Thunderbolt Cable is now available!

Posted by: Jashue

Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 06/28/11 09:34 PM

http://store.apple.com/us/product/MC913ZM/A?mco=Nzc1MjMwNg

Dear Apple,

Make the cable free. Don’t make us buy a cable for a product that doesn’t yet exist in the marketplace-- especially for that much. It's a cable for Pete's sake! You want to promote the technology right? Or do you want it to go the way of FireWire? This is a fledgling technology! Nurture it!

It’s 49 bucks. The only people that can make use of this item are the people that just shelled out for the latest iMac or MBP. What'd they spend? 1200 bucks minimum? Come on! Stop nickel-dimming! It’s disgusting.
Posted by: DLC

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 06/29/11 04:05 AM

Yeah that's CRAP !!

I hate paying more than $5-10 for ANY cable... it's just a bundle of fricking WIRES !! mad . . not rocket science !!
The rocket science is in the DEVICE, not in the damm wires ! mad . . and $49 !! is MS robbery !! wink
Posted by: Jashue

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 06/30/11 08:23 AM

Here is an explanation for why the cable costs so much:

Fancy cable!
Posted by: DLC

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 07:48 AM

Yeah read that after I posted my comment... but people are mainly paying for the technology, not the chips.

My "wonder" is, if you have a new technology and want to push it , why would you make it so expensive ?? . . esp. with competitors on your heels ! Sounds like a killer to me. How much are people going to use Thunderbolt... video, movies, maybe large backups - yes... ordinary files - overkill. (IMO) Hoe often do you transfer or burn movies or make full length backups? I don't very often.

I'd love it, but dang it's pricey.
Posted by: carp

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 12:57 PM

Kinda makes me wonder ?

Would this ThunderBolt out pace the 7200 drives ? ? We seen USB1, USB2, Firewire 800 and now this but disc drives basically stayed at 5400 and 7200 tops.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 01:36 PM

Originally Posted By: carp
Kinda makes me wonder ?

Would this ThunderBolt out pace the 7200 drives ? ? We seen USB1, USB2, Firewire 800 and now this but disc drives basically stayed at 5400 and 7200 tops.
Comparing Thunderbolt's speed to a 7200RPM drive is like comparing a jet to car, it outpaces 7200 RPM drives by many times. Current SATA drives are rated at 300Mbits/s max, and that is generally burst rates for read speed. FW 800 is 800Mbits/s. Thunderbolt currently outpaces FW800 by a factor of 7 to 12 times faster, 10Gbits/s, that's around 800Mbytes/s as compard to FW 800's 800Mbits/s.

http://financialbin.com/2011/06/29/early-thunderbolt-vs-firewire-raid-benchmarks/

Until SSD drives become cheaper and more practical for consumer use, Thunderbolt's real use will be more for professionals and RAID systems, video in particular.

One nice feature of Thunderbolt for the consumer though is its ability to interface with USB, FW, and eSATA and carry the stream's data in both directions simultaneously over just one cable hooked to a docking station.





So as you can see to make use of Thunderbolt technology will require a substantial investment in new peripherals and interface devices. Even though it's a selling point for Apple right now, worrying about whether your new machine has it or not is a moot point for the average consumer for a few years to come.
Posted by: Acumowchek

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 02:30 PM

Quote:
moot point for the average consumer for a few years to come


But… But… But… I have TWO Thunderbolt cables on my new iMac.

I managed to hammer my USB keyboard plug into one of them, and now my typing is 734% faster! (YMMV).
Posted by: carp

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 03:35 PM

THanks

Just what I thought.
Would it have been better if Apple came out with a 9200 drive, with this Thunderbolt, as in buy this New Mac, with a fast drive and guess what ThunderBolt as well. - Helll my grinder rpms is 1700, yeah I know different animals but still.
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 04:17 PM

Apple could put a 10,000 rpm drive in their machines... but I just do it aftermarket anyways....
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/01/11 06:30 PM

Originally Posted By: carp
THanks

Just what I thought.
Would it have been better if Apple came out with a 9200 drive, with this Thunderbolt, as in buy this New Mac, with a fast drive and guess what ThunderBolt as well. - Helll my grinder rpms is 1700, yeah I know different animals but still.
It's not as much the RPM but how fast the drive can get the data to and from the bus. Even if a 15,000 RPM HD could sustain 300Mbits/s that doesn't even come close to saturating even a FW800 bus. That's why RAID, SSDs, and video transfer are what will benefit from Thunderbolt.
Posted by: carp

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/02/11 01:47 PM

Correct, Reboot

That's why RAID, SSDs, and video transfer are what will benefit from Thunderbolt.

Sorta makes my point - to take advantage of ThunderBolt, ya need to spend some cash on SSD or a Raid. Does Apple plan to start shipping only SSD Macs and ditch all 7200 drives. Seems like ThunderBolt is only for the select few that already have Raids and or those who can afford to buy SSD drives ?
Posted by: NucleusG4

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/02/11 03:51 PM

LOL.. keep going dude.. keep going.. you da man.
Posted by: Jim_

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/02/11 09:49 PM

Originally Posted By: carp
Seems like ThunderBolt is only for the select few that already have Raids and or those who can afford to buy SSD drives ?
If one is processing video or some other data intensive endeavor that can actually use Thunderbolt they are probably professionals processing data for a hefty price and can afford RAID.

Yes Apple having SSDs would make a difference going to external drives, but for the average consumer it would mainly mean being able to back up to TimeMachine quicker or something, and only if they got an external TB drive. It's a new interface requiring new peripherals that are the same interface. Until the price of TB drives come down it's mainly an interface for those that rely on speedy data transfer to make money.

Since Apple came out with a faster technology, for those of us that can't afford to they should replace all of our external devices with TB ones so that we can use the new technology. smirk
Posted by: musicalmarv7

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/04/11 06:15 AM

That is Apple to get rich fast. I wonder what profit they make on this cable?
Posted by: zwei

Re: Thunderbolt Cable is now available! - 07/05/11 07:19 AM

I'm thinking 3 or 4 low-end 80GB SSDs in RAID 5 as a boot drive…