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.
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|
|Max PCH PCIe 3.0 Lanes||24||24||24||24|
|Max USB 3.1 (Gen2/Gen1)||6/10||?||6/10||0/10|
|Max SATA Ports||6||6||6||6|
|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|
|Max HSIO Lanes||30||?||30||30|
|Intel Smart Sound||?||?||Y||Y|
Table courtesy of Anandtech