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Charly4
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Hey guys, just found an opportunity to but TB3 Cable PRO 2m from Apple for 50€, brand new, there are cheapper cables with what i think that has same specifications.

Would you recommend it? I tried yo find some benchmarks of pci speed here but find morning.

Anyone Is using it? Plannig to use it on Mantiz Saturn so need good performance to handle GPU, SSD, USB, etc...

Thank you!

Macbook PRO 16" 2019 - 2,3 GHz i9 32GB - AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB
Mantiz Saturn Pro 2 (Waiting Mantiz to send it) - AMD RX590 8GB

Macbook PRO Retina 2012 15" (Intel HD 4000 + Nvidia Geforce GT 650M)
Akitio Thunder 2 + Nvidia 970 GTX


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prototofu
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I have one of these. It has very high build quality, the connector almost snaps into it's socket, and the active cable (whatever that means) does a great job of extending TB3 range (so much so that the ends of the cables heat a little bit).

However, if you don't need a 2m cable (think about what other peripherals you have, and the cables for those as potential distance bottlenecks), then I can't really recommend this when there are other cables at the same spec for cheaper. I have seen no perfomance improvements, and I don't see any reason why one should.

If you think TB3 will be a part of your life for a long time, and you want something that is the least likely to fail - go ahead. But if you think TB3, like all technologies, will be superceded eventually, I would save your money.

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Charly4
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@prototofu, Thank you for your reply, well I think that I would never spend the 150€ but I've found one guy who is selling it new for 50€ (Don't want to ask where I cames from but looks like we have here in Spain a little stolen Apple products market because that price for a new product...) so I've just bought it. Other cables are more and less same price.

As soon as I can I'll post some bechmarks with TB3 cable included in Mantiz Saturn and TB3 Pro Cable, I think it would be great if we can create a reference table with all the cables that we are using, with their performance and specifications so can help future cable buyers.

 

 

Macbook PRO 16" 2019 - 2,3 GHz i9 32GB - AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8GB
Mantiz Saturn Pro 2 (Waiting Mantiz to send it) - AMD RX590 8GB

Macbook PRO Retina 2012 15" (Intel HD 4000 + Nvidia Geforce GT 650M)
Akitio Thunder 2 + Nvidia 970 GTX


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Manu89ft
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@charly4, it would be very interesting to have a benchmark of the various cables to see if there could be differences!

 

2019 16" MacBook Pro (RP5500M) [9th,8C,H] + RX 6900 XT @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Razer Core X) + Win10 [build link]  

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odin
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Posted by: @manu89ft

@charly4, it would be very interesting to have a benchmark of the various cables to see if there could be differences!

 

I very highly doubt any of them will perform any differently as long as they actually work. There's typically only three sizes anyway. 0.5 meter, 1 meter, and 2 meter active cables (because 2m cables have to be active..). Otherwise they all just transmit data and/or power and if they can do that they work. Don't get caught in the trap of fancy marketed cables that do zero but cost more.

I guess in the case of this Apple cable maybe the braid jacket construction makes it less rigid than a plastic shielded one and can be stored or situated on a desk nicer than it doing what it wants. I have some Razer headphones and the braid jacket cables it comes with are very slinky and bend easily. But that does absolutely nothing for audio quality for instance.

2018 17" LG Gram 17 [8th,4C,U] + RTX 2070 @ 32Gbps-TB3 (Sonnet Breakaway 550) + Win10 [build link]  

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