I'm a bit tempted by the Asus PROART X670E-CREATOR. It costs a small chunk more, while it generally has the same feature set as the Asus ROG Strix X670E-A / X670E-F, but with some trades.
The advantages it has over the Asus ROG Strix X670E-A are:
- two rear USB 4.0 ports
- a second full PCIe 5.0 x16 expansion slot, instead of the X670E-A's PCIe 3.0 x1 slot
- a 10G ethernet port in addition to the 2.5G ethernet port
The disadvantages it has are:
- it doesn't have a Thunderbolt 4 header, while the X670E-A does
- its PCIe 4.0x16 expansion slot shares bandwidth with one of the m.2 slots, which effectively means a person needs to choose between having one less usable PCIe expansion slot, or one less m.2 slot: "This M.2 (Key M) PCIe 4.0 x4 Slot shares bandwidth with the PCIe 4.0 x16 Card Slot. By default, the BIOS automatically activates the M.2 (Key M) PCIe 4.0 x4 Slot."
I wonder if the USB 4.0 ports mean it doesn't need a Thunderbolt 4 header. From what I think I've understood, the difference between USB 4.0 and Thunderbolt 4.0 is the certification process of the implementation, and so USB 4 could be implemented in an inferior manner... or it might not be.
If the ProArt's USB 4 ports have solid implementation, then the Thunderbolt 4 header of the X670E-A shouldn't be needed. And then the additional cost for the ProArt would be around the cost of Asus' Thunderbolt 4 add-in card. On the other hand, for around the price of the difference between the mobos, a Thunderbolt 4 add-in card can be bought without sacrificing a PCIe expansion or m.2 slot. But then there's more stuff going on in the case, perhaps more stuff creating heat and obstructing airflow, and there still won't be the 10G ethernet port.
I'd been waiting for this board to come in stock for a few months now and it looks like Asus has finally released another batch. Ordered one from Amazon last week and it showed up Tuesday and I got an alert that B&H just got some in stock too. Date of production on the box is Dec, so it's definitely not the initial batch that was shipped at launch. I specifically wanted this board because I plan on using the DP IN and using the USB-C on my monitor as a kvm with it as well as having 10GbE onboard so I didn't need another card.