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Yukikaze
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I wonder if this Maple Ridge one works like Titan Ridge, in the sense that it can work on even unsupported systems...

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@yukikaze, ASUS ThunderboltEX 3-TR Expansion Card looks identical so I'm hoping they work the same way in unsupported systems. I will pick one up when it becomes available to test with my Gigabyte Z490 Vision D and B550 Vision D motherboards. Both have on-board Titan Ridge.

 

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@itsage - Awesome, thanks! I am really interested in this being supported or not.

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Maple Ridge is USB4 with Thunderbolt 4 support. It uses the USB4 PCIe class code. The class code is defined in the USB4 spec along with all the PCIe registers.

  https://tinymacx86.com/threads/z490-z590.308084/post-2235445

 

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I don't know if the USB4 spec mentions anything about the Thunderbolt 4 header that the Z590 motherboards have .... That may complicate things, or maybe doing the Force Power thing will work for when the header doesn't exist.

macOS doesn't have any driver that matches the USB4 class code (0x0c0340)

Linux driver has the USB4 class code.

Does Tiger Lake have a USB4 controller with the USB4 class code?

 

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Has anyone picked one of these up? I found a listing on newegg: https://www.newegg.com/asus-90mc09p0-m0aay0-pci-express-to-thunderbolt/p/N82E16815293048?item=N82E16815293048

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@nu_ninja, I got my ASUS ThunderboltEX 4 a week ago but haven't found time to try it. It's installed in a Mac Pro 2008. I have connected the USB 2.0 jumper to internal USB 2.0 hub, 6-pin PCI power connector to PSU, and no Thunderbolt header connection or jumper wire. I just tested it now in macOS Catalina. Of course there's no USB4 or Thunderbolt driver for it, but it does work as a USB 3.1 gen 2 controller card. I can get 1050/1062 MB/s (Read/Write) from a USB to NVMe enclosure (JMS583).

 

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@joevt Any updates with the USB4/TB4 Asus AIC? Especially under windows and/or Linux?

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@dregpu, I'll try it sometime this week. I haven't tried Windows or Linux on my MacPro3,1 in awhile...

 

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@joevt No rush. I got a decent deal on one of these for Amazon prime day and it’s arriving in a couple of days. Going to see what happens in my AMD system, which does have a TB3 motherboard header. 

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