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Gigabyte offers free Thunderbolt 3 upgrade

Updating the BIOS and a simple software upgrade is all that is required of users to enable this feature

Gigabyte has debuted the first front panel Thunderbolt 3 drive bay.
Gigabyte has debuted the first front panel Thunderbolt 3 drive bay.

Gigabyte Technology Co Ltd, a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has launched a new collection of motherboards that have been certified for Intel's Thunderbolt 3 technology.

Shortly after release, Gigabyte announced that many of these newly released boards have Thunderbolt 3 technology available to the users.

The vendor said updating the BIOS and a simple software upgrade is all that is required of users to enable this feature. With a 40 Gb/s bandwidth, along with its ability to transmit data, video, audio, and power all in one cable, Thunderbolt technology is highly sought after for its rapid transfer speeds and ability to simplify cables around the computer. Gigabyte said users are able to daisy-chain up to six devices per port with an additional monitor at the end.

In addition, Gigabyte revealed that it is also officially debuting the first front panel Thunderbolt 3 drive bay.

According to the company, the bay can be installed in a 5.25-inch expansion slot and has support for power delivery 2.0, up to 100 watts. Users will also get the benefit of having USB 3.1 support in both type-A and type-C connections.