The ASUS ProArt Z490 Creator 10G goes back to a more traditional offering in terms of design with no I/O shroud on and no I/O backplate built-in. The color theme is a touch of light bronze for color with the majority of the board done in black. The heatsinks have a heavy touch of parallel lines, serving both a functional as well as visual purpose for the heatsinks.
The board has a stand array of six SATA ports although we would’ve expected more given the storage requirements of potential users in the creator field. Over at the back we have a number of USB3.1 and USB3.2 ports as well as multiple DisplayPort outlets with one of these serving as the input for the built-in Thunderbolt3 Type-C ports.
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ASUS builds this board with a 12+2 power delivery design on a non-teaming configuration that they use on their ROG boards. The VRM is cooled by a nice looking heatsink and while they look narrow and small, these heatsinks are substantially dense and can handle heat quite well.
The M.2 slots also have heatsink covers except for the expose one on th lower part of the board. I would just like to note that these heatsinks -ehem- look like chocolate bars.