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Thunderbolt vs. USB 3.0

Maximum PC: Intel’s Thunderbolt has arrived on the PC after being exclusive to the Macintosh platform for more than a year. With its promise of 10Gb/s‑per‑channel throughput, what self-respecting power user wouldn’t opt for a Thunderbolt-based external backup solution? Well, before you get too excited, let’s compare T-bolt point-by-point with its natural competitor, USB 3.0. After all, there’s more to a technology than pure performance, as we found out.

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justinbkerr1338d ago

Thunderbolt will never catch on. It will be as mainstream as ESATA.

kingPoS1337d ago

Funny thing about the esata. My kid brother's laptop has an esata/usb port, but he doesn't know what it for. lol

Apple will probably have just as hard a time if not more so because of how entrenched the usb platform is.

mpctips1338d ago

Schedule a rematch for 12 months from now and let's see how the two standards shake out.

CraigandDayDay1337d ago

The obvious advantage USB 3.0 has is that all previous USB standards (1 and 2.0) work with it. Thunderbolt is has a hard way to go. And this is coming from a 2011 MacBook Pro owner (the first MacBook with Thunderbolt). I've not used it one time. lol

hard joe1337d ago

usb ftw
what's thunderbolt?

Kennytaur1337d ago

My ThinkPad, which I bought this summer, has both USB 3 and Thunderbolt.

It's been so funny seeing the Mac-fanboys in shock at me grabbing a thunderbolt cable ("no no, that plug is only for Macs") and then plugging it in.

But USB is best, if only due to backwards compability.

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