MSI sent me 4 different products(plus a 3900x) from some of their highest end series to review and I am not a professional reviewer by any means but I will be trying my best to earnestly express my opinions about these parts.
- [CPU] Ryzen 9 3900x https://www.amd.com/en/products/cpu/amd-ryzen-9-3900x
[MOBO] MEG x570 ACE. MEG X570 ACE | Motherboard | MSI Global
[GPU] RX 5700xt Gaming X. Radeon RX 5700 XT GAMING X
[MONITOR] MAG272CQR. MSI Optix MAG272CQR – Redefine eSports rules | eSports Gaming Monitor | MSI
- [PSU] Seasonic Focus Gold 1000w. https://seasonic.com/focus-plus-gold?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=cf8eecf3b96e10a81d888e5cb37aab0c9aa30f0c-1589114804-0-AYxi1rrkw…
- [COOLER] Corsair H100i Extreme. https://www.corsair.com/us/en/Categories/Products/Liquid-Cooling/Dual-Radiator-Liquid-Coolers/Hydro-Series%E2%84%A2-H100…
- [SSD] Samsung 850 EVO. Samsung SSD 850 EVO | Samsung V-NAND Consumer SSD | Samsung Semiconductor Global Website
- [RAM] Patriot Viper 4400mhz https://www.newegg.com/patriot-16gb-288-pin-ddr4-sdram/p/N82E16820225144?nm_mc=AFC-RAN-COM&cm_mmc=AFC-RAN-COM&utm_medium=affiliates&utm_source=afc-Bing&AFFID=3624890&AFFNAME=Bing&ACRID=1&ASUBID=953FECBD737F184FAF732BB5FFFFFFFF&ASID=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.bing.com%2F&ranMID=44583&ranEAID=3624890&ranSiteID=msYS1Nvjv4c-dBlBzHIk0riDO6K0X14LPw
In this benchmark I will be using PBO with XMP 4400mhz enabled. I am someone who much rather prefers to undervolt, save power and have parts last longer without having to sacrifice performance. I hear many great things about PBO and never had an X series Ryzen so this will be a great control study. Later on I will do some manual OCs but for now this will do.
Overwatch [Low]. 200FPS avg. It is supposed to be 300 avg but something happened when I started using Dragon Center and it gave me too many problems that I had to uninstall it and am stuck with 200 for the moment.
- The Outer Worlds [Ultra]. 60-70FPS avg.
- Gears of War 5 [ULTRA] 96fps Avg.
- Bonus for emulator fans. Dolphinx64 Vulkan Backend playing Bloody Roar: Primal Fury [Ultra 2k + Widescreen] 60fps. I somehow struggled to run this game this smoothly in previous builds at 1080p.
This is my first ever Full Tower EATX case and I have to be honest there were some problems with this build but all in all, it ended up looking sweet. This build made me feel like a man(well I am a man but you know what I mean), with a case designed for a man, with it's obnoxious size and weight, but delicate tempered glass on all sides. What really surprised me was the airflow. I couldn't understand how effective the case fans were through those side air filters until I used an AIO. This case is certainly designed with radiators in mind, and while I was using a stock cooler my idle temperatures were hitting 70 degrees Celsius. Switching to an AIO brought it down to 45c!
Hands down the removable tempered glass panels with easy access door handles is easily my favorite feature of this case. Giving me the convenience of easily opening a case without having to unscrew 2-4 thumbscrews just to change or fix something is a real game changer. It undoubtedly synergizes with the Meg Ace due to the motherboard having hardware switches for OC profiles and other useful buttons.
Some of the problems with this case is honestly, the build quality. The Meg x570 Ace is supposed to compliment the case but I'm not sure what it was, maybe my specific build quality but it was difficult to align all the case holes with the motherboard holes. Some screw holes were not properly cut/polished but they are internal problems no one would see anyways. There's also this portion of the front side glass panel that hangs enough to leave a tiny gap to peek through the case(I don't think it can't be seen with this image quality).
- Massive, sleek, high grade design. Very manly IMO.
Removeable Magnetic Doors on both sidust so easy to remove on both sides.
RGB is not overwhelming. Front side design's RGB is tasteful. And the LED control buttons on the top makes it easy to customize your look.
- So much room, you could put a 1/100 scale gundam model kit inside, or water pumps I guess.
Easy to install hard drives, with 4 drive docks on the bottom, really fun to use.
Tons of front side USB3 connectors, 4 + 1 usb C connector.
Too massive, I don't mind the weight and size, but it has tempered glass on almost all sides of the case.
