solutions on the market, MEG Z790 ACE MAX features the exclusive dual pump PIN headers to fit multiple water cooling solutions demands. The dedicated pump PIN header supports up to 3 amp, giving you full control of the water pump speed. A clearly marked ‘keep-out-zone’ allows for easy, safe installation and a perfect fit.
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- PCB DESIGN
- EZ OC TUNING
- MORE FOR PERFORMANCE
24+1+2 DUET RAIL POWER SYSTEM
Unleash and sustain the maximum performance with a flagship VRM design built with a total of 24+1+2 Duet Rail Power System(DRPS). Combining dual power connectors and 105A Smart Power Stage, the MEG Z790 ACE MAX is ready for breaking the world record.
OPTIMIZED PCB SOLUTION
The PCB design has been optimized for higher bandwidth and faster transfer speeds, which is also beneficial for reliable circuit transmission.
- 8 PCB layers
- IT-170 Server-grade PCB material
- 2oz Thickened Copper
EZ OC TUNING
To unleash the exceptional performance of Core i9-14900K processor, MSI P-Core Beyond 6GHz+ function enables effortless 1-core / 2-core Turbo Boost beyond 6GHz with a single click, delivering extreme performance effortlessly.
In Lock BCLK 102.5's 'Down Turbo Ratio' mode, CPU temperature decreases by slightly raising the CPU BLCK frequency to 102.5MHz while reducing the CPU Ratio by 1x. If temperature isn't your primary concern, the 'Keep Turbo Ratio' mode offers a mild CPU overclock, setting the CPU BCLK to 102.5MHz for enhanced performance.
MORE FOR PERFORMANCE
- SOLID PIN DESIGN
- STAINLESS STEEL IO
- GROUNDING STRUCTURE
- OCP Protection
solid pin design
The 4-pin, 8-pin, and 24-pin power connectors of MSI motherboards are all designed with solid pins. The solid pin design allows for a more stable transmission of 12V power to the CPU, even when handling high current loads.
Advantages of Solid Pin Power connector
- Improved stability : Larger contact area enhances stability during power delivery.
- Low impedance : Solid pins offer low impedance, enabling efficient power flow.
- Strong durability : The solid pin design ensures strong durability, capable of withstanding demanding conditions.
- Suitable for high-current applications.
Anti-corrosive Stainless Steel IO Shield
An extra layer of sponge materials along with corrosive resistance IO Shield to help improve static electricity and reduce electromagnetic radiation noise from the system as well as much more durable compare to traditional IO Shields.
* The image above is an illustrative reference. Please refer to specification pages for more details.
The Grounding Structure of Power Phases
The grounding structure of power phases is the MSI's exclusive design. This patented design enables to suppress the electromagnetic interference (EMI) generated by the power phases and helps to efficiently conduct heat to the copper plane with grounding properties.
Over Current Protection
MSI motherboards prioritize safety with the embedded Overcurrent Protection (OCP), ensuring crucial components such as the USB ports, DDR memory, PWM IC, and CPU are shielded from excessive current. This proactive defense mechanism curtails the risk of damage or malfunction due to power surges, promoting long-term system stability. This commitment to safeguarding your hardware underscores MSI's dedication to producing motherboards that prioritize durability and stability.
Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS)
Transient Voltage Suppressors (TVS) are safety devices used to protect against excessive voltage. All motherboard models of MSI are equipped with TVS. When the voltage abnormally rises, the TVS switches from a high-resistance state to a low-resistance state, diverting the excessive voltage to ground. This helps prevent circuit damage caused by high voltage.
- Bios & software
- LIGHTNING GEN 5 PCI-E
Lightning Gen 5 PCI-e with Steel Armor
LIGHTNING GEN 5 PCI-E
Doubling over the previous generation, the bandwidth of a x16 interface can reach 128GB/s.
SMT PCIE 5.0 SLOT
The advanced SMT(Surface Mount Technology) PCIE slot diminish interference and electrical noise, fully support the PCI-E 5.0 signal.
Secure to the motherboard with extra solder points and support the weight of heavy graphics cards.
FAST AND FUTURE-READY STORAGE
MSI MEG series motherboards support all the latest storage standards, which allows users to connect any ultra-fast storage device. Start games faster, load levels faster and have a real advantage over your enemies.
