Noob question: what do I do with my Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Network and IO Card?  

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pristine2
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I bought a the most powerful Dell computer I could this month to use for video editing. 

It came with a Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Network and IO Card. Now that the machine is here, I realize I have absolutely no idea what this card is supposed to do, other than a vague notion it could speed collaboration over a network.. It came with no documentation. It does not have a standard ethernet port (though I'm sure there's some new standard).

Can anyone offer a little guidance? Thanks

 

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Posted : December 15, 2018 3:56 pm LegionWolf01 liked
theitsage
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Please post model number and specs of your Dell computer and Thunderbolt 3 card. Photos of such setup would be useful too.

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Posted : December 16, 2018 3:39 am
pristine2
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The Dell is an XPS 8930 Tower, w/32gb RAM and an 9th gen I9 Intel CPU.

The Thunderbolt card is only identified as a 3PCIe Network and IO card. It's the card in the bottom slot, with three ports. I don't know anything about the card in the middle slot. The card in the top slot is an NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) GTX 1080 with 8GB GDDR5X Graphics Memory.

 

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Posted : December 16, 2018 5:57 pm LegionWolf01 liked
joevt
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Actually identified as "Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Network and IO Card". I think it's just a Thunderbolt 3 add-in card. In that case, "Network" means you can make a Thunderbolt network with another computer that also has Thunderbolt; and "IO" means you can connect any Thunderbolt 3 peripherals to it.

Is that a DisplayPort input or DisplayPort output? It can't be an output unless there are inputs inside. Post photos of the card itself. Does it use Alpine Ridge or Titan Ridge? Is it PCIe 3.0 x4? Is there a Thunderbolt header cable connecting the card to the motherboard? It appears to be low-profile compatible so Dell can use it in low profile desktops just be switching the backplate.
 

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Posted : December 17, 2018 7:47 am LegionWolf01 liked
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It’s display port in. Dell ships a barely 10-12 in dp to dp cable. But not info. Unsure what I would DisplayPort into that

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Posted : January 19, 2019 2:54 am
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Posted by: LegionWolf01

It’s display port in. Dell ships a barely 10-12 in dp to dp cable. But not info. Unsure what I would DisplayPort into that

Like every other Thunderbolt 3 add-in card (such as the GC-ALPINE RIDGE or the GC-TITAN RIDGE), you would connect the DisplayPort output of your graphics card to the DisplayPort input of the Dell Thunderbolt 3 PCIe Network and IO Card so that you can connect a Thunderbolt display or Thunderbolt display adapter or Thunderbolt dock with HDMI or DisplayPort output or USB-C display or USB-C dock with DisplayPort output to a Thunderbolt 3 port.

Since the Dell card has only one DisplayPort input, it cannot support 5K displays (dual link SST DisplayPort 1.2) or more than one 4K display. If it used a Titan Ridge controller, then it could support a DisplayPort 1.4 5K display.

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Posted : January 19, 2019 2:02 pm LegionWolf01 liked
LegionWolf01
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I’m not really seeing the benefit of this card if it just for adding displays via thunderbolt.  And I would assume some performance loss with the steps it has to take. 

Is this for someone that just needs tons of external monitors? And the higher end graphics have quite a few out. And can daisy chain monitors... guess I’m not seeing the possibility’s

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Posted : January 19, 2019 4:22 pm