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Thunderbolt Port Pictured on MSI Z77A-GD80

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  1. btarunr

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    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.

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    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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    It's both Thunderbolt and miniDP. It's a shared interface, like on current-gen Macs.
     
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    Above that the words "Thunder Bolt" are clearly visible as well. :)
     
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    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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    Ah, yes, silly me, I must schedule an eye exam.
     
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    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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    i like how they try to cover up ivy bridge with tape :)
     
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    It would be at least 4 years before thunderbolt comes in wide use!
     
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    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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