Is thunderbolt 3 as fast as internal storage?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by TSE, Sep 6, 2016.

  1. TSE macrumors 68030

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    If I buy a MacBook and get a Thunderbolt 3 external drive with an SSD, is that storage as fast as the internal storage? And are there any Thunderbolt 3 external storage devices out yet?
     
  2. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    it's as fast as the SSD (Thunderbolt 2 is as well). how that compares to the internal, depends on what that is.
     
  3. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The MacBook does not have a Thunderbolt 3 port. It has a USB-C 3.1 Gen 1 port, which has the same speed as a USB 3.0 port. It is not nearly as fast as the internal drive, but if you get a speedy SSD it should still be very quick.
     
  4. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

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    what he said.
     

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