4 thoughts on “ASUS ProArt X570 Creator WiFi – Review

  1. What you missed is that the 2x Thunderbold 4 interface is most probably only connected over a x2 PCIe lane, and the Intel controller which you show on the pictures is PCIe gen3 only. So that’s would be PCIe gen3 x2 which is 32gbit/s. Now you want to put 2x40gbit/s Thunderbold over that interface? That clearly is not enough and the PCIe x2 will be a bottleneck.

    Why do I think it is a x2 lane? Just count with me:

    The x570 has 20 lanes, thereof are 4x sata, 8x sata OR PCIe and 8x PCIe.
    Now, we have:

    – 6x SATA (no additional controller)
    – x4 PCIe slot
    – x4 PCIe/NMVE slot
    – x2 PCIe/ACQUANTIA 10gbe controller
    – x1 PCIe/Intel i225-V 2.5gbe controller
    – x1 PCIe/ M.2/type-E slot for WiFi

    That’s together 18x lanes from the x570 chipset, so only x2 PCIe left for the Thunderbold controller!

    Actually I like quite your review, but what is missing is to try to reconstruct a block-diagram for the motherboard if it already isn’t in the manual (which it isn’t for this board and this may be a clue that there is some problem out there which ASUS doesn’t want to speak about).

    Also, it is not documented in the manual which USB-port is connected directly to the CPU and which to the chipset and of course, you want that all the 4 USB3 GEN2 ports to be connected to the CPU and not to the chipset (as the PCIe gen4 x4 lanes from the CPU to chipset are themselves a clear bottleneck). All those USB3 gen1 ports are then fine to be connected to the chipset. But sadly again, this is not mentioned in the manual so obviously one has to ask whether ASUS tries to conceal something here!

    Anyway, the PCIe and USB setup would be pretty easy to test, at least on a linux setup where simple tools exist to show the PCIe and USB topology (and I’m sure there are such tools on windows as well)…

  2. Little bit of inconsistency here… the B550 version was criticised for DisplayPort only support input – anything changed with X570?

  3. You make a good point regarding the Thunderbolt bandwidth. Asus does have one table in their manual in section 2.1.10 that gives a bit more information. If you are using a CPU without integrated graphics, only the first thunderbolt port (USB Type-C 1 output) is enabled. And the minimum spec for thunderbolt 4 is in fact 32Gbps. Just wanted to add a bit to your comment because a lot of people are going to go after this board for Ryzen + on-board thunderbolt, and this information is not well documented.

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