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Windows 7: Thunderbolt vs. USB, HDMI, PCIe Cable: How does it compare?


25 Jun 2012   #11

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Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

Agree, eSATA is the best way to go for external HDD.

Thunderbolt's first hurdle is cost, if too expensive the vast majority of users won't pay for it given a choice, the second is cost vs productivity increase which is subjective.
For my personal laptop/desktop the speed increase won't justify the cost at this time.
For a small percentage of business laptops/desktops it may be viable.
It does have potential for improving SSD performance.

If the cost is reduced and it becomes a standard, bringing the cost down further, it has a shot.
As far as a technological performance increase it's a great idea.


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26 Jun 2012   #12

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Their are two markets.
1. If its faster I want it.
2. If its faster and I need it I want it.
Number 2 being the larger.
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27 Jun 2012   #13

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Looks like Thunderbolt is going mainstream.

ASUS P8Z77-V Premium

Click on the video. Its long winded but interesting.

Jim
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30 Jun 2012   #14

W7 X-64 W8.1 X-64 Opensuse 13.1 W2003 Server
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lkgriffith View Post
At least the manufacturer of the system no longer has to spend $0.69 for an extra SATA port. That means they can save $69.00 of the reduction in profit that represents. After all, the customer doesn't know they have a times ten multiplier on the cost of materials added to the final price. The interesting thing is that this will work until the competition discovers they can more than make up for the difference by charging the end customer $40.00 less. Soon the savings will become negative because the customer base will discover value delivered can be had at a much lower price.

That is how it is possible that we can buy a four pound portable battery powered super computer for under $500 that can blow away a multi mega dollar super computer of a decade ago.

The moral to this story is to wait a generation of technology and then buy a second level system. Leave the top of the line on the table. You don't need it. If your ego does, be prepared to spend through the nose for equipment that will become obsolete in less than six months.

This message is created on an eight year old computer with expanded memory taken from old and burned out computer equipment, a for year old low cost graphics card plugged into its second system, and a three year low cost 500 gig ATA drive also plugged into its second system. Running a $50 Windows 7 Home Premium OS also on its second system. The last out of pocket expense was the $50 for Windows 7 at introduction. It works great for my purposes.

Viva la competition!

PS: Windows 8 release preview won't install on my hardware. No problem. I don't want it clogging my system and wouldn't use it if I were able to. I do have it installed as a second partition OS on a four year old laptop for evaluation. It won't be used as a production system.
Hi there

true to a point -- but why not get the best of BOTH worlds
shell out for a 120 GB SSD which you can move to another machine when you need it -- and that old clonker of yours will race again !!.

SSD's will improve almost ANY system --often the improvement is dramatic on OLDER equipment --it's very rarely lack of processing power that causes poor performance on home computers.

Cheers
jimbo
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10 Jul 2012   #15

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Interesting review of Apple display with Ethernet, Firewire and USB ports feed by one Thunderbolt cable. The display has ETH, FW and USB controllers built in and uses the PCIe feed of Thunderbolt. The screen uses DisplayPort over Thunderbolt.
The display acts as a docking station for Laptops so you only need one port to run your external devices.
Apple had a 1 yr exclusive on Thunderbolt but that has expired.

AnandTech - The Apple Thunderbolt Display Review



Jim
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11 Jul 2012   #16

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote:
Intel's high-speed communications technology is pitted against strong incumbent interfaces -- and the nascent PCI Express Cable could provide more competition.
Read more at:
Thunderbolt vs. USB, HDMI, PCIe Cable: How does it compare? | Business Tech - CNET News
This has no bearing on HDMI that I can see!
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11 Jul 2012   #17

Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64bit, Windows 7 HP 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Runckle_SP1 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
Quote:
Intel's high-speed communications technology is pitted against strong incumbent interfaces -- and the nascent PCI Express Cable could provide more competition.
Read more at:
Thunderbolt vs. USB, HDMI, PCIe Cable: How does it compare? | Business Tech - CNET News
This has no bearing on HDMI that I can see!
The current setup of Thunderbolt has DisplayPort channel which competes with HDMI.

Jim
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11 Jul 2012   #18

Stools
 
 

So instead of having 2 cables to your HD tv you have one.
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