Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapters  

 

karatekid430
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June 7, 2018 11:30 pm  

Hello,

Here is a list of all the brands of Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapters that I know of:

Ableconn
Aerofara
Alogic
CableCreation
Cable Matters
Choetech
Club3D
IOGEAR
i-tec
Lindy
Monoprice
NEKTECK
OWC
Plugable
RaidSonic (Icy-box)
Sabrent
Sapphire
SIIG
Sonnet
Startech
Vantec
Visiontek
Wavlink

And yet not one of them took any initiative or innovation to stand out of the massive crowd.

Here is pictured one with a detachable cable:  https://newsroom.intel.com/editorials/thunderbolt-3-usb-type-c-40-gbps/

Does anybody know of one of these adapters with a detachable cable that is available to buy?

I believe in detachable cables because
1) cut down on space, easier to pack, share cable between many devices
2) if cable breaks, replace it easily
3) have a choice in cable length from 0.25M to 2M, and when optical cables finally arrive, dozens of meters.

If anybody can help, please let me know. If there are brands I have missed, let me know. If somebody wants to compile a list of all the Thunderbolt 3 to Dual-HDMI 2.0 (4K-60Hz) adapters like the Sonnet one, feel free, because idgaf about HDMI.

Thank you!


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chinsteig
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June 8, 2018 2:07 am  

They all probably use the same OEM with a different brand/casing on it. That's why none of them will ever stand out. It's just a cycle of copying each other over and over again.

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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Mymantiz_John
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June 8, 2018 5:51 am  
Posted by: chinsteig

They all probably use the same OEM with a different brand/casing on it. That's why none of them will ever stand out. It's just a cycle of copying each other over and over again.

Mine is creative...

Mantiz: ShopFacebookTwitter


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chinsteig
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June 8, 2018 6:27 am  

@Mymantiz_John you're right, it looks just like what the OP wants.

I don't know how high of a price they can go, but I use the CalDigit TS3 Plus and it works great as well. Though one of the display ports is through USB c alternate mode.

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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karatekid430
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June 9, 2018 12:14 am  

Anyways, the one pictured is nice, but might just be an Intel engineering sample.

@mymantiz_john Does Mantiz make one of these and how is it creative?

@chinsteig Cool, I love it when the rare thing puts out video through USB-C alt mode. Some people will think it has not achieved anything, as they still need an adapter. I see it as perfect as one day all displays will probably use USB-C natively, and it means I can turn it into whichever legacy port I want with adapters.


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chinsteig
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June 9, 2018 5:52 am  
I guess one of us, especially @mymantiz_john should have posted the product link. You can click on the shop hyperlink in his signature to see what they offer but here is the direct link.

https://mymantiz.com/products/md-01-zeus

Their dock supports different video outputs, though only 2 can be used at a time. It doesn't have an integrated uplink cable which means you should be able to use whatever you want. It looks pretty good, but I question the design of that mesh in the corner. Would have to see it in person.

@chinsteig Cool, I love it when the rare thing puts out video through USB-C alt mode. Some people will think it has not achieved anything, as they still need an adapter. I see it as perfect as one day all displays will probably use USB-C natively, and it means I can turn it into whichever legacy port I want with adapters.

It even goes a step further, since it's actually a thunderbolt 3 port you would be able to daisy chain displays and other devices after the TS3.

Mid 2012 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide
Mid 2017 15" MacBook Pro > Thunder2 > GTX 1070 > 34" 2560x1080 Ultrawide


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June 9, 2018 3:57 pm  

Yeah but that Mantiz adapter is a dock >$200 while the TB to dual DP adapters are typically <$100. It's closer to the Dell TB16 (there's a Warehouse deal for 166.13) than a plain http://a.co/1DEy3N B" target="true">TB3-dual DP adapter although the Dell doesn't daisy chain, I admit that.


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joevt
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June 15, 2018 3:31 pm  
Posted by: karatekid430

Here is a list of all the brands of Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapters that I know of:

I made a list from Intel's website in another post recently.

Posted by: karatekid430

And yet not one of them took any initiative or innovation to stand out of the massive crowd.

The mini-thunderbolt-3-dock-laptops-mac-and-windows-dual-displayport-4k-60hz stands out because it's a dock that is <$200. But it has a captive Thunderbolt cable.


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June 16, 2018 6:02 am  

Since we're talking about innovation, I have two ideas for a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode.

1) Use a USB-hub connected to the Thunderbolt 3 port for both USB-C ports. Mux the DisplayPort from the Thunderbolt port to one of the USB-C ports. Mux the DisplayPort output of the Thunderbolt 3 controller to the second USB-C port.

2) Use a Thunderbolt 3 port for one of the USB-C ports. Use the DisplayPort output with a USB controller for the second USB-C port (like how the Sunix UPD2018 works).

#1 might be cheaper because it uses a hub instead of a host. #2 would allow Thunderbolt 3 devices to be daisy chained. The hub or host could have more than two USB ports but the idea is too keep the price as low as possible and still support two USB-C displays.

Both may require additional power to support the two USB-C ports. It might be nice if such Thunderbolt devices were powered by USB-C power supplies. The power supply could then be used to charge other devices, or the laptop directly.

The HP Thunderbolt Dock G2 is a new dock that has both a Thunderbolt port and a USB-C with DisplayPort alt mode port. It probably uses Titan Ridge which allows DisplayPort 1.4 and allows the dock to be connected using USB-C.
https://egpu.io/forums/thunderbolt-enclosures/list-of-intel-titan-ridge-thunderbolt-3-devices/#post-38244

With Titan Ridge, it may be possible to create a Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DisplayPort adapter that doubles as a USB-C MST hub. It would be more expensive than either, but it might be less expensive than both. I don't know of any DisplayPort 1.4 MST hubs.


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June 18, 2018 11:23 pm  

My guess (because I too have been searching) is the licensing and hoop jumping you have to go through when you make a device that has a female end..  That's my guess.


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