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Thunderbolt Success: Tested Thunderbolt Setup for macOS

Due to the huge success reports from users, it made more sense to create a dedicated thread for the setup used to achieve Thunderbolt functionality. The following table contains the list of the Hardware setup, reported by several users of this forum. If you have any success to report, let us know and it will be added accordingly.

Note that this is not a Thunderbolt support thread. This thread is only meant for reporting success. Further, this is not the complete list of where Thunderbolt works, there are many others. For Thunderbolt Support, check out the guides linked below.


MOTHERBOARDMODELCONTROLLERFAMILYTYPEOS VERSIONFIRMWARESTATUSTESTED DEVICESREPORTED BYNOTES
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS ELITEGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAIC, SLOT-3High Sierra, 10.13.6StockFull HotPlugELEMENT88
G-TECHNOLOGY
GIGABYTE X299X Designare 10GJHL7540TITAN RIDGEOnboardCatalina, 10.15.7StockFull HotPlug
  • Apple Ethernet Adapter
  • Lacie Rugged 2TB
  • UAD Apollo Twin X - Duo
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 - Octo
MSI X299 RAIDERCatalinaFull HotPlug
  • TBT3 SSD 480
  • Ash Creek
  • Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock with 4K Dual HDMI
  • eGPU
Dell Alienware M15R2@Alectardy98
HP EliteBook 850 G5@kecinzer
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS PROGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAIC@i0ntempest
ASUS PRIME Z370-A
GIGABYTE Z390 GAMING SLIGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICFull HotPlugUAD Apollo 8@peewe
GIGABYTE AORUS PRO WIFIGIGABYTE GC-ALPINE RIDGE
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 3GIGABYTE GC-ALPINE RIDGE 2.0Full HotPlugApogee@macbrush
ASUS PRIME Z370ASUS TBEX3DSL6540ALPINE RIDGEAICFull HotPlug@slacker
ASUS WS X299 PROGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICCatalina, 10.15.7
Big Sur, 11.4
Full HotPlug@Yew101
AsRock Z590 Steel Legend
ASUS Z490 PRIME AASUS ThunderboltEX3 TRJHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICFull HotPlugUAD Apollo Twin MkII - QUAD@Convereser
GIGABYTE X299 Ultra GamingGIGABYTE GC-ALPINE RIDGE 2.0ALPINE RIDGEAICBig Sur, 11.5.2@suplp
GIGABYTE Z490 VISION GFull HotPlug
EVGA X299 MICROFull HotPlug
  • TBT3 SSD 480
  • Ash Creek
  • Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock with 4K Dual HDMI
  • eGPU
ASUS PRIME Z370-AGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGECustomFull HotPlug
  • Antelope Galaxy64
  • Antelope Discrete 8 Synergy Core
GIGABYTE Z390 DesignareJHL7540TITAN RIDGEOnboardBig Sur, 1.2.3StockFull HotPlug
  • Antelope ZenTour
  • Antelope Orion Studio Synergy Core
Lenovo Yoga X1 Gen 4JHL7540TITAN RIDGEOnboardBig Sur, 11.2.3StockFull HotPlug
  • Antelope Discrete 4 Synergy Core
MSI MEG Z590I UNIFYJHL8540MAPLE RIDGEOnboardBig Sur, 11.2.3Full HotPlug
  • SONY Professional RAID 4TB
  • JZLL M.2 Drive Enclosure
  • Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
  • UAD Apollo Twin X - Duo
  • UAD Apollo x6 - Hexa
  • UAD Apollo x16 - Hexa
  • UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt 3 - Octo
GIGABYTE Z490 AORUS PRO AXBig Sur, 11.2.3
  • Focusrite Saffire PRO 14
GIGABYTE AORUS X570 MASTERGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540CustomFull HotPlug@neonz
ASUS ProArt Creator Z490 10G@goodguy
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS MASTERGIGABYTE GC-ALPINE RIDGEALPINE RIDGEAICMontereyCustomFull HotPlug
@gungun974
ASUS PRIME Z690M-PLUS D4GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICHigh Sierra, 10.13.6
Big Sur, 11.2.3
CustomFull HotPlug
  • TBT3 SSD 480
  • Ash Creek
  • Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock with 4K Dual HDMI
  • eGPU
ASUS X299 PRIME DELUXEASUS TBEX3DSL6540ALPINE RIDGEAICMojave, 10.14.6
Monterey, 12.2
StockFull HotPlug
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 7ASUS TBEX3DSL6540ALPINE RIDGEAICBig Sur, 11.6.2StockFull HotPlugDrobo 8D
Samsung X5
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad
Thunderbolt Bus activated via patching
GIGABYTE Z370 AORUS GAMING 7GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICBig Sur, 11.6.2CustomFull HotPlugDrobo 8D
Samsung X5
OWC Mercury Elite Pro Quad
GIGABYTE X299 DESIGNAREALPINE RIDGEOnboardBig Sur, 11.6.2StockPartial HotPlugThunderbolt Devices needs to be connected during boot.
AsRock Z690GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICBig Sur, 11.6.2CustomFull HotPlug
  • SONY Professional RAID 4TB
  • JZLL M.2 Drive Enclosure
  • Apple Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter
  • TBT3 SSD 480
  • Ash Creek
  • Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock with 4K Dual HDMI
  • eGPU
LG Gram 17z990JHL6340ALPINE RIDGEAICMontereyStockFull HotPlugUAD Apollo Twin X@dimdom
ASUS PRIME Z390-AASUS THUNDERBOLTEX3DSL6340ALPINE RIDGEAICCatalina, 10.15.7StockFull HotPlugAntelope Discrete 8 SC
iPad
@graffy
MacPro4,1GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICCustomFull HotPlug@iNeoEon
ASUS H670-Plus D4
MSI PRO B660M-A
MSI X299M Gaming Pro Carbon AC
MSI MAG B660M MORTAR WIFI
MSI MEG Z690I UNIFY
GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICCustomFull HotPlug
  • SONY Professional RAID 4TB
  • JZLL M.2 Drive Enclosure
@mooseknuckleboi
GIGABYTE Z690 UD AX DDR4GIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICBig Sur, 11.2.3
Monterey, 11.5
CustomFull HotPlug
  • SONY Professional RAID 4TB
  • JZLL M.2 Drive Enclosure
@mooseknuckleboi
Gigabyte Z690 UD DDR4GIGABYTE GC-MAPLE RIDGEJHL8540MAPLE RIDGEAICMonterey, 11.5StockFull HotPlugSamsung TS3 Plus@sushiintokyo
GIGABYTE Z390 AORUS MASTERGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICMonterey, 11.5StockFull HotPlugUAD Apollo x8 - HEXA
Lacie Rugged THB USB-C
@bullrojp
GIGABYTE Z690 AORUS MASTERGIGABYTE GC-TITAN RIDGE 2.0JHL7540TITAN RIDGEAICWindows 11
Big Sur 11.2.3
StockFull HotplugBlackmagic Ultrastudio 4K Mini@willgiroux
 
