Make the Most of the Thunderbolt 3 Port on your Mac or PC

The Top Accessories and must have items in Thunderbolt 3 and USB 3.1 Gen 2

Great news everyone, Thunderbolt 3 has landed! The super-fast 40GB/s connection pioneers by Intel is now available for both Mac and Windows users alike. In this upgrade from Thunderbolt 2 we can see numerous improvements and changes across both connectibility and speed. First and foremost we should highlight that TB3 is twice the speed of TB2 – so a huge jump from 20GB/S to that industry leading 40GB/s. In real terms that means faster data transmissions between devices, higher quality visuals into Thunderbolt3 enabled displays, much higher power being supplied to connected devices for us and charging and a wider degree of protocol support via this single external connection

What is USB 3.1 Gen 2? And what is USB-C?

Possible the most innovative part of the Thunderbolt3 technology released for Mac and Windows now is the choice to switch from the Thunderbolt connector of old and make the jump to the USB-C connector. This Type-C connector is not the old style of USB that you may be familiar with. For a start, this connection is completely reversible, so no longer do you have to worry about which way up it is. But on top of this, most Thunderbolt 3 host devices give you the option to use the exact same port for TB3, but for USB devices. More over if your device is USB 3.1 Gen 2 enabled, you are able to use the very latest USB 3.1 10GB/s devices (yes, the same speed as Thunderbolt 1). Also, with the aid of a USB-A to USB-C adapter cable or Thunderbolt-to-USB-C cross over, you can connect any older USB or Thunderbolt 1/2 device to your Thunderbolt 3 port and have full access (at the speed the peripheral device would achieve in its native connection) to an even larger selection of accessories. Thunderbolt 3 combined with USB 3.1 Gen 2 via USB Type C really does give you the perfect environment to upgrade to the latest kit, whilst still having backwards compatibility to your older devices.

What are the Recommended and Best Thunderbolt3 Accessories and Peripherals right now?

        Here is what we recommend for those seeking Thunderbolt3 Solutions for their Mac or Windows System
Remember to fully check compatibility with your host system
  AKiTiO Thunderbolt3 PCIe
Thunder3 Node
Graphics Card ePCIe
  StarTech Thunderbolt3
Docking Station
  Promise Pegasus3
Symply Edition R8
48TB RAID 8-Bay
  AKiTiO Thunder3 Duo Pro
  ATTO ThunderLink
2x TB3 to 1x 40Gb (QSFP+)
Fusion Thunderbolt 3

What are the best USB 3.1 Gen 2 items for Mac and Windows right now?

        Here is what we recommend for those seeking USB 3.1 Gen 2 Solutions for their Mac or Windows System
Remember to fully check compatibility with your host system



USB3.1 Gen2 PCIe
ToughTech Duo C
  LaCie 4TB
Rugged USB-C
USB3.1 Gen2 + RAID
Case for 2x 3.5″
  Drobo5-Bay RAID
Drobo 5C
T3 Series
  Seagate 8TB
Docking Station
  SanDisk 1.92TB
Extreme 900



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