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Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Hardware News |

Thunderbolt first test in Windows

(C) AnandTech


People from AnandTech managed to test a Z77A-GD80 motherboard from MSI, the first that includes a Windows port and uses Thunderbolt. So far, the port had been exclusive to Apple, but soon begin to appear with other brands thanks to the support included in the Ivy Bridge Intel processors.

The test went well except that the system lets you connect via Thunderbolt when the computer is running – making it impractical. Anything you want to connect must be done before booting Windows.

Intel said that this will be resolved soon, with updated drivers for devices certified for Windows Thunderbolt, which can connect without problems.

AnandTech landed a Thunderbolt Apple Display screen – the only screen that supports this port for the moment – and other devices that are enabled for Thunderbolt, which were recognized by the system automatically and without installation of any kind. The PC recognizes them as if they were connected through PCI.

Thanks to the possibilities that delivers this port, were connected in a chain LaCie 2big, a Little Big Disk SSD, SSD another Elgato Thunderbolt and the aforementioned screen, getting a read speed of 7 Gbps. The problem came on the side of the drivers, particularly because the devices that were tested are optimized for Apple and not Windows.

Thunderbolt is a channel that allows transmission speeds of up to 10 Gbps bidirectional between devices, and should start to look on Windows shortly.

Link: A first look at Thunderbolt on Windows with MSI’s Z77A-GD80 (AnandTech)

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