View Poll Results: Would you get a Thunderbolt equipped motherboard or computer?

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  • Yes, the computer or board

    1 7.69%
  • Yes, the PCI-E card when they come out

    3 23.08%
  • No

    1 7.69%
  • Later, when it's cheaper

    5 38.46%
  • Not sure

    3 23.08%
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Thread: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

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    Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    Thunderbolt ports are cropping up everywhere on new motherboards, I personally don't think it's so useful, even if it does become a big hit, I'd just go down to the computer store and buy myself a PCI-E thunderbolt card. Put whether you would buy it and whether you think it's useful.
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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    I'm not sold on Thunderbolt either. Do we really need yet another cable?

    As I understand, it's basically an external PCIe slot. I suppose a potential use for it could be to finally be able to upgrade laptop graphics by having an external GPU module that connects via TB and you plug your monitor into. Other than that, I can't see many uses for it that USB and other established connectors haven't already taken care of.

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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    yes. Fast and versatile
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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    Yes. It's snot fast and I would like to see it implemented a lot more.

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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    yes. especially on laptops, where i could use an external GPU.

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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    I'd wait a couple more years. Right now, the hardware is very expensive and the offer is scarce. So it's not economically sound for the common man to rush in on it.
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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    The poll and the and OP talks about two different things.

    Besides that, I can't vote. Since you have left out the option for those that are not sure.
    The information on this technology is scarce, so it is difficult to get a complete picture if this technology is useful or not.

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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    I have a MBP with a Thunderbolt port. The only reason I use it is because it doubles as a DisplayPort. Other than that, I'd never use it. All my external peripherals are USB 2, except for two older HDDs which are FireWire.

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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    Thunderbolt? But i just went all USB 3.0...... I have hdmi, why do i need display port.
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    Re: Thunderbolt-Useful or Not

    Quote Originally Posted by pompel9 View Post
    Besides that, I can't vote. Since you have left out the option for those that are not sure.
    The information on this technology is scarce, so it is difficult to get a complete picture if this technology is useful or not.
    Added a "not sure" option.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jakin View Post
    Thunderbolt? But i just went all USB 3.0...... I have hdmi, why do i need display port.
    Yep. I don't really need another cable/connection when I already have USB3.
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