Test System and Setup
We updated the MEG Z390 Ace's firmware to the latest public revision and disabled the MultiCore Enhancement / Enhanced Turbo option so that the processor abides by Intel's turbo policy. Nevertheless, MSI's motherboard runs with a 100.8 MHz base clock out of the box, which slightly overclocks the processor and memory. While this might seem like an unfair advantage in a processor review, it makes no difference in our scenario as each memory speed is overclocked by the same amount.
On the software end, we used a fresh 64-bit installation of Windows 10 Professional and installed all the available updates. We updated our test system's drivers, benchmarking programs, and game clients to the latest versions as well.
|Motherboard||MSI MEG Z390 Ace ($269 On B&H Photo Video)|
|Memory||G.Skill Trident Z RGB DDR4-4400 C18 16GB ($329.99 On Newegg) x 2|
|Storage||CT2000 MX500 2TB|
|CPU Cooler||Hydro H115i|
|Graphics Card||MSI GeForce RTX 2080 Ti Gaming X Trio ($1,349.99 On Newegg)|
|Power Supply||Seasonic X-1250 (SS-1250XM2) 1250W|
|Operating System||Windows 10 Pro with October 2018 Update|
|Display Driver||Nvidia GeForce Graphics Driver 417.35 WHQL|
|Display||Asus ROG Swift PG27AQ|
For this article, we tested 11 different memory frequencies in total that span from the standard JEDEC DDR4-2133 all the way up to DDR4-4400. Instead of applying the XMP profile, we configured the settings manually inside the BIOS. Subsequently, we verified the frequency inside the operating system with the help of CPU-Z. To ensure an acceptable level of consistency amongst the tests, we ran each benchmark three times and used the median value as the final result.
|Memory Frequency||Memory Timings|
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