Intel's Thunderbolt Thumb Drive is Twice as Fast as USB 3.0



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Interesting, though there are some details that are lacking. For one, does it actually require a $50 Thunderbolt cable, or can it plug directly into a Thunderbolt port? And if the latter, does that mean it includes the active Thunderbolt components? And if so, wow, this thing must be pricey.

On top of that, the fastest consumer grade SSDs are only like 500MB/sec read, which is only 4 Gbps. So USB3 isn't even maxed out at those speeds. Does that mean this thing is some kind of RAID? SSD + Thunderbolt + RAID is awesome, but clearly not designed for average consumption. It's likely priced for the enterprise, but at that point, it seems a little niche as there are already faster internal buses for the enterprise. I guess it would be useful for companies that deal in a lot of video transfers. The NFL...



i truly dont trust thunderbolt. all the reviews have show that the cable can heat up to some high temps. ill stick to my usb 3.0 and asus BSOD drivers instead. when they can fix the heat issues in the future, then maybe ill change.



They may have the world's fastest pen drive but good luck finding a PC to use it with. Thunderbolt is taking off like USB 3.0 did at its inception, so it seems to me, and that is poetic justice given Intel's attempts to thwart USB 3 proliferation (which, as we MPC readers know, they denied lol).


The Mac

The interface may be faster but thumb-drive memory write cycle speeds are abysmal.

You could put it on PCIe x16 and it still wouldn't make it any faster.

unless Intel is impying it has put highspeed SSD class MLC memory chips in there, in which case they wouldnt be cheap, or small.



And yet no speed is quoted. I'll believe it when they start talking numbers.


Paper Jam

If you could buy one of those thumb drives, what would it cost? If a Thunderbolt cable is $50, and a 128 GB USB 2.0 flash drive costing around $100, would $500 for this thing even come close?



Wow... just imagine what we could achieve if SATA weren't capped at 6Gb/s...


John Pombrio

There would be something else in the PC that would bottleneck the speed. Memory perhaps, or the ability of the CPU processing the data coming in. There is only so much data you can pass over a trace on a mobo, as it is, a 1GHz signal traveling over a copper trace is .6(speed of light in copper)* 11.78" (1GHz in vacuum)= a little over 6 inches. Trace length becomes an issue.
We are going to need optical computers to really speed thing up...



No kidding. I'm sick of SATA. It's slowing us down. Time triple the spec to ~20GBPS or move onto a new standard.

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