ASUS Z77/H77 Chipset motherboards get Thunderbolt Support Via Separately Sold Expansion card

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Apr 18, 2012
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ASUS has confirmed that their Z77/H77 Chipset motherboards would get Thunderbolt support through a separately sold expansion card which would hit the store shelves on 27th April.

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For now there are only a couple of motherboards such as the unreleased Intel DZ77RE-75K and MSI Z77A-GD80 which offer Thunderbolt support, With the new expansion card (Cactus Ridge 2C controller from Intel on a card) most of ASUS motherboards would get functionality for the new feature.

The expansion card would be configured with the Z77/H77 PCH through an header onboard the motherboard marked as TB_HEADER.

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Following are the models which support the new feature:

  • Maximus V Gene
  • P8Z77-V Deluxe
  • P8Z77-V Pro
  • P8Z77-V
  • Sabertooth Z77
  • P8H77-V
  • P8H77-M Pro
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