Confused about thunderbolt and cMP

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  1. machenryr macrumors regular

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    I am going to start using a thunderbolt device but I don't know anything about it. I am assuming I can use a USB 2 to thunderbolt adaptor?? I have two cMP mid 2010 (2.66 and 2.8) converted to 3.46. Will this work?
     
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    No this will never work, the motherboard isn't capable of using thunderbolt in any way. Its the reason i sold mine an bought 2 dell ultrasharp 25 H2515
     
  3. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 68040

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    The cMP 2009-2012 is based on Intel Tylerburg chipset (X58, 5500 series). It doesn't support Thunderbolt.

    The only cMP that supported Thunderbolt was a Z77 chipset based machine that Apple built for Intel in 2009 to demonstrate Light Peak - the first version of Thunderbolt. But that wasn't a Xeon based system so it never went into mass production.
     
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    Never say "never". ;)

    One could toss the Apple motherboard and adapt one of the third-party T-Bolt capable Intel mobos on the market to fit inside the cMP chassis. (Some metal-working might be needed.)
     
  8. elleana macrumors regular

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    That kind of defeats the purpose of getting a cMP...

    Although since we're on the topic, are there technical limitations to putting thunderbolt on a PCIE card?
     
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    This would instantly mean you would be building a Hackintosh... So back to the Question asked:

    NO, No, nO and no! (unfortunately)
     
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    Hm. I've talked to several people who have been successfully been using a FireWire to thunderbolt adaptor.
     
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    @machenryr, what they probably mean is a thunderbolt to firewire adapter.

    You can't use a Thunderbolt device on a non-thunderbolt computer, but you can use a firewire device on a thunderbolt computer.

    Example:

    A firewire drive could be used on a new Mac Pro or the latest MacBook Air and Pro

    Can't use a thunderbolt device on a firewire port or a mini display port on a 2010 < Mac
     
  12. ActionableMango macrumors 604

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    They are connecting a Thunderbolt device to a Firewire port on the computer? That doesn't seem possible.
     
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    That's because it isn't!
     
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