Delivering on the Promise of Thunderbolt 3
Despite the greatly increased adoption of Thunderbolt 3 over the previous 2 Thunderbolt standards, the market is still lacking actual devices that take advantage of the full 40Gbps bandwidth that Thunderbolt 3 offers.
External storage seems like a natural use of this PCI-E 3.0 x4 interface available with the Thunderbolt 3 standard, but storage devices that take advantage of this are few and far between. Most of the devices in the market currently are merely bridges for SATA M.2 drives to Thunderbolt 3, which would be limited by the SATA 6Gb/s interface.
However, this market gap seems poised to change. Today, we are taking a look at the TEKQ Rapide Thunderbolt 3 Portable SSD, which advertises sequential transfer speeds up to 2.3 GB/s Read and 1.3 GB/s Write.
Subject: Storage | February 2, 2018 - 03:39 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: owc, Mercury Helios, thunderbolt 3, PCIe SSD, external ssd
External storage does not have to be slow, as the OWC Mercury Helios 3 PCIe Thunderbolt 3 external drive demonstrates. The TB3 connection is capable of up to 40Gbps, assuming you have the proper connection, which will keep a drive such as the the Kingston DC1000 NVMe SSD very busy. In The SSD Reviews testing, they saw the data transfer cap out at 2.8GB/s read and between 2.5-2.7GB/s write, which makes this perfect for HD video or for manipulating large media files. The enclosure will set you back about $200, the cost of the PCIe SSD you put inside it is a choice for you to make.
"The trick…is Thunderbolt 3 and the external devices companies envision to solve this speed and data storage problem. This is where the OWC Mercury helios 3 PCIe Thunderbolt 3 Expansion Chassis comes in."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Team Group Cardea Zero 240 GB @ TechPowerUp
- ASRock Ultra Quad M.2 Card @ The SSD Review
- ADATA XPG SX8000 512 GB @ TechPowerUp
- Tekq Rapide TB3 Portable SSD @ The SSD Review
- Seagate Skyhawk 10TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Storage | January 9, 2018 - 01:00 PM | Scott Michaud
Tagged: thunderbolt 3, ssd, external ssd
Dell has just announced a pair of external SSDs. The Dell SDI T0500 will have a 500 GB capacity. The Dell SDI T1000 will, as the name suggests, doubles that to 1 TB. Both external SSDs connect via Thunderbolt 3. Because it’s using this connector, we can expect it to be fast but not mass-market. I am guessing that Dell intends this product to be purchased with one of their Thunderbolt 3 laptops, and probably with a specific type of user in mind. That is just my speculation, though.
Unfortunately, we don’t have much else to go on. No price, availability, read or write speeds, IO throughput, or anything else has been published.
Subject: Storage | January 8, 2018 - 09:15 PM | Jim Tanous
Tagged: thunderbolt 3, ssd, patriot, external ssd, CES 2018, CES
Memory firm Patriot announced a new Thunderbolt 3 portable SSD at CES this week. The Patriot EVLVR ("evolver") is based on Phison E8 PCIe controller and advertises speeds of up to 1500MB/s in sequential reads and 1000MB/s in sequential writes.
The drive connects to PCs and Macs via a single detachable Thunderbolt 3 cable and is bus-powered, although there is no second Thunderbolt port for passthrough capability.
The Patriot EVLVR launches in March and will be available in 256GB ($199.99), 512GB ($289.99), and 1TB ($489.99) capacities.
Subject: General Tech, Networking, Storage, Mobile | January 8, 2018 - 03:53 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: CES, CES 2018, Elgato, dock, thunderbolt 3, adapter
Elgato is launching a smaller Thunderbolt 3 dock aptly named the Thunderbolt 3 Mini Dock to its family of docks (how many times can I use dock in one sentence?). The portable dock comes with a tail Thunderbolt 3 cable that is permanently attached and stows away into a groove on the bottom of the dock when not in use.
Using the single 40 Gbps connection provided by Thunderbolt 3, the Mini Dock offers up display outputs, USB 3.1, and network ports including:
- DisplayPort 1.2 (4k60)
- HDMI 2.0 (4k60 and HDCP 2.2)
- RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet)
- USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps UASP and 0.9A of power).
Users will need a newer laptop or desktop with Thunderbolt running Mac OS Sierra 10.12 or Window 10 operating systems or newer. The compact dock will be available in the sping with as yet unanounced pricing. It should be cheaper than Elgatos larger docks (currently their Thunderbolt 3 Dock is $291) though since it is not powered and offers fewer ports.
