What’s the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt?

What is the difference between USB 3.0 and Thunderbolt

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

USB 3.0 vs Thunderbolt

SuperSpeed USB 3.0 Thunderbolt
Speed 4.8Gbps 10Gbps
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.