Posted on August 05 2016
With MSI GT72 and GT80, The Thunderbolt port has been on enthusiast platforms for a while and recently it’s becoming a must-have IO while people looking for a new gear. MSI high-end gaming laptops had presented several models to meet user’s needs and won lots of recommended reputation by global media. Under development by Intel for years, currently it’s been revised into 3rd generation with USB-Type C at speeds up to 40 Gbps, creating one compact port that does it all. USB-Type C is a new connector for computers, peripherals and mobile devices. It can consolidate the following functions over a single connector, which are USB data, universal charging and power, external displays with DisplayPort and interface type like Tunderbolt. Plus the connector is reversible for user, not like previous version, it works no matter way you plug it in. For the first time, one computer port connects to Thunderbolt devices, every display and many USB equipment.
Technical speaking, Thunderbolt combines combines PCI-e and DisplayPort data into one serial signal, and additionally provides DC power in one cable. Maximum 6 devices could be supported by single connector among various topologies. It’s unrivaled for new uses, such as 4k video, single-cable docks with charging, external graphics, and built-in 10 GbE networking. For sure this Thunderbolt 3 delivers the best USB Type-C experience.
Full 4K Video Experience
Thunderbolt 3 could connect displays with stunning 4K@60Hz resolution, contrast, and color depth to see user’s photos, video clips, cinematic movies, applications and text with amazing detail.
Best Single-Cable Docking
One compact port now provides Thunderbolt 3 outstanding data transfer. It supports two 4K 60Hz displays with a single cable. Among the technologies, it’s the most advanced and versatile USB Type-C docking solution available.
External Graphics Possibility
Users can now connect PNP external graphics to a laptop to experience the latest exciting games at recommended or higher graphics settings. This is not popular in the market yet, but the bandwidth is higher than PCI-Express Gen3 in advance.
It could provide a p2p connection at 10 GbE speeds to quickly transfer files between computers, perform PC migrations, or set up small workgroups with shared storage.
In 2015, there were not many gaming notebook with Thunderbolt 3 interface but MSI’s performance level gaming laptops had featured it. MSI is always the company with great R&D capability to deliver the outstanding products with good performance to the market. We’ve known that more advanced designed products are coming out soon and probably MSI’s engineers are working on several new features to amaze the market. Please stay tune!