Experience Thunderbolt 4 with unprecedented interface bandwidth speeds up to true 40Gbp and support for up to six daisy-chained devices. Additionally, Maximum 8K display support, Multi-Port Accessory Architecture and USB 4.0 compliant provide reliable connectivity and better user experience.
USB 3.2 Gen 2x2
USB 3.2 Gen 2
USB 3.2 Gen 1
- Maximum 8K display support
- Daisy Chain support
- Multi-Port Accessory Architecture
DUAL FRONT USB 3.2 GEN 2X2 20G TYPE-C
Front USB devices has never been faster! MEG Z790 series motherboards offer a wide variety of options to connect and boost your USB devices, offering never before seen USB speeds up to 20Gb/s when connecting the front USB Type-C.
EXTRA PD POWER CONNECTOR
The extra 6-pin PD power connector provides more power to make the normal front USB type-C port to 60W PD port.
USB Type-C with PD Header
Normal USB Type-C
- memory support stand
- MEMORY FORCE
- Memory Extension Mode
LATEST DDR5 MEMORY WITH SMT SLOT
A huge step of DDR performance enhancement with the latest DDR5 memory. Combines with dedicated SMT welding process and MSI Memory Boost technology, MEG Z790 ACE MAX is ready to deliver the world class memory performance.
The advanced SMT(Surface Mount Technology) welding process reduces the defect rate of slot solder joints, electromagnetism, and interference. Combining with exclusive Memory Boost technology allows MSI motherboards to deliver the clean and pure high-frequency DDR5 signal.
The aluminum backplate cools down your motherboard, while the dedicated sunken design strengthens the memory slot area to prevent PCB bending and to protect surrounding components.
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.
MSI MEG series motherboards feature exclusive Memory Force function which shows the current state of DDR5 memory. This patent-pending feature simplifies the complicated training flow to an easy graphic that helps you determine the direction of overclocking without the redundant reboot and testing process.
The longer bar means you have more room for memory overclocking. When you are doing the right thing that pushes the memory performance, the bar will shorten so you can easily know the tuning direction of overclocking with just one look.Learn More
Memory Extension Mode
Memory Extension Mode provides optimized memory parameters for enhanced capability at the same frequency, achieving lower latency and higher performance. Furthermore, Memory Extension Mode can combine XMP profiles to maximize memory frequency, enabling users to effortlessly discover the best configuration based on their requirements. .
Performance Mode, Benchmark Mode, and Memtest Mode provide users with the flexibility to swiftly identify the ideal configuration tailored to their requirements and memory overclocking capabilities.
- MSI CENTER
- CLICK BIOS 5
- NORTON 360
- RESIZABLE BAR
MSI brand new MSI 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!
Choose from a preset XMP profile and automatically overclock compatible DDR memory.
VMD (Volume Management Device)
Enable direct control and management of NVMe SSDs from the PCIe bus without additional hardware adaptors.
Conveniently flash or upgrade the BIOS in a few minutes from the CMOS Setup Utility.
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.
Exclusive UI of AIDA64 Extreme
MSI motherboards provide 60 days free trial of AIDA64 Extreme - MSI edition. AIDA64 Extreme is an almighty application for system information, diagnostics and benchmarks. With the application, you can monitor the detailed hardware and software information on PC and save it to file in multiple formats such as CSV and HTML.
Opt-in to Cyber Safety with Norton 360 Deluxe
Multiple layers of protection for your devices, online privacy features including our Secure VPN, plus Dark Web Monitoring - all in a single solution. With MSI motherboards, you can enjoy a 60-day free trial of Norton 360 Deluxe.
- Up to 50 GB PC cloud backup
- Real time Threat protection and Smart Firewall
- Password manager
- PC SafeCam
The MSI trial offer is not available for existing Norton customers. If you have an active Norton subscription, you will need to opt-out of the existing subscription to be eligible for this offer. For Important Subscription, Pricing and Offer Details, please refer to NortonLifeLock License and Services Agreement. NortonLifeLock Product and Service Privacy Notices.
Resizable BAR (Re-Size BAR) is an advanced PCI Express feature that enables the CPU to access the entire GPU frame buffer at once and improve performance.
- mystic light
- AUDIO BOOST 5 HD
- Isolated Analogy Structure
The Isolated Analogy Structure for Audio Connectors
To provide clear voice, MSI develops a unique structure – Isolated Analogy Structure. The external metal framework of the audio connectors is separated from the internal layout, which ensures the sound quality crisp.
