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ThunderboltEX II/DUAL
User Guide
First Edition
February 2014
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Congratulations and thank you for buying an ASUS ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card!
The ASUS ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card provides Thunderbolt™ connection to other
Thunderbolt-enabled devices. Use this card to quickly transfer native PCIe and DisplayPort
protocols between a PC and Thunderbolt™ devices.
Your ASUS ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card features two Thunderbolt™ 2 ports that supports
Thunderbolt™ 2 technology and two DisplayPort that supports DisplayPort 1.2 specifications.
The Thunderbolt™ 2 port provides 20 Gb/s bi-directional bandwidth and incorporates
DisplayPort 1.2 support enabling transfer and display of 4K video files simultaneously. Each
of the Thunderbolt™ 2 port allows you to connect up to six Thunderbolt-enabled devices in a
daisy-chain configuration using Thunderbolt™ cables.
Package contents
Check your package for the following items:
1 x ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card
1 x mini DisplayPort cable
1 x DisplayPort cable
1 x ASUS TB_Header cable
1 x User guide
1 x Support CD
If any of the above items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer.
Compatible ASUS motherboard models
The ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card is compatible with your ASUS Z87-DELUXE* motherboard.
* Use the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card only with motherboards that passed
Intel® certification.
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL specifications summary
Intel® DSL5520 Thunderbolt™ 2 Controller
2 x Thunderbolt™ 2 ports (20 Gb/s bandwidth on each port)
External Connectors
2 x DisplayPort 1.2 IN ports
1 x 9-pin TB header
Supports Thunderbolt™ 2 interface* with maximum resolution
of 4096 x 2160 @ 24 Hz / 3840 x 2160 @ 60 Hz
DisplayPort 1.2 Multi-Stream Transport (MST) compliant;
supports up to three displays of DisplayPort 1.2 monitors.**
Use the Thunderbolt™ cable to link Thunderbolt™ monitors and
Thunderbolt-enabled devices in a daisy chain connection.
** Use the mini DisplayPort cable to link up to three DisplayPort 1.2
monitors in a daisy chain connection.
2 x Thunderbolt™ 2 ports for 4 channels, 20 Gb/s
bi-directional per channel
Data Rateㄑ
1 x DisplayPort cable*
1 x mini DisplayPort cable*
1 x ASUS TB_Header cable**
1 x Support CD***
Provides link from the motherboard’s DisplayPort or mini DisplayPort to
the DisplayPort 1.2 IN port on the ThunderboltEX II card. Use the bundled
DisplayPort or mini DIsplayPort cable depending on the available
DisplayPort connector on your motherboard.
** Provides link from TB_Header of the motherboard to the
ThunderboltEX II card’s TB header.
*** Contains the Thunderbolt™ 2 driver.
Operating Systems
Windows® 7 (64-bit) / Windows® 8 (64-bit) /
Windows® 8.1 (64-bit)
Form Factor
3.35 in. x 3.94 in. (8.5 cm x 10 cm)
* Specifications are subject to change without notice.
• Use only Thunderbolt™ technology-enabled devices that passed the Intel®
validation to ensure optimum performance and compatibility with your
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card.
Ensure your monitor complies with DisplayPort 1.2 specifications if
you want to connect them in a daisy-chain configuration using the
Thunderbolt™ 2 port.
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card layout
Thunderbolt™ 2 ports 1 and 2
DisplayPort IN ports 1 and 2
PCIE 2.0 interface
LED indicator
Installing the ThunderboltEX II driver
We highly recommend that you install the Thunderbolt™ 2 driver first before
installing the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card.
To install the driver, place the Support DVD into the optical drive then follow on-screen
instructions to finish the installation.
Installing the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card
Before installing the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card in your motherboard,
ensure that you have an available PCIE 2.0 x16 slot connected to the
platform controller hub (PCH). For more information on the correct
PCIE 2.0 slot to use, refer to the section ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card
recommended configuration of this user guide.
The following illustrations are for reference only. The motherboard layout
may vary with models, but the installation steps remain the same.
To install ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card:
Shut down your PC.
Open the chassis.
Ensure that no cables or
peripherals are blocking the PCIE
2.0 slot.
Align and insert the ThunderboltEX
II/DUAL card into a PCIE 2.0 slot until it
is securely seated in place.
Connect the ASUS TB_Header cable
to the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card
(A) and to the TB_Header port on the
motherboard (B).
When the red LED on the
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card
is on, it indicates that a cable
is disconnected. Refer to
the section ThunderboltEX
II/DUAL card layout of this
user guide for the location of
the LED indicator.
