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Do I need Thunderbolt?


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#1 RB_Kandy

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Posted 06 December 2012 - 08:35 PM

I am looking at motherboards. It's gonna be an LGA 1155 ivy bridge built. And the thing that's really on my mind is, should I get one with thunderbolt or not?
I had to recently google "thunderbolt" just to figure out what it was. After scratching my head after reading a long and complex view of its topology I realized "oh, it's like USB and FireWire".

I'm a PC guy. I don't own any device that is Thunderbolt compatible. I seriously don't think I will ever need to transfer files from an external drive at speeds greater than USB 3.0 or eSATA, I mean, if I have that many files I'd just plug it into my SATA3 port and go LOL

As it stands now, I have no use for Thunderbolt. But, the thing I wonder is, will I, in 3 to 5 years, be kicking myself in the rear when Thunderbolt is the new standard for most devices, and I am stuck with the old archaic USB 3.0, like being the poor guy who bought a Beta instead of a VCR.

Edited by Andrew, 06 December 2012 - 09:15 PM.
Mod Edit: Moved to System Building forum - AA


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Posted 06 December 2012 - 09:12 PM

No, you don't need it. If years from now it catches on you can always upgrade with an expansion card like this one.

Edited by Andrew, 06 December 2012 - 09:14 PM.


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Posted 07 December 2012 - 12:20 AM

OK thanks :)

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 07:25 AM

No, you don't need it. If years from now it catches on you can always upgrade with an expansion card like this one.

Don't that thing require a thunderbolt header?

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Posted 15 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

No, it provides Thunderbolt headers/ports and connects to the PC via a PCIe slot (which most motherboards have.)




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