Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a system - displays, USB devices, external storage, PCI Express, and even graphics cards. The first version of Thunderbolt supported up to 10Gb/s bandwidth (uni-directional) for each port (double that of USB 3.0, but at a much higher implementation cost). Thunderbolt 2 doubled the bandwidth to 20 Gbps per port (bi-directional) by combining the four 10Gb/s channels into two 20Gb/s channels, thus enabling support for 4Kp60 raw video transfer (which may need up to 15 Gbps). Motherboards with Thunderbolt 2 certification started rolling out in the second half of 2013, but peripherals capable of taking advantage of Thunderbolt 2 were quite rare. We were expecting a number of...

LaCie Little Big Disk Thunderbolt 2: Mini Review

LaCie was among the first on the scene to support Intel (and Apple's) Thunderbolt specification with the Little Big Disk. The original Little Big Disk combined two 2.5" HDDs...

10 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/5/2014

Thunderbolt 2 certified on GIGABYTE Z87X-UD7 TH

The drive for faster and more efficient interfaces, particularly those over cables, is driven by a large number of consumer devices producing and displaying higher definition content. This...

23 by Ian Cutress on 12/14/2013

Promise Technology Announces Pegasus2 and SANLink2 Thunderbolt 2 Products

We’ve seen Thunderbolt products from Promise before, and we’ve even heard about some of their upcoming Thuderbolt 2 offerings. Today, Promise is formally announcing four upcoming Thunderbolt 2 products...

40 by Jarred Walton on 10/25/2013

ASUS Introduces Z87-Deluxe/Quad: World’s First Thunderbolt 2 Certified Motherboard

For those that might not be too familiar with the standard, Thunderbolt is Intel’s high-bandwidth, do-everything connector, designed as a potential future path for all things external to a...

56 by Jarred Walton on 8/19/2013

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