Video editors, hold onto your seats. The Gigabyte Z87X-UD7 TH motherboard supports Thunderbolt 2’s 20GB/s aggregated data transfer through two channels in a single port. Thunderbolt hasn’t gained much traction in the industry, but it’s nice to know that there are options for the people who need them.
The E-ATX board supports Haswell processors with socket 1150 along with 4-way SLI or Crossfire. That’s three PCIe 3.0 x16 slots, two PCIe 3.0 x8 slots, two PCIe 2.0 x1 slots, four DDR3 memory slots, two Thunderbolt 2 ports (for 4K video), 10 USB 3.0 ports, and four USB 2.0/1.1 ports.
It’s also got the usual goodies: Wi-Fi 802.11ac and Bluetooth 4.0 support, Gigabyte’s updated UEFI DualBIOS, and a gold plated CPU socket. There’s also a built-in high capacity headphone amplifier that Gigabyte claims can power 600Ω loads.
If you need Thunderbolt 2, or you’ve got $430 burning a hole in your pocket, you can get the GA-Z87X-UD7 TH on Newegg.