GIGABYTE Offers Another Free Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade

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  1. HardOCP News

    HardOCP News [H] News

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    GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today, a new collection of GIGABYTE Motherboards that have been certified for Intel’s® Thunderbolt™ 3 technology. GIGABYTE is the leader in developing this technology as many devices in the market were created using GIGABYTE Motherboards as the golden sample. Shortly after its release of the new Designare and ultra gaming motherboards GIGABYTE is announcing that many of these newly released boards have Thunderbolt™ 3 technology available to the users. Updating the BIOS and a simple software upgrade is all that is required of users to enable this feature. With a 40 Gb/s bandwidth, along with its ability to transmit data, video, audio, and power all in one cable, Thunderbolt technology is highly sought after for its rapid transfer speeds and ability to simplify cables around the computer. Users are able to daisy-chain up to six devices per port with an additional monitor at the end.
     
  2. Skripka

    Skripka [H]ardForum Junkie

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    Yay, support for all those Thunderbolt3 devices the PC market....doesn't have.
     
  3. lazz

    lazz Limp Gawd

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    Of course the first comment about a totally free ugprade to existing motherboards (that significantly bumps base speed of the port to 40GB/s) is a complaint. :meh:

    As the beneficiary of the first round of these updates on my Z170X-Gaming7, it's an awesome thing Gigabyte is doing to patch in Thunderbolt functionality in existing motherboards instead of trying to sell a new "revision" at a higher price. They should be commended, and other manufacturers should take note.
     
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    blkt Gawd

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    Storage arrays, external card support, interlink and sync...Video and audio communities are all over this: a high bandwidth, low latency solution. USB-C will help the adoption rate. You may not have a use for it, but the products do exist. Yes it is a new protocol introduced in a flat market; home consumers will be ignored until there is enough demand.
     
  5. limitedaccess

    limitedaccess [H]ardness Supreme

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    If only they'd bring this to their mATX z170mx Gaming 5 and ITX z170n Gaming 5.

    One gripe I have with those boards is the lack of >1920x1080@60hz output options for the IGP.

    If the mATX had this it'd be perfect and a no brainer given the price for mATX and even ATX builds outside of more niche requirements.
     
  6. Quix

    Quix 2[H]4U

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    Expect the Kaby Lake version to have 4K support.