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    Z590-E Thunderbolt Connection

    I need to be able to connect to thunderbolt on my z590-e motherboard. Will any thunderbolt expansion card work or is there a specific kind I need?
    This is a custom build from NZXT I am upgrading. I am new to building, please pretend I don't know anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehypnotist333 View Post
    I need to be able to connect to thunderbolt on my z590-e motherboard. Will any thunderbolt expansion card work or is there a specific kind I need?
    This is a custom build from NZXT I am upgrading. I am new to building, please pretend I don't know anything.
    If I may ask ... is there any participle device you need thunderbolt for ?

    Looking from what you are saying the board you have is a "ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI" if I am correct
    That board indeed can support A Thunderbolt card However from looking it up in the Manual there is no specific Type mentioned and Asus recommends to lookup compatibility on the manufactures website
    You might want to contact Asus About the model of card you need for your board (I would assume that Most are from Asus them self)

    Also be Aware that the Thunderbolt needs to be connected to a PCIe slot that is connected to the PCH (Chipset)
    This would be PCIEX16_3 and if it needs to run at x4 this will disable SATA6G_5 & SATA6G_6

    You can look this up in the Manual if you like

    I am just pointing out the downsides that you might encounter when adding this type of card so that you are aware of this
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    Quote Originally Posted by DjRavix View Post
    If I may ask ... is there any participle device you need thunderbolt for ?

    Looking from what you are saying the board you have is a "ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI" if I am correct
    That board indeed can support A Thunderbolt card However from looking it up in the Manual there is no specific Type mentioned and Asus recommends to lookup compatibility on the manufactures website
    You might want to contact Asus About the model of card you need for your board (I would assume that Most are from Asus them self)

    Also be Aware that the Thunderbolt needs to be connected to a PCIe slot that is connected to the PCH (Chipset)
    This would be PCIEX16_3 and if it needs to run at x4 this will disable SATA6G_5 & SATA6G_6

    You can look this up in the Manual if you like

    I am just pointing out the downsides that you might encounter when adding this type of card so that you are aware of this
    Thanks for the reply! I need thunderbolt to be able to connect my Presonus Quantum audio interface. What is the SATA6G used for? I looked it up real quick but still don't quite understand.
    I will try to contact Asus about what card I need. I'm a little surprised none of this is documented anywhere in the manuals but thanks so much for helping me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thehypnotist333 View Post
    Thanks for the reply! I need thunderbolt to be able to connect my Presonus Quantum audio interface. What is the SATA6G used for? I looked it up real quick but still don't quite understand.
    I will try to contact Asus about what card I need. I'm a little surprised none of this is documented anywhere in the manuals but thanks so much for helping me.
    The SATA6G connections are mainly used for connecting extra SSD / HDD / ODD
    the board has a total of 6 but if you want to use the thunderbolt Card you might have to disable the last 2 of these (5 & 6)
    This still allows you to connect 4 Sata devices internally
    But most nowadays move to NVMe SSD's (That are connected on the board directly) and ODD's are also a thing of the past
    So do not worry about it to much

    BTW
    Nice interface ... Studio One User I presume ?
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    Thanks for the help. I contacted ASUS and they recommended the Thunderbolt EX3 card. I am trying to connect it now but the cable that came with the card doesn't fit in the TB_header port on my motherboard. It doesn't have the same number of pins. The cable is set up for 1 row of 5 pins while the TB_header on my motherboard is 2 rows of 7 pins. Did they tell me to get the wrong card or am I trying to put in in the wrong spot? It says in the manual to connect it here so I don't see what I'm doing wrong.
    Yes I do use Studio One along with FL and Reaper.

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