Report: Intel Prepping Low-Cost Thunderbolt Controller for Early 2012

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GoldenMonkey

Of course we don't need any of this, but seeing technology move forward is a good thing. If everyone had the attitude of we don't need this and we don't need that then computers might never exist nor will cars, cell phones, and everything that we take for granted today. In 10 years USB 3.0 might even be too slow for your needs so why keep an attitude that's stuck in the present. Look to the future.

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Holly Golightly

I really am fine with just using USB 3.0 to transfer files from my flash drive to my computer. I do not need the extra speed. So Intel can keep their Thunderbolt and Firewire ports. I don't need another port I am not going to use. Now if AMD comes with a competition, I would consider them instead. Sorry...

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jimmythestu

For starters she's probably not a chick.  Next I'll take Thunderbolt over USB 3.0 what since I'm not so hung up over it anymore.  And yes I'm running an AMD system with USB 3.0.  The new Macbook I bought has a Thunderbolt port in it and runs incredibly faster with Lion and Windows 7 Ultimate with XP running.  Still have a couple of legacy programs that need XP. (Thank You Franklin-Covey for your non support) I guess she/he is against Display Port which is what configuration Thunderbolt is although it does much more.  Belkin is coming out with new adapters for it.  I think it will be a lot more even than the Firewire/USB thing although we all know Firewire was faster.  When monitors start coming out with Display Port more often the logical thing to do is just get a Thundrbolt Port to connect to it and everything else since it can handle it with ease and probably grace. 

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Holly Golightly

First off, I am a girl. I do not know where you come from, but where I come from, there aren't much men, if any at all are named Holly. Maybe where you come from men have names like Stephanie and Jennifer, but believe me, I am not some dude that happens to have a woman's name. Look, the only thing I ever connect to my laptop is just a USB thumb drive. I use it to transfer files from my laptop to print them onto my school's desktop printers. Tell me Jimmy, are you a chick? Or a fruit? Because your laptop just proved you are. Apples are fruits, you know... L.O.L.! Keep life simple, do everything wirelessly. Windows can run every program Ma¢intosh runs, plus much, much more. I still have never used that firewire port in my old desktop. Probably never will. Everything I buy has a USB cable! Smartphones? USB. Keyboards? USB Mice? USB. Web Cameras? USB. MP3 players? USB. Flatscreen TVs do not even use Display Port. Not even school projectors support them. Intel just has a history putting useless ports onto people's electronics. No thanks, I do not want to have a whole bunch of wires behind my computer. It is easier to have everything connect to just 1 port. Yes, FireWire is faster than USB 2.0, Display Port is thinner than DVI, and Thunderbolt is faster than USB 3.0... But most large companies will not include these extra wires to their products when they know everybody has a USB interface. In reality, people want simplicity. USB 2.0 fits in USB 3.0 ports, and vise-versa. That means the 10 billion USB devices that exist on this planet wont be deemed useless afterall. How many fireport products even exist? I bet less than 1 million. Most people do not need the extra ports just like they don't need you to "correct" their gender.

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jimmythestu

I thought you might be but one can never be too carefull.  I thought like you once that Windows could do everything.  Much to my shagrin that no it can't  Neither OS's can do what either of them can do.  Just take your Windows laptop into a high power graphics environment like I have had to do for the last twenty years and get handed a file With the statement "here put it on your machine and see if it looks the same."  It doesn't.  They render different.  Just the way it is.  When your talking output on a machine they just spent 95,000 dollars on the least you can do is have th same OS.  Hell I had to tell a lady the output wasn't the same on her MFP because she was printing from two different computers.  One had an ATI card the other had a Nvidea.  It rendered different.  Why do you think 6 out of 10 people think AMD (ATI at the time) "looks " better.  I bought a Mac because it was less hassel to put other OS's as I needed them.  I was so hung up on getting USB 3.0 I almost didn't buy a Mac for the simple reason it didn't have USB 3.0.  My machine I just built, AMD by the way waiting for Bulldozer to show up had USB 3.0 on it.  But I started really reading and researching what it took to build a Hackintosh and the pro's and con's of Thunderbolt.  Just get the Mac.  It was easier.  More legal.  I've been building and hacking since the 80286.  The one thing I have learned is to take the blinders off.  If your a good as I think you are you should be into trying Linux and Macs and everything else out there.  Dive in doll, the waters fine.  Or your going to get left behind.  Theres a guy at work, Windows fan boy.  He's in for a rude awakening because he can't do both     

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Holly Golightly

Originally I was not a fan of Windows. I did not like the idea of spending $100 on an OS. These prices are truly insane. However, it is more economically practical to work on a Windows machine with more power, than it is to work on a Mac with less power. If I knew how to tweak operating systems and kernels, believe me, I would have Linux run all my Windows games, but I do not have this kind of talent. For now, PC Gamers really do not have much of a choice in what OS, it is Windows, or another OS that may run some of your games. As for Thunderbolt, I really doubt that companies will suddenly make thumb drives for this. They will make it for USB 3.0 because it is backward and forward compatable. Thunderbolt is not physically compatable with FireWire... Another Intel technology.

