Items tagged with Thunderbolt

Not to be outdone in the speed department by the new USB 3.0-capable WD My Passport for Mac external drives, Western Digital’s new My Book VelociRaptor Duo line of external drives boasts a pair of smoking fast Thunderbolt ports. What’s more, the device has two 10,000 RPM 1TB WD VelociRaptor drives rumbling inside, and between them and the Thunderbolt interface, the unit offers about as much speed as you can get from an external storage system without slapping in an SSD. In fact, WD states that the My Book VelociRaptor Duo offers transfer rates of 400MBps. According to the company, the... Read more...
Drobo is dropping another couple of storage arrays into the market--the Drobo 5D and Drobo Mini, both of which boast one USB 3.0 and two Thunderbolt ports (with free included cables)--and the pair are now available for preorder. Built for the media-crazed home user, creative pros with heavy media needs, or simply businesses looking for better storage, the Drobo 5D supports up to five 3.5-inch (or smaller) disks plus an mSATA drive and features carrier-less bays and power fail protection with a total capacity of up to 20TB. The smaller Drobo Mini is essentially the same product in a small package... Read more...
GIGABYTE announced its new GIGABYTE 7 series motherboards complete with dual onboard Thunderbolt ports. Each Thunderbolt port supports maximum data transfer speeds with simultaneous bi-directional data transfer at speeds up to 10Gbps. You'll find dual Thunderbolt ports on the GIGABYTE Z77X-UP5 TH and GIGABYTE Z77X-UP4 TH motherboards. These GIGABYTE Thunderbolt motherboards can be connected to up to 12 devices and 3 digital displays simultaneously. Thanks to the onboard Thunderbolt technology, users will be able to transfer 1TB of data in just five minutes.  The Z77X-UP5 TH and Z77X-UP4 TH... Read more...
Intel's Light Peak technology eventually matured into what now is known in the market as Thunderbolt, which debuted initially as an Apple I/O exclusive last year. As we mentioned in our IDF coverage a few years ago, Light Peak was being developed by Intel in collaboration with Apple. So it wasn't a huge surprise that Apple got an early exclusivity agreement, but there were actually a number of other partners on board as well, including Aja, Apogee, Avid, Blackmagic, LaCie, Promise and Western Digital. Thunderbolt has been available on some Apple systems for over a year now and it’s been met... Read more...
We have been talking about Intel's Thunderbolt technology here at HotHardware since well before it received its official name. Way back in the day, Thunderbolt went by the Intel codename "Light Peak". We had discussed Intel’s Light Peak technology on a number of occasions over the last few years and caught glimpses of the technology at work at past Intel Developers Forums. Light Peak eventually matured into what now is known in the market as Thunderbolt technology, which debuted initially as an Apple I/O exclusive last year. As we mentioned in our IDF coverage... Read more...
It’s been a busy day on the Apple beat, with the company announcing updates to many of its products from the stage at WWDC. Much has been speculated about what Apple would do with its MacBook Pro line, but now we have the official word. There’s a new 15-inch MacBook Pro, and it’s quite an update. For starters, the machine is 0.71 inches thick and weighs in at 4.46lbs and has a Retina display that boasts over 5 million pixels for a resolution of 2880x1800, which purportedly makes the individual pixels indistinguishable to the human eye from a normal working distance. The display... Read more...
In this latest episode of HotHardware's Two and Half Geeks webcast, Dave, Marco and Iyaz discuss Dell's brand new XPS One 27 All-in-One Ivy Bridge Desktop, Intel's Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU (Desktops), Intel's Core i5-3427U Ivy Bridge CPU For Ultrabooks, our Quad-Channel DDR3 Memory Round-Up, and a little tease about some Thunderbolt-enabled gear we've got in the lab right now from Asus, Intel and Promise... Show Notes: 01:40 - Dell XPS One 27 All-in-One Desktop, Ivy Bridge-Infused 07:29 - Intel Core i5-3470 Ivy Bridge Quad-Core CPU Review 11:15 - Intel Core i5-3427U: Ivy Bridge for... Read more...
