Mantiz Venus - USB-C long cable?
I currently have a Mantiz Venus on my Macbook Pro (2017). The USB-C cable that came with it is ridiculously short so I want to replace it.
I tried using the USB-C cable that the Macbook Pro uses to connect the power block to the laptop, and it doesn't work, so I presume it is not a USB-C cable? or there are different types of USB-C cables?
Anyway, does anyone know what cable I need to buy?
There are multiple kinds of USB-C cables:
- charging only
- charging + USB (this is what apple supplies I think)
- charging + USB + thunderbolt
In order to use the TB3 functionality you need the latter. These USB-C cables are expensive and SHORT. Passive cables can be 50cm long at most (I am quite sure the Mantiz comes with a 50cm cable). In order to go beyond that you need ACTIVE cables. These exist in 1m and 2m flavors and both come with a disadvantage: they limit the max bandwidth (only a bit) and also limit the maximum PD - as they are power users themselves.
Great, thank you! really informative.
I will google about how much the bandwidth limiting will affect my gaming 🙂
I would expect a few percentages of disadvantage when using an active cable compared to using the default passive cable. I would also expect much lower Power Delivery. If you have an 87W PD capable eGPU then expect 40~60W available to the laptop using active cables. IMO this might be the showstopper if you have a 45w CPU and are trying to game on the Laptop's display.
I have the CalDigit cable, 2m with the number 3 on it like the picture above. I don't know if it's because I have changed the Akitio's PSU unit (450w Corsair) but the Thunderbolt cable gives power to my macbookpro now... I don't know if the bandwidth is less than the one with the original akitio cable!
So, is this the only recommended cable? https://www.amazon.com/Certified-Akitio-Thunderbolt-Active-Cable/dp/B073G8LXFG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1504419499&sr=8-3&keywords=akitio+thunderbolt+3+cable
It's unavailable at amazon 🙁 Anywhere else?
Hi! As suggested by Nando (thank you!) I send to you my benchmark that has done with AIDA64, my configurations:
- MacBookPro 13" i7 Late 2016 with Touch bar
- XFX RX 480 GTR Black Edition (Damn....)
CalDigit Thunderbolt 3 Cable - 2,0 m
Akitio Thunderbolt 3 cable - 0,50 m
Iris Graphics 550
It's all good 🙂
It's all good 🙂
Good!! Thank you again as always!
I only noticed a 1% drop in performance via benchmarking (valley) when using my 2M Cable Maters thunderbolt 3 cable. in real world use, there has been no real difference for me.
PD will still suffer for active cables (lucky for us most laptops don't need more than 60-ish watts). Thanks for real-world numbers on PCIe cables!
I ordered this cable 2 months ago, performance has been the same as the bundled short cable.
My 2m thunderbolt 3 cable from Caldigit is burnt!! It doesn't work anymore, if I connect my Node troughs this cable the system says to me that I need to connect my device to a Thunderbolt port. Check the image!
What did you get jefniro? Caldigic again? Or tried another brand?
They have changed it because the warranty, I have paid only the shipping costs because they wanted the damaged cable back.
OK, and it happen again?