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When do you think sandy bridge motherboards with Thunderbolt will be ready for us?

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I think the adoption of a new really fast standard is the most exciting thing about the new Mac Books.

It's 2x the speed of usb 3.0, can run displayport, and can be chained. I like when you can chain stuff, I'm silly that way.

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Intended to replace many or all of the high-speed buses in modern PCs, just as USB replaced many lower-speed ports, Thunderbolt is meant to have the bandwidth and low latency to support high-performance systems such as eSATA and FireWire, as well as DisplayPort v1.1a through an implementation on its driver chip.[3]

A single Thunderbolt port supports a daisy chain of up to seven Thunderbolt devices; up to two of these devices may be high-resolution displays.[5] Thunderbolt's protocol architecture allows all products connected in a daisy chain to synchronize their time within 8ns of each other.[3]

The interface was originally designed to use flexible optical fiber cables, but a version using conventional copper wiring was also developed to furnish the desired 10 Gb/s bandwidth at less cost. This also allowed the system to drive other copper-based ports, and was combined with the DisplayPort plug to allow a single expansion port to drive any external device. Thunderbolt essentially combines PCI Express and DisplayPort into a new serial data interface that can be carried over longer and less costly cables. Because PCI Express is widely supported by device vendors and built into most of Intel's modern chipsets, Thunderbolt can be added to existing products with relative ease. Intel's implementation of the port adaptor folds Thunderbolt and DisplayPort data together, allowing both to be carried over the same cable at the same time.
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I dislike intel monopoly
5-6gbps is fast enough for me
even 1gbps is (copied 6gb in 5 mins )
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My gut tells me we will see it with the Z chipsets.
    
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Originally Posted by nukefission View Post

I dislike intel monopoly
5-6gbps is fast enough for me
even 1gbps is (copied 6gb in 5 mins )
So a 120G music collection would take how long to sync? Backup 2tb? You cant't argue with fast, it's always better, haha.

Plus 1 single port can be the equivalent of say... 3 e-sata, 2 display and 4 usb ports, but faster than all.

PS

5gb in a few seconds is the demo intel does.
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They've just started to have USB 3.0 motherboards. Could be that Thunderbolt will be like Firewire, sorta out there but never really mainstream. Time will tell...
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Agreed that firewire wasn't mainstream, but it was very well supported and is still in use and supported with tons of legacy devices and a lot of current ones. Video cameras in the millions. New Pro Audio interfaces and mixers in 2011 will still be using firewire.

I do video, sound and photography, and I think 1 cable out of your computer beats 7 any day.

And there's an upgrade plan... to optical and much faster interfaces. It might be ok to have the new firewire, even though I would prefer if it gains mass acceptance.

Really you can barely buy anything but usb 2.0 hard drives mainstream.
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