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Thunderbolt 2: Ready for Windows with the ASUS ThunderboltEX II

By: Tyler Bernath | Editorials in Storage | Posted: Apr 14, 2014 10:03 pm

Final Thoughts




Thunderbolt as a technology has left a lot of people a little weary of adopting and jumping on the bandwagon, mainly due to the high cost of peripheral devices and lack of support on PC, until now.


The biggest issue with Thunderbolt is that most see it as a storage interface, and want to compare it to USB 3.0, when in reality it's much bigger than that. Thunderbolt was designed to be the end all be all solution for connecting external devices.


That means we can have a single cable running from the back of our PCs, which is then connected to our display, which in turn houses everything from Gigabit LAN, USB 3.0, eSATA, and even audio. Imagine how small a motherboard can be when it no longer needs the rear I/O, or how small a prebuilt PC like the Intel NUC can be when everything can be streamed out of a single 6mm cable.


For those of you that may have purchased any one of the motherboards I listed out on the second page of this article, the ThunderboltEX II is certainly a great option to upgrade your external storage needs. If you want something simple like a portable SSD, the Akitio Neutrino we reviewed a few months back can fit the bill for you there.


Of course, there are also the large storage busting Thunderbolt RAID enclosures like the OWC Thunderbay IV or LaCie 5Big; you could even swing for the fences and grab the all new Thunderbolt 2 8big Rack from LaCie. The point is, now is the time to adopt Thunderbolt if you have ever thought about doing so. With real Windows support finally here, devices should start to flood the market as prices start to come down.




As we've seen here today, ASUS is truly ready for Thunderbolt 2 with an entire lineup of Z87 motherboards ready to accept either the ThunderboltEX II or its dual port counterpart. Either way, installation is quick and simple, and within a few minutes, you'll be up and running enjoying Thunderbolt 2 at its best.



PRICING: You can find the ASUS ThunderboltEX II for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.


United States: The ASUS ThunderboltEX II retails for $64.04 at Amazon.


Canada: The ASUS ThunderboltEX II retails for CDN$88.02 at Amazon Canada.

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