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Gigabyte Outs First Dual-Thunderbolt Micro-ATX Motherboard

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Gigabyte released the first motherboard in the micro-ATX form-factor to feature two Thunderbolt interfaces. The Z77MX-D3H-TH from Gigabyte is built in the standard 240 x 240 mm micro-ATX form-factor, and based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset, supporting socket LGA1155 Core "Sandy Bridge" and "Ivy Bridge" processors. The board uses an Intel DSL3510L dual channel Thunderbolt controller to drive its two ports.

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Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - 100 EUR (108.50 EUR at Mix-Computer)
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH - 150 EUR (at Mix-Computer)
Numbers from buy.fudzilla.com

Ridiculous :laugh:
 
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Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H - 100 EUR (108.50 EUR at Mix-Computer)
Gigabyte GA-Z77MX-D3H TH - 150 EUR (at Mix-Computer)
Numbers from buy.fudzilla.com

Ridiculous :laugh:
Considering the TB chip alone is $15-20, not taking into account the connectors, extra power regulation components etc. it's not really ridiculous.

If you need it or not is an entirely different matter though.
 
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Nobody in this world needs 2 Thunderbolt ports, one is more than enough (can already daisychain already up to 6 devices, incl montitors). Thunderbolt is still really expensive and this 2 port TB chip adds for sure 30 USD. Better save half that money and go for a solution with 1 TB port and more USB3 devices.
 
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I'm more interested in the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH or GA-Z77X-UP4 TH. Good to see though,...
 
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One connector for each of the two existent TB devices on the market...:laugh:
 

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I'm more interested in the Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
Review will be live by next friday. ;)

One connector for each of the two existent TB devices on the market...:laugh:

There is actually about 35 devices available right now when I looked into getting one for reviews, not including Apple displays. However, each is quite expensive, for sure. Nearly $200 for an HDD dock is kinda unreal!
 
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I can't stand Gigabyte's dysfunctional PCIe slot spacing. Building any decent Multi-GPU rig with their M-ATX boards blocks off your front panel headers... and it's not like there are many 5 slot cases on the market to begin with. What were they thinking? When will they get it right like ASUS, MSI, and ASRock?
 
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This board has a sad resemblance to the Sniper 3M
 
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Whats the use of thunderbolt? surely the built in display connectors are enough, waste imo.