MSI Prestige X570 Creation9/10 (Expert Score)
Meta-review: Editors were impressed with the quality of the MSI Prestige X570 Creation, although it comes at a high cost. It is aimed at content creators but is equally suited for a high-end gaming build, depending on your interface requirements.
The Extended-ATX or E-ATX form factor is relatively rare and makes up only a minor percentage of available motherboards. Normally, E-ATX motherboards are enthusiast models with high-end components and a comprehensive feature set. Those using AMD’s X570 chipset are no exception. MSI’s Prestige X570 Creation is one of the few E-ATX alternatives on the market at this writing, alongside MSI’s own Godlike and the Aorus Xtreme, but is aimed at content creators rather than gamers. However, like both of the alternatives, the X570 Creation comes with high-end features and at a similarly high price point.
MSI Prestige X570 Creation Key Features
Like all motherboards with the AMD X570 chipset, MSI’s Prestige Creation is primarily targeted for use with 3rd-generation AMD Ryzen processors, but will also work with 2nd-gen Ryzen. The chipset also introduces the PCI Express 4.0 interface to PC builders, which improves the theoretical transfer rates for (mainly) storage devices, GPUs and other units that can take advantage of the interface.
Other than the different target audiences, the Prestige Creation shares many features with other high-end motherboards targeted at gamers. Support for 10 Gbit LAN and WiFi 6 is included, as well as heatsinks for the M.2 storage devices. System RAM is capped at up to 128 GB of dual-channel DDR4 running at up to 4600+ MHz. Like with the Godlike X570, MSI has also included an add-in card known as the M.2 XPANDER-Z GEN4, which lets you add two additional M.2 drives running at PCIe 4.0 speeds.
A unique feature aimed at content creators is MSI’s Creator Center software, which allegedly optimizes the system’s resources for different scenarios that might be relevant for the user group.
MSI Prestige X570 Creation Vs X570 Godlike
|Product||MSI MEG X570 Godlike||MSI Prestige X570 Creation|
|CPU Support||2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen||2nd- and 3rd-gen AMD Ryzen|
|RAM Support||1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/2933 /3000 /3066 /3200 /3466 /3600 /3733 /3866 /4000 /4133 /4266 /4400 /4533 /4600 /4733 /4800 + Mhz by JEDEC and A-XMP OC MODE||1866/ 2133/ 2400/ 2667/ 2800/2933 /3000 /3066 /3200 /3466 /3600 /3733 /3866 /4000 /4133 /4266 /4400 /4533 /4600 + Mhz by JEDEC and A-XMP OC MODE|
|Memory Slots (Channels)||2 (4)||2 (4)|
|Max. RAM||128 GB||128 GB|
|PCI-E 4.0 X16 Slots||4||2|
|PCI-E 4.0 X4 Slots||0||1|
|PCI-E 4.0 X1 Slots||0||4|
|SATA III Ports||6||6|
|M.2 Slots||3 (+2 via add-in card)||2 (+2 via add-in card)|
|LAN||1x KillerTM E2600 Gigabit LAN,|
1x KillerTM E3000 2.5 Gbps LAN, 10 Gbps Super LAN add-in card
|1x Intel I211AT Gigabit LAN,
1x Aquantia AQC107 10-Gigabit LAN
|USB Ports||Front: 1x (Gen2, Type C), 4x (Gen1, Type A), 4x USB 2.0; Rear: 1x (Gen2, Type C), 3x (Gen2, Type A), 2x (Gen1, Type A)||Front: 1x (Gen2, Type C), 4x (Gen1, Type A), 4x USB 2.0; Rear: 1x (Gen2, Type C), 1x (Gen2, Type A), 10x (Gen1, Type A), 2x (USB 2.0)|
|Audio Ports||5+ Optical S/PDIF (Realtek ALC1220)||5+ Optical S/PDIF (Realtek ALC1220)|
Which of MSI’s premium X570 models to choose will mainly boild down to your PCIe slot requirements and likely to a lesser extent, USB ports. Both motherboards include an add-in card for additional PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSDs, but the Creation model comes with onboard 10 Gbps LAN (as opposed to the Godlike, which uses an add-in card for that, too).
MSI have once again shown their expertise within the motherboard sector with an incredibly well-equipped motherboard, but it comes at a cost.
Make no mistake: The Prestige X570 Creation is a premium motherboard, and it’s not just PCIe 4.0 that pushes the price up.
- Excellent quality
- 4 PCIe 4.0 M.2 slots
- Onboard 10 Gbps Ethernet
Specification: MSI Prestige X570 Creation