Thunderbolt™ is a new Intel® technology that combines the bandwidth of PCI Express and Display flexibility of DisplayPort technology. With a Thunderbolt™ enabled mainboard you can, for instance, connect six external storage devices or DisplayPort monitors to a single Thunderbolt™ port with 20GB/s bandwidth on your Z77A-GD80.Because of the Capabilities of Thunderbolt™ you can also have high bandwidth demanding devices connected outside of your computer without losing performance, for instance Graphics cards, Gigabit LAN ports or USB hubs.
The MSI Z77A-GD80 allows - Daisy Chaining - of Thunderbolt™ devices and gives you the ability to link many devices in a variety of combinations. For instance: six Thunderbolt™ Devices and one DisplayPort Monitor or 6 DisplayPort Monitors.
Another big benefit of this solutions is that only one single cable is required and the connection to a PC is relatively simply as only a single cable is now necessary for all your devices!
Thunderbolt™ technology on the MSI Z77A-GD80 removes the need for cables to your graphics card thanks to the inclusion of Lucid Virtu technology. Thanks to Lucid Virtu, the Thunderbolt™ port automatically switches between your energy efficient Intel HD Graphics and Powerful Discrete graphics cards from either AMD or NVIDIA.
With over 20Gb/s of bandwidth available on a single Thunderbolt™ port there is enough to go by for everyone. Just to give you an impression of how fast Thunderbolt™ is 20Gb/s is over four times faster than USB 3.0 (at ~5Gb/s) or three times faster than the fastest SSD drive (6Gb/s).
Thunderbolt™ combines the bandwidth of PCI Express and the flexibility of DisplayPort technology. With a Thunderbolt™ enabled MSI Z77A-GD80 you can, for instance, connect six external storage devices or DisplayPort monitors to a single Thunderbolt™ port. Because of the Capabilities of Thunderbolt™ you can also have high bandwidth demanding devices outside of your computer without losing performance, for instance external Graphics Cards or Gigabit LAN ports.
The Thunderbolt™ controller on the MSI Z77A-GD80 is connected directly to the Intel® Z77 Express Chipset allowing for massive bandwidth for your Thunderbolt™ devices.
Because the Thunderbolt™ chip is integrated in MSI Z77A-GD80 mainboard design, you have a hassle-free solution where you don't need any extra cables. True plug and play.