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post #1 of 7
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Hi,

Just looking over the Z370 boards by Gigabyte - I know it's early on Z370 and things can change but looking back at previous GEN Z270 & Z170 with respect to the Gigabyte boards, they offered single wire connection to Thunderbolt 3 through the USB-C connector on the back panel.

So far this is absent from from the Z370 boards but they do offer a thunderbolt header for an add in card.

Does anyone know if this will be included in boards to follow? or has Gigayte decided to cut this feature to cut costs?
post #2 of 7
It won't be available on Z370 because of the time it takes for Intel certification. Things might change for Z390 when things get a bit easier, we also haven't found enough uses for Thunderbolt 3 yet. It certainly is good for future proofing, but we're still waiting for better adoption.

You can find all certified Thunderbolt 3 technologies here:
https://thunderbolttechnology.net/products
post #3 of 7
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Yes thanks for posting.

I did think yesterday that Z370 won't last long and it may be the Z470 or whatever will be a new socket then some of the NICE Z170 designs / Z270 may re-appear on what you mentioned Z390.

I heard of thunderbolt and hadn't got a clue what it was - then - Thunderbolt 2 - very quickly thunderbolt 3

Now I see the logic of PCI-e GEN 3 = twice the speed of PCI-e 2 which was thunderbolt 2.

Someone else mentioned two years ago approx. that thunderbolt will go the same way as firewire - say 1394 (400) and the other one (800). I do have some firewire 1394 on one or two older motherboards but it did become obsolete.

If this was to happen to thunderbolt then it would dis-appear

I agree with you on the useage - eg what is someone going to connect to the thunderbolt I/O

Well there are thunderbolt monitors (though I don't have one) they may be sparse for windows users? - are there many? any at all?

Then there are the hobby music crowd with their audio interfaces like UAD Apollo and Focusrite do some now + others - to connect thunderbolt to

There are HDD's although most will use USB / SATA / M.2 / U.2? - So the use cases are niche at best I suppose, however there are more people who would like thunderbolt than just a few.
post #4 of 7
The main thunderbolt 3 usage scenario I see as super useful / may have legs is external GPU enclosures. Especially for laptops. Basically you connect your laptop through TB3 to an external graphics card which also has some USB ports. Basically its a laptop dock + external GPU smile.gif

https://www.gigabyte.com/Graphics-Card/GV-N1070IXEB-8GD#kf
post #5 of 7
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OMG that looks awesome - - smile.gif - And that is basically a GPU to connect to thunderbolt - I've not seen this - Or anything like it - And how much do they want for this? - Are they out now? - or about to? - Another useage for thunderbolt
post #6 of 7
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OMG that looks awesome - - smile.gif - And that is basically a GPU to connect to thunderbolt - I've not seen this - Or anything like it - And how much do they want for this? - Are they out now? - or about to? - Another useage for thunderbolt

Ours is $569 on newegg and available. I like it for obvious reasons but full disclosure there are also others on the market smile.gif
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Ours is $569 on newegg and available. I like it for obvious reasons but full disclosure there are also others on the market smile.gif

Hi,

There will be the usual suspects - smile.gif - Asus, AsRock and maybe MSI - There may be others too such as EVGA, however, usually it's Asus / Gigabyte who have the best reviews then the others.

This is a great idea - I'll look out for these - But this is a 1080 inside a box and it's $569 - For the box and the card? - Is that it?

A low end GPU inside a box would also be a great idea, I don't mean a rubbish GPU but a basic one that is good for displaying graphics - There could be a scenario for some people where they are out of PCI-e slots but maybe have some bandwidth remaining over thunderbolt eg - daisy chain 6 devices, again niche market maybe.

Back to this Gigabyte GPU box, I thought a GTX 1080 was around 500-600
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