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Arrow Windows Compatibility

UAD Thunderbolt Compatibility Requirements

  • A Windows 10 PC computer featuring available 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 Thunderbolt 3 USB-C cable (not included) is required to connect Arrow to the USB-C port on the computer. Note that not all USB-C cables support Thunderbolt 3.
  • Arrow audio drivers for Windows are 64 bit only. 32 bit DAW applications are not compatible. 
  • Thunderbolt to FireWire adapters and Thunderbolt hubs are not tested or supported and may cause unexpected behavior.
  • 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 Arrow is not tested or supported.
  • For Arrow system requirements, see this article.


UA Device Compatibility with Arrow

  • For details on UA device compatibility with Arrow, see this article.


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  Thunderbolt 3 (Alpine Ridge) controller with a USB-C port are expected to be compatible.
  • Thunderbolt 3 products listed on Intel’s Thunderbolt Technology Community page are expected to be compatible.


Tested Windows Thunderbolt 3 Computers

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

Note that compatibility is not limited to these systems. Any Windows PC that meets the full Arrow system requirements is expected to be compatible. See the General System Notes section above for details. 

Notebook Systems

  • Dell XPS 12
  • Dell XPS 15 9550
  • Dell Alienware R17
  • HP ZBook G3
  • Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition
  • Razer Blade B5
  • Razer Blade B6

Desktop Systems

  • Intel NUC Kit series (Tested with NUC6i7KYK & NUC7i7BNH)
  • 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


Windows Configuration

For help configuring your Windows PC for use with Arrow, please see the articles below:

Configuring Windows for Thunderbolt
Windows Setup - Required Settings
Windows Optimization - Optional Settings

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