Thunderbolt vs GigaBit Cable

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Ne0the1, Jul 17, 2015.

  1. Ne0the1 macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2013
    Hello all,

    Which cable offers a quicker connection.

    A Thunderbolt cable or a Gigabit Ethernet cable?
  2. matreya macrumors 65816


    Nov 14, 2009
    Thunderbolt is technically 10-20x faster than GigE.
  3. nebo1ss macrumors 68030

    Jun 2, 2010
    There is really no such thing as a Gigabit Ethernet cable. There is CAT 5E which is 1gig and there is CAT 6 which is capable of 10gig. Thunderbolt is also 10gig.
  4. MCAsan macrumors 601


    Jul 9, 2012
    Which Thunderbolt 1 or 2? I assume the following was TB1.

    "I recently did some experimenting with the migration assistant. The source machine is a 2011 MacBook Air and the target machine is a 2012 Macbook Pro Retina. The data transferred is 127gb.

    Technique. Duration.
    Wireless. 4.7 hours
    Ethernet direct. 1.7 hours
    Thunderbolt. 10 minutes

    All three techniques resulted in a flawless transfer of data, settings, etc. the software just works, and the a thunderbolt technology makes it crazy fast."

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