The Difference Between Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C

USB type-c commonly known as USB C is a
type of connector and cable utilized in many notebooks and other devices
currently on the market supporting thinner and lighter notebooks
USB C cables are small flippable and reversible and provides power for
notebook charging there are several types of connections available and it’s
important to understand their differences
not all USB C ports are the same Thunderbolt 3 uses USBC connectors and
cables but as a single cable solution delivers the fastest and most versatile
connection to any dock device or display including billions of USB devices
it’s the fastest connection available at speeds up to 40 gigabits per second
Thunderbolt 3 is up to 8 times faster than USB 3.0 allowing you to transfer a
4k movie and under 30 seconds connect to 4k displays with astonishing resolution
contrast and color depth to see your photos videos and gaming with amazing
detail Thunderbolt 3 opens up fresh possibilities enabling thinner notebooks
with fewer connectors while supporting dual 4k displays external graphics
single cable docks with charging fast access to storage look for the
Thunderbolt logo on your next computer and device purchase.

74 thoughts on “The Difference Between Thunderbolt™ 3 and USB-C

  1. if i have a usb-c to displayport cable, will i charge my computer from the monitor?

    thanks for answer 🙂

  2. I have a thunderbolt to Ethernet adaptor on my hp envy laptop to provide speeds of up to 1Gb/s. Its probably not thunderbolt three but man is usb c amazing.

  3. Would be nice if you mentioned that USB 3.1 has 2 generations: USB 3.1 Gen1 (basically rebranded USB 3.0 at 5gb/s) and USB Gen2 (the real USB 3.1 at 10gb/s).

  4. Thunderbolt 3 is only one way up to 40gb, when it goes back to the egpu it loses some power but thunder bolt 4 should resolve that issue.

  5. Why did Intel have to make Thunderbolt 1 and 2 such a difficult release? It's almost impossible to find external devices which connect via Thunderbolt 2, and the few that do exist are insanely expensive.

  6. What if I bought a laptop with just Type – c ? Is there any way I can change my type c or still access such features?

  7. It's funny that Apple is the one who made this port and connector in collaboration with Intel yet the laptop featured in this video is a Windows notebook rather than featuring a MacBook.

  8. justice when delivered will help u forget bout the pain of injustice.
    keep the faith. change however painfully slow, is INEVITABLE.

  9. So, USB-C cables are of many varieties and support only single or dual purposes like charging and data transfer, but Thunderbolt 3 is a USB-C connector with all the purposes like charging, data transfer, 4k external display support, and 8 time's faster than than USB-C 3.0. Am I right ?

  10. My laptop has separate usb c and charging port,I was thinking if I can charge my laptop using usb c with a power bank..🙄

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  12. intinya sama kyk usb ada versi 2.0, 3.0 dan 3.1

    type c juga ada versi2 nya, 2.0, 3.0 3.1, dan yg paling tinggi, thunderbolt 3

    jadi thunderbolt3 sudah pasti usb-c
    tapi usb c blm tentu thunderbolt3

  13. Thank lord almighty that the laptop I've bought has a Thunderbolt 3 cause the GTX 1050ti in there isn't strong enough to play most triple A titles at 60 fps with Ultra. External GPUs here we go boysssss

  14. I have HP OMEN 15dc0008nm (2018.), and I dont now do i have TB3, because i have the logo with USB-C, but when i boghte it it sad 3.1. gen 1 USB C, so do I have it or not?
    sry for english.. 🙂

  15. Please explain to me, if the laptop has a thunderbolt 3 but the connected device does not, does it still have any advantage at all? And let's say if both the device and the laptop supports it, will a USB C cable do or does it need a thunderbolt cable?

  16. I have a usb c port on my desktop but it doesn't have a logo indicating thunderbolt but i can still use a external gpu for it?

  17. Sadly , manufacturers still put the logo on non thunderbolt USB-C ports and cover it up by excuses like it shows that it can take a USB C charger , thunderbolt not for Thunderbolt 3

  18. Hola tengo una duda espero puedan ayudarme, mi pc es un ensamble y tiene una tarjeta madre z390i aorus pro wifi esta viene con dos conectores en el panel trasero ambos son usb 3.1 uno es tipo A el rojito y el otro es un tipo c, el tema es que tengo un programa instalado llamado software thunderbolt de intel esto quiere decir que ambos puertos pueden usarse como thunderbolt3 o solo el tipo c o solo son 3.1 o con ese software pasan de ser 3.1 a thunderbolt ?

  19. Maybe Thunderbolt 4 will have 8 or even 16 pcie lanes for improved performance with eGPUs.I personally use it with a dock and a NVMe SSD on my Razer Blade 15. 2019

  20. if i connect my iPhone 8 Plus to Macbook pro which is thunderbolt-mac enabled … can it still support the thunderbolt 3 technology ?

  21. My laptop has a thunderbolt 3 port, do i need a specific thunderbolt 3 cable to have a speed of up to 40gb/s or any USB c cable would do?

  22. I have an HP ENVY x360 (2017) that has the Thunderbolt logo next to the USB Type-C port. Turns out it is NOT a Thunderbolt 3, but only a USB 3.1 Type-C Gen 1. I thought that logo meant Thunderbolt 3? Or was this just shady branding by the computer manufacturer…

  23. It would of been cool to see a fiber optic cable used in a consumer grade cable but I guess Toslink will remain the only one

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