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Windows 7: Do not understand Thunderbolt boards


11 Apr 2013   #1

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 
Do not understand Thunderbolt boards

Am looking ahead for the next build and saw this ASUS P8Z77-V-PRO Thunderbolt Motherboard and did some reading on what this Thunderbolt tech was all about. I know it is speed but does this mean I have to use compatible devices like monitor printer etc etc cos if that is the case then it would cost a fortune in peripherals.

So could someone one please tell me in real simple language what the Thunderbolt is all about and if there would be any advantage over having a non Thunderbolt board. Am not a great gamer or anything just want to build something with a few more features and grunt than the current Ivy build and would an i7 be a better choice over an i5 (K) for the new board.


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11 Apr 2013   #2
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Thunderbolt Basics

Technology Brief

Looks backward compatible for devices....
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11 Apr 2013   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Thunderbolt is an ultra-fast connection for display graphics, storage, etc......you do not need it for regular peripherals. Thunderbolt is up to 10Gbps and the upcoming rendition of Thunderbolt will be up to 20Gbps.....that's Gigabit per second Nothing most of us need to concern ourselves with now, in my opinion.
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11 Apr 2013   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Could be useful for High Definition having up to 6 peripherals connected to the same port thunderbold without the need of a hub/switch, and with only an adapter.

Depends how hungry you are for HD techs.
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11 Apr 2013   #5
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

BTW...why not wait a little for that Haswell Bridge and LGA1150 Z87 motherboards if you plan a next build.
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11 Apr 2013   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yeah well have a while to go yet so I ma not going to bother with the Thunderbolt as it seems overkill to even me and I tend to get carried away with the gear I get.

Have heard about Haswell but another board?? good grief and they tell us the PC is dying - someones having a laugh eh?
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11 Apr 2013   #7
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

It appears Thunderbolt is kind of like HDMI, but is a fit-all interface. I suppose devices will start coming with a Thunderbolt connection along with USB, HDMI, Firewire, etc.

No you don't need it John, save a few dollars and get a board without it.

Haswell doesn't look to have any bleeding eyeball performance increase except maybe the built in graphics. Most of us opt for a discrete GPU anyway.
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11 Apr 2013   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
It appears Thunderbolt is kind of like HDMI, but is a fit-all interface. I suppose devices will start coming with a Thunderbolt connection along with USB, HDMI, Firewire, etc.

No you don't need it John, save a few dollars and get a board without it.

Haswell doesn't look to have any bleeding eyeball performance increase except maybe the built in graphics. Most of us opt for a discrete GPU anyway.
Yep Gary might just go for the straight ASUS P8Z77-V PRO as I don't know if even the De Luxe would be of any advantage after having another look for something what do you reckon??

These are the two - see if you can see something that I can't
ASUS P8Z77-V PRO Motherboard [P8Z77-V-PRO] - $223.00 : PC Case Gear

ASUS P8Z77-V DELUXE Motherboard [P8Z77-V-DELUXE] - $280.00 : PC Case Gear except for the hefty hike in price that is
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11 Apr 2013   #9

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1
 
 

Are you building a new Z77 rig for something specific?
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11 Apr 2013   #10
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

I would go for the PRO version, the Deluxe has less USB ports and has more GPU support, which you don't use.
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