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Building a new i7 8700k, wich brand of motherboard for thudnerbolt + Quantum ??

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asked Oct 22, 2017 in Thunderbolt - Quantum by webstersp (150 points)
I've ordered my brand new pc I78700k on october 5th.

They finally shipped it out today but I still need to choose my moherboard and I WANT

the new Quantum. 3 brands of motehrboards with the new chipset z370 have thunderbolt options but only with addin card.

I was looking at 3 brands: Gigabyte, Asus and Asrock.

My favorite and the one I've pre-ordered (still B.O.) is the gigabyte:

Then there is only one avaible Asus model that can also use an addin card:

Most of the Asrock z370 boards also ahve this option but their thunderbolt card are very very hard to find here in Canada...

Would any of these works or should I go for one particular model??


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answered Nov 8, 2017 by butchrichard (131,280 points)
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Thunderbolt is still slow to the PC market.  Most will work fine.  Ensure you get the proper Thunderbolt expansion card for the motherboard you choose.  Ensure the internal pin headers are connected correctly, check with the manufacturer of the motherboard.  Make sure you have fully updated Windows and the motherboard drivers.

The Startech Thunderbolt cable is recommend for PC.
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answered Nov 29, 2017 by jamesbarber2 (190 points)
Assuming this isn't too old:

Make sure your selected motherboard has the Thunderbolt GPIO header, and is listed as Thunderbolt-compliant. If you're going with ASUS, take a look at the  ThunderBolt EX 3 card section on their website, and make sure your motherboard is listed.

There are a number of known issues with the latest ASUS Thunderbolt-enabled BIOS image, although so far I've been able to mitigate all of them on my Z170 board. If you're lucky, they'll have already been dealt with in the Z370 BIOS and boards. For example, I've had to disable "Fast Boot" from the Control Panel Power applet, under "choose what the power buttons do". I also had to change several default settings in the "high-performance" power plan to NOT allow the HDD (SSD) to power down. USB and other devices should be examined there as well. I also had to chase down the latest Thunderbolt 3 firmware and driver, because the versions ASUS was shipping were ancient.

At the end of the day, Thunderbolt 3 on a Windows PC can be done, but it should come with a warning label... :-)  Having virtual zero latency monitoring with the Quantum is a very nice thing, though. There are still some rough spots, but I can't honestly say yet whether they're with the Quantum and drivers, or with Reaper. In a perfect world I'd load Studio One as a reference, but in the real world I don't have the time and energy...