Friday, May 20, 2022

What’s the difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C?

In recent times you may have heard a lot of talk about USB type-c in Thunderbolt 3 starting to take over as a future standard of data and power supply pretty much everyone is familiar with the common USB cable which is available as standard for practically all the peripherals we use these days with the 2015 implementation of USB type-c on the .

MacBook and the introduction of Thunderbolt threes in the same connector also comes confusion concerning which version is which and differences between the two to put an end to this confusion let's start with a brief history of the Universal Serial bus commonly known as USB USB type a is the original design for almost all USB ports prior to type C .

Featuring a flat rectangular shape in as a side of the cable which plugs into host devices like computers laptops and chargers for example this also means that a type-a connector is always compatible with the type 8 port even if the device and host use different USB versions like using a USB 3.0 external hard drive with the USB 2.0 port or vice .

Versa generally a USB 3.0 port is blue but not in Apple devices the other end of a standard USB cable is called a type B connector we're not worried about the B end here as there are many types and speeds USB 3.1 came in 2013 which doubled the connection speeds from USB 3.0 to 10 gigabits per second which .

Translates to around 125 megabytes per second shortly after the announcement of USB 3.1 speedboost came a new connector with the potential for a symmetrical single cable to provide power not just to peripherals but host device power as well which was dubbed USB type-c after the USBC reveal naming conventions got shuffled around .

USB 3.0 connections with five gigabits per second data transfer implementing the USBC connector and associated power delivery benefits were called USB 3.1 gen2 on leaving gen 2 specifically for connections capable of 10 gigabits per second to sum it up the reason for Gen 1 and Gen 2 is to differentiate the new USB type-c connections that support 10 .

Gigabit transfer speeds versus ones that only support 5 helping verify that your next motherboard or product does in fact support the 10 gigabit transfer speeds now let's bring thunderbolt into the equation where USB used as a hub and spoke to POG rafi for multiple devices Thunderbolt uses a chain up to seven devices deep .

Thunderbolt 3 arrived as a successor to Thunderbolt 2 doubling its predecessor at 40 gigabits per second ditching the mini displayport connection type in favor of USB type-c all Thunderbolt 3 cables will work as USB 3.1 type C cables in any USB C device will function normally unplugged into a Thunderbolt 3 port Thunderbolt 3 is also backward .

Compatible with earlier versions of Thunderbolt but due to the new type C port and adapters required to use older Thunderbolt devices Thunderbolt 3 continues to support DisplayPort with an adapter and now gain support for PCI Express 3.0 allowing users to connect a video card by using a Thunderbolt 3 external GPU enclosure but support even .

In Windows is tricky simply Thunderbolt 3 contains Thunderbolt 2 hdmi 2.0 DisplayPort 1.2 and the USB 3.1 protocol and all that that entails but unfortunately USB 3.1 does not contain Thunderbolt 3 USB C is a physical connector that spans both but just having a USBC cable in your hand does not tell you if you have a .

Thunderbolt 3 cable or one limited to USB 3.1 this means that if you connected a Thunderbolt 3 cable to USB 3.1 only device like a USB hub the chain downstream of the USB 3.1 device is limited to the USB protocol there's no way to go back up Thunderbolt 3 is an amazingly flexible core connector which for the first time brings every .

Connectivity need including computer power to one single form factor but for a price USB type-c is still pretty new to the game and currently requires the use of adapters to make type C hosts and devices work with our existing USB devices it'll take a few more years for USB type-c popularity to increase but it will inevitably take over as a new .

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