Asus isn't the only motherboard manufacturer who is unleashing Thunderbolt technology today. MSI also announced the official release of its Z77A-GD80 motherboard with Thunderbolt support. This motherboard was showcased at CES 2012 in January. The Z77A-GD80 features the newest Intel Z77 chipset with support for the new generation 22nm processors. With the Thunderbolt interface, users will get two-way bandwidth up to 10Gbps as well as power for external devices. The Z77A-GD80 uses Military Class III components and features MSI's one-second overclocking OC Genie II and UEFI / Windows dual-graphical... Read more...
ASUS launched its P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard which features the Thunderbolt connection interface. Thunderbolt promises transfer speeds that are twice as fast as USB 3.0 and up to 20 times faster than USB 2.0. It offers simultaneous bi-directional 10Gbps transfer speeds over a single cable, with the flexibility to daisy-chain up to six Thunderbolt-ready devices. As the flagship of the P8Z77 Series, this motherboard features true 4-way NVIDIA SLI and 4-way AMD CrossFireX on the PCIe Gen 3.0 slots. The P8Z77-V PREMIUM motherboard also features advanced SSD Caching II, an onboard 32GB mSATA based... Read more...
LaCie is looking to take advantage of the Thunderbolt interface on new Macs with an eSATA hub. Users can connect eSATA drives to their Macs without relying on an ExpressCard slot (and getting slightly better 3Gb/s performance). The hubs each have two Thunderbolt ports, making daisy-chaining devices possible and apparently without losing performance. LaCie says that you can have up to a dozen eSATA devices running on a daisy chain at once (using up to six hubs), including display and storage devices. The hubs are available for sale now for $199. Upgrade Existing Storage with the LaCie eSATA Hub... Read more...
Western Digital is now shipping its first external hard drive with Thunderbolt technology. The new My Book Thunderbolt Duo is a dual-hard drive storage system that offers double-safe data protection. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is available in 4TB and 6TB capacities and supports RAID 0, 1, and JBOD options. There are dual Thunderbolt ports on the drive so you can daisy-chain multiple My Book Thunderbolt Duo devices or other peripherals. The My Book Thunderbolt Duo is currently available for $599.99 (4 TB) and $699.99 (6 TB). WD® Shipping My Book® Thunderbolt™ Duo Dual-Drive Storage... Read more...
At long last, LaCie's 2big Thunderbolt Series has arrived and is up for sale on the company's website, provided you have the scratch. Initially available in 4TB and 6TB sizes, these big drives command equally big price tags, with the lower capacity model costing $649 and the larger size drive going for $799. That works out to about 16 cents per gigabyte on the 4TB drive, and 13 cents per gigabyte on the 6TB model. That's not terrible considering these come equipped with a Thunderbolt interface and offer up transfer speeds of up to 327MB/s. According to LaCie, that means you can transfer 1TB of... Read more...
There’s no doubt that Thunderbolt is establishing a foothold in the industry, but things are still at that awkward stage where the technology is here and available, but there aren’t too many hard drives shipping with the interface on board. Of those that are shipping, many are priced rather high. Seagate’s in-between solution, available now, is the GoFlex Thunderbolt adapter, which allows you to mount a GoFlex portable drive and connect to a Thunderbolt port for those lightning-fast (er, thunderbolt-fast?) transfer speeds promised by the new technology. The adapter will run you... Read more...
Western Digital today announced it will demonstrate the ultra-fast data transfer rates of its upcoming My Book Thunderbolt Duo dual-drive storage system at the Macworld/iWorld show. The Thunderbolt-equipped My Book gives the storage system access to up to 10Gbps of theoretical throughput on each of two channels in both directions. According to Western Digital, HD media creators will be able to transfer a standard size full-length HD movie in less than 30 seconds, or less time than it takes to heat up a glass of water in the microwave. "Thunderbolt technology offers the speed needed for creative... Read more...
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