09 Oct, 2020   Rakesh Sharma    Reviews . ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G Motherboard Review

Ever since doing lots of Pc hardware reviews, ones in a while we come in touch with something different, something that stands apart. Today we got a chance to play with a special motherboard from ASUS, the ASUS ProArt Z490 CREATOR 10G Motherboard. This board is created with 3D modeling and rendering, animation, and media production workload in mind. Featuring Intel’s latest offering for 10th Gen Intel Core Processors with new Z490 chipset, an ATX motherboard for content creators features a 10G LAN card, onboard 2.5G Intel LAN, dual Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C ports, dual M.2, USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, SATA 6 Gbps ports.

Now let’s see what ASUS PROART Z490 board have for us.

Features

Every aspect of ASUS ProArt motherboards is built to remove barriers and deliver optimal performance to content creators who work in 3D modeling and rendering, animation or media production. The series empowers you to concentrate on your creativity and expand what is possible.

  • Intel® LGA 1200 socket: Ready for 10th Gen Intel® Core™ processors
  • Ultrafast connectivity: Two Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C ports, two M.2, HYPER 10G LAN card and onboard 2.5G Intel® LAN provide power and speed
  • Intelligent optimization: AI Overclocking, AI Cooling and CreationFirst automatically optimize CPU frequencies, fan speeds and network traffic for enhanced system performance and work efficiency
  • Powerful performance: 12+2 DrMOS power stages, multi-GPU support and improved memory frequency and stability empower creativity
  • Trusted stability: Tested for 24/7 dependability, validated for solid compatibility and equipped with SafeSlot for durability
  • ProArt Creator Hub: Centralized software for one-stop monitoring and management of ASUS ProArt series products enables efficient content creation workflows

Specifications

 

 

CPU

Intel® Socket 1200 for 10th Gen Intel® Core, Pentium® Gold and Celeron® Processors *
Supports Intel® 14 nm CPU
Supports Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0 and Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0**
* Refer to www.asus.com for CPU support list
**Intel® Turbo Boost Max Technology 3.0 support depends on the CPU types.

Chipset

Intel® Z490

Memory

4 x DIMM, Max. 128GB, DDR4 4800(O.C.)/4600(O.C)/4500(O.C)/4400(O.C)/4266(O.C.)/4133(O.C.)/
4000(O.C.)/3866(O.C.)/3733(O.C.)/3600(O.C.)/3466(O.C.)/3400(O.C.)
/3333(O.C.)/3300(O.C.)/3200(O.C.)/3000(O.C.)/2933(O.C.)/2800(O.C.)/2666/2400/2133 MHz Non-ECC, Un-buffered Memory *
Dual Channel Memory Architecture
Supports Intel® Extreme Memory Profile (XMP)
OptiMem II
* 10th Gen Intel® Core™i9/i7 CPUs support 2933/2800/2666/2400/2133 natively, Refer to www.asus.com for the Memory QVL (Qualified Vendors Lists).  

Thunderbolt

2 x Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 ports(TypeC™) support DisplayPort and Thunderbolt™ video outputs
Supports DisplayPort 1.4/ with max. resolution 7680/ x 3840/@ 60 Hz*
* VGA resolution support depends on VGA cards' resolution.
Data transfer rate up to 40 Gbps
Daisy-chain up to 12 Thunderbolt devices
Up to 5V/3A, 15W charging support

Graphic

Integrated Graphics Processor
1 x DisplayPort 1.4 **
1 x HDMI 1.4b
*Graphics specifications may vary between CPU types.
**Support DisplayPort 1.4 with max. resolution of 4096 x 2304 @60Hz. Please refer to www.intel.com for any update.

Multi-GPU Support

Supports AMD 3-Way CrossFireX™ Technology

Expansion Slots

Intel® 10th Gen Processors
2 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x16 or dual x8) *
1
Intel® Z490 Chipset
1 x PCIe 3.0 x16 (x4 mode) *
2
2 x PCIe 3.0 x1

Storage

Total supports 2 x M.2 slots and 4 x SATA 6Gb/s ports
Intel® Z490 Chipset :
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*
3
1 x M.2 Socket 3, with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)*
4
6 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s)
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Intel® Rapid Storage Technology supports
Intel® Optane™ Memory Ready

LAN

Intel® I225-V 2.5Gb Ethernet

Audio

Realtek® ALC S1220A 8-Channel High Definition Audio CODEC
- Supports : Jack-detection, Multi-streaming, Front Panel Jack-retasking, Front Panel MIC Jack-retasking, up to 24-Bit/192kHz playback
- High quality 120 dB SNR stereo playback output and SNR recording input
Audio Feature :
- Optical S/PDIF out port(s) at back panel
- Audio Shielding
- Dedicated audio PCB layers
- Premium Japanese audio capacitors
- Audio Cover
- Unique de-pop circuit
* Due to limitations in HDA bandwidth, 32-Bit/192kHz is not supported for 8-Channel audio.