As notebooks continue to get thinner, these docks (along with ones based on USB Type-C) are going to become more useful in getting the most out of our faster mobile hardware.
Stay tuned to PC Perspective for more CES news as it develops!
Subject: Graphics Cards | December 28, 2017 - 03:32 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: external gpu, gigabyte, aorus, gtx 1070, thunderbolt 3, nvidia, gaming box
Have a laptop with Thunderbolt 3 and a mobile GPU that just doesn't cut it anymore? Gigabyte now offers an incredibly easy way to upgrade your laptop, with no screwdriver required! The Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box contains an external desktop class GTX 1070 and separate PSU, giving you a dock with some serious gaming prowess. The Tech Report's benchmarks compare this external GPU against the GTX 1060 installed in their Alienware gaming laptop and Alienware's own external GPU enclosure, on both the internal display and an external monitor. The results are somewhat mixed and worth reading through fully, however if you are on an integrated GPU then this solution is an incredible upgrade.
"Gigabyte's Aorus GTX 1070 Gaming Box offers us a look into a future where a big shot of graphics performance is just a single cable away for ultraportable notebook PCs. We plugged the Gaming Box into a test notebook and gave it a spin to see just how bright that future looks."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Ti ArcticStorm Mini @ Guru of 3D
- Zotac GT 1030 2 GB @ Modders-Inc
- The PowerColor Red Devil Vega 56 benchmarked vs. the GTX 1070 Ti at BabelTechReviews
- 13-Way Radeon AMDGPU-PRO 17.50 vs. NVIDIA Linux OpenCL Compute Comparison @ Phoronix
- Sapphire RX Vega 64 Nitro+ Limited Edition @ Kitguru
- PowerColor Red Devil Vega 56 8GB @ Guru of 3D
- The AMD Linux Drivers Do *Not* Yet Support Radeon "Navi" @ Phoronix
- AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin Edition Performance @ [H]ard|OCP
Subject: Mobile | November 20, 2017 - 04:18 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: Eve V, Surface Pro, crowdfunding, thunderbolt 3
The Eve V exists because of a successful Indiegogo campaign run by a motivated group of techies who wanted to create their own competitor to the Surface Pro. Physically the design is very similar, a 12.3" tablet with a magnetically attached keyboard and a kickstand and the price range is similar, from $800 for the base model to $2000 for the kitchen sink. That price includes the keyboard and active stylus, something Microsoft's Surface does not. The hardware is similar, as will be the benchmarks, it is in the extra features that the Eve V stands out. The Eve V not only has an extra USB 3.0 port, it also has a USB 3.1 Type-C port and a separate Thunderbolt 3 port for a monitor or even an external GPU.
Check out more about this tablet, from it's clicky keys to standard wall charger at Techspot.
"For a first-generation product, the Eve V is remarkably solid. It's especially impressive when you consider its direct competition - the Surface Pro - is well entrenched in the Windows tablet market and known to be an excellent option."
Here are some more Mobile articles from around the web:
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- Surface Book 2 review: Monster performance, but lightning hasn’t struck twice @ Ars Technica
- Acer Predator Helios 300 @ TechSpot
- 5 Affordable Last-Gen Smartphones That Are Great Buys @
- iPhone X review: Early adopting the future @ Ars Technica
- iPhone 8 @ The Inquirer
- LG V30 review: Good hardware design marred by bad camera, software @ Ars Technica
- Google: Pixel 2 'buzzing' glitch will be fixed via software update @ The Inquirer
- Ignore the Pixel 2 XL. Buy the Pixel 2 Instead @ TechSpot
- Google Pixel 2 XL @ TechSpot
- OnePlus 5T vs iPhone X @ The Inquirer
- OnePlus 5T review—An outstanding combination of specs, design, and price @ Ars Technica
- The ASUS ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro @ TechARP
- Honor 7X: First impressions of the sub-£300 Android mid-ranger @ The Inquirer
Subject: General Tech, Chipsets | November 16, 2017 - 02:03 PM | Tim Verry
Tagged: Intel, Z390, coffee lake, thunderbolt 3
Last month a leaked roadmap appeared online teasing several upcoming Intel chipsets slated for release early next year. The new chipsets were optimized for Coffee Lake processors and include H370, B360, and H310 in the first quarter and Q370 and Q360 (for enterprise customers) in Q2 2018. The most interesting chipset however is Z390 which was mentioned in the roadmap but with hardly any details at all about it. Thanks to a SiSoft database listing and a couple recent leaks there is now slightly bit more information on the upcoming chipset.
