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Anyone tried connecting two Windows 10 PCs via thunderbolt 3?

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Hello,

I found a few articles saying you can connect Macs to each other via thunderbolt but I can't find any how to's on connecting two PCs together although from what I've read it should be possible. Anyone try it? I am currently saturating a 10gbit connection between my PCs but I'm about to build a new server and so my two main PCs will both have thunderbolt 3 ports on them. I'm wondering if I could get better speed or if the ip emulation will slow down the potential throughput of the thunderbolt which is in theory faster than 10gb/s Ethernet.
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Hello,

I found a few articles saying you can connect Macs to each other via thunderbolt but I can't find any how to's on connecting two PCs together although from what I've read it should be possible. Anyone try it? I am currently saturating a 10gbit connection between my PCs but I'm about to build a new server and so my two main PCs will both have thunderbolt 3 ports on them. I'm wondering if I could get better speed or if the ip emulation will slow down the potential throughput of the thunderbolt which is in theory faster than 10gb/s Ethernet.

Sounds complicated to get working reliably. Why not just LAG two 10gb connections together? You can get Intel X540-T2 cards for about $250 which is not bad. Or if you can find a four port card you could always LAG 4 ports together for 40gb between the PCs. Though really if you need more than 20gb/s you probably should be looking into datacenter gear and going up to either 40 or 100 through a single port interface https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/100_Gigabit_Ethernet#100G_interface_types

Could I ask what you are doing that needs more than 1GB/s sustained throughput?
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I'd need a 4 port unit (about $750) as I connect to multiple systems and don't want to buy a $1000 switch. OR I could use a $20 cable if it works.

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