Asus ProArt X570-Creator WIFI Review: Thunderbolt 4 Meets Bandwidth Galore

Designed for creators, with Thunderbolt 4, ultra-fast Ethernet/Wi-Fi and plenty of M.2 storage

Asus ProArt X570-Creator WIFI
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Our standard benchmarks and power tests are performed using the CPU’s stock frequencies (including stock Thermal Velocity Boost), with all power-saving features enabled. Optimized defaults are set in the BIOS and the memory set using the XMP profiles. For this baseline testing, Windows is set to High Performance before switching over to Balanced during power testing, so the PC idles appropriately.

Synthetic Benchmarks

Synthetics are a great tool to determine if a board runs out of spec, as identical settings should produce similar performance results. Advanced memory timings are the one place where motherboard makers can still optimize for either stability or performance, though, and those settings can impact some testing.

The X570-Creator performed a bit slower than average in Cinebench (multi and single) and POV-Ray (multi and single). 7-Zip results were right on average. Like its B550-based little brother, sustained clocks were a bit lower than some of the more performance-oriented boards--which makes sense given the focus on stability over bleeding-edge performance.

PCMark 10 results were, on average, faster than most boards and were relatively consistent in this test. AIDA memory results were fast in reads and writes but slower in copy and latency. Again I was surprised to see the higher latency considering the board runs our memory at a 1:1 ratio by default.

Timed Applications

Results from our LAME testing showed the X570-Creator delivered one of the faster results, posting a time of 11.75 seconds (average is 11.91). Corona testing resulted in a time of 47 seconds, 1 second slower than average (around a 2% difference). Lastly, in our Handbrake test, the x264 results were average at 129 seconds. The x265 test completed in 303 seconds, which is within the run variance of average (306 seconds, or less than 1%). None of the results here were particularly off, but this board’s performance does tend to hit average or negligibly slower.

3D Games and 3DMark

Starting with the launch of the X570S chipset, we’ve updated our game tests and hardware (video card) to match the Intel platform. We stopped using The Division 2 and Forza Horizon 4 and now use Far Cry: New Dawn and F1 2020, running on the Asus TUF Gaming RTX 3070. The games are run at 1920x1080 resolution using the Ultra preset. As the resolution goes up, the CPU tends to have less of an impact. The goal with these settings is to determine if there are differences in performance at the most commonly used resolution with settings most people use or at least strive for. So far, the difference between boards in these tests is slight, with most falling within the margin of error differences.

In F1 2020, the X570-Creator averaged 211 Frames Per Second , which is right around the average (212 FPS). In Far Cry, this board averaged 132 FPS, which is spot on our running average. It’s worth noting that, in Far Cry, the Intel-based machines run around 10-15 frames per second (a few percent) faster, while in F1, Ryzen systems are faster. Results in both 3DMark tests matched the others within reason. In the end, the X570-Creator did just fine in our game tests.

Power Consumption / VRM Temperatures

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We used AIDA64’s System Stability Test with Stress CPU, FPU and Cache enabled for power testing, using the peak power consumption value. The wattage reading is from the wall via a Kill-A-Watt meter to capture the entire ecosystem. The only variable that changes is the motherboard; all other parts are the same.

At idle, the X570-Creator used 80W, which is just above the average of the boards in our chart. Load wattage peaked at 218W, which is just below the average of 222W. This board fluctuated between 3.6 and 4 GHz with our CPU during testing, which is typical behavior (some high-end boards are higher). This averages out to 151W and is overall is just a couple watts above the average of other boards.

Our X570-Creator peaked just under 46 degrees Celsius during stock operation, which is one of the coolest results we’ve seen so far with passive heatsinks. When overclocked to 4.4 GHz, VRM temperatures peaked around 52 degrees Celsius, also one of the coolest temperatures we’ve recorded so far. The large heatsinks do a great job keeping things cool even with the CPU pushed to its ambiently cooled limits.


There are several ways to overclock on AMD platforms, depending on your goals. If your focus is single-threaded performance, you may want to focus on using Precision Boost Overdrive (PBO) and adjusting its parameters. If you can use all cores and threads, setting a manual CPU multiplier and voltage is likely the better route. While the latter clips peak single-threaded performance slightly, it increases all core/thread performance over the all-core boost. To that end, we settled on 4.4 GHz at ~1.3V for an all-core/thread overclock.

The X570-Creator had no issues with our 16-core/32-thread Ryzen 9 5950X. We simply plugged in set things to roughly 1.3V, adjusted LLC to all but eliminate vdroop, and plodded through the test. Unlike the B550 Creator, the X570’s voltage readings were accurate in CPUz.

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On the memory side, we know AMD is limited to around 3600/3733 MHz when keeping FCLK at a 1:1 ratio with the memory. With this in mind, we add two more sticks and run 4x8GB at DDR4 3600, which is AMD’s current sweet spot. For our X570-Creator, we were able to set XMP, and it was stable enough to run through several of our benchmarks. As always, your mileage may vary depending on the memory kit used and the quality of the CPU’s integrated memory controller.