Connect the DisplayPort cable and the mini DisplayPort cable to the ThunderboltEX
II/DUAL card’s DisplayPort IN ports (A) to the DisplayPort (B) and the mini DisplayPort
(C) on the motherboard’s I/O port.
DisplayPort cable
mini DisplayPort cable
Thunderbolt™ 2 connectors
Close the chassis.
8. Connect the Thunderbolt™ cable from your Thunderbolt-enabled device to the
Thunderbolt™ 2 port on the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card.
Turn on the PC.
The Thunderbolt™ cable is not bundled with the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL
package. Use the Thunderbolt™ cable that came with your Thunderboltenabled device when connecting to the Thunderbolt™ 2 port on your
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card.
• The two Thunderbolt™ 2 port of the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card is
backward compatible with the previous Thunderbolt™ technology.
For the recommended daisy-chain configurations or connections, refer to
the section Connecting to external devices of this user guide.
ThunderboltEX II/DUAL card recommended configuration
Compatible ASUS
PCIE 2.0 port on
the motherboard
PCIe 2.0 x16_3
(Dark Brown)
PCIE 2.0 mode
(D = Default;
M = Maximum;
D/M = Default &
D/M: x4 mode
20 Gb/s
or later
Update the BIOS of your motherboard and the VGA driver to the latest version.
Go to for more information.
If you install an add-on VGA card, ensure to set the BIOS item iGPU Multi
Monitor to Enable. Refer to the chapter BIOS setup of your motherboard’s
user guide for more information.
Connecting to external devices
Before connecting any Thunderbolt-enabled devices in a daisy-chain
configuration, ensure that it is equipped with one Thunderbolt™ IN port and one
Thunderbolt™ OUT port.
Single-port configuration
You can refer to the following recommended daisy-chain connections for a single-port
You can use either of the Thunderbolt™ 2 port on the ThunderboltEX II/DUAL
card for the following connections.
Six (6) Thunderbolt™ devices
Six (6) Thunderbolt™ devices + three (3) DisplayPort 1.2 displays
Six (6) Thunderbolt™ devices + one (1) native DisplayPort monitor
DUAL-port configuration
You can refer to the following recommended daisy-chain connections for a DUAL-port
Twelve (12) Thunderbolt™ devices
Twelve (12) Thunderbolt™ devices + six (6) DisplayPort 1.2 displays
Twelve (12) Thunderbolt™ devices + two (2) native DisplayPort monitors
Federal Communications Commission Statement
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two
This device may not cause harmful interference.
This device must accept any interference received including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
The use of shielded cables for connection of the monitor to the graphics card is required to assure compliance with FCC regulations. Changes or modifications to this
unit not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s
authority to operate this equipment.
IC: Canadian Compliance Statement
Complies with the Canadian ICES-003 Class B specifications. This device complies with RSS
210 of Industry Canada. This Class B device meets all the requirements of the Canadian
interference-causing equipment regulations.
This device complies with Industry Canada license exempt RSS standard(s). Operation is
subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and (2)
this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired
operation of the device.
Cut appareil numérique de la Classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
Cet appareil numérique de la Classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le
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Cet appareil est conforme aux normes CNR exemptes de licence d’Industrie Canada. Le
fonctionnement est soumis aux deux conditions suivantes :
(1) cet appareil ne doit pas provoquer d’interférences et
(2) cet appareil doit accepter toute interférence, y compris celles susceptibles de provoquer
un fonctionnement non souhaité de l’appareil.
Canadian Department of Communications Statement
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus set out in the Radio Interference Regulations of the Canadian Department
of Communications.
This class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003.
VCCI: Japan Compliance Statement
VCCI Class B Statement
KC: Korea Warning Statement
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DO NOT throw the mercury-containing button cell battery in municipal waste. This symbol
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Date :
Signature :
Representative Person’s Name :
Dec. 13, 2013
Steve Chang / President
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the
following two conditions: (1) This device may not cause harmful interference,
and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference
that may cause undesired operation.
Supplementary Information:
FCC Part 15, Subpart B, Unintentional Radiators
Conforms to the following specifications:
Product Name : ThunderboltEX II PCI EXPRESS Card
hereby declares that the product
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Per FCC Part 2 Section 2. 1077(a)
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EC Declaration of Conformity
Year to begin affixing CE marking: 2013
Declaration Date: 13/12/2013
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Regulation (EC) No. 617/2013
CE marking
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ThunderboltEX II PCI EXPRESS Card
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