Intel unveils Thunderbolt 5, a new technology based on USB-C that pushes all the sliders to the maximum.
The USB-C port was intended to be simple and universal, but in reality, it can often disappoint when manufacturers do not play the game. For several years, Intel has made its Thunderbolt brand the symbol of strict specifications. In other words, having a Thunderbolt product is the guarantee of good quality of service for your USB-C port: faster speed and battery charging, compatibility, etc.
With Thunderbolt 5, Intel is going even further.
From USB-C to 120 Gb/s
Thunderbolt 5 is the next generation of Intel technology. Scheduled for 2024, it notably promises a transfer speed of 120 Gb/s, which is three times what Thunderbolt 4 or USB4 offered, 40 Gb/s.
In reality, Intel is pulling the string a bit with this promise since Thunderbolt 5 will in fact be at 80 Gb/s in its most classic uses, to offer a bidirectional connection. The transition to 120 Gb/s will be made exclusively on the connection with external screens, limiting the return to 40 Gb/s, allowing management of two 6K screens simultaneously.
Check all boxes
Beyond the 120 Gb/s feat, what is strong with Thunderbolt 5 is the specifications set by Intel and imposed on PC and accessory manufacturers. Thus, we have the guarantee that a PC equipped with Thunderbolt 5 must at least offer a port capable of accepting a charge of up to 140W, which should finally put an end to proprietary chargers. The standard even allows you to go up to 240W, but does not require it. The other ports should offer a 15W output for charging accessories, practical if you connect your smartphone to your PC.
If your device is not Thunderbolt 5 compatible, the standard manages compatibility with market standards: USB4 V2, DisplayPort 2.1 and PCI Express Gen 4. We imagine that the brand especially wants to meet the needs of content creators who are More and more people are using very fast external SSDs.
The move to PCI Express 64 Gb/s should make it easier to use external graphics cards with ultraportables. Enough to create mobile game stations more easily.
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