With the much talked about release of the Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle with Thunderbolt, a lot of people have asked us “What is the difference between USB and Thunderbolt?”.
USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt
|SuperSpeed USB 3.0||Thunderbolt|
|Power for devices||4.5 watts||10 watts|
|Cost||$4.49 (for 2-meter cable)||$49.00 (for 2-meter cable)|
|Connector size||11.5mm X 4.5mm||8.3mm X 5.4mm|
|Downloading 25GB HD movie||60-75 seconds||30 seconds|
Source: Intel, USB-IF
This video from lockergnome explains, in more depth, the differences between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt.
Aside from speed, what are the differences between these two ports, and can you switch between the two using an adapter?
In this video, LockerGnome’s Brandon Wirtz tackles the tough questions surrounding these two standards, and explains how the two technologies differ.