Intel starts shipping next-gen Thunderbolt controllers

By Jos
Apr 13, 2012
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  1. Intel is said to have finished work on its next generation Thunderbolt controller, codenamed Cactus Ridge, and it is apparently ready for Apple's upcoming Mac releases. According to VR-Zone, theā€¦

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  2. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 611   +94

    i guess this makes sense why no one has released external graphics solution. the fastest TB is only 4 lanes. you need 8 lanes at the very least for mid~high end graphics card. TB is an interesting and promising technology, however at its infant age, most users won't be bothered until it matures to at least 16 lanes. hopefully sooner than later.
  3. mevans336

    mevans336 TS Enthusiast Posts: 161   +11

    That's only for gaming. You can easily drive multiple high-res 2D displays over 10Gbps of bandwidth via 2 PCI-E 4x lanes with room to spare. Two PCI-E 2.0 4x devices would consume, at maximum, 4Gbps of bandwidth. (500MB/s per lane x 4 lanes x 2 devices)

    Even a low-end PCI-E 1.0 1x card (250MB/s max bandwidth) can support up to 2560x1600 resolution.

    Here is a novel solution that allows you to mount an external PCI-E card of your choosing (limited to 150W of power) into an external Thunderbolt enclosure:

    If you had a PCI-E 2.0 x16 card, you'd still only need 8Gbps of the 10Gbps offered to drive it at full-tilt. Very doable.

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