Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 9:35 PM (in response to TTobie2)
There are no Thunderbolt ports on a Mac Pro, so you can't use any Thunderbolt devices. There are no drivers or adapters that will help.
The graphics card may have a Mini DisplayPort, which is similar to Thunderbolt, but won't work with Thunderbolt devices or displays.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 10:32 PM (in response to Malcolm J. Rayfield)
Okay so that's a thunderbolt port for a display?
So am I able to add thunderbolt ports to my Mac?
What Mac products have thunderbolt ports?
Thank you for your time.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 18, 2013 11:20 PM (in response to TTobie2)
Okay so that's a Thunderbolt port for a display?
It's a Mini DisplayPort. Mini DisplayPort devices will work with a computer's Thunderbolt port but Thunderbolt devices cannot use a Mini DisplayPort.
So am I able to add Thunderbolt ports to my Mac?
What Mac products have Thunderbolt ports?
All current Mac computers except the Mac Pro.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2013 6:01 AM (in response to Csound1)
Asus's card is a feature card, not an expansion card. It can be used only on that sepcific brand and model logicboard.
Asus designed that logicboard specifically to have thunderbolt, then removed it.
That does two things: Cuts costs for those that don't want it, or may not want it right away, and increases profits by making people buy another one of their products.
Please learn about your source next time, it will save yourself a LOT of embarassment!
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 22, 2013 6:47 AM (in response to Csound1)
But there is
No, there isn't. The Asus board was designed for the card and the card was designed for the board. It is NOT an expansion card, it is a feature card. Specifically, Asus calls it an upgrade card.
never hasn't even arrived yet
Actually, by definition, "never" is already here because it will not occur.
A Thunderbolt PCIe card will never exist because the technology requires hardware-level access to the PCIe controller, CPU and on-CPU GPU.
Apple and Intel will not licence TB to somebody that won't provide full-feature compatibility. So a PCI-E card that simply "passes through PCI-E lanes" will never be made.
Again, please learn about the topic before you chime in, you're just digging your hole even deeper.
Secondly, Mac Pros do not need thunderbolt. You already have direct access to PCI-E lanes via PCI-E expansion slots, built-in bays for internal drive additions, have built-in RAID support, built in support for more than three monitors AND support for multiple GPU cards.