Thunderbolt 3

Thunderbolt 3 has enabled a number of interesting use-cases that were simply not possible with earlier high-speed external interfaces. The technology allows for four lanes of PCIe 3.0 to become available over a USB Type-C interface, which can be further combined with power, DisplayPort video, and other forms of data. As a result, one of the most prominent use-cases for Thunderbolt 3 has been using it to attach an external GPU. DIY enthusiasts have previously tried this with Thunderbolt 2 enclosures, but, there was no official support from the vendors. This changed with Thunderbolt 3 and the creation of an official eGFX standard. These days, a number of eGFX enclosures are already available in the market. For today's review we're taking a look at PowerColor's...

OWC Unveils Second-Gen ThunderBlade External SSDs: 2800 MB/s Starting at $799

OWC this week introduced its second-generation ThunderBlade external SSDs, which are aimed squarely at the high-end, max performance external storage market. Offering up to 2800 MB/s sequential read speeds...

2 by Anton Shilov on 2/4/2019

Quick Look: Using WD's Black SN750 SSD as a Thunderbolt 3 External Drive

External SSDs with a Thunderbolt 3 interface are still the only option for users looking to get high-end performance in a bus-powered portable device. These SSDs have become possible...

7 by Ganesh T S on 1/18/2019

CES 2019: PowerColor & VisionTek Launch Compact eGFX Solutions

The majority of Thunderbolt 3-enabled external chassis for video cards are rather big in order to accommodate high-end graphics adapters that tend to feature large PCBs and cooling systems...

13 by Anton Shilov on 1/11/2019

Dell at CES 2019: Latitude 7400 2-in-1 with 24hr Battery, Optional QC Modem

Ahead of CES 2019, Dell introduced its new Latitude 7400 2-in-1 convertible laptop that brings together high portability, a rich feature set, and an extremely long battery life. One...

23 by Anton Shilov on 1/4/2019

Sapphire’s GearBox Thunderbolt 3 eGFX Box w/ 500W PSU Now Available

Sapphire has started sales of its external Thunderbolt 3 enclosure for video cards. The GearBox TB3 eGFX box can accommodate a high-end graphics card and also offers additional USB...

14 by Anton Shilov on 12/6/2018

Panasonic Announces Its First Thunderbolt 3 SSDs

Panasonic has unveiled its first external SSDs featuring a Thunderbolt 3 interface. Panasonic’s Thunderbolt 3 Compact Lightweight Portable SSD enables the company to offer high-performance storage devices for its...

10 by Anton Shilov on 11/30/2018

OWC Announces 14-in-1 Thunderbolt 3 Dock: Now with microSD, 85 W Power Delivery

OWC this week introduced its new flagship Thunderbolt 3 dock, which features 14 ports. Living up to its flagship aspirations, the “one dock to rule them all” can also...

22 by Anton Shilov on 11/14/2018

AKiTiO Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro with Aquantia 10 GbE

AKiTiO has announced its new Thunderbolt 3 dock for high-end mobile workstations. AKiTiO’s Thunderbolt 3 Dock Pro features a 10 GbE port enabled by an Aquantia chip, along with...

14 by Anton Shilov on 10/17/2018

MyDigitalSSD Pocket Vault Express (PVX) Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, along with the increasing popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

7 by Ganesh T S on 10/5/2018

Corsair Launches Elgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock

Corsair on Thursday introduced its first Elgato-branded miniature Thunderbolt 3 dock. The product has two 4Kp60-capable display outputs, a USB Type-A port, and a Gigabit Ethernet connector. The minimalistic Elgato...

20 by Anton Shilov on 9/6/2018

Dell Refreshes XPS 13 2-in-1: Amber Lake 5W CPUs with Thunderbolt 3

Dell on Wednesday upgraded its XPS 13 2-in-1 convertible laptops with Intel’s latest codenamed Amber Lake-Y processors. The new systems retained chassis and displays used on the previous-generation XPS...

12 by Anton Shilov on 8/29/2018

The Samsung Portable SSD X5 Review - Thunderbolt 3 and NVMe in a Premium Enclosure

Samsung is launching their first Thunderbolt 3 SSD, the Portable SSD X5, today. It places an OEM version of their 970 EVO NVMe SSD behind an Alpine Ridge controller...

23 by Ganesh T S on 8/28/2018

OSS Unveils Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3-eGPU TB3 Enclosures for NVIDIA Quadro Cards

One Stop Systems has introduced its first external boxes for video cards, which will be offered with factory-installed NVIDIA Quadro professional graphics adapters. The Magma ExpressBox 3T-V3-eGPU enclosures are...

4 by Anton Shilov on 8/17/2018

The Patriot Evlvr Portable Thunderbolt 3 1TB SSD Capsule Review

Phison introduced a reference design for entry-level Thunderbolt 3 SSDs at the 2018 CES. Patriot was one of the first to announce a product based on the reference design...

19 by Ganesh T S on 7/23/2018

A DIY Portable Thunderbolt 3 SSD with the TEKQ Rapide and SanDisk Extreme Pro

The emergence of NVMe SSDs in the compact M.2 form-factor, coupled with the rising popularity of Thunderbolt 3, has enabled a new class of portable high-performance flash storage devices...

14 by Ganesh T S on 7/10/2018

PowerColor Shows Off Tiny Thunderbolt 3 External GPU Boxes Money Can’t Buy

While the Thunderbolt 3 eGFX intiative has been primarily focused on high-end desktop-class video cards – the so-called eGFX Chassis – Intel's eyes have been on a bigger picture...

6 by Anton Shilov on 6/11/2018

Razer Launches Core X TB3 eGFX Enclosure: Cost-Down Version Complements Core v2

Razer launched the Core v2 eGFX enclosure in Q4 2017. It came with a unique industrial design and dual Thunderbolt 3 controllers that justified its price premium over other...

33 by Ganesh T S on 5/22/2018

StarTech Launches ‘Affordable’ Thunderbolt 3 ‘Mini Docks’: USB-A, GbE, DP or HDMI

StarTech on Thursday announced two new Thunderbolt 3 miniature docking stations that the company made more affordable than existing 4-in-1 docks. The Mini Thunderbolt 3 Docks feature two 4Kp60-capable...

18 by Anton Shilov on 5/17/2018

ATTO Connects SAS HDDs/SSDs/Tape Drives to Thunderbolt 3 PCs

Thunderbolt 3-enabled computers continue to gain compatibility with various exotic and special-purpose devices. ATTO this week released its ThunderLink 3128 SATA/SAS Thunderbolt 3 adapter, which can allow a Thunderbolt...

8 by Anton Shilov on 5/11/2018

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