Thunderbolt 2 (Not 1) device list

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  1. Anim, Jan 14, 2014
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    Anim macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a list of some Thunderbolt 2 devices out now or just around the corner. Obviously there are a lot more Thunderbolt 1 devices available but tried to keep this list to TB2 devices in support of the new Mac Pro. If you know of any other TB2 devices, please feel free to add them to the list.

    External Enclosures / Expansion boxes

    Sonnet's Echo Express II and III models
    http://www.sonnettech.com/product/echoexpressiii.html
    Sonnet's Echo Express III enables you to connect three compatible full-size professional video capture, audio interface, and other special-purpose cards to your iMac®, Mac® mini, new Mac Pro®, MacBook Air®, or MacBook Pro® with a Thunderbolt port. Featuring 20Gbps Thunderbolt 2* technology.
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    Added 16th Jan:
    Magma Thunderbolt 2 PCIe Enclosures
    http://www.magma.com/blog/magma-release-thunderbolt™-2-versions-its-popular-expansion-products
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    Magma today announced the planned release of a Thunderbolt™ 2 compatible version of its popular EB1T, EB3T and ROBEN-3TS and 3TX expansion computing systems. The updated products will carry the same prices as the original, Thunderbolt™ versions, and will begin shipping to select resellers by February 28th


    Audio Related
    Blackmagicdesign UltraStudio 4k for Thunderbolt
    http://www.blackmagicdesign.com/uk/products/ultrastudiothunderbolt
    UltraStudio for Thunderbolt™
    The highest quality capture and playback
solutions for your Thunderbolt™ computer!
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    AJA Video Systems - Io 4K
    http://www.aja.com/en/products/io-4k
    Io 4K is the next evolution of capture and output hardware offering a full set of professional video and audio connectivity with support for the latest 4K and UltraHD devices. The power of Thunderbolt 2 enables Io 4K to handle a wide range of formats from SD to HD, UHD and full 4K over both SDI and HDMI.
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    External Storage
    LaCie Little Big Disk – Thunderbolt 2
    http://www.lacie.com/products/product.htm?id=10621
    The World’s Fastest Portable Storage.
    1,375MB/s* speeds for 4K video editing. Dual Thunderbolt 2 ports for daisy chaining
    Compact size for field-based creative workflows. Whisper-quiet dual cooling
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    http://www.tomshardware.com/news/storage-flash-thunderbolt-lacie-little-big-disk,25671.html


    Promise Pegasus2 Series
    http://www.promise.com/promotion_page/promotion_page.aspx?region=en-global&rsn=100
    The Pegasus2 is the fastest and the only Thunderbolt 2 enabled hardware RAID storage available in the market. Showcasing Intel's revolutionary Thunderbolt 2 connectivity, the Pegasus2 boasts a staggering speed of 20Gb/s - more than enough to effortlessly handle and accelerate any 3D or 4K (Ultra-HD) workflow environment.
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    Networking
    Promise SANLink 2
    http://www.promise.com/promotion_page/promotion_page.aspx?region=en-global&rsn=103
    SANLink2 is a compact device that allows a Thunderbolt™ 2 host computer to directly connect to a Fibre Channel SAN
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    Displays
    LG Thunderbolt 2 Monitors
    http://www.lgnewsroom.com/newsroom/contents/64053
    Designed to deliver an unparalleled home entertainment experience, the UM95 supports a variety of advanced connectivity options, including Thunderbolt™ 2.
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  2. flat five macrumors 603

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    that thing looks pretty sweet.. i'm wanting to update my displays and would like thunderbolt..

    those ultrawides almost look like i would be better off using a single 34" display instead of two @24".

    (aside from the part about me wanting two thunderbolt displays so i can easily plug into the laptop when need be.. if it weren't for that, i'd probably seriously consider one of these ultrawides)
     
  3. Anim, Jan 14, 2014
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    If you want to see it in action
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KpnT_r35Muk&feature=player_embedded

    The UM95 is 3440 x 1440. They also do a 4K ultra wide version (4096 x 2160) called the 31MU95
     
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    thanks for the link. I imagine it's going to cost more than I'm willing to spend on a display.. we'll see..

    or has the price been made public already?
     
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    Not that I know of. I imagine the UM95 to be competitive but the 4K model will be pro priced as a guesstimate.
     
