All Your Devices, Just a Cable Away

By Chris Stolze, on September 22, 2020

Connect a single cable to your laptop and crank your productivity to the max with the ability to power dual 4K HDR displays and provide plenty of bandwidth to other devices to help you get the job done quickly with multiple high-speed ports. That’s right, today we’re going to talk about Thunderbolt™ 3.

Thunderbolt™ is a port with massive bandwidth behind it. With the current iteration, Thunderbolt™ 3 pushes 40 Gbps, roughly 8x faster than USB 3.0 ports and 4x faster than USB Type-C 10Gbps ports that users are familiar with. To take advantage of Thunderbolt™ 3 you MUST have a system equipped with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port – luckily, many high-end laptops and desktops have incorporated Thunderbolt™ 3 already.

Thunderbolt™ unlocks a new level of external accessories and can be found in professional displays, external storage arrays, and external PCIe enclosures.

That said, Thunderbolt™’s substantial bandwidth is most often seen at work in Thunderbolt™ dock accessories, expanding the number of physical ports available to your system, enabling dual 4K display-out as well as full-speed USB 5 Gbps and USB 10 Gbps ports for transferring files and driving peripherals all with a single cable connecting the dock and the host computer.

The new CORSAIR TBT100 Thunderbolt™ 3 Dock provides dual HDMI 2.0 ports to drive dual 4K HDR displays at 60Hz, dual USB-A 5Gbps ports, dual USB-C 10Gbps ports, Gigabit Ethernet, a 3.5mm combo port for audio, a Kensington Security Slot, a full-size SD Card slot, and can charge host laptops with up to 85W of power. CLICK HERE to explore our whole lineup of Thunderbolt™ 3 docks.


Here’s a table to break down the key differences between our Thunderbolt™ 3 docks:

ProductElgato Thunderbolt 3 Mini DockElgato Thunderbolt 3 DockCORSAIR TBT100 Thunderbolt 3 DockElgato Thunderbolt 3 Pro Dock
ThunderboltThunderbolt 3 (1-input)Thunderbolt 3 (2)Thunderbolt 3 (1-input)Thunderbolt 3 (2)
Video OutputDisplayPort (1), HDMI 2.0 (1)DisplayPort (1), Thunderbolt 3 (1)HDMI 2.0 (2)DisplayPort (1), Thunderbolt 3 (1)
Max Resolution4096 x 2160 pixels each4096 x 2160 pixels eachUp to 4096 x 2160 pixels (HDR)4096 x 2160 pixels each
USB PortsUSB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (1)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (3)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (2), USB-C SuperSpeed 10Gbps (2)USB-A SuperSpeed 5Gbps (2), USB-C SuperSpeed 10Gbps (2)
EthernetGigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)Gigabit Ethernet (1)
Media ReaderSD Card Reader (UHS-II)SD Card Reader (UHS-II), MicroSD Card Reader (UHS-II)
MSRP (USD)$99.99$249.99$259.99$349.99

And that’s it! A system equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 provides massive bandwidth for your devices, which are now just a cable away! Join our community on Discord, Reddit, or our User Forum where we’ll be glad to help answer any questions you may have about our Thunderbolt™ products!


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