Thunderbolt Bus Powered 2.5″ vs. USB 3.0 Bus Powered 2.5″ Storage – Which Is Faster?

Bare Feats’ rob-ART morgan notes that FirmTek is shipping its new miniSwap/U3 that takes advantage of USB 3.0 speed, which made him wonder how a USB 3.0 bus powered notebook size storage device like the miniSwap/U3 compares to Thunderbolt bus powered notebook size storage devices.

So he tested several USB 3.0 storage devices against Thunderbolt competitors, finding that the newest, latest USB 3.0 bus powered notebook storage devices are as fast or faster than their Thunderbolt counterparts, even though Thunderbolt is theoretically rated at 10Gbps and USB 3.0 is rated at 5Gbps. How so.?rob-ART has a theory, and summarizes that it’s good to know the newest USB 3.0 storage units are as fast as comparable Thunderbolt units.

Being as USB 3.0 hardware is typically cheaper than Thunderbolt kit as well as being more widely available, it’s not looking good for T-Bolt’s prospects.

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