[Motherboard] ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card - Introduction

ThunderboltEX 3-TR card supports up to 40 Gbps of aggregate interface bandwidth. ThunderboltEX 3-TR card can support up to six devices and one 8K Ultra HD in a daisy-chain, and provides up to 100 watts of power for quick-charging the devices.

 

ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card Input /Output Ports

 Thunderbolt™ 3 USB Type-C® port. (Supports up to 20V/5A, 100W quick charge)

 Thunderbolt™ 3 USB Type-C® port. (Supports up to 9V/3A, 27W quick charge)

 Mini DisplayPort IN ports.

 6-pin PCIe power connector.

 USB 2.0 header.

 14-1 pin Thunderbolt header.

 PCIE 3.0 X4 interface.

 

ThunderboltEX 3-TR Package content

1. ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card.

 

2. Mini DisplayPort cable.

 

3. USB 2.0 cable.

 

4. 14-1 pin Thunderbolt cable.

 

How to install ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card ?

1. Insert the Support DVD to install ThunderboltEX 3-TR driver.

2. Follow the instruction to install the driver. Restart your computer after the installation completes.

 

3. Shut down the computer. Insert the ThunderboltEX 3-TR card into a PCIe 3.0 slot.

 

4. Connect the 14-1 pin Thunderbolt header cable to the ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card and to the TB-HEADER on the motherboard.

 

5. Connect the USB 2.0 cable to the ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card and to the USB header on the motherboard.

 

6. If you use the add-on graphic card, connect Mini DisplayPort cable to the add-on graphic card and MINI DP IN_1 on ThunderboltEX 3-TR card.

 

If you use on-board graphic card, connect Mini DisplayPort cable to the motherboard and MINI DP IN_1 on ThunderboltEX 3-TR card.

 

7. Connect power supply to the ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card.

 

8. Turn on the computer, press DEL or F2 to enter BIOS Setup during the Power-On Self-Test (POST).

9. Click Advanced Mode(F7).

 

10. Enabled the Thunderbolt Support function.

 

 

11. Click Save & Exit(F10), and then click OK to complete the setting.

 

 

FAQ

Q1: Which model of motherboard support ThunderboltEX 3-TR card?

A1: ASUS Intel 400 series, AMD B550 series and later models with 14-1 pin Thunderbolt header

*Refer to the following link for an up-to-date list of compatible models:

https://www.asus.com/Motherboard-Accessories/ThunderboltEX-3-TR/HelpDesk_Manual/

ThunderboltEX 3-TR Card Compatible Model List
Z490 Chipset H470 and B460 Chipset
ROG MAXIMUS XII EXTREME TUF GAMING H470-PRO (WI-FI)
ROG MAXIMUS XII FORMULA TUF GAMING H470-PRO
ROG MAXIMUS XII APEX PRIME H470-PLUS
ROG MAXIMUS XII HERO (WI-FI) ROG STRIX B460-F GAMING
ROG STIRX Z490-E GAMING  
ROG STRIX Z490-F GAMING  
ROG STRIX Z490-A GAMING  
ROG STRIX Z490-H GAMING  
PRIME Z490-A  
TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS (WI-FI)  
TUF GAMING Z490-PLUS  
PRIME Z490-P  
PRIME Z490-V  
Z590 Chipset H570 and B560 Chipset
ROG STRIX Z590-E GAMING WIFI TUF GAMING H570-PRO WIFI
ROG STRIX Z590-F GAMING WIFI TUF GAMING H570-PRO
ROG STRIX Z590-A GAMING WIFI PRIME H570-PLUS
TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS WIFI PRIME H570M-PLUS
TUF GAMING Z590-PLUS ROG STRIX B560-E GAMING WIFI
PRIME Z590-A ROG STRIX B560-F GAMING WIFI
PRIME Z590-P WIFI ROG STRIX B560-A GAMING WIFI
PRIME Z590-P ROG STRIX B560-G GAMING WIFI
PRIME Z590-V TUF GAMING B560-PLUS WIFI
PRIME Z590M-PLUS TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS WIFI
  TUF GAMING B560M-PLUS
  PRIME B560-PLUS
AMD B550 Chipset
ROG STRIX B550-XE GAMING WIFI TUF GAMING B550-PRO
ROG STRIX B550-E GAMING TUF GAMING B550-PLUS (WI-FI)
ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING (WI-FI) TUF GAMING B550-PLUS WIFI II
ROG STRIX B550-F GAMING TUF GAMING B550-PLUS
ROG STRIX B550-A GAMING TUF GAMING B550-PLUS II
Pro B550M-C/CSM PRIME B550-PLUS

 

 

Q2: Why is there no display after connecting my monitor to the ThunderboltEX 3-TR card?

A2: Please follow the steps below to check: 

Step 1: Please check all the cables are well-connected and plugged.

Step 2: Please check the Thunderbolt function is Enabled in BIOS.

Step 3: Please update your ThunderboltEX 3-TR card driver to the latest version.

Step 4: If you connect Mini DisplayPort cable to the motherboard, make sure the processor has integrated graphics. If you connect Mini DisplayPort cable to the add-on graphic card, make sure you have installed the graphics driver.

Step 5: Contact ASUS Service Center if the problem is not resolved.

 

Q3: How to connect Thunderbolt devices in the daisy chain?

A3: Please follow the diagram below to connect the Thunderbolt devices. Make sure your Thunderbolt device has two Thunderbolt 3 ports and use Thunderbolt 3 cable. (Not the regular Type-C cable)

 

Q4: How to install Graphic Card driver?

A4: Please follow the steps below to install:

Step 1: Enter your model name and press Driver & Utility from ASUS Download Center. (Take ROG STRIX-GTX1080-A8G-GAMING for example)

 

Step 2: Click Driver & Utility and choose your OS system. Click Download to download the driver.

 

Step 3: Click to Extract the downloaded files.

 

Step 4: Click to install the driver.

 

Step 5: Click Yes.

 

Step 6: Click OK.

 

Step 7: Click AGREE AND CONTINUE to install.

 

Step 8: Choose Express and click NEXT to install.

 

Step 9: Click CLOSE and restart your computer.

 

Step 10: Contact ASUS Service Center if you cannot resolve the problem with the steps above.