Gigabyte B550 Vision D - AMD Socket AM4 Motherboard with Thunderbolt 3
 
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itsage
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This is the second motherboard for AMD CPU with Thunderbolt 3 built-in. It's very similar in I/O arrangement with the Z490 Vision D. In fact it uses the same Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 controller and DP-IN. Due to no certification, the product website describes these ports as USB-C with Titan Ridge! 😀 

https://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/B550-VISION-D-rev-10 - The section on USB-C with Titan Ridge even shows the Thunderbolt logo and 40Gb/s. A fun way to get around Intel's certification.

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Only one DisplayPort input though. Good enough for a 4K display but not 5K or more.

The ASUS ProArt Z490-CREATOR 10G has two DisplayPort inputs. Other motherboards with two DisplayPort inputs are X299. I can't find an AMD motherboard with two DisplayPort inputs. What was the motherboard that had one DisplayPort input on the back panel and another on the motherboard itself? I forget...

I think Google has a problem searching Gigabyte motherboards (like the page doesn't fully render when it's scanning for words) so only the title is known. For example, I can search for:

"b550" "vision" site:gigabyte.com

but not for: 

"b550" "vision" "displayport in" site:gigabyte.com

I would like to be able to just download a database of motherboards...

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itsage
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This AMD B550 is now available for $259.99 [Amazon link] [Newegg link]. A nice deal for on-board Titan Ridge Thunderbolt 3 on an AMD system. If I didn't have too many test builds already I would be all over this board.

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Ended up buying this motherboard because production stopped. I took the I/O shield cap off and it seems the Titan Ridge TB3 controller (Intel JHL7540) is going to the CPU directly. There's also a PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot which I can use for testing eGPU through ADT-Link R43SG. The B550 chipset is forward compatible so it can work with Ryzen 6000 CPUs. I'm using a Ryzen 5 3600X for the time being.

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I installed the system and it looks like JHL7540 Thunderbolt 3 controller is through a PCI switch off the CPU. OS drive will be relocated to the secondary M.2 slot so that the primary x4 PCIe 4.0 M.2 slot (to CPU) can be used for an M.2 eGPU adapter.

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