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Clarett (Thunderbolt) Windows Compatibility

Applies to: Clarett Range

Updated 30/11/2017

Thunderbolt 1 and 2

If you already have a PC with a Thunderbolt 1 or 2 port fitted as standard, it will most likely be ready to use with the Clarett range after downloading and installing Focusrite Control from the Downloads area for your model.

We have qualified the following machines as working with the Clarett Thunderbolt driver using Thunderbolt 2 ports:

  • HP ZBook (Thunderbolt 2 port)
  • Molten Technology Intel X99 based machine (Thunderbolt 2 expansion card)

NOTE: we have also tested our driver with a Lenovo Thinkpad W541 and have seen problems. We would therefore not recommend this machine for use with the Clarett range.

Thunderbolt 3

We now also have a public beta version of Focusrite Control that adds support for Thunderbolt 3 systems. While, in theory, all Thunderbolt 3 systems should work the same from our testing we have found that this is not always the case. We’ve therefore qualified some Thunderbolt 3 systems as working correctly – you can find more information about which systems we’ve tested and can therefore recommend, as well as a link to the correct page on our beta site so that you can install the latest driver in this article.

Although we would like to, it is impossible for us to test every Thunderbolt-equipped PC in the field. We can only guarantee performance on machines that we have tested - your mileage may vary with non-qualified systems and our support team may not be able to assist you if you’re attempting to use a system we’ve not tested as working.

Adding a Thunderbolt port to your computer

If your computer doesn’t have a Thunderbolt port and you plan on purchasing a PCIe card to obtain Thunderbolt connectivity, you will need to find a card which is compatible with your motherboard. Not all motherboards have the capability for Thunderbolt expansion, you'll need a spare PCIe slot and a Thunderbolt 'header'. Please consult your motherboard vendor or PC manufacturer for details on which card to buy and how to install and configure appropriately as Focusrite may not be able to support you with this. 

If you need any further information please contact Technical Support.

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