thunderbolt to replace esata ?

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  1. dazed macrumors 6502a

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    Now that thunderbolt is out, could this mean we will never see an esata connection on the imac ?

    If thunderbolt is as good as they suggest could this be the end of esata anyway ?
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Yes it will. Not right now, but eventually. It's just so much faster.
     
  3. HacKage macrumors regular

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    Definitely! With the video showing Thunderbolt speeds giving a real world 800MBp/s transfer rate, I think Thunderbolt is without doubt the future. The fact that it can take many forms as well and will be compatible with other interfaces through adapters and a big point being it is backed by Intel, then I'd say it's here to stay.
     
  4. RollTide macrumors 6502

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    I read somewhere (macbook pro forum maybe?) that possibly in the near future that thunderbolt can be used to connect a video card. Not that I will need it as I will be getting a new imac when they come out, but would this be possible? I know it won't be easy, just curious.

    I apologize if this is a stoopid question, just thought I'd ask.
     
  5. biggd macrumors 6502

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    Yes

    Because thunderbolt can do "more" (has multi functions) and is faster
     
  6. flipster macrumors 6502a

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    Woahh, wait a minute. You can connect a graphics card to thunderbolt? This would open up many doors to people with faulty graphics cards, or could imrpove performanec greatly :confused::confused::confused::confused:

    Is this true!?!?
     
  7. biggd macrumors 6502

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    Oh sorry! I wasn't saying yes to the graphics card question, that is something I do not know
     
  8. 300D macrumors 65816

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    No. CopperPeak is connected directly to the computer's video card so plugging a display into it will either add a display or switch the output to it.

    CopperPeak maxes out at 800MB/sec, even the old AGP standard could do over 2000MB/sec. So a video card attached to it wouldn't even match the graphical power of a card from 10 years ago.
     
  9. leman macrumors 604

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    This is theoretically possible (maybe not in the current implementation, but in the future ones). The huge advantage of thunderbolt are not only the instance transfer speeds, but also the extremely low latency. Basically, its pci express which can be daisy-chained. If I understand it correctly, the interface also bypasses the usual device bus and is connected "directly" to the CPU and memory subsystem (this is one reason why it is so fast, and why it is not possible to make extension cards for it).

    This is actually the reason why I have been very excited about Light Peek since the moment I first read about it :) It solves two big problems of modern computing: interface hell and extendability hell. With Light Peek, you can connect EVERYTHING to a single port, via a single cable, not worrying about speed, order of the connection or the kind of the device you are going to connect.
     
  10. RollTide macrumors 6502

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    Makes sense!
     

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