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Motherboard with Thunderbolt 3 vs Thunderbolt expansion

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X299 motherboards aren't designed for Skylake/Kabylake, so you won't be able to use them with these types of CPUs. The new socket is called 2006 and no it isn't officially supported by Apple so that doesn't look promising either. Bad luck for you.
It's LGA 2066, and the processors are Kaby Lake-X and Skylake-X (where Skylake-X has more cores and more PCIe lanes). I don't know how difficult it would be to get macOS running on those motherboards.

He is wrong. Gigabyte will keep using Thunderbolt technology for their motherboards. The new X299 Gaming 7, for instance, has 1 Thunderbolt 3 port. gigabyte.com/products/page/mb/x299_aorus_gaming_7rev_10#kf
The Aorus X299 boards have a Thunderbolt add-in card connector. The Thunderbolt card is separate. The motherboards have a USB-C connector that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 from an ASMedia USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller (no Thunderbolt).
 
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The Aorus X299 boards have a Thunderbolt add-in card connector. The Thunderbolt card is separate. The motherboards have a USB-C connector that supports USB 3.1 Gen 2 from an ASMedia USB 3.1 Gen 2 Controller (no Thunderbolt).
But the same happens with ASUS... no motherboards have Thunderbolt 3 integrated, you need to buy their expansion card.
 
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But the same happens with ASUS... no motherboards have Thunderbolt 3 integrated, you need to buy their expansion card.
X299 also doesn't have integrated graphics, so the Thunderbolt chip would also need two DisplayPort inputs. It's better this way. The user has the choice of using the 4 lanes of PCIe for a Thunderbolt card or something else. The Thunderbolt card also gives the user the choice of which graphics to use with the Thunderbolt chip.
 
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What? Gigabyte have dropped TB? Quite strange in my opinion when TB is license free in 2018 and maybe even integrated on the intel CPU.
Sounds like this was some sort of issue of them rushing out the new motherboards before TB licensing was worked out for the current releases. I have no doubt later models of the MBs will include Thunderbolt again.


X299 motherboards aren't designed for Skylake/Kabylake, so you won't be able to use them with these types of CPUs. The new socket is called 2006 and no it isn't officially supported by Apple so that doesn't look promising either. Bad luck for you.
Seems like the Z270 motherboards will support Kaby Lake just fine, and there'll be plenty of support. That, combined with native NVMe support OOTB makes it seem like we'll be having a nice new generation of much better Hackintosh'.
 
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X299 motherboards aren't designed for Skylake/Kabylake, so you won't be able to use them with these types of CPUs. The new socket is called 2006 and no it isn't officially supported by Apple so that doesn't look promising either. Bad luck for you.
All iMacs updated with KabyLake:
https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/05/imac-update/

Macbook systems updated with KabyLake:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...macbook-and-macbook-pros-a-kaby-lake-refresh/

Seems like KabyLake is well supported by Apple.
 
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All iMacs updated with KabyLake:
https://9to5mac.com/2017/06/05/imac-update/

Macbook systems updated with KabyLake:
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/201...macbook-and-macbook-pros-a-kaby-lake-refresh/

Seems like KabyLake is well supported by Apple.
Lmao did you read my comment? I'm saying there are no MacOS computers using x299 motherboards. Where did you read "Kabylake doesnt work with Apple". Plus I wrote this long before the new iMacs were announced so you can't blame me.
 
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