Originally Posted by gsa700
Ethernet has too much overhead for that I think. Someone smarter on that may no better but I think this will beat Ethernet. Also, if Intel and Apple throw their weight behind this, it will probably succeed.
Firewire failed mostly because USB was good enough for most things and eSATA killed it for external disks.
Yea but ethernet is a standard that we already have, I'll have to check about the ethernet overhead. I don't see this catching on in the PC space were profit margins are thinner and motherboard manufacturers don't want to pay for another controller. USB is ubiquitous and backwards compatible.
Originally Posted by oregonducks45
except that its 10gb/s data then another 10gb/s for video (rated specs). so you could be transferring 10gb/s and still run several high resolution monitors on the same port
You are correct but is this isn't a problem to most consumers. How does intel sell this to the lowest common denominator. A motherboard with Thunderbolt will cost more money to manufacture than a motherboard with just USB 3.0. This price increase will be passed on to the consumer.
Most people don't even have the hard drives to max out USB 3.0 which is 640 MB/s. I don't see it catching on outside of Apple space.Edited by Lt.JD - 3/1/11 at 9:10pm