Thunderbolt 2 and Thunderbolt 1:
- Thunderbolt 2 has been given a huge upgrade.
- It can also deliver double as much data throughout a single channel.
- It has Display Port and PCI Express data.
- It is faster than Thunderbolt 1 as it can take a 4K displays with a single connector and delivers approximately twice the data speeds as its predecessor.
- Thunderbolt 1 has 4 one way channels which offer 10Gbps each that has 2 upstream channels and two downstream
- Thunderbolt 2 has two bidirectional channels which delivers 20Gbps each.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA: Speed
- All three values are faster than USB 2.0 that tops out at 480Mbps
- eSATA can carry 6Gbps (eSATA of older versions convey 1.5Gbps or 3Gbps) whereas USB 3.0 runs at up to 5Gbps and the inward USB 3.1 be supposed to do 10Gbps and Thunderbolt can do up to 20Gbps.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA: Compatibility
- Thunderbolt has 2 protocols which combine both PCI Express (PCIe) and Display Port that means you can video capture devices; connect monitors, external drives, etc.
- eSATA is a peripheral version of Serial ATA which is used for high speed internal hard disk connections.
Thunderbolt 2 vs USB 3.0 vs eSATA: Availability
- Thunderbolt 2 is mostly confined to recent Apple computers (Mac Pro, Retina MacBook Pro, , 5K iMac, etc and PC port adapters.
- USB 3.0 is extensive used in PCs and PC peripherals and is basically replacing eSATA for external devices for example hard disks.
- On the other hand, eSATA is still popular in business environments because IT managers can use it to provide peripheral storage on devices that have USB ports locked down for security reasons.
- eSATA is absolutely well if you want to connect a PC to an external storage device and it is a most valuable tool for corporate IT too.
- On the other hand, for end users USB 3.0 is enchanting over the world and driving down prices.
- Thunderbolt prices are not which low yet and if the silly cost of Thunderbolt cables is any sign they most likely won’t get there any time soon. As it is designed for a different market, a world of 4K video editing and high speed data transfer.
- Its speeds leave USB and eSATA in the dust.