Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dimme, Mar 31, 2019.

  1. dimme, Mar 31, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 1, 2019

    dimme macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Location:
    SF, CA
    #1
    I am upgrading my 2015 iMac to a 2019, on my current iMac I have a OWC thunderbolt 2 dock which I use as a USB hub. I get really good transfer speeds from this setup. I would like to duplicate this in my new iMac. Would the Thunderbolt 3 to 2 adapter work well or will I be better served selling the TB2 dock and getting a TB3 dock. If so, any recommendations on a TB3 dock?
     
  2. Stephen.R macrumors 65816

    Stephen.R

    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2018
    Location:
    Thailand
    #2
    If you only need it for extra USB ports, then the existing one will be fine - tb2 is still much faster than usb3.

    I used a TB3 to tb2 adapter with an AKiTiO tb1 dock briefly and it worked fine.

    If you just want more high speed USB ports (and or more accessible ones) Startech actually make a TB3 to USB hub which has some 3.1Gen2 (ie 10Gbps) ports - most hubs are still 3.0/3.1Gen1 (5Gbps).
     
  3. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #3
    The adapter is just fine. I use with a lot of legacy adapters like Firewire that Apple and many companies don't make for TB3.
     
  4. dimme thread starter macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Feb 14, 2007
    Location:
    SF, CA
    #4
    Thanks, So I should get the same throughput that I get now with my TB2 iMac?
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2008
    Location:
    NYC
    #5
    Yes, the Thunderbolt adapters all seem to coexist pretty well even in a middle of the daisy chain.
     
  6. TonyK macrumors 65816

    TonyK

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    #6
  7. jb21236 macrumors newbie

    jb21236

    Joined:
    Apr 5, 2019
    #7
  8. TonyK macrumors 65816

    TonyK

    Joined:
    May 24, 2009
    #8
    Just wanted to reply to jb21236. Yes, it works wonderfully. But now I'm thinking of getting OWC's TB3 dock so I can connect the OWC TB2 dock to a monitor, network, etc for when I want to use the laptop.
     
  9. joevt macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 21, 2012
    #9
    Some Thunderbolt 3 docks have USB 3.1 gen 2. Even if they don't, you can use the second Thunderbolt 3 port of the dock (or most Thunderbolt 3 devices) with USB 3.1 gen 2 devices.
     

Share This Page

8 March 31, 2019