Skylake ASUS ThunderboltEX 3 Testing

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    Oct 13, 2016 at 12:18 AM #1
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    Hi Folks,

    I've started this thread in order to move along testing for the ASUS ThunderboltEX3 PCIe card on Skylake motherboards that have an onboard Thunderbolt3 header such as the following:

    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

    I'm currently testing it on a z170-Deluxe and so far got it installed in Windows 10 x64 with the drivers that came packaged with the card.

    See the attached JPG.

    I have not been able to load Thunderbolt Hardware in OS X El Capitan or macOS Sierra, i.e. Thunderbolt kexts are not loading.

    According to the specs, you have to the PCI-EX16_3 Bandwidth from Auto to 4X because it seems to default to 2X.
    It is the PCI-EX slot furthest from the CPU and closest to the Thunderbolt header.

    Also, I had to replace the OsxAptioFix2Drv.efi with OsxAptioFix2Drv-free2000.efi or I couldn't boot. See attached JPG.

    Installed latest BIOS v2202 and have set Intel Thunderbolt Technology > Enabled and Security Level > Legacy. BIOS version 0801 introduced support for add-on card support for Thunderbolt.

    Still currently testing, any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

    Please keep this targeted at ASUS Thunderbolt3 testing. For GIGABYTE, check out tonymacx86's user build.

    Related: https://www.tonymacx86.com/threads/asus-thunderboltex-3-pcie-expansion-card-spotted.198480/
     

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    Oct 16, 2016 at 8:27 PM #2
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    Universal Audio Apollo Twin confirmed to connect. See screenshot. :headbang:

    BIOS Settings:
    Advanced>Advanced\Onboard Devices Configuration>PCI-EX16_3 Bandwidth
    Advanced>Advanced\Intel(R) Thunderbolt Configuration>Security Level>Legacy Mode


    Although Thunderbolt Hardware info shows Thunderbolt> No drivers are loaded, it does connect. The same behavior was confirmed on my z77x-UP5-TH build.
     

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    Oct 17, 2016 at 2:45 AM #3
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    Put together a quick video showing it working.
     
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    Nov 10, 2016 at 1:46 PM #4
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    Hi, I have the ASUS Z170_A motherboard and the TunderboltEX3, how do you connect the Apollo, with an adapter?

    Connect the Apollo to the Mini Display port IN not work for me.

    Thanks¡¡
     
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    Nov 10, 2016 at 6:57 PM #5
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    I bought the Apple adapter but not work well, I have a thunderbolt chain with 2 UAD2 satellite and 1 apogee thunder bridge to symphony. Do you test Apple adapter with your Apollo? I'm in Sierra 10.12.1. Thanks¡¡
     
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    Nov 17, 2016 at 2:21 PM #7
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    Yes. It worked for me in MacOS Sierra after UA confirmed that it was compatible with the latest Apollo Software update.
     
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    Is curious, mine work sometimes but in some cases the comp not recognize any device. Do you have this issues?
     
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    Dec 14, 2016 at 2:42 PM #9
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    Hallo,

    After 6 weeks of trial and error and just keep trying over and over, I finally succeeded, thanks to ' Dashingncool ' his treat, to get El Capitan dual booting with W7 on my Skylake : Asus Z170 Premium, InteCore i7/6700 and GTX750 Ti. Yet i need thunderbolt for the external soundcard (Apollo twin from UA). But thunderbolt is not working @ all ... :(!

    I even tried with an additional Asus Thunderbolt EXII PCIx card. Doesn't works neighter. Even not in W7.

    Any help is more than welcome. Also for the bios thunderbolt settings


    Thx,
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    Dec 16, 2016 at 7:18 PM #10
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    Did you install the drivers for it in Windows? You have to first.
     

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