- The magnets of the glass side panels are too weak. If you have any cables sticking out on, it will not allow the door to close. However this is both a pro and a con IMO because it forces you to be a grade A cable manager or a grade A cheater.
The front side panel is extremely difficult to open, but there's a technique to it which I wish I'd known sooner. You have to pull it from the bottom.
- My biggest con with this is honestly how dirty the glass can easily get. 1 touch with your ungloved hand and it's all over, you need to get out wipes or windex to get your finger grease off or else it'll be there forever. But another pro/con thing where it forces you to handle your PC like a baby.
MEG x570 ACE
This MOBO in particular really made me rethink MSI MOBOs. The clean mirror RGB, the gold and black color scheme, integrated I/O shield, external buttons, and triple NVME slots all makes this build shout Top Tier. This is the first MOBO I've seen with double 8pin power connectors, it can function fine just the first left side 8pin however that doesn't mean the extra 8pin connector isn't necessary, it's for extra functionality like providing more power to the PCIE lanes however there is much misinformation out there saying that you shouldn't plug in the second 8pin.
This Dragon Antennae is probably my favorite part of this board. It truly makes this an MSI DRAGON build. Sure it may be somewhat niche but I believe consumers are going to pick this over competitors if they see it on top of someone's rig. Either this or the perfectly situated fan headers for this MOBO. Just the layout design of the headers and pins around the MOBO can easily be my favorite feature about this board too.
- The OC potential this board provides is insanely high. I set up my XMP to 4400mhz easily with 0 problems, while I was on Stock Cooling! Didn't even check QVL.
- Motherboard stays cool at 44-45C during any situation(with AIO). The internal fan does a great job of keeping it cool.
Wifi and Bluetooth compatibility. Such slice of life features that make this motherboard worthwhile.
Dual ethernet ports 1 Intel Gig internet and 1 Realtek 2.5 gig internet controllers. This is a huge plus for me, I could make use of this for something LAN related in the future such as NDIS dual PC streaming or something server related.
- External CMOS button, this is a huge lifesaver for overclockers. No longer will we need to unseat the GPU just to take out the CMOS battery for a minute or so just to clear CMOS.
- Lots and lots of Fan headers. I did not need to use a hub, even installing all the fans from the Sekira 500x I had some headers left to use. And they are not just located in the same side or area, it's all over the board.
Internal Reset button. Another synergetic design from MSI to compliment the Sekira 500x. The case only has 1 power button but the reset button being located on the MOBO is great. Less chances for someone like me with restless leg syndrome to accidentally restart the PC during critical gaming sessions or work.
4 SATA slots seem just not enough even though it will perfectly match the 4 drive bay docks of the Sekira 500x. Average builders always expect 6, especially from a high end MOBO.
The Debug Code LED/Heat sensor LED on the bottom right of the board is in a terrible position. No one will be able to see it for people on desks or floors. You would have to tilt quite a bit to look at it, as it's directly underneath the GPU slot.
- Lack of RGB. I never ever complain about RGB, I actually prefer less. But the lighting design is rather lacking around this board. You can only see the main mirror RBG vrm on the left and the other RGB on the top right is usually hidden if you are using AIO. It's probably because I am just too used to my previous MOBO, x370 ASUS Prime Pro Gaming.
MSI Optix MAG272CQR:
- The curve is barely noticeable, such a nice relaxing angle if that makes sense.
I'll tell you, my last monitor had insane ghosting problems at high response times, but even with this monitor set to the fastest response time setting, I could not see any. No need for anti-blur or adaptive sync, it just feels so good like a true gaming monitor.
- Such great color and image quality for watching movies and tv shows. Pleasantly surprised.
- The most tasteful back I've seen on a monitor
USB connectivity to use the downloaded MSI Gaming OSD and RGB features are really really nice and add much much more features than the onboard OSD. .
- Since this is a VA panel you get all of the benefits of a VA panel yet it performs just as good or even better than TN panels.
Don't get me wrong I love the stand, but I just feels it takes too much space on my small table. I guess it's just a personal con for this one.
- You can only go 165hz if you are using Display Port. I much prefer HDMI due to slight less input lag, but can't be helped.
- My last con with this would probably just be lack of mobility from the stand. I change cables frequently and it's a bit harder for me to peek my head in to look at the inputs while changing cables.
[No suggestions because MSI achieved what they were going for with this monitor.]
I have to say, building/setting up the stand was pretty smart. It uses only 2 screws because it has indents at the top that uses gravity to stay in place.