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Thunderbolt is too expensive for anything other than "premium" machines

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By Bubbacub on 7/16/2013 11:02:08 AM , Rating: 3
intels strategy is particularly obtuse.

they've made a really expensive connector that gives you a bit more speed than usb 3 for data transfer but the bandwidth isn't enough to make external gpu boxes viable.

an expensive proprietary connector in the same market as usb3 only really makes sense if you have enough bandwidth to leverage the extra capabilities of thunderbolt.

its not rocket science - if you want to charge more you have a practically more useful product - unless you have an apple on the box in which case common sense goes out of the window

RE: doh
By kingmotley on 7/16/2013 11:11:20 AM , Rating: 2
Thunderbolt 2 has 4 times the bandwidth when transferring data one way than USB 3.0 does. For those that need it, there really isn't much of an alternative.

RE: doh
By Bubbacub on 7/16/2013 3:39:56 PM , Rating: 2
i completely agree,

my point is that intel could have significantly increased the size of the pool of people who really 'need it' by giving it 16 lanes worth of pci express bandwidth to allow for external pci express devices i.e. external gpus for laptops

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