What's thunderbolt cable for?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Jonathanm1222, Feb 7, 2013.

  1. Jonathanm1222 macrumors member

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    What are the practical uses for the thunderbolt cable and why should I need one?
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    It is there to connect Thunderbolt equipped devices like external drives or hubs (though none are available yet) or other peripherals.

    It is like a USB or Firewire cable, you use a USB cable to connect a USB device to a USB port and you use a Firewire cable to connect a Firewire device to a Firewire port.
     
  3. waw74 macrumors 68030

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderbolt_(interface)

    it's a data connection, like USB, but much higher bandwidth.
    USB2 - 60 Mb/s
    USB3 - 625 Mb/s
    thunderbolt - 2500 MB/s

    it also carries more power and can be daisy chained through multiple devices without a hub.
     
  4. thekev macrumors 604

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    Unless you have a device that is specifically marketed as a thunderbolt peripheral and a machine with the corresponding port, you should ignore it. Thunderbolt cables share a port connector with mini displayport, yet thunderbolt cables will not connect to mini displayport or displayport devices. The port can be used for displayport displays, but you'd need to use a mini displayport to displayport cable, not a thunderbolt one.
     

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