Thunderbolt will be in all Mac computers. but...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Clint007, Apr 27, 2011.

  1. Clint007 macrumors member

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    What is it?
    What will be the use?

    I only want to post my find and open more discussion.

    What is Thunderbolt?

    Thunderbolt technology is what was Intel’s Light Peak. It’s not an Apple technology, but rather the culmination of Intel’s handiwork in combination with Apple’s mini DisplayPort. While Light Peak was developed to work over fiber (literally for light speeds), Thunderbolt is implemented over copper. Despite this, you’re still getting bi-directional (in and out as they say), 10 Gbps connection over a cable, plus a 10 Watt feed so you can power heavy equipment on the go (you don’t get that with USB). For comparison, your current USB 2.0 devices only get 480 Mbps through the cable! With this technology, you can drive multiple inputs including monitors, workstations, and audio equipment without a bird’s nest under your desk.
    More: http://www.macstories.net/news/what-is-thunderbolt/

    A good demonstration:
    http://www.9to5mac.com/53459/a-good-demonstration-of-light-peakthunderbolt/

    Will The First Thunderbolt Peripheral Be The iMac? http://blog.fosketts.net/2011/04/20/thunderbolt-imac-peripheral-macbook-pro/

    Why the iPad 2 Won’t Include Thunderbolt. http://blog.fosketts.net/2011/02/24/ipad-2-wont-include-thunderbolt/


    Clint007:eek:
     
  2. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    And i'm the only person who doesn't care about it. The only thing it can do for me is faster time machine backups but I don't care about that.

    All my data will either be in the computer i'm using or on my network.
     
  3. ZMacintosh macrumors 6502a

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    then dont worry about i guess? do you not care whether or not your drives run on SATA 3Gbp/s or 6Gbp/s or EIDE? Its just the way new technology is going and should be beneficial for those who can utilize it. RAID Back-ups, multiple display support clear up port clutter. it will be good for some and a non-issue for others.
     
  4. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    Oh, I know that people's needs are different. I'm just saying I don't need it. I do care about SATA speed as it's an internal technology and since that's what you work off of, your internal drives, that matters.
    I just never viewed an external as anything other than what holds data, not what you work directly off of.

    So I am curious how other people's needs will benefit from thunderbolt? I'm always curious how others choose to use technology. Maybe there's something I haven't thought of.
     
  5. Clint007 thread starter macrumors member

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    One of the utility I can see and nice to get is with more and more huge memory use as safety hard drive copy, it is getting longer everytime we do a safety, could be hours.
    That is where Thunderbolt could help to done that copy very fast.

    Also by downloading an HD film in 30 secondes. :)

    That would please me with Thunderbolt.

    Already LaCie made "Little Big Disk mobility".
    Thunderbolt™ technology speed.
     
  6. imahawki macrumors 6502a

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    Thunderbolt will be huge for me. It's hard to just say all my data will be in the machine when my data set grows by a TB a year it seems like. And network storage is too slow for my workflow.
     
  7. ZMacintosh macrumors 6502a

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    gotcha, wasnt sure what you were meaning.

    I think the huge plus is storage for larger files. hard drives are getting bigger, losses audio and high definition video is becoming the standard now and being able to move big files like that in fast time will be beneficial.

    It takes away the sort of niche idea of having to have servers running on your network to serve files to you, when you can get a nice storage solution that can run at identical to faster speeds for those who are working on huge formats and files or for power users with lots of content that is always needing to be transferred/accessed.

    Back up and cloning will be huge benefits too. being able to clone your machine much faster than before will be convenient and something that wont be a problem everytime waiting for it back up a 1tb, 2tb or 3tb hdd.

    there are benefits but yeah not everyone may take advantage of them. if you need lightning fast or "thunderbolt' speeds then you can still use the same set up config now.

    It was interesting when they first introduced mini displayport too...i was little put off by it considering the cost of the adapters at the time and wasnt sure if it would take off but look at where it has transitioned.
     
  8. archer75 macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, I do have a server on my network with my bluray rips(amongst other things). 16 hard drives in it so far. All drives of differeing sizes and has redundancy. I stream HD movies to two HTPC's in the house. It can also backup the other computers in my house including macs. I also have a gigabit network and am averaging 85MB/s transfer rate to/from it, which is about the same speed I get when writing from one internal hard drive to another internal hard drive.

    At the moment I need 6tb of storage with redundancy. And growing at about 1.2tb per year. That number will be climbing as my wife is starting to get more into photography.

    Though i'm always looking for other, better options as a replacement.
     
  9. Jenni8 macrumors member

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    For me I'll be able to download my photos and videos and a much faster rate. But in the beginning I don't see myself using it for more than that until the hardware to utilize it better becomes more affordable. As TB becomes more common and affordable, I'm betting it will become necessary us the USB 2.0, even with the USB 3.0 coming out which doesn't even compare in speed.
     
  10. Badger^2 macrumors 68000

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    didnt we already have all this discussion a couple of months ago when the MBPs came out with TB ports on them.

    kinda old news in computer time.
     

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