Thunderbolt Cards

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by flyp3navy, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. flyp3navy macrumors newbie

    Feb 12, 2013
    Are there any thunderbolt add-in cards out there? I move lots of data through MacPros, but do not have thunderbolt. Not able to upgrade to newer models at this time.
  2. mikeray macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2006
    Brooklyn, NY
    I am not aware of anything like that. I would get an eSATA and/or USB3 PICe card.
  3. deconstruct60 macrumors 604

    Mar 10, 2009
    No. And there aren't any coming any time soon either. Thunderbolt's pragmatic coupling to video output for a "personal computer' deployment means cards are not what it was designed for.

    If really means "moves lots of data on/off drives" then Thunderbolt doesn't really represent any speed increase. A card with a SATA controller will delivery just as fast results. You'll have to select the right controller with external connections but the throughput isn't going to be any higher. Thunderbolt doesn't buy anything here in terms of performance.

    If jump into a circular loop where buy TB equipment so therefore need TB port... then there is some traction.

    There is little to no points where "I have alot of data....& Thunderbolt" is an advantage over a Mac Pro with the appropriate PCI-e card.

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