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October 13, 2023

Why Buy a Thunderbolt 4 Flash Drive?

When you want to game at higher resolutions, a thunderbolt 4 flash drive can deliver faster external storage and performance. You can also find thunderbolt 4 monitors that deliver high quality images and gaming docks that let you keep all your accessories connected and powered by one cable.

Thunderbolt 4 supports up to two 4K displays or a single 8K display and offers more bandwidth than USB. It can support up to 40 Gbps of bandwidth that is dynamically allocated between data and video, allowing for more connections without overtaxing the port's capacity. Thunderbolt 4 can also power and charge a laptop with up to 100 W of PD (Power Delivery) charging, and it can transfer files at up to 3,000 MB/s.

The USB Implementers Forum has made strides in reducing confusion over USB4, but it can still be difficult to distinguish between a Thunderbolt 4 and a standard USB device. USB4 is backwards compatible with older standards, but it has tighter minimum requirements that ensure reliable performance.

That means you'll probably see devices that support both USB4 and Thunderbolt 4 labeled simply as "USB" because they meet the minimum requirements. However, it's also important to note that all Thunderbolt 4 ports and cables are backwards compatible with USB 3.1 Gen 2, USB 3.2, and USB 2.0. They also work with any USB-C custom cable that meets the specification. If you're unsure which connector is on your device, you can always ask the manufacturer.