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With multiple options being thrown at us, we do feel privileged mostly but a lot of times confused too. Spoiling with choices creates a wave of skepticism which might not be that easy to shove away and for that we need knowledge about those specific technologies before we direct ourselves to conquer one.

The current confusion lies between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C.


Thunderbolt is the child of Intel and Apple reproduced mainly to make things easier and more efficient.  By using this device, Apple was able to combine data and video signals into a singular connector for a portable laptop like a MacBook. Another specification that came into play was the ability to utilize multiple devices from a single peripheral port.

The latest development in the device is its third version which aims to be smaller, quicker and more equipped. In the place of DisplayPort used by the older version, it is based on USB 3.1 and the new Type c. This directs us to a number of new features including the ability to offer power over the cable. Another advantage is the speed of 40Gbps it offers which is the best in the store.

Since the newest version has integrated USB-C to provide a more universal port, there has been a truckload of perplexity about what differs one from another.

We explained what thunderbolt is and what its job holds, now we come to USB-C.

USB has different types and versions which keep on evolving and can be used as per requirement. The type refers to the shape of the cable and the port as well as the design. Version, on the other hand, refers to the speed/power and compatibility. They have been updating over the years and the latest port and version to take the crowd is USB type C and USB 3.1.

The differences that these two hold on to are:

  • Thunderbolt 3 has the features and talent of USB-C but it’s not vice-versa.
  • The Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C have an identical design but if you connect the former to the latter you would have restricted capacities.
  • Thunderbolt 3’s performance is way better in terms of video display as it can display content on two 4k or one 5k display in comparison to one 4k display of USB-C.
  • Thunderbolt is like a flash of the connectors with a speed of 40Gbps in comparison to 10Gbps of USB-C.


So now since we have explained it in detail, we hope you chose your device smartly and know what you require.

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