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I like this board and I'm thinking of ordering 1 but I'm not sure if it features Thunderbolt 3 or not. I've tried to find info about it online and all I see are terms like "Thunderbolt 3 capable".or that the motherboard "supports" Thunderbolt 3 Type-C. Every board that has legit Thunderbolt 3 40GB/s advertises it. Asus website doesn't list it as Thunderbolt 3 40GB/s capable. Only 10GB/s. What gives?
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Yup! It is a Thunderbolt 3.0 port, they don't even advertise it on the Formula either since it's common on most of their high end motherboards now.

If I were to upgrade, the Hero Alpha would be my choice also. thumb.gif
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Yup! It is a Thunderbolt 3.0 port, they don't even advertise it on the Formula either since it's common on most of their high end motherboards now.

If I were to upgrade, the Hero Alpha would be my choice also. thumb.gif
Are you sure the Asus Hero Alpha has true Thunderbolt 3 40GB/s? I've been fooled before by marketing BS.
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Are you sure the Asus Hero Alpha has true Thunderbolt 3 40GB/s? I've been fooled before by marketing BS.

Sorry I should of provided proof from Asus the first time. Yes it uses the Alpine Ridge controller.

http://pcdiy.asus.com/2015/12/rogs-maximus-viii-hero-alpha-sets-the-stage-for-enlightened-pcs/
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Sorry I should of provided proof from Asus the first time. Yes it uses the Alpine Ridge controller.

http://pcdiy.asus.com/2015/12/rogs-maximus-viii-hero-alpha-sets-the-stage-for-enlightened-pcs/
Thank you for the link. I wonder why they list the Thunderbolt 3 as only 10GB/s instead of 40GB/s? I thought Thunderbolt 2 did 10GB/s.
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Thank you for the link. I wonder why they list the Thunderbolt 3 as only 10GB/s instead of 40GB/s? I thought Thunderbolt 2 did 10GB/s.

They are only listing the speed of USB 3.1 which is 10GB/s. Thunderbolt 3 is 40GB/s which is including in the Alpine Ridge controller.

Edit: actually you might be right. This board doesn't seem to have thunderbolt at all. Only USB 3.1/Type C port which is why it's listed as 10GB/s

Yup only the Z170-Premium has a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port. The Extreme and impact have thunderbolt 3 headers. Formula/Hero don't have thunderbolt. They only use the alpine ridge for USB 3.1/Type C
Edited by WannaBeOCer - 6/22/16 at 2:11pm
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They are only listing the speed of USB 3.1 which is 10GB/s. Thunderbolt 3 is 40GB/s which is including in the Alpine Ridge controller.

Edit: actually you might be right. This board doesn't seem to have thunderbolt at all. Only USB 3.1/Type C port which is why it's listed as 10GB/s

Yup only the Z170-Premium has a Thunderbolt 3 Type-C port. The Extreme and impact have thunderbolt 3 headers. Formula/Hero don't have thunderbolt. They only use the alpine ridge for USB 3.1/Type C
That's exactly what I thought. Stupid BS marketing...... Thanks so much. Appreciate your input.
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That's exactly what I thought. Stupid BS marketing...... Thanks so much. Appreciate your input.

Asus is adding headers so they can sell this thing for $150 mad.gif

https://www.asus.com/us/Motherboard-Accessories/ThunderboltEX-3/
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