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ASUS Model ThunderboltEX 3 Expansion Card for ASUS Z170 and X99 Motherboards

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Model

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Brand
ASUS
Model
ThunderboltEX 3

Details

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Specifications
Chipset:
Intel Thunderbolt 3 Controller

Interface:
PCI Express 3.0 x4 (compatible with PCI Express x16/x8/x4 slots)

External Connectors:
1 x Thunderbolt 3 port (Type-C)
- up to 40Gbps for Thunderbolt devices
- up to 10Gbps for USB 3.1 devices
- up to 12V/3A, 36W charging support
1 x USB 3.1 port (Type-A, support up to 10Gbps)
1 x 9 pin TB header

Operating System:
Windows 10
Windows 8.1 64-bit
Windows 8 64-bit
Windows 7 32-bit
Windows 7 64-bit

Accessories:
1 x mini DisplayPort Cable (links graphics output from motherboard's or discrete graphics card's DisplayPort to the mini DisplayPort IN port on the ThunderboltEX 3 card)
1 x ASUS TB header cable (connects ASUS motherboard's TB header with ThunderboltEX 3 card's TB header)

Support Disc:
Thunderbolt 3 driver inside

Dimensions:
3.35 inch x 3.94 inch (10cm*8.5cm)

Compatible Model:
Z170-PREMIUM
Z170-DELUXE
Z170-PRO
Z170-A
Z170-AR
SABERTOOTH Z170 MARK 1
SABERTOOTH Z170 S
MAXIMUS VIII EXTREME
MAXIMUS VIII HERO
MAXIMUS VIII RANGER
X99-DELUXE II
X99-DELUXE
X99-PRO/USB 3.1
X99-PRO
X99-A/USB 3.1
X99-A
X99-A II
X99-E
SABERTOOTH X99
RAMPAGE V EXTREME/U3.1
RAMPAGE V EXTREME

VGA:
Supports DisplayPort 1.2 with max. resolution 4096 x 2160@60/24Hz

Features

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Features
Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.1, and up to 36W charging
Thunderbolt 3 means faster, bigger and more, all through a single cable with a sleek, any-way-up connector - and ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 is the quick-to-fit expansion card that enables you to upgrade today!

Faster
At a breathtaking 40Gbps you'll experience faster transfers, with four times (4X) the data speeds of any other cable and twice (2X) the video bandwidth.

More connectivity
By integrating reversible USB 3.1 Type-C and DisplayPort 1.2, the ThunderboltEX 3 gears you up for compatibility with the latest high-speed devices, from super-fast external drives to 4K UHD displays. ThunderboltEX 3 supports the USB Power Delivery specification for fast, high-power charging of up to 36W, and you can even daisy-chain up to six devices from a single port — and our card even includes an additional USB 3.1 Type-A connector for total convenience and compatibility!

10-gigabit networking
When you fit ThunderboltEX 3 you'll also enjoy peer-to-peer networking at screaming 10Gbps speeds, enabling you to transfer files in the blink of an eye, perform easy PC migrations, or set up small workgroups with shared storage!
Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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1/ 5
RMA after RMA. Stay far away from this card

Pros: 1 card worked for approximately 1 month and the other for 3 weeks

Cons: Cards stop working for no reason.

Other Thoughts: I had to RMA the first card that came with my Asus x99 Deluxe II. What made the RMA experience even more enjoyable was Asus required I send the motherboard in as well. This was absolutely unnecessary. The motherboard was damaged in transit and Asus wanted me to file a claim with the shipper, even though they provided the shipping label.

After all of that was settled and without a working computer for 3 weeks, I received a motherboard and ThunderboltEX 3 card.

The ThunderboltEX 3 card worked for 2 weeks, but is now dead again. No computer updates, no changes to firmware, running latest BIOS, etc. I removed the dead card and put in a backup ThunderboltEX 3 card and everything works as it should. I wonder how long that will last? I have read the Gigabyte Gc-alpine Ridge 2.0 will work with the Asus x99 Deluxe II so may give that a try.

Now I have to RMA the dead card again. Thanks asus

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4/ 5
Works well

Pros: - Works as advertised
- Works in Z97 board even though it's not supposed to
- Gives 90% of the GPU performance compared to 16x PCIE slot on motherboard. TB3 is 4x PCIE, so performance is better than expected

Cons: - Documentation/settings are gibberish. Best is to set your BIOS to defaults and put it into the slot next to the TB header. Impossible to decipher what you would have to change to make it work in another slot.

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1/ 5
Useless, Customer Service even worse

Pros: Never worked.

Cons: I have been through 2 x99 mobos, none had functionality with this card. I've been stuck in customer service limbo for weeks with Asus, getting the same responses. They are refusing to replace the thunderbolt card even though it's under warranty.

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3/ 5
Must follow these instructions to install!

Pros: When it works, it works.

Cons: Thunderbolt goes into endless loop when you try to shutdown.
This happens when you install the thunderbolt driver when thunderbolt is enabled in the bios.

Other Thoughts: Here are the proper instructions so this problem does not happen:
You must
1- disable thunderbolt in the bios
2- install the thunderbolt driver in windows
3 - shutdown (If this is done correctly at this point, there will be no endless shutdown symptom)
4 - install the card
5- turn on the computer (may have to go into windows and then restart before enabling Thunderbolt in bios!)
6- Enable Thunderbolt in Bios. 
Now it works!

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Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1/ 5
30 days Trial version product?

Pros: When it worked , it worked perfectly but it stopped working after a month of usage for no reason.

Cons: - Setting it up took 3 hours of trial and error (driver ,software and Bios) to get it working , countless pc restarts
- Asus has not released any firmware update and the driver on their website is old which does not help.
- Card stopped working after a month for no reason , no changes in the computer environment as culprit, windows can't find it
anymore
- Spent not less than 20 hours and ongoing in researching online and troubleshooting, uninstalling drivers and card itself ,no success yet.
- Numerous customers who bought this product are having same issue , check asus forum
- over priced for a 30 days usage only and no support.

Other Thoughts: as much as I love asus products and being a loyal customer I do not recommend this product until it actually works properly however Thunderbolt EX2 seems to be working better for others, this is clearly due to lack of firmware,software and support for EX3

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