How fast is the Thunderbolt go compared with usb 3.0? I have 3.0 on my laptop though selling this one. I missed the "3.0 usb" before the 13 inch laptop as I was looking at ultrabooks. And how do you like the monitor set up with the laptop? Posted quickly before without paying attention sorry.
Thunderbolt has a data bitrate of 10 Gbits per second, both for its PCIe mode and for its DisplayPort protocol. What’s notable about Thunderbolt is that it’s full duplex, meaning it can both send and receive data at 10 Gbits per second simultaneously.
USB 3.0, on the other hand, has a signaling rate of 5 Gb/s. USB 3.0 also improve supon previous iterations of USB and now supports full-duplex signaling.
As you can see, Thunderbolt has about twice the data bitrate as USB 3.0.
Thunderbolt is based on Apple’s DisplayPort technology, meaning that you can use an older Mini DisplayPort device right into it and it’ll work. You can also use the typical adapter sfor DVI, HDMI and VGA. However, when it comes to other Thunderbolt devices, such as hard drives and audio interfaces, the question of backwards compatibility is moot. There are no Thunderbolt devices on the market right now other than displays.
USB 3.0 is perfectly backwards compatible with all USB 2.0 devices. That’s good news, because there are vast quantities of USB 2.0 devices still on the shelves, including newer and older models. Plus, it’s unlikely that users will want to get rid of their existing USB 2.0 devices before their lifespan has expired. USB 3.0 makes it a smooth transition.
AMD vs. Intel?
Thunderbolt is striclty an Intel technolgoy, meaning you won’t be able to find a Thunderbolt port on a computer that’s based on AMD chipsets or other off-brand CPUs. That may be a factor, now that the market has somewhat cooled in its preference for Intel over AMD. Aside from the geeky elite, most users see no discernible performance difference between AMD and Intel processors. The inclusion of Thunderbolt with Intel CPUs may change that slightly.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 could conceivably co-exist. We’ve already seen Apple embrace FireWire and USB while the Windows world largely eschewed the former technology. This may be a similar situation that we’ll see in the future with Thunderbolt. Thunderbolt is likely to appeal to the digital media professional crowd while largely flying under the radar of the general consumer base.
I just returned my MBP 2011 15" + Thunderbolt Display; but only because I still have my MBP 15" mid2010. I thought I'd need an external monitor because its hella useful but its kinda unnecessary for me right now cause I'm just a first year computer science major but I do plan on buying one for my 2nd year when I'll actually need it and then I can justify the upgrade lol
rumors are of a 15" macbook pro w/ the design of an air if you guys read up on that kinda stuff