GIGABYTE's Dual Thunderbolt Intel Z77 Motherboards
GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and
graphics cards, today announced the latest GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards, the
very first to offer fully certified dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Capable of
connecting up to 12 devices plus 3 digital displays simultaneously, with
breathtaking data transfer speeds that can transfer 1TB of data in only five
minutes, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards offer the fastest connection
interface ever on the desktop PC.
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards allow users to daisy chain up to 12 devices
simultaneously via an incredible bi-directional 10Gbps data pipeline that
includes both PCIe and DisplayPort traffic. GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards
redefine desktop PC connectivity to make it far easier to connect multiple high
speed storage devices and HD displays to your PC than ever before.
"It's easy to see how our unique dual port Thunderbolt implementation simply
offers more," commented Henry Kao, Vice President of GIGABYTE Motherboard
Business Unit. "We're the only motherboard vendor currently offering DIY PC
builders the absolute maximum in terms of device connectivity."
"Thunderbolt technology represents a leap in performance and simplicity for
media creators and entertainment enthusiasts," says Jason Ziller, Intel's
director of Thunderbolt marketing. "We are pleased to be working with GIGABYTE
as they bring the first dual Thunderbolt port motherboard to market. It's a
great example of what Thunderbolt makes possible."
GIGABYTE Dual Thunderbolt motherboards open up a wealth of new possibilities
regarding high-performance storage devices. GIGABYTE has worked closely with
several leading device partners, including Promise Technology, LaCie,
BlackMagic, Western Digital, Seagate, Elgato, CalDigit and cable manufacturer
"Working with GIGABYTE has been very exciting," said Kosta Panagos, Director
of Creative Marketing, at CalDigit. "GIGABYTE's new line of Intel 7 series
motherboards featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, will usher in a new era of
flexibility to the PC platform. It is also a perfect match with CalDigit's
new T1 and T2 Thunderbolt drives which provide professional level performance on
all platforms at consumer prices, a feat that was previously unattainable,
thanks to GIGABYTE and Thunderbolt technology."
"GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt motherboards are an exciting
innovation, giving incredible performance and are perfect for video and film
professionals using Thunderbolt and the PC," said Grant Petty, CEO, Blackmagic
Design. "Customers using our wide range of Thunderbolt devices will now be able
to choose to work in whatever format they need, giving them the flexibility to
build whatever production and post production workflow they need."
"In line with GIGABYTE and its dual on board Thunderbolt ports, WD's My Book
Thunderbolt Duo offers dual Thunderbolt ports for amazing creative flexibility
while allowing daisy-chaining of up to six My Book Thunderbolt Duo drives or
other high performance peripherals for fast and efficient workflow," said Craig
Davis, Director Sales & Marketing, Retail Division, Western Digital Asia
Pacific & Japan Region.
"Thunderbolt technology is a fantastic way to deliver both data and display
via one interface. It provides unparalleled performance and plenty of
flexibility," said Leo Paskin, Product Marketing Manager at Seagate. "With the
ability to daisy chain up to 12 devices on GIGABYTE's new dual port Thunderbolt
motherboards, you can turn a desktop PC into a central device hub by plugging in
a single cable!"
"As the first Intel certified cable vendor, Sumitomo is delighted to see
GIGABYTE bring the first dual port Thunderbolt motherboard to market, creating
the ultimate connectivity for desktop PCs, commented Motoi Matsuo. "These new
Thunderbolt motherboards are also the perfect fit for Sumitomo's exclusive high
speed 20m optical cables."
"Thanks to their dual Thunderbolt ports, Gigabyte's new 7 series motherboards
deliver unbeatable flexibility", says Adam Steinberg, Vice President Marketing
at Elgato. "The unique dual port feature enables users to combine multiple
portable Thunderbolt devices like the powerful Elgato Thunderbolt SSD."
"LaCie is pleased to see GIGABYTE announce Thunderbolt technology on their
lasted motherboards," said Erwan Girard, Professional Business Unit Manager,
LaCie. "The time is now for demanding PC users, especially digital content
creators, to experience the unprecedented speeds and advantages enabled by
Thunderbolt Technology. The desire for computers and peripherals to keep up with
their work flow is a concern of the past."
Dual Thunderbolt - Fast, Flexible and Simple Connectivity for your
GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards are the first to be certified
by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports directly on the motherboard back panel
I/O, with each Thunderbolt port supporting a maximum data transfer speeds with
simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds of up to 10Gbps - this means
you can transfer a full HD 1080p movie in under 30 seconds.
GIGABYTE's dual port Thunderbolt implementation ensures the absolute maximum
potential connectivity, with support to connect up to 12 individual devices
simultaneously, with each port offering full 10Gbps bandwidth.
Thunderbolt combines both DisplayPort and PCI Express protocols over a single
cable so that users can connect a multitude of device types in tandem with HD
streaming video and 8-channel audio, simultaneously in one specially developed
cable. Users can also enjoy improved flexibility by 'daisy-chaining' several
devices while still enjoying low latency and industry-leading data transfer
Dual Thunderbolt Ports are featured on the following models: Gigabyte GA-Z77X-UP5 TH
and GA-Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards
Ultra Durable 5
GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and Z77X-UP4 TH both employ award winning GIGABYTE Ultra
Durable 5 technology that includes high current capable components for the CPU
power zone including IR3550 PowIRstage ICs from International Rectifier, 2X
Copper PCB and high current Ferrite Core Chokes rated up to 60A, which together
are able to deliver up to 60°C* cooler temperatures than traditional
motherboards. Featured on a range of new motherboards based the Intel X79 and
Z77 Express Chipsets, GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology is the next evolution
in quality motherboard design.
* Testing result for reference only. Results may differ according to system
*Up to 60° C lower temp. obtained using 4 phase IR3550
PowIRstage with 2x Copper PCB vs. 4 phase D-Pak MOSFET @ 100A load 10 mins lab
testing without heatsink.
More information about GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 technology can be found at
the following links:
GIGABYTE Ultra Durable 5 Technology
More product details can be found on the GIGABYTE website here: www.gigabyte.us.