ASRock X570 Creator

Visual inspection

The ASRock X570 Creator is designed to be functional and offer performance without any of the usual aesthetic elements that are found on gaming branded motherboards.
The design of the X570 Creator is minimalist, with a black and silver color combination and dark blue accents applied on the PCB surface. The heatsinks share the graphic elements found on the PCB, with lines engraved into the metallic surface.
As is the case with most if not all X570 chipset motherboards, the chipset heatsink also has a small fan for active cooling.

 

The X570 Creator has a VRM which features a total of 14 phases in a 12 + 2 configuration. The MOSFETs used are the IR3555 model, manufactured by Infineon Technologies, these are used for both the Low and High sides. The voltage controller is an IR35201 also made by Infineon Technologies.
The capacitors used on the entire motherboard except for the audio system are electrolytic, and are part of the 12K Black series from Nichicon.

 

The power delivery on the CPU side is achieved through a single 8-Pin connector, however an additional 4-Pin connector is included. The usage of two power connectors is often used for extreme overclocking, and thus, even for intensive CPU processing, the 8-Pin connector should be used.

 

The cooling of the VRM is achieved through the usage of two heatsinks that are connected by a nickel-plated copper heatpipe. The design of both heatpipes is unique, as they have a C shape making the center section hollow.

 

The motherboard features 5 (five) 4-pin fan headers: starting at the top of the board, the first two headers are found above the IR35201 PWM Controller. The next fan header is located on the upper left, next to the 8 + 4 Pin CPU Power connectors.
The next fan header is placed on the right edge of the motherboard, under the internal USB 3.0 header and the ATX 24 Pin connector. The last fan header is located next to the debug LED screen and the Power & Reset buttons.

 

The X570 Creator supports memory with speeds starting at 2133MHz and going well above 4666MHz. The maximum RAM capacity available is 128GB.

 

The motherboard features two internal USB 3.0 headers, which are placed in different locations to aid with the cable management. The first header is found under the 24Pin ATX connector, while the second header is placed on the lower edge of the motherboard. Unfortunately, neither of these USB 3.0 headers is right angled.

 

One of the features offered by the X570 Creator is a 10 Gigabit AQUANTIA AQC107 network controller, located above the PCIe slots. This controller is passively cooled by a metallic heatsink.

 

Next to the AQUANTIA AQC107 controller, there is a single DisplayPort 1.2 Input Connector. This connector is meant to be used with the included cable for Thunderbolt 3 connectivity. To help with this function, some of ASRock’s graphics card, feature a mini Thunderbolt connector on the side of the PCB.

 

The motherboard is also equipped with an internal Front Panel Type C USB 3.2 Gen2 Header. This header is located on the right side of the motherboard and is used with newer cases that have USB Type C ports.

 

As is the case with many high-end motherboards, the ASRock X570 Creator uses PCIe x16 steel reinforced slots. The reinforcement of these slots is done to prevent any type of bending caused by a graphics card that is either not secured to the chassis or when the system is being moved.

 

The motherboard uses a single 256Mb AMI UEFI Bios chip, found next to the Bios battery. The Bios FlashBack function allows for the Bios to be updated without a CPU installed, or if the Bios has been corrupted. This is especially useful if the CPU that is installed, is not supported by the installed Bios version.

 

In terms of fast storage, the ASRock X570 Creator features two Hyper M.2 Sockets, both cooled passively by heatsinks. The heatsink used on the lower Hyper M.2 Socket is integrated in the chipset heatsink.

 

The SuperI/O chip that is in charge of the management of the system is a NTC6683D, manufactured by Nuvoton. This chip is located on the back of the motherboard, most likely due to the lack of space on the front surface of the PCB.

 

Like most if not all X570 chipset equipped motherboards, the X570 Creator uses both passive and active cooling, for the chipset. The active cooling is done by a 36mm fan manufactured by EVERFLOW with the model number: T124010SL.

 

 

The audio system features the Realtek ALC1220 audio chip, with five Nichicon fine gold series capacitors. There is also a line around the whole audio system, that is designed to prevent any interference from reaching the audio components.

 

The regular storage options available on the X570 Creator is composed out of eight SATA 6 slots. Four of these slots are controlled by the ASMedia ASM1061 chip, found on the left side of the Bios battery.

 

The ASRock X570 Creator is a motherboard designed for performance, and thus has no RGB elements integrated. However, the motherboard has three RGB headers that will allow the control of other RGB components.
Two of these headers are the standard 4-pin RGB headers while the last one is a 3-pin addressable RGB header. In simple terms, you get RGB connectivity and control but no RGB illumination and integration on the actual motherboard.

 

On the backside, we have the I/O panel.
The I/O panel is as follows (from left to right):
– 2x Antenna Ports
– 1x PS/2 Mouse/Keyboard Port
– 1x HDMI Port
– 1x DisplayPort 1.4 Input
– 1x Optical SPDIF Out Port
– 2x USB 3.2 Gen2 Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C Ports (40Gb/s for Thunderbolt™ protocol; 10 Gb/s for USB3.2 protocol) (Supports ESD Protection)
– 6x USB 3.2 Gen1 Ports (Supports ESD Protection)
– 2x RJ-45 LAN Ports with LED (ACT/LINK LED and SPEED LED)
– 1x BIOS Flashback Button
– HD Audio Jacks: Rear Speaker / Central / Bass / Line in / Front Speaker / Microphone (Gold Audio Jacks)

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