Desktop compatible with Cintiq pro

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  1. drawingjames

    drawingjames Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Hi I'm needing help building a new desktop that will be compatible with a Cintiq pro USB c cable. I know that you can buy an adapter but I'm guessing that this would compromise on power.. I'm building a new computer anyway and adding a USB c just makes sense but what motherboard or configure on popular pic building sites such as pcspecialist or overclockers would be compatible with USB c as I am guessing it requires more than just picking USB options with a type c port right? Annoyingly the only motherboards that I can find on these sites that have USB c with thunderbolt are £100 more than standard ones and seeing as motherboards don't really add anything to performance this kind of sucks. Any suggestion would be great thank you
     
  2. darkmagistric

    darkmagistric Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure the Cintiq Pros USB C connection doesn't require thunderbolt. Picking are still slim, but I would look for a tower or desktop case that already has USB-C and build from there. Pretty much any motherboard with USB-C should also work, but thunderbolt compatible ones are more rigged towards gaming so those will come with a premium price.

    This one will cost anywhere from $200-$400

    http://www.gigabyte.com/Motherboard/GA-Z170X-Gaming-GT-rev-10#ov
     
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  3. drawingjames

    drawingjames Pen Pal - Newbie

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    Thank you. The 170 seems pretty rare on custom build website does the z270 come with thunderbolt? Is thunderbolt the only thing that is comp with cintiq pro?

    If I did opt for a motherboard without usb c would it be any different performance than if I did?
     
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  4. kvoram

    kvoram Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    The Cintiq Pro does not have Thunderbolt 3 and therefore does also not "require" Thunderbolt 3.

    If you want to use a single USB-C connection from Cintiq Pro to the computer, you need to make sure that the USB-C port that you use on that computer supports "DisplayPort Alternate Mode" (DP Alt Mode).
    Thunderbolt 3 supports DP Alt Mode, but you can also have DP Alt Mode over USB-C without Thunderbolt 3 if the manufacturer chooses to implement it.
    Most mainboards without Thunderbolt 3 but with USB-C however will not support DP Alt Mode.

    Also, even if you have TB3 on your mainboard and could use it for video output via DP Alt Mode, this only works with the iGPU of the CPU, not with a separate graphics card. If you use a graphics card, you need to use that graphics card's video ports.

    Thunderbolt 3 on desktop mainboards is still a newish thing and might be buggy, so if you go that way, I would suggest to read user reports of the specific mainboard you might buy and the specific usage scenarios you intend to use it for to make sure it really works.

    If you do not need Thunderbolt 3 or DP Alt Mode specifically, I would suggest to save the money and go for a cheaper mainboard and instead buy the Wacom Link adapter. Similar adapters from other companies "might" work as well, but that is still unproven.

    The performance will be the same whether you use a single USB-C connection for video (via DP Alt mode) and data, or if you use the adpater and separate video and data connection between the adapter and your computer.
     
  5. Komatsu

    Komatsu Pen Pal - Newbie

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    There have been reddit users that have got the pro 16 to get 4k at 60hz using the wacom link adapter and changing the mini displayport to displayport wire with a 4k compatible version and got it working. I think they were connected to a 1070 via displayport. I am not aware of any external video cards that support usb c natively. Im sure there is one just got to figure out which one it is.
     
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