Asus Z77/H77 Motherboards Getting Thunderbolt Support Via An Expansion Card

Brad Chacos

When you're talking the Z77 chipset, one thing springs to mind first and foremost: Ivy Bridge. Intel's upcoming CPU isn't the only newcomer to the game, though, as Z77 is the first Intel desktop chipset to support the company's high-speed Thunderbolt interface -- assuming a Thunderbolt controller is on the mobo, of course. Most of Asus' Z77/H77 'boards have lacked an integrated controller, but it looks like Thunderbolt compatibility is coming thanks to an upcoming expansion card.

Asus told VR-Zone that the majority of the company's H77/Z77 retail mobos will be able to accommodate the Thunderbolt expansion card, which is set to launch on the 27th of this month. It's no freebie, though; you'll have to lay out an unspecified amount of cash to acquire a Thunderbolt controller card. Once you have one in hand, it'll hook up to the TB_HEADER pictured above.

Here's the list of supported motherboards:

  • Maximus V Gene
  • P8Z77-V Deluxe
  • P8Z77-V Pro
  • P8Z77-V
  • Sabertooth Z77
  • P8H77-V
  • P8H77-M Pro

Image credit: VR-Zone

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