Do you like the speed of the Thunderbolt 4 standard, which in turn offers transfer speeds of up to 40 Gbps on a single USB-C cable?
Well, open your arms to welcome Thunderbolt 5, a technology that adds 80 Gbps to the already incredible 80 Gbps of the previous standard. Yes, you read that right, there are 120 Gbps in a single cable, which in turn means a tripling compared to the values of the previous standard.
Intel announced Thunderbolt 5! Up to 120 Gbps in a single cable
Therefore, Thunderbolt 5 is on the way, with the aim of tripling speeds compared to the now aging Thunderbolt 4. However, don’t think that this is just for “normal” file transfer. The new standard offers much more bandwidth to prepare for a new generation of Gaming TVs and Monitors.
More specifically, with Thunderbolt 5, it will be possible to support up to 4 4K/144Hz screens at the same time, or several 8K screens. It will also be possible to reach 540Hz.
However, forgetting the screens, this means that network connections skyrocket from 32 Gbps to 64 Gbps. We will have access to much faster external SSDs, and perhaps most importantly, it will be possible to charge all types of devices up to 240W.
Having said all this, in the field of cables, the new active TB5 cables will be available with a length of up to 2M, while passive cables should continue to have a maximum length of 1 meter.
Excited? Well, you can stay, but with some caution. The first products with Thunderbolt 5 support are not expected to arrive before 2024. More specifically, we will see the first announcements at CES 2024 and Computex 2024, and launches only after these same dates.
First of all, what do you think about this technological evolution? Is USB-C finally reaching its potential? Especially now that even Apple has embraced it on the iPhone? Share your opinion with us in the comments box below.