Wednesday, November 21st 2012

Gigabyte Thunderbolt Desktop PC Motherboards First to Support 4K Resolution Displays

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced that their dual Thunderbolt series of motherboards support 4K resolution monitors in configurations derived from two Mini DisplayPort connectors, each capable of 2K resolution output. Testing was successfully carried out at GIGABYTE's regional facility in Tokyo, Japan with the EIZO FDH3601 high resolution color monitor that is designed for air traffic control and geophysical services.

"Desktop PC motherboards are all about cutting edge features, performance, and upgradeability, and this is why GIGABYTE was the first motherboard company to adopt dual Thunderbolt ports instead of the single port option," commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. "When combined with other innovative products, such as EIZO's 4K resolution FDH3601 monitor, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboard users can enjoy next generation display options with their existing platform, without having to wait for future 4K resolution standards."

GIGABYTE Motherboard's Dual Thunderbolt Ports
As the first motherboards to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, GIGABYTE's 'TH' models offer up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds from each port: this means you can transfer industry-leading HD graphics and data simultaneously! Each Thunderbolt port complies with the DisplayPort 1.1 standard (with support for 2K resolutions from each port), and therefore provide a combined resolution of up to 4K for the ultimate in display specification future-proofing.

4K Resolution Test Setup
  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H TH with latest official BIOS (F5 BIOS)
  • Monitor: EIZO FDH3601
  • CPU: Intel Core i7 3770K with HD4000 graphics to dual Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort connectors
  • Operating System: Windows 8 (default drivers)
  • 2x Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapters
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10 Comments on Gigabyte Thunderbolt Desktop PC Motherboards First to Support 4K Resolution Displays

#1
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
There i was hoping you could have 4k going down 1 cable...
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#2
btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
4K needs double the bandwidth of dual-link DVI, for acceptable refresh-rates.
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#3
TheLostSwede
Wasn't HDMI 1.4 meant to do this on a single cable?
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HDMI#Version_comparison
I guess the limitation is 24p for HDMI 1.4, so if you want to use it for anything than 24p movies, then I guess I've answered my own question :p

Apparently DisplayPort tops out at 3840 × 2160... so much for future proofing...
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#4
hhumas
its crazy...........
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#5
Dj-ElectriC
by: btarunr
4K needs double the bandwidth of dual-link DVI, for acceptable refresh-rates.
So does TB connectors, some puny achivement...
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#6
Completely Bonkers
http://www.vesa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ICCE-Presentation-on-VESA-DisplayPort.pdf

Display port 1.2 specification should be capable of
• Resolution (up to 4K x 2K at 60 FPS and 24 bpp)
• Refresh rate (up to 240 FPS for 1080p at 24 bpp)
• Color Depth (up to 48 bpp, even at 2560 x 1600 at 60 FPS)
• Color Accuracy (provides in-band color profile data)



So the problem is not display port 1.2, but the implementation of display port on the motherboard, OR, on the EIZO monitor. It was designed for dual DVI-D in... or display port. Probably they didnt build the EIZO to full displayport 1.2 standard.
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#7
RCoon
Forum Gypsy
by: Completely Bonkers
http://www.vesa.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/ICCE-Presentation-on-VESA-DisplayPort.pdf

Display port 1.2 specification should be capable of
• Resolution (up to 4K x 2K at 60 FPS and 24 bpp)
• Refresh rate (up to 240 FPS for 1080p at 24 bpp)
• Color Depth (up to 48 bpp, even at 2560 x 1600 at 60 FPS)
• Color Accuracy (provides in-band color profile data)

http://img.techpowerup.org/121121/Capture324.jpg

So the problem is not display port 1.2, but the implementation of display port on the motherboard, OR, on the EIZO monitor. It was designed for dual DVI-D in... or display port. Probably they didnt build the EIZO to full displayport 1.2 standard.
I was curious as to why they werent quite matching my expectations!
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#8
Svarog
What kind of shitty aspect ratio is 4k x 2k :S Seems like we are going wider and flatter every year.

I prefer 16:10 over anything else.
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#9
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
the picture looks gorgeous though. It is going to be 16:9 if all I've read on it is to be believed. Not sure why when 16:!0 is what is in movie theaters and on blurays at home. Now with 16:9 you still get small black bars which ticks me off.
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#10
savas
by: WarEagleAU
the picture looks gorgeous though. It is going to be 16:9 if all I've read on it is to be believed. Not sure why when 16:!0 is what is in movie theaters and on blurays at home. Now with 16:9 you still get small black bars which ticks me off.
That's so you keep going to the movie theaters.
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