Asus ProArt B660-Creator D4 Review: Pros on a Budget

A well-priced (sub-$200) board for creative professionals.

Asus ProArt B660-Creator D4
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Firmware

Asus’ ProArt B660-Creator D4 BIOS sports a black and light-blue theme along with a bright white font that’s  easy to read. The BIOS is loaded with options and menus, and the most frequently accessed items are easily accessible and not buried several layers down. There’s also an Easy Mode that’s more of a dashboard with limited functionality. We're fans of the Asus BIOS and its logical layout. It has everything you need and then some to tweak your motherboard and component settings. And if you want to know how to access your BIOS (from any system), we can help!

Software

Asus has applications designed to control the motherboard's various functions, ranging from RGB lighting control to audio, system monitoring, overclocking, etc. Instead of plodding through each application as if it changes for each review, we’ll capture several screenshots of a few major utilities. In this case, here’s a look at Ai Suite 3, Armoury Crate, Sonic Studio III Suite and the Realtek Audio application.

Test System / Comparison Products

We’ve updated our test system to Windows 11 64-bit OS with all updates applied. We kept the same (opens in new tab)Asus TUF RTX 3070 (opens in new tab) video card from our previous testing platforms but updated the driver to version 496.13. Additionally, our game selection has been updated, as noted in the table below. We use the latest non-beta motherboard BIOS available to the public unless otherwise noted. The hardware we used is as follows:

Test System Components

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CPUIntel Core i9-12900K
MemoryGSkill Trident Z DDR5-5600 CL36 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK)
Row 2 - Cell 0 ADATA XPG Lancer DDR5-6000 CL40 (AX5U6000C4016G-DCLARBK)
Row 3 - Cell 0 GSkill Trident Z Neo DDR4-3600 (F4-3600C16Q-32GTZN)
Row 4 - Cell 0 GSkill Trident Z Royal DDR4-4000 (F4-4000C18Q-32GTRS)
GPUAsus TUF RTX 3070
CoolingCoolermaster MasterLiquid PL360 Flux
PSUEVGA Supernova 850W P6
SoftwareWindows 11 64-bit (21H2, Build 22000.282)
Graphics DriverNVIDIA Driver 496.13
SoundIntegrated HD audio
NetworkIntegrated Networking (GbE or 2.5 GbE)

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EVGA supplied our Supernova 850W P6 power supply (appropriately sized and more efficient than the outgoing 1.2KW monster we used) for our test systems, and G.Skill sent us a DDR5-5600 (F5-5600U3636C16GX2-TZ5RK) memory kit for launch day testing.

Benchmark Settings

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Synthetic Benchmarks and SettingsRow 0 - Cell 1
ProcyonVersion 2.0.249 64
Row 2 - Cell 0 Office Suite, Video Editing (Premiere Pro), Photo Editing (Photoshop, Lightroom Classic)
3DMarkVersion 2.20.7290 64
Row 4 - Cell 0 Firestrike Extreme and Time Spy Default Presets
Cinebench R23Version RBBENCHMARK330542
Row 6 - Cell 0 Open GL Benchmark - Single and Multi-threaded
BlenderVersion 3.0.1
Row 8 - Cell 0 Full benchmark (all 3 tests
Application Tests and SettingsRow 9 - Cell 1
LAME MP3Version SSE2_2019
Row 11 - Cell 0 Mixed 271MB WAV to mp3: Command: -b 160 --nores (160Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion: 1.2.2
Row 13 - Cell 0 Sintel Open Movie Project: 4.19GB 4K mkv to x264 (light AVX) and x265 (heavy AVX)
Corona 1.4Version 1.4
Row 15 - Cell 0 Custom benchmark
7-ZipVersion 21.03-beta
Row 17 - Cell 0 Integrated benchmark (Command Line)
Game Tests and SettingsRow 18 - Cell 1
Far Cry 6Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HD Textures ON
F1 2021Ultra Preset - 1920 x 1080, HBAO+, RT Med, TAA + 16xAF, Bahrain, FPS Counter ON

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Joe Shields
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Joe Shields is a Freelance writer for Tom’s Hardware US. He reviews motherboards.

  • HideOut
    a "creator" board with 10 year old audio? wow. I understand not spending the $ on the newest 4xxx chipset for sound, but the ALC 1200 family is still really nice and barely more $ than this crap.
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  • Co BIY
    A question that I would like to see answered is - what level of chip could this board handle with no throttling?

    i7 or i5K?

    What is different that allows the board to dominate the Office benchmarks? It seems like the biggest best most expensive should still lead those too.

    These moderate boards will help Raptor Lake a bunch at launch. DDR5 still doesn't look worth it in most cases to me. Intel could have a little motherboard advantage for the first time in a long time.
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  • Geezer760
    $199!! is hardly under $200, don't for get to add taxes, a budget board would be more like $79-$100, mid-range-$159-$169 range.
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  • Tom Sunday
    Geezer760 said:
    $199!! is hardly under $200, don't for get to add taxes, a budget board would be more like $79-$100 range.

    Greetings from Stehekin, WA. You are right on the money! At $199 the ASUS Creator MB for us still relegated by HR to WFH is a reach! Nice to have though! At the latest local computer show in Wenatchee I noticed many WFH shoppers trying to upgrade and grabbing a new ‘working class’ or cash generating (Pro) MB across the folding tables for less than $100. No sales tax and another 5%-10% discount if paid in cash and as shouted by the dealer boys from Bangladesh! After all a new MB generation is virtually around the corner! So prices are going way down and into the right direction.

    The mentioned MSI Pro B660-A however looks like a price and performance winner and especially in the trying times of today! I am sure however that many here will wait a few months longer before jumping into a new MB purchase as the word on the ‘floors’ and the show hot-dog stand was that very soon package Z690 deals will be forthcoming and as 99% of the buyers here only have CPU’s from several generations ago! Welcome to the man on the street and where reality bites more often than not!
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