MSI Z790 MEG ACE MAX up to 6.3 GHz with Core i9-14900K?
A screenshot of MSI’s newest Z790 ACE MAX motherboard reveals the company’s plans for easy overclocking options for new CPUs.
The MAX series refresh of the Z790 motherboard lineup introduces various changes to design, functionality, and connectivity. This marks the final update for the LGA-1700 platform before Intel transitions to the new LGA-1851 socket, and motherboard manufacturers are striving to make a lasting impression.
MSI is dedicated to simplifying the overclocking process for Intel K-series CPUs, presumably the upcoming refresh known as 14th Gen Core “Raptor Lake Refresh”. While this new feature, recently shared by hardware leaker chi11eddog, may be exclusive to the enthusiast-level MEG ACE series within the Z790 MAX boards, it highlights the potential of the upcoming platform.
It’s worth noting that the Core i9-14900K and KF models will be Intel’s first CPUs capable of reaching 6.0 GHz without belonging to the “Special Edition KS” series. Currently, only Intel’s Core i9-13900KS offers such high clock speeds at a premium price, making it the top desktop SKU from Intel.
The Core i9-14900K will provide a 6.0 GHz clock speed through the Thermal Velocity Boost feature to a wider audience, especially those who don’t plan on overclocking. However, enthusiasts can anticipate even greater overclocking potential, with companies like MSI suggesting the possibility of reaching a 6.3 GHz frequency with simple 1-click presets.
Intel Raptor Lake Refresh will be released in October, while MSI Z790 MAX motherboards should already be available in stores. It is worth adding that the ACE MAX model is set to cost $699, which is almost 15% pricier than the original ACE design at launch.