ASUS ProArt Z490 Creator 10G LGA1200 Motherboard Review


Content creator. It’s  a word handily thrown around these days, we take it as part of every day. From a business perspective, it’s an all-encompassing terms for multimedia artist from the entire spectrum whether freelance of corporate in-house. The fact of the matter is they most deal with computers and with digital content dealing with either large video formats or high-resolution images, these multimedia professionals require a more distinct solution for their use. Now, for all intents and purposes, ASUS ROG has catered to the majority of these folks for a long time now as the lineup often brings with it the niceties of high-speed connectivities and whatnot, but with the introduction of the ASUS ProArt line, that changes with ASUS offering their first content creator-specific motherboard.

ASUS ProArt Z490-Creator 10G

The ASUS ProArt Z490 Creator 10G is ASUS’ first ProArt DIY-market product obviously aimed at consumers that want something more specialized. Of course, as a motherboard, there’s really not a lot it can be specific about in terms of what it does but i does include the connectivity option that was previously only via daughter cards or onboard on more expensive HEDT options. The Z490 Creator 10G’s most notable inclusion is the built-in Thunderbolt3  ports. ASUS did a good job on being lowkey on this that we missed on the unboxing. Other than that, WIFI 6 and 10G LAN, hopes to improve workflows for some who have the infrastructure but Thunderbolt3 as well as the rich USB3.x and M.2 options make this board a fast I/O hub and ASUS hopes to capitalize on that to attract professionals.

Read on to find out more about the ProArt  Z490 Creator 10G. Let’s begin!

Intel 400 series Chipset – Z490

Let’s be honest Intel, I’d usually do a full breakdown of the chipset for this generation but truth be told, it’s pretty much the Z390 with WIFI6 and LGA1200 socket. Intel cites that the new motherboards required a new power configuration hence the new socket but then again, that’s for the socket, the chipset itself is left with just WIFI6. Intel could’ve released second-gen Z390 but it wouldn’t make motherboard makers happy, would it? For motherboard makers though, they have full freedom to explore newer power implementations. With experience from AMD’s high core-count chips, the Z490 should inherit a lot from the X570 of last-generation in the power delivery side and have some space to play around with the features.

Intel Z390, B460, Z370 and Z270 Chipset Comparison
Feature Z490 B460 Z390 Z370
Max PCH PCIe 3.0 Lanes 24 24 24 24
Max USB 3.1 (Gen2/Gen1) 6/10 ? 6/10 0/10
Total USB ? ? 14 14
Max SATA Ports 6 6 6 6
PCIe Config x16
x8/x8
x8/x8/+4
x16
x8/x8
x8/x8/+4
x16
x8/x8
x8/x4/+4
x16
x8/x8
x8/x4/+4
Memory Channels (Dual) 2/2 2/2 2/2 2/2
Intel Optane Memory Support Y ? Y Y
Intel Rapid Storage Technology (RST) Y ? Y Y
Max Rapid Storage Technology Ports 3 ? 3 3
Integrated WiFi MAC Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi 5 N
Intel Smart Sound Y ? Y Y
Integrated SDXC (SDA 3.0) Support ? ? Y N
DMI 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Overclocking Support Y N Y Y
Intel vPro ? ? N N
Max HSIO Lanes 30 ? 30 30
Intel Smart Sound ? ? Y Y
ME Firmware 14 14 12 11

Table courtesy of Anandtech