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Differences between Thunderbolt 5, Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, and USB4

Intel has unveiled its new Thunderbolt 5 technology and says the first computers and accessories using the new high-speed connectors should be available in 2024. As expected, Thunderbolt 5 incorporates the USB4 v2 specification that was launched nearly a year ago, so there aren’t a lot of surprises in the new announcement. But Intel confirms […]

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Razer Blade 14 (2022) gaming laptops gets USB4 certification via a firmware update (Microsoft Pluton security too)

The Razer Blade 14 (2022) is a compact gaming laptop that weighs less than four pounds, but packs premium specs including an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor, NVIDIA RTX 30-series graphics, and up to a 165 Hz display. When Razer first launched the laptop earlier this year, the company noted that its two USB Type-C […]

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Next-gen Thunderbolt will support speeds up to 80 Gbps (is based on USB4 v2 specification)

Intel says the next generation of Thunderbolt technology will allow for bi-directional data transfer speeds up to 80 Gbps, for twice the speed of Thunderbolt 4. And for video applications, Thunderbolt will support the DisplayPort 2.1 specification and 1-way data speeds as high as 120 Gbps. If that sounds familiar, it’s because the USB Promotor […]

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USB4 v2 could be faster than we thought, with speeds up to 120 Gbps

This month the USB Promoter Group announced that an update to the USB4 specification is on the way, and that it will double the top data transfer speeds from 40 Gbps to 80 Gbps. But it turns out that some USB4 v2 devices may go even faster than that, with support for speeds up to […]

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The first USB Type-C cables capable of 240W charging have arrived

It’s been about a year since the USB Implementers Forum announced an update to the USB Type-C specification that, among other things, adds support for 240W charging. Now the first USB cables that actually support that feature have arrived. As spotted by Tom’s Hardware, a company called Club3D has introduced three new USB Type-C cables […]

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Thunderbolt 5 could support 80 Gbps data transfer speeds (leaks)

Computers with Thunderbolt 4 functionality just started shipping last year, but it looks like Intel is already planning for Thunderbolt 5. And it looks like the next-gen standard could support data speeds up to 80 Gbps while retaining the same USB-C connector. That would make Thunderbolt 5 twice as fast as Thunderbolt 4. But it’s […]

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Next-gen USB-C chargers will support 240W power delivery, enough for most laptops

Over the past few years most smartphone makers have switched from micro USB ports to USB Type-C ports, and a growing number of laptops also ship with USB-C power adapters, allowing you to charge many of your gadgets with a single charger. But the most powerful gaming laptops and mobile workstations? They still tend to […]

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Differences between Thunderbolt 4, USB 4, Thunderbolt 3, and USB 3

Thunderbolt 4 and USB4 are next-gen technologies that are similar in a lot of ways. But there are also some key differences. Both use the same USB-C connector. Both are capable of data transfer speeds up to 40GB/s. Both can deliver enough power to charge a laptop, and both can drive an external display. But […]

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You’ll be able to connect an 8K display to a USB 4 port thanks to DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0

USB 4 is on the way, and when it arrives it’ll support data transfer speeds up to 40 Gbps. At least that’s what we learned when the specification was released last year. But it turns out that speeds actually top out at 80 Gbps when using DisplayPort Alt Mode 2.0 to drive an 8K display. […]