Blackmagic Design Thunderbolt Products in Windows

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Last update 09/02/2015

Windows Thunderbolt System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Blackmagic Design Thunderbolt devices are compatible with:

  • Windows 7 64bit
  • Windows 8 64bit

Supported Hardware under Windows

The following motherboards are compatible with Blackmagic Design Thunderbolt devices:

  • ASRock Z87 Extreme4/TB4
  • ASRock Z87 Extreme11/ac
  • Asus Z87-Expert
  • Asus Z87 Deluxe/Quad
  • Gigabyte GA-Z87X-UD7 TH
  • Gigabyte Z77MX-D3H TH
  • Gigabyte Z77X-UP4 TH
  • Gigabyte Z77X-UP5 TH
  • MSI Z77A-G45 Thunderbolt
  • SuperMicro X10SAT
  • SuperMicro C7Z87-OCE
  • Gigabyte Z97X-UD7 TH


Apple QuickTime needs to be installed for some applications to function with a Blackmagic capture card, e.g. Adobe After Effects. You can download the latest version of Apple QuickTime for Windows: QuickTime Download

CPU Requirements

In general, you should choose a CPU that meets or exceeds the system requirements of the software application you are planing on using.


Blackmagic Design recommends a minimum of 4GB of memory for all systems.


For optimal performance, an accelerated graphics card is recommend for use with Thunderbolt Desktop Video Products, Teranex, Cinema Camera, and HyperDeck Studio Pro.

Please see the Graphics Card Requirement Tech note regarding appropriate graphics cards for our products.


You will require hard drive storage with your Blackmagic card that can provide a data rate greater than that of the video compression you are using.

For further information about this, please see the Recommended Disk Arrays for Uncompressed Video Tech note for a list of Storage solutions that have been tested for use with Blackmagic Design products.

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