Many people own laptops that come with Thunderbolt™ 3 ports and have no idea what the port can be used for. Well, this article contains details about uses of the Thunderbolt™ 3 port found in computers be it a laptop or Desktop Computers.
Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C (Type C USB)
Along with the USB type C, Thunderbolt 3 shares a more compact, interchangeable port that delivers a fast throughput rate. As PCs become thinner, shrinking to less than a half-inch in-depth, PC manufacturers have discovered that the current I/O ports like VGA, HDMI, and the 0.3-inch USB type A no longer fits into sleeker notebooks. In other to replace them, the USB-C interface (also recognized as the USB 3.1 or USB Type-C) was introduced in the 12-inch Apple MacBook and the latest Google Chromebook pixel.
Now, the Intel company has introduced Thunderbolt 3 interface, which is not in competition with the Type-C USB, unlike the original Thunderbolt. Rather, it combines the strength of the much faster Thunderbolt 3 interface with its potentially ubiquitous USB-C port.
What is Thunderbolt 3?
If you are just hearing about Thunderbolt for the first time, you should want to know what it is. Thunderbolt 3 is the upcoming version of the Thunderbolt interface. The specifications have been released but have not been made available for PCs yet. The Thunderbolt 3 helps you transfer data of up to about 40Gbps which is 2 times faster than the 20Gbps throughput speed available for the Thunderbolt 2, and 4 times faster than the 10Gbps of USB-C and the original thunderbolt interface.
With Thunderbolt 3, you get to connect to speedy drives, different kind of displays which comprises of 4K and 5K resolutions. With other peripherals, which include the PCle Gen 3 expansion cages, to your desktop or laptop. The main news concerning Thunderbolt 3 is that it was designed to work in the same port as the USB-C and is compatible with USB-C cables and devices.
The original thunderbolt and thunderbolt 2 interfaces use mini DisplayPort-shaped connectors, which meant that they are entirely incompatible with a USB port. Apple computers (and a few windows workstations) are the only systems that aids thunderbolt, led to limited adoption.
Uses of the Thunderbolt™ 3 Port Found in Computers
By now you should have gained some ideas concerning the Uses of the Thunderbolt™ 3 Port Found in Computers if you have been paying enough attention to the details stated above. But to make it clearer, the uses of Thunderbolt™ 3 includes; Thunderbolt allows a much higher speed connection of peripherals such as:
- Hard drives
- RAID arrays
- Video-Capture solutions and
- Network interfaces.
Plus, it can transmit a much higher-definition video using the DisplayPort protocol. Thunderbolt 3 is capable of performing the following:
- The total bandwidth of about 40Gbps. Data transfer speeds depend on other features that you are making use of in your setup
- USB 3.1 Gen 2 support
- 4K 60Hz video on one or two separate displays
- 5K 60Hz video just in one display
- A 10 GbE network connection between 2 Thunderbolt 3 compatible computers.
- Possesses alternate modes which support display port alternate mode (DP Alt Mode).
- The bi-directional power delivery of about 100W (not all Thunderbolt 3 devices aids power delivery).