- 82 months ago
I want to build a custom PC that will work with the Apple Thunderbolt Display (ATD). The main reason is that I just love the aesthetics of the display, and I like the idea of having everything built into the screen (ports, camera, speakers), with only one wire connecting the two. However, the ATD is only officially supported in OS X, and when it's plugged into a compatible PC mobo, it's driven by the onboard GPU. Naturally, this presents a problem for any type of gaming.
I discovered that ASRock developed a clever workaround in their previous Z77 Extreme line:
"Essentially ASRock is taking the DP connection from the discrete graphics card, taking it into the motherboard through a DisplayPort input connection and then sending that back out the motherboard Thunderbolt header. More than likely this is simple electrical pass through and there isn't much or any logic going on to "trick" the system." http://www.pcper.com/news/Motherboards/ASRock-Z77-Extreme6TB4-Motherboard-Offers-Thunderbolt-Discrete-Graphics
Can someone please confirm that this is true for the Haswell based Z87 Extreme9 as well? If so, what are the chances that ASRock will release a similar mobo with Thunderbolt 2 support? I'm wondering if Apple will release a TB2 display in October, or if I should just focus on TB1 for now. I don't really know the difference between the two, but I want to future-proof as much as possible. If TB2 isn't required for the ATD, then I don't need it. I doubt I'll get a 4K display, and I think that's the only real-world application where TB2 would be necessary, right?
Assuming the Z87 works with the ATD as described above, is it safe to assume that I will have full functionality of the webcam, speakers and ports? Any guidance would be greatly appreciated as this will be my first build (in a few month's time...).