Monday, May 14, 2012

Thunderbolt on a Gigabyte Motherboard

 Gigabyte talked about plans to release 3 motherboards capable of Thunderbolt in the PlugFest event held in Malaysia. The rear I/O panel of one of the three was shown on a slide, which reveals it to have a Thunderbolt/mini-DisplayPort connector, alongside standard DisplayPort, HDMI, DVI, and D-Sub, among other common I/O connectors. The Thunderbolt connector will also be wired to the Flexible Display Interface (FDI), letting you use processor-integrated Intel HD 4000/2500 graphics, and probably discrete graphics over LucidLogix Virtu MVP. The Thunderbolt I/O will allow users to daisy-chain as many as six high-bandwidth devices like a storage device, apart from a display. To date there is only one motherboard which has onboard thunderbolt which is the MSI Z77A-GD80. Whereas there is a Intel board (DZ77-75K) which is slated to be released in the coming weeks. Asus has also provided users with a flexibility to add thunderbolt via a breakout box sold separately on any P8Z77 motherboard except the P8Z77-WS. Its is noted that hot swap of devices is not yet supported on windows, so you must reboot to plug a device.

Source: Techpowerup
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