Tuesday, March 6th 2012

Thunderbolt Port Pictured on MSI Z77A-GD80

At last, we're getting to see visuals of MSI's top LGA1155 motherboard based on Intel Z77 chipset, the Z77A-GD80, featuring Intel's Thunderbolt interconnect. Thunderbolt is a unified interconnect that provides 10 Gb/s of raw bus bandwidth to connected devices, and passes through digital display. The connector itself resembles mini-DisplayPort. On the Z77A-GD80, the Thunderbolt port is located below a D-Sub connector. Naturally, is passes both 10 Gb/s Thunderbolt (which can be daisy-chained through multiple bandwidth-hungry devices), and display relayed from Intel processor-integrated graphics. Lucid VirtuMVP lets you harness the pixel-crunching power of your favourite discrete graphics card over this port, as well.

Source: HardwareInfo
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9 Comments on Thunderbolt Port Pictured on MSI Z77A-GD80

#1
Sihastru
It's not Thunderbold, it's a mini Display Port, it says so on the specification sheet in the second picture...
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btarunr
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by: Sihastru
It's not Thunderbold, it's a mini Display Port, it says so on the specification sheet in the second picture...
It's both Thunderbolt and miniDP. It's a shared interface, like on current-gen Macs.
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#3
Frick
Fishfaced Nincompoop
by: Sihastru
it says so on the specification sheet in the second picture...
Above that the words "Thunder Bolt" are clearly visible as well. :)
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#4
Aquinus
Resident Wat-man
Thunderbolt uses Mini-DisplayPort, unfortunately there much in the line of hardware that uses Thunderbolt yet, but there are a couple external RAID enclosures that use it, but you're looking at dishing out the same amount as an i7 3960x to get it. :banghead:
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#5
Sihastru
by: btarunr
It's both Thunderbolt and miniDP. It's a shared interface, like on current-gen Macs.
Ah, yes, silly me, I must schedule an eye exam.
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#6
MeanBruce
If MSI's best Z77 board supports thunderbolt, then the Asus Maximus 5 "Extreme" just has to, right? or wrong? Where is that Maximus 5 Extreme? Me wants so much!:D

...finally I have a reason to buy that XSPC water loop.
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#7
AthlonX2
HyperVtXâ„¢
i like how they try to cover up ivy bridge with tape :)
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#8
radarblade
It would be at least 4 years before thunderbolt comes in wide use!
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#9
mychinook
Thunderbolt Port compatible with Apple TB monitor?

Does this motherboard support Apple thunderbolt display?
Does windows 7 have driver support for this?

I tried windows 7 on macbook pro(bootcamp), but the support from windows 7 is limited and no daisychain.
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