They are like the Sony of interfaces. Think about it. Sony has always made physical formats, but they are dead. Laser Disks, Mini Disks, Beta Max... Blu-Ray was finally a success, only to be overtaken by digital downloads. Intel, like Sony has always made the better product, but their lack of flexibility is what often causes them both to fail frequently. So I am really not worried about Thunderbolt.

Windows 8 is the future. It has by far the most revolutionary UI since Windows 95. This thing is going to be huge! An instant hit no doubt. I support Linux no matter what, but I need to have games run on that platform before I could even consider them. Still, I would like to see a little more competition. This is something Apple has never done over the past 30 years. They only now have 10% of the PC buying market. Apple's best chance is mobile. They make better mobile products because they are flexible. I can connect an iPhone or iPad onto any cheapo computer I feel like. They have unlimited apps. The physical products have a wide variety of cheap 3rd party support. Macs, are mega expensive. $17,000 for a fully equiped Mac Pro. The Macbook Pro can run you up $2,500. Most people would go broke with these computers. However, everyone can afford a $200 iPhone. Macs only run 75% of all programs and games? So chances are you may hit compatability issues. By hacking your mac, you void your warranty with Apple. Macs are not easily upgradable. They are freaking expensive, and you can not swap the battery or the ram. Anything Apple pretty much operates on a closed platform. So I would rather go for the universally accepted Windows computer than to buy an expensive machine only 10% of the world even cares to use. Why even bother with the mac in the first place?

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jimmythestu

Your a fan girl plain and simple.  95% of the graphics world uses Mac's that's why I have to know it and use it  I have a gaming rig at home that is windows.  Thunderbolt is more versatile you can do more with it.  By the way yes you can upgrade the ram and you can change the battery.  Already upgraded mine.  It was easy.  Know what your talking about before you go off.  I'm tired of this.  You sound like one of my kids and they are older than you except the one that just got into high school.  Eventually they just sorta go "Oh, I didn't know it could do that."  I get it all the time when I have to connect printers and they say "How come the Macs are so easy and the windows takes so long".  Two mouse clicks and a password and I'm on wireless.  Was just in a class for a new MFP.  I was printing before all the windows machines were still putting in their IP addresses.  It's just easier.  I can do Windows prining from SMB to standard ip to LPR ports.  Just takes longer.  I still have to know them all.  I have clients with all 3 types of OS's.  It's weird how they all expect their stuff to work on your machine.  And I make it happen.  The point is make yourself multidimensional unless your not going into the technical field.  Then just stay where you are and move out of the way for the rest of us.

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Holly Golightly

Ok, we all know that you know your ABCs. 95% of the world may create on macs, but 95% of the world's finished products work exclusively on Windows, of which 90% of the world buys PCs. And you can not change the battery of the Mac Air, iPad, and iPhone because if you do, you void warranty. Changing your battery is best left to the Apple Geniuses... Because they know their market... Incredibly well. Rich, dumb, and easy to brainwash. It is easier to have a mouse with 2 buttons than there is to have a mouse with the one big button. Also, Apple does not use regular ram. You have to buy Mac ram. Seems a little stupid... But that perfectly describes their market now, doesn't it? Also, not every videocard has drivers that are fully compatable with a mac. Lastly, most games do not run on a mac. So yes, you go ahead and print 10 seconds faster with your mac... I do not need a printer in my home because I embrace the digital world of eReading. Mac people are so gosh darn wasteful.

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Nimrod

you sound hot if you need any body to fill your unused ports holla at me

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Holly Golightly

Oookay...

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TechNinja49

I totally agree, exept with the AMD bias... Intel FTW!!! =P

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Holly Golightly

If it was not for AMD, Intel processors would not be as fast. Intel has stepped up their game in the processing speed to be fair, but I am with the other guys because they are more efficient. Not to mention, the motherboards are backward and forward compatable. Fully upgradeable. I hate the fact that with each Intel generation come with 2 different CPU sockets. Often they are mega expensive and outdate one the processor is no longer supported. This is why I like AMD that much better. Anyhow, everything runs on USB. Even toasters... It is insane. LMAO!!!!!!

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