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UAD Thunderbolt Interfaces Now Compatible with Windows 10 Systems

Universal Audio have announced that following the release of their updated v9.0 UAD software, their Thunderbolt equipped interfaces are now compatible with Windows 10 machines that features a USB-C port. This is achieved using a qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter, connecting to the USB-C port on the Windows 10 machine.

UA Apollo 8 Quad

All Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and UAD-2 products, including Apollo 16 and Apollo 16 MKII, as well as Apollo 8, Apollo 8p, Apollo Twin Thunderbolt, UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt and first-generation silver Apollo models supplied with a Thunderbolt Option Card now have Thunderbolt compatibility with Windows 10. This also allows current PC-based Apollo and Apollo 16 FireWire users to upgrade their systems to Thunderbolt speed and stability with UA’s Thunderbolt Option Card.

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UAD Thunderbolt Compatibility Requirements

  • A Windows 10 PC computer featuring built-in Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C is required.
  • Windows 10 Anniversary Update 64-bit edition (version 1607 or higher) is required. Earlier versions of Windows are not tested or supported.
  • A qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (not included) is required to connect Universal Audio Thunderbolt products to the USB-C port on the computer.
  • PCIe to Thunderbolt adapters, Thunderbolt to FireWire adapters, and Thunderbolt hubs are not tested or supported and may cause unexpected behaviour.
  • Connections to Thunderbolt 1 or Thunderbolt 2 computer ports are not tested or supported.
  • Using Apple's Boot Camp to run Windows on Mac computers with Apollo or UAD-2 devices is not tested or supported.
  • Apollo Thunderbolt models can be combined with UAD-2 PCIe cards and UAD-2 Satellite (Thunderbolt, FireWire, and USB models).
  • Both the original Thunderbolt 1 Option Card and the newer Thunderbolt 2 Option Card for Apollo are compatible.
  • Apollo Thunderbolt cannot be combined with Apollo FireWire or Apollo Twin USB (multiple Apollo connection types are incompatible).
  • Connecting more than one Apollo unit via Thunderbolt is currently incompatible. This feature will be available in a future software release.

Qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapters

The following Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapters have been tested for compatibility with Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt:

(Note: The adapter connects between the Thunderbolt 3 USB-C port on the computer and the Thunderbolt-equipped Universal Audio product).

  • • Startech Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter (Product ID: TBT3TBTADAP)
  • • Kanex Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt Adapter (Product ID: K170-1051-BK6I)

Qualified Adapter Notes

The qualified Thunderbolt 3 adapters are compatible with connections to external Thunderbolt 1 and Thunderbolt 2 devices.

Note: Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt 2 Adapter

  • The Apple Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter (Product ID: MMEL2AM/A) has been found to be incompatible with certain Windows systems in internal testing. As a result, it is not recommended to use this adapter for Windows Thunderbolt systems.
  • The Apple adapter is incompatible with hot-plugging the adapter into the computer’s USB-C port. However, the adapter is compatible with hot-plugging the Thunderbolt cable into the adapter.

Tested Windows Thunderbolt 3 Computers

The following Windows 10 PC computers that feature Thunderbolt 3 via USB-C have been tested for compatibility with Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo audio interfaces and UAD-2 Satellite Thunderbolt:

(Note: The systems below are compatible with Thunderbolt-equipped Apollo and UAD-2 products as of November 3, 2016 - future compatibility cannot be guaranteed).

Notebook Systems:

  • Dell XPS 12
  • Dell XPS 15 9550
  • Dell Alienware R17
  • HP ZBook G3
  • Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition

Desktop Systems:

  • Intel NUC Kit series (Tested with NUC6i7KYK)
  • Gigabyte BRIX series (Tested with GB-BSi7T-6500)
  • Gigabyte GA-Z170X-UD5 TH Motherboard
  • Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming G1 Motherboard
  • Gigabyte GA-Z170X-Gaming 7 Motherboard

General System Notes

  • A Quad Core i7 or better processor is recommended for optimum performance.
  • 2016 and later systems that have a 6th-generation Intel Skylake processor (or greater), and a built-in Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) controller with a USB-C port, combined with a qualified Thunderbolt 3 to Thunderbolt adapter, are expected to be compatible.
  • Thunderbolt 3 products listed on Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology Community page are expected to be compatible.