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I wanted to take an informal poll to see if the enthusiast community is excited about this new technology or do you see it as:

1. Gimmicky (no real everyday practical use/need for most users)
2. Evolutionary (progression from USB 1,2,& 3.0, FireWire, and etc.)
3. Revolutionary (desktop and mobile computing has taken a major leap forward)

I will cast the first vote by stating I have no idea how I would use this port because I don't use any peripherals, but I can see how others could benefit from the increase in speed/bandwidth.

No.2 for me

http://venturebeat.com/2011/02/24/li...-thunderbolt/#

Above is a link for the short and skinny on Thunderbolt
    
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Quote from the article...

Quote:
According to Intel, Thunderbolt’s speeds will allow users to transfer a full high-definition movie (between 10 gigabytes and 20 gigabytes in size) in less than 30 seconds.
Right, from which/to which storage device would that be?

Considering the timing of this, very strongly #1.

Edit: Also, stupid icon that a lot of people will interpret as electricity.
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If it does what it says I think it will be awesome.
    
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post #5 of 36
Quote:
Originally Posted by dejanh View Post
Edit: Also, stupid icon that a lot of people will interpret as electricity.
I never thought of that!

And I'll say it for like the third time in 24 hours: Light Peak Thunderbolt will be Apple's next Firewire.
    
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I never thought of that!

And I'll say it for like the third time in 24 hours: Light Peak Thunderbolt will be Apple's next Firewire.


FireWire was kind of a bust!
    
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Quote:
Originally Posted by HrlmWrld View Post
FireWire was kind of a bust!
Except not really. Firewire was pretty large especially in the video industry. It's transfer rates were incredible. Sure, it's dying a slow death but there's a lot of tech that has done the same. Look at floppies, SCSI, Zipdrives... All had their time and place.

I think this new Thunderbolt tech is pretty awesome. And considering it's major developer is Intel, I think we'll be seeing it on lots of new mobo's by the end of the year.
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Originally Posted by XNine View Post
Except not really. Firewire was pretty large especially in the video industry. It's transfer rates were incredible. Sure, it's dying a slow death but there's a lot of tech that has done the same. Look at floppies, SCSI, Zipdrives... All had their time and place.

I think this new Thunderbolt tech is pretty awesome. And considering it's major developer is Intel, I think we'll be seeing it on lots of new mobo's by the end of the year.

I agree all tech has a niche market that absolutely gets it and uses it to it's fullest potential, I used FW when did external backups for my MBP and Mac Pro.

I'd like to say you can never have too much money or too much bandwidth.
    
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But you are all failing to see the key point...

There is nothing out in the market that can saturate the bandwidth or come even close.

To saturate this you would need minimum 5 Vertex 2 drives in RAID-0, or 3 newer Vertex 3 drives in RAID-0 transferring highly compressible data. So tell me, what kind of practical use does this have? Not to mention that the fastest drives out in the market right now would certainly perform much worse when it comes to transferring incompressible data (Sanforce does not do well with incompressible data) so you can very easily double the above required drives to saturate the bandwidth...

Honestly, right now this is completely useless. Don't get me wrong though, it is a good tech seemingly but for all intents and purposes it is too early to market.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dejanh View Post
Quote from the article...

Right, from which/to which storage device would that be?
I chuckled.
But then, I thought: a RAID0 array of SATAIII (6Gbps) SSD's would be able theoretically be bottlenecked if you daisy-chain them on a single LightPeak interface.

I'm less interested in Apple, and more interested in this quote FTA:
Quote:
The protocol is smart enough to know what you’re intending to use it for — for example, it will function as a disk interface if you plug in a Thunderbolt-capable disk drive, but if you plug in a Thunderbolt monitor, it will instead function as a display interface.
I wonder what the implications would be for monitor technology
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