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Intel Thunderbolt Ready Facilitates in Upgrading Your Desktop PC

Last week Intel announced a new instrumentality for upgrading desktop PC, called Thunderbolt Ready. This tool will help in incorporating Thunderbolt interface into the motherboards which initially do not have the support for it. However, only the motherboards with ‘Thunderbolt Ready’ marking and an inbuilt General-purpose I/O (GPIO) socket might fall under the upgrade. In addition to this feature, the user will have to acquire a dedicated card to enable the interface.

This card is installed into an appropriate PCI Express slot and is then connected to GPIO, as well as DisplayPort socket of the integrated/discrete GPU controller, due to the cables that go in batch. After this, the customer needs to upload dedicated software in order to activate the Thunderbolt. According to Intel, there are currently more than 100 alike products with Thunderbolt support; the majority of them are certified for the usage with PCs on Windows or Mac OS X platforms.

To continue, Asus is one of the first manufacturers to introduce an upgrade card. Entitled ThunderboltEX II, it might be used along with Asus Z87 Pro motherboard. This card is designed in compliance with Thunderbolt 2 standard, providing for up to 20 Gb/sec bandwidth. The latter involves the support of DisplayPort 1.2 that allows for the connection either of a single monitor with 3840x2160 pixels resolution or two monitors with 2560x1440 pixels resolution.

It should be noted that Thunderbolt 2 demonstrates back-compatibility with the previous version; thus, all cables, sockets, and devices of the previous generation are able to work with a new standard. Asus promises to launch the new-gen card already next month, although pricing is not unveiled so far.
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  • 18 November 2013, 18:21
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