* The image above is an illustrative reference. Please refer to specification pages for more details.
- Mystic Light
- DEDICATED JAF HEADER
glow your pc
Splash on some color and vibrant RGB lighting effects using MSI Mystic Light with 16.8 million colors and fancy LED effects. MSI Mystic Light provides you complete control of RGB lighting of your PC in one software.
EXTEND YOUR RGB EXPERIENCE WITH EASE
Add more color if you want! Mystic Light Extension pin header provides an intuitive way to control additional RGB strips and other RGB peripherals added to a system, without needing a separate RGB controller.
Additional FAN and ARGB Header
The MSI exclusive JAF header allows MSI's own Daisy-Chained fan to operate with a single cable. Alternatively, the JAF header can be converted into additional ARGB gen 1 and FAN headers by using a dedicated Y-cable, streamlining and optimizing the entire building process.
- DUAL 2.5G LAN WITH WIFI 7
- WIFI 7 Solution
- Dual Intel 2.5G LAN
- Wi-Fi 7
- Bluetooth 5.4
- Dual Band Wi-Fi Antenna
- EZ Antenna with Magnetic Stand
THE NEXT GEN WI-FI SOLUTION – WI-FI 7
Wi-Fi 7 is the latest wireless solution that takes a huge leap forward with multiple improvements to meet the traffic demand brought and the growing number of wireless devices.
*Windows 11 compatibility only
Wi-Fi 7 (802.11be) introduced higher speeds, wider channels, improved efficiency, and reduced latency over Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax). It also improved battery life and provided better performance in crowded environments.
The Wi-Fi 7 provides maximum speeds to a whopping 5.8 Gbps! 2.4 times faster than previous Wi-Fi 6/6E standards, Wi-Fi 7 is set to be the wireless standard of the future.
Previous Wi-Fi generations have had to make do with 160MHz channel widths. Wi-Fi 7 brings this width up to 320MHz (on 6GHz) – ensuring better reliability during simultaneous transmissions at max speeds.
The higher QAM(Quadrature Amplitude Modulation) value, the more data each packet can carry. Wi-Fi 7 improves the modulation scheme from 1024-QAM to 4096-QAM – boosting peak transmission rates and network capacity.
Wi-Fi 7 enables devices to simultaneously send and receive data across several frequency bands and channels to meet the traffic demand brought and the growing number of wireless devices.
MEG Z790 ACE MAX
- Support Intel® Core™ 14th/ 13th/ 12th Gen Processors, Intel® Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors for LGA 1700 socket
- Supports DDR5 Memory, Dual Channel DDR5 7800+MHz (OC)
- Dual Thunderbolt 4 ports: Thunderbolt USB-C at true 40 Gb/s speeds, 8K display support, Daisy-Chaining and Multi-Port Accessory Architecture provide reliable connectivity and better user experience.
- Extreme Power Design: 24+1+2 phases power design with 105A Smart Power Stage and dual CPU power connectors are ready to unleash the maximum performance.
- Outstanding Cooling Solution: Stacked Fin Array, Direct Touch Cross Heat-pipe, Aluminum Backplate, 7W/mK thermal pads, Double-sided M.2 Shield Frozr and Frozr AI software ensure the extreme performance with low temperature.
- Latest Wi-Fi 7 solution: The latest wireless solution with a new 320MHz channel, achieving a maximum transmission speed of 5.8Gbps, which is 2.4 times faster than Wi-Fi 6/6E.
- Dual 2.5G LAN: Onboard dual 2.5Gbps LAN provides incredible data transfer speed faster than general Gigabit LAN, delivering the best online gaming experience.
- Maximum 5 x M.2 Connectors: Onboard quintuple M.2 connectors including one PCIe 5.0 solution for the maximum storage performance. The double-sided Shield Frozr design keeps M.2 SSDs safe while preventing throttling, making them run faster.
- Lightning Fast Game experience: PCIe 5.0 slots, Lightning Gen 5 x4 M.2, Dual Front USB 3.2 Gen 2x2 20G with one 60W USB Power Delivery.
- DIY Friendly Design: Patented Magnetic & Screwless M.2 Shield Frozr, EZ M.2 Clips, EZ Antenna, Smart Button, Pre-installed I/O Shield, Steel Armor
- Audio Boost 5 HD: Ultimate audio solution with latest premium ALC4082 audio processor combining ESS audio DAC and amplifier deliver the breathtaking experience