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    Loving that Lacie SSD... It's so tiny! And that LG display :eek:
     
  7. Anim thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Aye Probably going to cost about 1k each though :D, and you can raid them together for speeds faster than the internal PCI-e SSD cards used in the nMP. There is a Toms Hardware review under the pic that shows the speed test when in Raid.
     
  8. deconstruct60, Jan 15, 2014
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    That marketing LG is using tripped me up in the release, but the above isn't quite right so I guess I'm not alone. :)

    The UM95 comes in QHD ( not UHD which is 4K for the rest of big splash monitors on the 4K bandwagon) and Digital Cinema Initiatiive (DCI) 4K ( aka "Real 4K" )

    QHD is ultra wide ( 21:9) ratio. DCI 4K is not "ultra wide"

    31MU95 is real 4K ( not ultra wide [ might be a typo 31UM95 would be more consistent with 'UM95' being used as a suffix ]

    29UM95 29" ultra wide but not 4K
    34UM95 34" ultra wide but not 4K

    the apparent common with the UM95 would be the TB v2 which means would triple the number Display-Docking Stations on the market ( up from one, languishing Apple entry). That would be interesting.





    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4K_resolution#Resolutions

    Ultra wide UHD would be a 21:9 ratio ( like the QHD models ). DCI 4K is not "ultra wide" it is an approimately 17:9. A +1 step up from 16:9 is not "ultra" unless drinking hype kool-aid. The +5 to 21:9 is something that might get the "ultra wide" label.
     
  9. flat five macrumors 603

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    also, i'm willing to pay to be a beta tester for the nmp ;) but i'm not willing to pay to beta test one of these displays in conjunction with the macpro.

    as in- will it allow me, without fault, to use 2/3 width for an application window then have toolbars or skinny windows etc in the other 1/3?

    i would hope so but i don't want to be the one waiting on software updates in order to get all the bugs worked out :)

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    it'd be neat if you could daisy chain the power supply:

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    that drive setup is going to require it's own separate power strip :)
     
  10. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    Go look at the youtube video, but multiple application windows on the same screen are far more an issue of the application than the monitor hardware.


    Unless those are 3-4 separate projects' data those LaCie drives make no sense being used that way. They are extra small to be portable so primarily useful as "Sneaker Net" drives that wonder from location to location. You can pragmatically only put a limited SSD drive in those enclosures.

    If need 6-8 drives that are statically located, then it is going to be far more effective to put them just in one (or two) enclosure(s).

    The whole "octopus" cable explosion thing is far more wrong tool for wrong job than a systemic problem. If run around pounding round pegs into square holes.... yeah it really doesn't fit well.

    P.S. that set up as a single daisy chain would grossly flawed. The 4K display will basically soak up most of the bandwidth. Basically squashing the performance of the SSDs inbetween. To pile up several of them only makes it worse.
     
  11. flat five macrumors 603

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    yeah, i think (if it were setup the way i personally would want it) it would require support at the OS level..

    currently, i use my applications on the right display and supporting tools on the left display so if i were to consolidate this into one ultra-wide screen, i'd need (want) the menu bar for the main app to start somewhere around 1/3 from the left..

    basically, the ability to divide the thing into multiple displays at the OS level.. then some sort of slider which changes dimensions of each partition on the fly..

    dunno, i'm just speaking hypothetically/loosely..

    i bet those things are awesome for watching movies on though.
     
  12. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

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    Versus just put the tools on the right? Don't hold your breath. Huge asymmetrically different complexity issues. For many apps with several windows there is going to be a subset that have higher correlation with menu action (put those under the menu bar) and others with no menus ( either command-key or manipulate action with selected too from pallet; not menu bar ). Move the pallets away from under the menu bar and largely done.


    Sounds like you simply just want two monitors. The new menu bar on each monitor far more addresses you "short throw" to the menu bar than chopping monitors into even smaller virtual monitors. 99.9% of monitors don't have that problem. As a core OS feature it would be prioritized as such.
     
  13. flat five macrumors 603

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    right.. that's what i said in my first post in this thread.. the rest of it is just me thinking out loud about what it would take for me to not use dual displays. :)
     
  14. Anim thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    If you were to get one of these wide screens, I would certainly invest in this app:

    https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/bettersnaptool/id417375580?mt=12
     

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