Tech content trusted by users in North America and around the world
7,246 Reviews & Articles | 52,550 News Posts

GIGABYTE offers free add-on Thunderbolt 3 upgrade

Posted: Aug 30, 2016 8:17 am | Motherboards Press Releases | Stock Ticker: TPE:2376, NASDAQ:INTC

GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards is proud to announce today, a new collection of GIGABYTE Motherboards that have been certified for Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology. GIGABYTE is the leader in developing this technology as many devices in the market were created using GIGABYTE Motherboards as the golden sample.




Shortly after its release of the new Designare and ultra gaming motherboards GIGABYTE is announcing that many of these newly released boards have Thunderbolt 3 technology available to the users. Updating the BIOS and a simple software upgrade is all that is required of users to enable this feature. With a 40 Gb/s bandwidth, along with its ability to transmit data, video, audio, and power all-in-one cable, Thunderbolt technology is highly sought after for its rapid transfer speeds and ability to simplify cables around the computer. Users are able to daisy-chain up to six devices per port with an additional monitor at the end.


Thunderbolt 3 utilizes a Type-C connector, this reversible connector is also capable of supporting the USB 3.1 protocol for future devices.


In addition, GIGABYTE is also officially debuting the world's first front panel Thunderbolt 3 drive bay. This bay can be installed in a 5.25" expansion slot and has support for Power Delivery 2.0, up to 100 watts. Users will also get the benefit of having USB 3.1 support in both Type-A as well as Type-C connections.


Lastly, for users whose motherboards do not support Thunderbolt 3 natively, GIGABYTE is also releasing an add-on card, the GC-ALPINE RIDGE. This card is compatible with many GIGABYTE motherboards that have an onboard thunderbolt connector enabling the board to support thunderbolt functionality.


All of these features and products will be available to the public by the beginning of September 2016, for more information on how to get your motherboard Thunderbolt enabled please check on the GIGABYTE website.


GIGABYTE Motherboards already certified with Thunderbolt 3



GA-Z170X-Gaming G1

GA-Z170X-Gaming GT

GA-Z170X-Gaming 7/-EK


GA-X170-Extreme ECC


New Models with Thunderbolt 3


GA-X99-Designare EX


GA-Z170X-Ultra Gaming

GA-Z170X-UD3 Ultra



Thunderbolt 3 Accessories



Related Tags

Got an opinion? Post a comment below!