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littleNewton
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Recently, Apple’s official website put a Thunderbolt 3 cable that was only available on the Pro Display XDR display before.

It seems that this cable is a passive thunderbolt 3 cable for it can transfer USB 3.1 gen2 data up to 10Gbps.

Has anyone bought this cable? Could you please tell me more about this cable, such as the passive/active property and the cable build quality (Pictures).

And I am wondering why this cable has a "PRO" suffix in its name.

Thanks!

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littleNewton
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I bought two Apple Thunderbolt 3 Pro calbe from Apple official website.

I'd like to make a review of this expensive cable.

 

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Thunderbolt 3 passive and 2m? Is that possible? I don't think so. I think the price is high because it has active technology that handles not only Thunderbolt but also USB-C (USB and DisplayPort) (also 100W PD is not cheap).

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@littlenewton, if you do review it, you need to test all the link rates listed at            #90           with USB devices and DisplayPort devices (not just Thunderbolt devices). The AGDCDiagnose command will tell you DisplayPort link rate for Thunderbolt and USB-C displays. I think changing the resolution will change the DisplayPort link rate - use SwitchResX to create custom timings if necessary (don't use scaled resolutions because they use the max display timing).

 

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@joevt, Thank you very much, but I did not received these cables yet. I'm not a very professional hardware reviewer, but I will try to learn that! Thanks for your info!

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I had received these two cables from Apple China. This cable is very nice and high-quality.

You can see my vlog about this cable. LINK about Apple Thunderbolt Pro cable 2m

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This cable performs exactly the same as the 'standard' 0.8m (2.5ft) Thunderbolt 3 cable that Apple previously had as the only option, with the exception of length.

If it is indeed passive, then Apple have performed their typical witchcraft & wizardry to achieve this....However if it is active, then Intel either have no idea how Apple's engineers managed it or can not reproduce their work. Either way, it is not 'Certified by Intel' for whatever that's worth these days.

Regardless of which, it works for both an egpu enclosure (I use it with my Razer Core X and am currently testing a 3080 in it, hence it's not in my sig), as well as an external SSD, just in case someone is wondering...For whatever reason they need to hide an SSD!

BTW: It works for the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 with Link as well.

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Posted by: @dozeball

This cable performs exactly the same as the 'standard' 0.8m (2.5ft) Thunderbolt 3 cable that Apple previously had as the only option, with the exception of length.

If it is indeed passive, then Apple have performed their typical witchcraft & wizardry to achieve this....However if it is active, then Intel either have no idea how Apple's engineers managed it or can not reproduce their work. Either way, it is not 'Certified by Intel' for whatever that's worth these days.

Regardless of which, it works for both an egpu enclosure (I use it with my Razer Core X and am currently testing a 3080 in it, hence it's not in my sig), as well as an external SSD, just in case someone is wondering...For whatever reason they need to hide an SSD!

BTW: It works for the Oculus Quest and Quest 2 with Link as well.

Why would someone get this cable vs a much cheaper 2m active cable? You can get a good quality one for a third of the price of this cable.. $150 seems like robbery.

 

I admit I like the idea of the softer wrapped shield than a stiffer cable, but not at that price.

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Posted by: @odin

Why would someone get this cable vs a much cheaper 2m active cable? You can get a good quality one for a third of the price of this cable.. $150 seems like robbery.

 

I admit I like the idea of the softer wrapped shield than a stiffer cable, but not at that price.

 

Well, as with all things Apple - Of course it's more expensive even when compared to Belkin's 2m cable.

It's the same old Apple premium, whether it's a phone, a computer, a set of headphones, a monitor or a cable.

I posted about it because it was asked about....I bought it because I can and because I didn't want to bother with the iffy-ness of cheap cables.

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@dozeball, good quality 2m TB3 active cables are around $50.. mine has held up for 2 yrs. Just wondering if there's something special about it like is it easily bendable and slinky like other braided jacket cables?

 

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