Specifically, the Intel Z390 chipset was spotted in a SuperMicro C7Z390-PGW motherboard along with an undetected 92W Coffee Lake 6 core / 12 thread processor (perhaps SiSoft is simply incorrectly reading a 8700K or it’s an unreleased slightly more power efficient SKU). More interesting though is the continuing tease of possible 8 core (16 thread) consumer Core processors being released for these new Z390 chipset-based motherboards. The rumor mill is going all in on salt futures on this one it seems. What we still don’t know is what architecture these rumored 8 core chips will use, whether Coffee Lake or Cannon Lake (I’m leaning towards CNL but an 8 core Coffee Lake chip, while large, is not out of the question.)
The Z390 chipset will reportedly add a SoundWire digital audio interface with quad core DSP, integrated Intel Wireless AC (Wi-fi + BT CNVi), integrated SDXC 3.0, and Thunderbolt 3.0 with DisplayPort 1.4 support (using the Titan Ridge controller). The chipset further supports C10 and S0ix
In the last bit of Intel chipset rumors for today, rumors are also spreading suggesting that Intel may be moving up the launch of the Z390 chipset to the first quarter of next year to better compete with AMD and its Pinnacle Ridge (Ryzen 2000 / Zen+) processors and Promontory X400 series chipsets (e.g. X470 and B450) which are allegedly coming in January. Basically, it’s going to be a crazy CES for motherboard and processor soft launches and product teases / announcements!
What are your thoughts on Z390 being spotted in the wild this early?
Subject: Storage | August 8, 2017 - 05:57 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: thunderbolt 3, NAS, LaCie, big12, 96TB
The big12 NAS device from LaCie comes in 48TB, 72TB, 96TB and 120TB varieties, all having a dozen 3.5" bays for your drives. The device stands 447x161x237mm which is somewhat larger than the Ruler drive Intel just announced and is 17.6kg fully loaded. It will connect via Thunderbolt 3 and supports RAID 0/1/6/10/50/60. Just because it is loaded with HDDs doesn't mean it is a slowpoke, KitGuru measure speeds of 2287MB/s for RAID 0 and 2231MB/s for RAID 5, impressive by any means. The price is also impressively high, however the speed and quality of the RAID software installed in the device makes it desirable for those who need a serious storage solution.
"LaCie’s 12big is the current flagship of the company’s professional range of external drives and if you are in the market for huge amounts of capacity and very, very fast data transfer rates then the 12big might be just the thing you are looking for…..but beware, you will need deep pockets – the 96Tb version we review today costs close to £8,300."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- HP SSD S700 PRO @ benchmark Reviews
- WD Blue 3D NAND 500GB @ Kitguru
- Kingston DCP1000 NVMe SSD Enthusiast Testing in RAID 0 @ The SSD Review
- Seagate IronWolf Pro 10TB SATA III HDD Review @ NikKTech
Subject: Graphics Cards | August 3, 2017 - 02:01 PM | Jeremy Hellstrom
Tagged: external gpu, sonnet, eGFX Breakaway Box, thunderbolt 3
The version of Sonnet's Breakaway Box which Ars Technica tested is priced at $300, for that you get the housing with a 350W PSU inside that can handle a GPU of up to 300W. There are two other models, the Developer Edition which shipped with Apple's External GPU Dev kit and a higher powered model which can support cards that require up to 375W. AMD worked with Sonnet to create an optimized driver for this enclosure which has enabled them to retain more performance than NVIDIA on this Thunderbolt 3 enclosure, however all the cards they tested did show performance degradation compared to a GPU inside of a desktop system. On the other hand that is not what this device is for; it is to enable a laptop to play high end games and in that it does succeed. Check out the full review here.
"The Breakaway Box is best described as functional, consisting of a simple steel chassis and vented side panels (neither of which, sadly, feature proper dust filters), with a power supply, 120mm fan, and a single PCIe slot inside."
Here are some more Graphics Card articles from around the web:
- Gigabyte AORUS RX 580 GTR 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- A Look At AMD’s Radeon Pro WX 3100 Workstation Graphics Card @ Techgage
- Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Radeon Gaming Performance With Linux 4.13 + Mesa 17.2 @ Phoronix
- Zotac GeForce GTX 1080 Mini 8 GB @ techPowerUp
- Gigabyte Aorus GTX 1080 @ eTeknix
- MSI GTX 1080 Ti Gaming X @ Kitguru
- MSI GeForce GTX 1080 Ti LIGHTNING Z @ [H]ard|OCP