Display and video technology improvements are a little different from most other technology. In addition to the gradual upgrades, we occasionly get large overhauls heralded by resolution increase. This is because the resolution is often doubled, leaving all current video technology half as effective. Well, GIGABYTE has a simple way to keep up with the move toward 4K resolutions with 3 of their motherboards.

The solution GIGABYTE is now supporting is to use dual Thunderbolt ports (which comply with DisplayPort 1.1 standards) to merge two 2K outputs into one 4K output. The twin Thunderbolt ports provide twin 10 Gbps connections which you can use to connect up to 12 total devices; however, a single 4K monitor is more impressive to me.

We have to just wait to see how the industry responds, because now I want to play my games on a single 4K monitor. The idea is expensive but should be great for those who need extreme resolution monitors in a professional capacity. I simply want to consolidate all of the wires for my system into a single daisy chain. Either way, GIGABYTE TH motherboards are the way to go.

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— GIGABYTE Thunderbolt™ Desktop PC Motherboards First to Support 4K Resolution Displays —

— Three Currently Available Motherboards Capable of Supporting 4K Resolution Configurations Derived From Dual Mini DisplayPort Connectors —

November 26, 2012 – GIGABYTE TECHNOLOGY Co. Ltd., a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, today announced that their dual Thunderbolt™ series of motherboards support 4K resolution monitors in configurations derived from two Mini DisplayPort connectors, each capable of 2K resolution output. Testing was successfully carried out at GIGABYTE’s regional facility in Tokyo, Japan with the EIZO FDH3601 high-resolution color monitor that is designed for air traffic control and geophysical services.

“Desktop PC motherboards are all about cutting edge features, performance, and upgradeability, and this is why GIGABYTE was the first motherboard company to adopt dual Thunderbolt ports instead of the single port option,” commented Tim Handley, Deputy Director of Motherboard Marketing at GIGABYTE. “When combined with other innovative products, such as EIZO’s 4K resolution FDH3601 monitor, GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboard users can enjoy next generation display options with their existing platform, without having to wait for future 4K resolution standards.”

GIGABYTE Motherboard’s Dual Thunderbolt™ Ports

As the first motherboards to be certified by Intel featuring dual Thunderbolt ports, GIGABYTE’s ‘TH’ models offer up to 10Gbps data transfer speeds from each port: this means you can transfer industry-leading HD graphics and data simultaneously! Each Thunderbolt port complies with the DisplayPort 1.1 standard (with support for 2K resolutions from each port), and therefore provide a combined resolution of up to 4K for the ultimate in display specification future-proofing.

For more information about GIGABYTE’s Thunderbolt (dual Mini DisplayPort) motherboards, please see the GIGABYTE Thunderbolt Motherboards launch press release or visit: http://www.gigabyte.us/microsite/312/images/thunderbolt.html.

4K Resolution Test Setup

  • Motherboard: GIGABYTE GA-Z77MX-D3H TH with latest official BIOS (F5 BIOS)
  • Monitor: EIZO FDH3601
  • CPU: Intel® Core™ i7 3770K with HD4000 graphics to dual Thunderbolt Mini DisplayPort connectors
  • Operating System: Windows 8 (default drivers)
  • 2x Mini DisplayPort to DisplayPort adapters


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