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Hello,
My experience with the clover/EFI (clover 5119) files for Catalina up to date 10.15.7 (19H1715).
This configuration is intended for making audio with Reaper or any other DAW.


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SETUP :
- Asus prime Z390-A
- Asus thunderboltEX 3 (original firmware nvm26) 1 TB, 1 USB, 1 mini DisPlayPort
- Intel i9 9900k (with UHD 630)
- Asus Rog Strix RX570 4Go
- 32Go Corsair vengeance LPX (4x8) (XMP 1 enable in bios)
- Antelope discrete 8 synergy core
- Ipad 7th generation

Otherwise for the configuration it is important not to forget to generate a ROM in config.plist/Rt variables - SMBIOS or use UseMacAddr0 otherwise the Antelope card will be recognized but not connected in the launcher and therefore not active!.
I left my config.plist, I only erased my serial and ROM numbers (generate yours own) , I left the UUID for the nvram.

All Work :

- Thunderbolt and Hotplug (Antelope discrete 8 Synergy Core)
- UHD 630
- Radeon RX570
- sleep and wake up
- NVRAM
- Ethernet
- Ipad 7th generation via USB port Asus TBEX3 (Sidecar)

FE8BB7B9-B7C0-4503-AAC6-B6D950790DC5.jpeg

** This configuration works under Catalina and W10 without changing anything in the bios.
Simply choose which Catalina or Ntfs disk when starting clover

* I ordered a 15.6" full hd touch screen (Wimaxit M1560CTV2) to be able to connect it to the USB port of the Asus ThunderboltE3 card. This is to use it to display the Antelope's audio mixer and to be able to use the faders with this touch screen.
It will be on an articulated desk support with its VESA mounting.

** Below my ioreg, the complete EFI folder with the config.plist (just choose your Mac model in SMBIOS and generate your serials and don't forget the ROM mac address use (UseMacAddr0) !!. For AppleALCU in the kexts (efi/clover/kexts) you can keep or replace appleALCU by appleALC if you use the sound card integrated into the motherboard. But if, like me, you only use the Antelope as a sound card, you can delete it. You will also find photographs of the bios configuration with thunderbolt.

* mini DisPlayPort on Asus TBEX3 is connected to radeon RX570 with the supplied cable provided for this purpose
 

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Hello,
My experience with the clover/EFI (clover 5119) files for Catalina up to date 10.15.7 (19H1715).
This configuration is intended for making audio with Reaper or any other DAW.


View attachment 4135 View attachment 4150 View attachment 4151

SETUP :
- Asus prime Z390-A
- Asus thunderboltEX 3 (original firmware nvm26) 1 TB, 1 USB, 1 mini DisPlayPort
- Intel i9 9900k (with UHD 630)
- Asus Rog Strix RX570 4Go
- 32Go Corsair vengeance LPX (4x8) (XMP 1 enable in bios)
- Antelope discrete 8 synergy core
- Ipad 7th generation

Otherwise for the configuration it is important not to forget to generate a ROM in config.plist/Rt variables - SMBIOS or use UseMacAddr0 otherwise the Antelope card will be recognized but not connected in the launcher and therefore not active!.
I left my config.plist, I only erased my serial and ROM numbers (generate yours own) , I left the UUID for the nvram.

All Work :

- Thunderbolt and Hotplug (Antelope discrete 8 Synergy Core)
- UHD 630
- Radeon RX570
- sleep and wake up
- NVRAM
- Ethernet
- Ipad 7th generation via USB port Asus TBEX3 (Sidecar)

View attachment 4136

** This configuration works under Catalina and W10 without changing anything in the bios.
Simply choose which Catalina or Ntfs disk when starting clover

* I ordered a 15.6" full hd touch screen (Wimaxit M1560CTV2) to be able to connect it to the USB port of the Asus ThunderboltE3 card. This is to use it to display the Antelope's audio mixer and to be able to use the faders with this touch screen.
It will be on an articulated desk support with its VESA mounting.

** Below my ioreg, the complete EFI folder with the config.plist (just choose your Mac model in SMBIOS and generate your serials and don't forget the ROM mac address use (UseMacAddr0) !!. For AppleALCU in the kexts (efi/clover/kexts) you can keep or replace appleALCU by appleALC if you use the sound card integrated into the motherboard. But if, like me, you only use the Antelope as a sound card, you can delete it. You will also find photographs of the bios configuration with thunderbolt.

* mini DisPlayPort on Asus TBEX3 is connected to radeon RX570 with the supplied cable provided for this purpose
Thanks for reporting success!
 
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