Final Thoughts

The Asus ProArt X570-Creator WIFI takes competent aim at content creators and includes features like three M.2 slots, Thunderbolt 4 ports and ultra-fast networking with integrated WI-Fi 6E and a 10 GbE port. Overall, it’s a well-appointed motherboard though its performance was ever so slightly on the slower side of average. But without benchmarks, it’s difficult or impossible to discern the difference between this board and most others we’ve tested when it comes to performance.

I don’t have major complaints about the X570-Creator. Compared to its B550 counterpart, the board is better in nearly every way. Some may find the appearance a bit boring, but it’s made for content creators and professionals who tend to focus more on function over form. If you want RGB bling like a gaming motherboard, you’ll have to add it yourself and there are plenty of headers to do so. Outside of that, the $429.99 price tag will be tough for some. But there aren’t many (if any) X570 boards with Thunderbolt 4 ports close to this price. Speaking of competition, surprisingly, there aren’t many ‘professional’ boards that compete against our X570-Creator WIFI. ASRock has the X570 Creator (~$500 MSRP), Gigabyte’s X570S Aero G ($349.99) and MSI’s X570 Creation ($500 MSRP). The ASRock and MSI boards released around X570’s launch, so they don’t have the benefits of newer hardware. That said, they are both capable boards, but the ASRock has only one PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot (and only two total) and Thunderbolt 3, while the MSI sports four M.2 sockets but doesn’t have any Thunderbolt ports. The Aero G is notably less expensive and also does without Thunderbolt ports of any kind.

As far as which creator-focused board is best, that depends on what features you want. The Asus ProArt X570-Creator WIFI is the most complete of the bunch, and also the most expensive. If you want to spend less and don’t need lots of storage bandwidth, there’s always the lesser B550 model that will save you about $135 while still offering Thunderbolt 4--though it lacks Wi-Fi.

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

  • _dawn_chorus_
    How is "basic appearance" in the negatives?? Obviously that is entirely subjective but imo this is a beautiful, simplistic looking motherboard. We need more motherboards on the market that look a little grown up vs the current trend of Gundam scrap parts being slapped all over everything at random angles.
  • escksu
    _dawn_chorus_ said:
    How is "basic appearance" in the negatives?? Obviously that is entirely subjective but imo this is a beautiful, simplistic looking motherboard. We need more motherboards on the market that look a little grown up vs the current trend of Gundam scrap parts being slapped all over everything at random angles.

    ITs the price tag....It cost 429 so pple will expect it to be beter looking that 200 board.
  • Marvin Martian
    Not 570S means chipset fan. Not interested.
  • helper800
    Marvin Martian said:
    Not 570S means chipset fan. Not interested.
    Do you see a chipset fan anywhere on the chipset? No? Didn't thinks so. And I quote from the article, "Moving right across the fanless chipset heatsink to the edge of the board..."
  • misterfresh
    Thanks @tomshardware and @joeshields for the review however unfortunately this review is incomplete because it does not address the main reason why someone would want to buy this board : the allegedly 40 GBps thunderbolt 4 ports. I mean come on you list the ports in the title and in the supposed pros but you never actually test them even though these ports are the prime reason someone would want to spend 450$ on a board !
    Based on your testing the board is no better or worse than say the B550 Tuf Gaming Wifi that cost 300$ less.
    I want to see one or two Razer Core X in each thunderbolt 4 port + one graphics card in each PCIe x16 slot and see the result of some rendering or mining, with a couple nvme drives installed.
    It is a question mark as to how bandwidth is allocated when you saturate the PCI lanes with external GPUs and nvme drives and thunderbolt devices and 10Gbps networking simultaneously, I assume some or all of the i/o would see some degradation in such scenarios.
    I am especially interested in the compatibility of thunderbolt devices because I have seen reports on Reddit of people not being able to use the thunderbolt ports correctly (especially for eGPU) with the B550 Asus Creator board, and using the x570 chipset could solve that. Not to mention AMD boards with any thunderbolt support are rare so compatibility and support is a question mark for potential buyers that is much more important to address than a couple points difference in the usual Futuremark testing.
    If I have learned anything in the past year, it's that just because a port looks like thunderbolt doesnt mean that thunderbolt functionality will actually work. For example usb 3.1 gen 2 type C in previous ryzen boards was quite misleading because it does not actually support an eGPU.
    It would be interesting also to check performance when running the PC from an external thunderbolt nvme ssd such as the one from plugable (with the OS installed on said external SSD) .
    It would be interesting to see the transfer time for a large 4k video file from such an external ssd towards an internal one to test the real world speed of the thunderbolt 4 ports.
    So many critical testing is missing from this review to give potential buyers an idea of what this board is really worth. All in all the review is a missed opportunity to address these concerns relating to Thunderbolt 4 support and compatibility.
    By the way does anyone know why we need two PCIe x16 slots anymore since SLI is not supported anymore ? Give me a small form factor mATX or ITX board with thunderbolt 4 ports so that I can extend it if needed.
  • amerifax
    helper800 said:
    Do you see a chipset fan anywhere on the chipset? No? Didn't thinks so. And I quote from the article, "Moving right across the fanless chipset heatsink to the edge of the board..."
    I'm looking to buy this board. What are you getting at in regards to chipset fan? And are there two different models of the Asus ProArt X570?