Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH is the First Thunderbolt 3 Certified Motherboard

Gigabyte proudly announced that they are bringing Thunderbolt 3 to the desktop PC by launching the GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH motherboard with support for the 6th Generation Intel Core processors, the first Intel Thunderbolt 3 certified of its kind.

The whole thing is powered by Intel’s own Thunderbolt controller and the Thunderbolt 3 protocol is available over two USB Type-C connectors on the back I/O of the GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH. The new protocol doubles up the bandwidth, allowing for up to 40Gbps per connection.

You can use that bandwidth to connect pretty much anything, as it natively supports both DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.1. When it comes to daisy-chaining devices, we get the same as on the Thunderbolt 2 connection: 6 per channel.  The available bandwidth is enough to drive two displays in 4K resolution at 60 FPS or one display in 5K resolution.

The Gigabyte Z170X-UD5 TH brings along all the other features you’ll want, such as Gigabit Ethernet, support for SLI and CrossFireX configuration, Ultra Durable PCIe one-piece metal shielded slots, and support for the latest NVMe protocols over the M.2 connector.

The GIGABYTE Z170X-UD5 TH also features the long lifespan Durable Black solid capacitors that are rated for 10K hours and the exclusive GIGABYTE DualBIOS technology to protect your PC’s most crucial component.

ZOTAC Announces SN970 Steam Machine

Zotac has shown off their new Steam Machine, and it looks great. The SN970 is marketed with some strong words, promising to rewrite the definition of PC gaming. These words have been uttered before, but SteamOS might actually be a platform that can either pull it off or at least get it started in the right direction.

Inside it packs a 6th Generation Intel Processor and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 970M with 3GB GDDR5 VRAM. It has 8GB DDR3 SODIMM, a 2.5-inch 1TB HDD and a 64GB M.2 SSD, but these can of course be upgraded.

The system comes with SteamOS preloaded  and the graphics card provides 4x HDMI 2.0 ports with support for 4K UHD at 60Hz as well as 2D/3D NVIDIA Surround. It also has a HDMI-in for pass-through signals and dual Gigabit Ethernet to make sure you have the best transfer speeds possible.

The Zotac SN970 has plenty of USB connectors with two front and two rear USB 3.0 and two rear USB 2.0 ports. Card reader, mini DisplayPort, ac WiFi, and Audio jacks are also present to make the whole thing complete.

That kind of hardware doesn’t come cheap, but it still seems reasonable with a $999 price tag. The availability is set for November, so we need to have patience for a while longer.

Thanks to ZOTAC for providing us with this information