USB Ports

Intel® Thunderbolt™ 3 Controller :
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s) (USB Type-C
®)
Rear USB Port ( Total 6 )
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 port(s)(4 x Type-A)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
Front USB Port ( Total 7 )
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(1 x USB Type-C
®)
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)(2 x Type-A)
4 x USB 2.0 port(s)

Operating System Support

Windows® 10 64-bit

Software Features

ASUS Exclusive Software
Armoury Crate
- Aura Creator
- Aura Sync
AI Suite 3
5-Way Optimization with AI Overclocking
- TPU
- EPU
- Digi+ VRM
- EZ update
- Fan Xpert 4
- Turbo app
ProArt Creator Hub
AI Charger
Optimization tool specially for content creators
WinRAR
UEFI BIOS
AI Optimization Guide
ASUS EZ DIY
- ASUS CrashFree BIOS 3
- ASUS EZ Flash 3
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode
FlexKey
- ASUS UEFI BIOS EZ Mode

ASUS Special Features

ASUS 5X PROTECTION III
- ASUS DIGI+ VRM (- Digital power design with Dr. MOS)
- ASUS Enhanced DRAM Overcurrent Protection
- ASUS ESD Guards
- ASUS LANGuard
- ASUS Overvoltage Protection
- ASUS SafeSlot Core+
- ASUS Stainless-Steel Back I/O
ASUS Q-Design
- ASUS Q-DIMM
- ASUS Q-LED
- ASUS Q-Shield
- ASUS Q-Slot
ASUS Thermal Solution
- Aluminum heatsink design
ASUS EZ DIY
- Procool
- SafeSlot
AURA Sync
- Standard RGB headers
- Addressable Gen 2 RGB header(s)
- Addressable Gen 2 RGB header

Back I/O Ports

2 x Thunderbolt 3 ports TypeC
2 x DisplayPort IN ports for Thunderbolt™ 3
1 x HDMI
1 x LAN (2.5G) port(s)
4 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A
1 x Optical S/PDIF out
5 x Audio jack(s)

Internal I/O Ports

1 x CPU Fan connector(s)
1 x CPU OPT Fan connector(s)
3 x Chassis Fan connector(s)
1 x AIO_PUMP connector
2 x Aura RGB Strip Headers
1 x Addressable Gen 2 header(s)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 1 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s) (20-pin, Type-C)
1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1(up to 5Gbps) connector(s) support(s) additional 2 USB 3.2 Gen 1 port(s)
2 x USB 2.0 connector(s) support(s) additional 4 USB 2.0 port(s)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (SATA & PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
1 x M.2 Socket 3 with M key, type 2242/2260/2280/22110 storage devices support (PCIE 3.0 x 4 mode)
6 x SATA 6Gb/s connector(s)
1 x Thunderbolt header(s)
1 x 24-pin EATX Power connector(s)
1 x 8-pin EATX 12V Power connectors
1 x Front panel audio connector(s) (AAFP)
1 x System panel(s) (Chassis intrusion header is inbuilt) x With flexkey function
1 x Thermal sensor connector(s)
1 x CPU OV
1 x Clear CMOS jumper(s)
1 x COM port header

Accessories

I/O Shield
4 x SATA 6Gb/s cable(s)
1 x M.2 Screw Package
1 x Supporting DVD
1 x DisplayPort cable
User manual
1 x CPU Fan Holder
1 x 2-in-1 Rubber pad
1 x HYPER 10G LAN CARD

BIOS

128 Mb Flash ROM, UEFI AMI BIOS

Manageability

WOL by PME, PXE

Operating System

Windows® 10 64-bit

Form Factor

ATX Form Factor
12 inch x 9.2 inch ( 30.5 cm x 23.4 cm )

Package

Board comes in a nice black cardboard box with model number, image of the board and details about supporting technology and features.

Inside the box

ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G comes with very nice set of accessories :

Looks

Board made with a black PCB of size ATX (30.5 X 24.4 cm) featuring an impressive metallic black / gold color scheme.

Layout

Detailed layout of board.

Component Layout

Heatsinks are made up of dense aluminum with thermal pad installed, giving great passive cooling to VRM MOSFET, Z490 chipset and M.2 Storage.

ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G motherboard comes with 12+2 DrMOS power stages using ON Semiconductor NCP302045 Integrated Driver and MOSFET, controlled via ASUS ‘s own Digi+ VRM ASP1900B PWM controllers. Each power stages support a maximum of 50 A of continuous current.

Testing

CPUIntel Core i9 10900K
Board ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G
RAM2 X 16GB Corsair DDR4 3200Mhz
SSDKINGSTON KC2000 500GB NVMe PCIe
CoolerCorsair H115i RGB
GFXTUF 3080 RTX
PSUCorsair 850W RGB
CaseCorsair 465x
DisplayAcer S220HQL
OS Windows 10

BIOS

Bundled Software

Benchmarks

Overclocking

Power Consumption

Wattage reading as per displayed by APC Pro 1000VA (Model no. BR1000G-IN) UPS.

Pros

  • Two Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports
  • Two M.2 storage ports
  • Great looks
  • HYPER 10G LAN card and onboard 2.5G Intel LAN
  • Nice Audio
  • Good bundled Software
  • AI Overclocking

Cons

  • Nil

Conclusion

With new ProArt product line, ASUS is concentrated on delivering best performance to content creators and the ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G Motherboard in our testing performed to the expectations.

ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G is a clean and professional looking motherboard offering all the fast connectivity needed by professional media productions, 3D modeling, rendering and animations creative users with 2 Thunderbolt 3 Type-C ports, two M.2, HYPER 10G LAN card and onboard 2.5G Intel LAN.

Finally, if you are a content creator or looking for a professional build, the ASUS PROART Z490 CREATOR 10G motherboard is best for productivity use with great performance and reliability making it worthy of our PC TeK Reviews CHOICE Award.

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