GIGABYTE has announced support for Intel Thunderbolt 3 for three existing Z170 motherboards after receiving certification from Intel.
The motherboards include the GIGABYTE GA-Z170X-Gaming G1, GA-Z170X-Gaming GT, and GA-Z170X-Gaming 7. How do you get Thunderbolt 3 if you own one of these boards? Simply update to the latest firmware.
“Users that wish to upgrade their motherboard can download an updated version of the firmware from GIGABYTE’s website. Once the user installs the updated firmware, Thunderbolt™ 3 support will be enabled on the motherboard.”
GIGABYTE has provided quick links to access the firmware update page for each motherboard:
Thunderbolt 3 on the motherboards is powered by Intel’s controller, and is available via USB Type-C connector on the motherboards to provide bandwidth of up to 40 Gb/s, double that of Thunderbolt 2.
Uh, WHAT!? I have a Gaming-7
Uh, WHAT!? I have a Gaming-7 board! Now I can use thunderbolt for… I have no idea.
Still really cool to get the update. There’s always been mention of thunderbolt in the BIOS. I just assumed it was left over from a UI template or something.
It’s so nice that PCs are
It’s so nice that PCs are getting TB3, but just to be clear most PC users have access to PCIe x16 slots as well as other x4/x8 slots for various devices at better than TB3 speeds. So where are the laptops with TB3, because that’s where the TB3/TB* is most needed, and laptops do not have accessible x16, or x8 slots etc. Laptop OEM’s you are alienating your customer base, it’s best to ditch the Ultrabook/thin and light obsession and get back to the performance equation with non thermally throttled Laptop designs. That OEM instigated Carrizo APU fiasco is costing more sales! Where are the FX8800P based laptops the can RUN the APU at 35 Watts UN-throttled!!!
Anyone know if Thunderbolt 3
Anyone know if Thunderbolt 3 support will be added to the GIGABYTE Z170X-SOC Force (Intel Z170) motherboard, like Gigabyte did with the G1 models listed in the article?