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P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2018-11-24, 19:13 PM

Hi all - 

 

I am looking for the thunderbolt add-in card for a P920 and am not having any luck locating...any suggestions? Thanks! 

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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2018-11-26, 15:39 PM

There's actually good reason for that as the supported Thunderbolt solution for P920 has been a very long and winding path.

 

As of right now, we should have two qualified solutions to support Thunderbolt 3 on P920.  One is a dual port front panel solution, while the other is a single rear port solution.  Note that both solutions require a graphics adapter with an available DP connection to function.  The dual port front panel solution requires several more parts than the single rear port solution since it must properly route everything out to the front panel.

 

 

Unfortunately, at this time it appears neither of these solutions are set up as official Lenovo Options, which means the only path is purchasing FRUs to get the required parts.  Below are the FRUs you'd need to purchase for each solution:

 

Single Port Solution

  • Thunderbolt add-in card - 01AJ971
  • This is a kit that should come with the TBT3 card, the GPIO cable that routes to the motherboard, and the rear DP loopback cable that connects the TBT3 card and GPU.

 

Dual Port Solution

  • Add-in card for dual port front TBT3 - 01YW003 (this comes with the card and rear DP loopback cable)
  • Front panel dual port TBT3 assembly - 01YW016 (this comes with the front panel card, internal DP-DP cable, GPIO cable, miniSAS cable)
  • FLEX module - 01EF759 (this holds the front panel card)
  • PCB holder - 01EF160 (this attaches the front panel card to the FLEX module)
  • Front bezel - 01EF100 (front bezel that installs into the FLEX module for the dual TBT3 ports)

 

Note that I have no idea as to the availability of these FRUs at this time.  Both of these kits finished qualification not long ago, so it might take some time for FRUs to show up at the vendor(s).

 

 




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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2018-11-26, 17:59 PM
Thanks Turtle. I'll be on the lookout. A third-party TB2 solution will have to do for now.
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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-01, 3:30 AM

Hi psuturtle,

 

Thanks for the information here.  Just to be clear, the DP loopback cable connects from the DP port on the outside of the P920, gets fed back inside somehow, and connects to the TBT3 card inside?  And that provides just 1 port, right?

 

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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-03, 15:51 PM

Are you referring to the single port or dual port (front panel) solution?

 

In either case, the DP loopback cable is a wholly external cable that connects to the rear of the TBT3 card and an available DP output on your GPU.  So your GPU must have one unused DP output available for the solution to function.  For the single port solution, the TBT3 output (type C port) is a single port on the rear of the system.  For the dual port solution, it would consist of dual type C ports on the front panel of the system.  The dual port solution is a bit more involved and requires some additional hardware in order to support it.




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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-03, 19:05 PM

Hi psuturtle,

 

Thanks for getting back to me.  Okay, that sounds great.  I'm just looking at the single rear port solution.  I have a NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000 which has 4 DP and 1 USB-C ports, so it sounds like the "Single Port Solution" kit should have everything I need, right?  Also , what is the "GPIO cable that routes to the motherboard"?  Where would you recommend purchasing the FRUs? It looks like it is on backorder at lenovo.encompass.com.

 

Thanks again,

James

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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-03, 22:08 PM

The GPIO control cable is a standard cable that's required to make the solution work.  Pretty much all of the TBT solutions I've seen use this cable.  It'll connect to the TBT3 card (internally) on one side and the motherboard on the other.

 

We're actually finally getting an official Option Kit released to support this, so it might be worth waiting for that solution instead of going the FRU route.  I really have no other good advice as to where to purchase FRUs from unfortunately.  But the Option kit should be coming around the end of February and I imagine would be lower cost than trying to order FRUs.




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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-04, 4:06 AM

Thanks psuturtle, that sounds great!  How will I know when it is available?

 

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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-04, 19:19 PM

You can check the accessories site (found here).  That will at least let you know when the kit has been created, assigned a part number, and gone live.  Purchasing options will depend on your geography.

 

I can try to update this thread as well if I see it go live.




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Re: P920 Thunderbolt PCI-E?

2020-02-05, 2:57 AM

psuturtle, that would be greatly appreciated!   Thank you!

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