What is Thunderbolt, and Why Do I Need it?

What is Thunderbolt, and Why Do I Need it?
If you’re looking into Thunderbolt docks, you’re probably hearing a lot of chatter about this new technology that’s revolutionizing connectivity and desktop setup. But what is Thunderbolt, and how exactly can it make your life and work more streamlined and efficient? Learn the basics of Thunderbolt technology in this article, and see for yourself why this game-changing cable is creating so much buzz.

Okay first of all: what is Thunderbolt?

At its most basic, Thunderbolt is a very powerful, extremely versatile cable and port connection. Thunderbolt is a new generation of connectivity, which supports data, video, and power—all through a single cable/port.

Define “powerful”

Thunderbolt is fast— like 4X the speed of USB 3.2. fast. It can also easily handle transfers up to 40Gbps of data, and 16-32 Gb PCIe transfers. For comparison, USB 3.0 can handle up to about 5Gbps at a time.

And “versatile”?

What makes Thunderbolt truly special is its near-universal compatibility. Thunderbolt is designed to work with your existing system, as well as enhance any future modifications you might make. In addition to working seamlessly with DisplayPort, PCle and USB 4, Thunderbolt is also backwards compatible with any previous versions of Thunderbolt and USB-C, so there’s no need to change your whole setup to accommodate your new dock.

What can I connect with Thunderbolt?

Almost anything you can think of. For example, you can connect two separate computers to a 10Gb Ethernet network, and run them simultaneously at up to 10Gbps. Thunderbolt also supports two 4K monitors at 60Hz, or one 4K monitor at 120Hz/8K 30Hz, allowing for more versatility and less lag when editing video or big files.

Who is using Thunderbolt?

Thunderbolt is a must-have upgrade for anyone working with big files or a complicated system. Content creators, creative professionals, engineers, and mechanical designers are among our most dedicated Thunderbolt users.

Okay I’m in. Where do I start?

You can learn more about Thunderbolt and the best way to integrate it into your setup in our Hyper Thunderbolt Shop. We’ve got resources, and experts on hand to answer questions and get you started. Welcome to the future of connectivity.

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