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Gigabyte reveals free Thunderbolt 3 upgrade for some of its motherboards

Posted on Monday, August 29 2016 @ 11:40:54 CEST by

Gigabyte sends out word that some of its motherboards have been certified for Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology. Thunderbolt 3 functionality is delivered over a USB Type-C connector, all that's needed to activate it is a software update, which you can get via Gigabyte's Support pages.
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.

Thunderbolt™ 3 utilizes a Type-C connector, this reversible connector is also capable of supporting the USB 3.1 protocol for future devices.

In addition, GIGABYTE is also officially debuting the world’s first front panel Thunderbolt™ 3 drive bay. This bay can be installed in a 5.25” expansion slot and has support for Power Delivery 2.0, up to 100 watts. Users will also get the benefit of having USB 3.1 support in both Type-A as well as Type-C connections.

Lastly, for users whose motherboards do not support Thunderbolt™ 3 natively, GIGABYTE is also releasing an add-on card, the GC-ALPINE RIDGE. This card is compatible with many GIGABYTE motherboards that have an onboard thunderbolt connector enabling the board to support thunderbolt functionality.

All of these features and products will be available to the public by the beginning of September 2016, for more information on how to get your motherboard Thunderbolt™ enabled please check on the GIGABYTE website.

For more details on GIGABYTE Motherboards that support Thunderbolt™ 3:

GIGABYTE Motherboards already certified with Thunderbolt™ 3:
  • GA-X99P-SLI
  • GA-Z170X-Gaming G1
  • GA-Z170X-Gaming GT
  • GA-Z170X-Gaming 7/-EK
  • GA-Z170X-UD5 TH
  • GA-X170-Extreme ECC

    New Models with Thunderbolt™ 3:
  • GA-X99-Designare EX
  • GA-Z170X-Designare
  • GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming
  • GA-Z170X-UD3 Ultra
  • GA-X170-WS ECC
  • GA-H170-Designare
  • Free Thunderbolt 3 Upgrade



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