What's the advantage of a Thunderbolt 3 Display over USB-C?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by NattyE, Nov 30, 2016.

  1. NattyE macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2012
    This is a serious question as I've just ordered a 13" MBPr with Touch Bar. I'm not sure whether to go for the 5K monitor or 2 4K monitors.
  2. venom600 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 23, 2003
    Los Angeles, CA
    I'm not sure I understand the question. Thunderbolt 3 uses the USB C connector...
  3. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
    Thunderbolt 3 is the 3rd generation of the Thunderbolt data transfer protocol, capable of up to 40Gbps.

    USB-C is a type of universal cable connector. The USB-C plug can carry Thunderbolt signals, USB 2 signals, USB 3.1 gen 1, USB 3.1 gen 2, power, HDMI, Ethernet, DisplayPort, FireWire, and PCI.

    The tricky part is that not all USB-C Port implementations carry Thunderbolt (like the 12" MacBook). On a display, I don't think it would matter much which you buy if you have no Thunderbolt peripherals. But if you do, and you want the display to be a thunderbolt hub, get a Thunderbolt Display.
  4. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    TB3 display has ability and bandwidth to act as a USB hub, displaying 4k@60hz while maintaining usb3 speed.
    example. LG ultrafine 5k display. which gives you 5k AND 3 extra usb-c (usb 3.1 gen 1 speed)

    USB-C display will only give you either 4k@60hz OR usb 3 speed.
    example. LG ultrafine 4k display. which give you 4k and 3 extra usb-c (usb 2.0 480mbps)
  5. NattyE thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2012

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