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Thunderbolt™ 3: The USB-C that Does it All

Thunderbolt™ 3 is the most advanced connecting interface through USB-C that does it all. Thunderbolt ™3 delivers more speed with a 40 Gbps connection, improved performance with dual 4K Displays and additional features with a single connecting interface.

What is Thunderbolt 3?

The Difference between Thunderbolt 3 and USB-C

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Simple Plug and Play. Experience Dual 4K Display Performance

SAPPHIRE Thunderbolt™ 3 to Dual DisplayPort dongles, enable the connection of two displays with up to 4096 x 2160 resolution @ 60 Hz.

DisplayPort dongle Drives a Single 5120 x2880 Resolution @ 60 Hz (Windows only)

Do More and Achieve More

Work with multi-stream HD and 4K video?

  • Thunderbolt™ 3's single-cable docks with charging, external graphics, and built-in networking open up fresh possibilities
  • Desktop-level performance notebook with one simple connection.
  • Create and play the easy way with extra speed and performance.
  • Transfer a 4K movie in less than 30 seconds. Plus, enjoy superfast storage.

What's supported via USB Type C (Thunderbolt™ 3) on Intel® NUC Kit?

  • 15 watts device power—hubs, hard drives, and audio interfaces
  • Single 4K (Ultra HD) or 1080p video support (via DisplayPort 1.2)
  • Daisy-chaining up to six devices
  • External graphics card (SAPPHIRE GearBox)
  • Up to 40 Gbps transfer speeds
  • USB 3.1 Gen 2 protocol
  • Thunderbolt™ networking

Note: Only Windows® 10 supports external graphics GPUs.

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USB Type-C, or USB-C, is a specification for connectors and cables. Some of the key features include:

  • Symmetrical and flip-able, or reversible. Both sides (top and bottom) can be inserted in the port in either direction, meaning that you no longer have to make sure a cable is inserted “right-side” up.
  • Supports alternate modes, such as DisplayPort, Thunderbolt, etc.

Thunderbolt™ 3 defines a superset of capabilities that runs on USB-C connectors and cables. In brief, Thunderbolt™ 3 brings Thunderbolt™ to USB-C. Here are the superset of features that Thunderbolt 3™ provides:

  • At 40 Gbps, Thunderbolt™ 3 is the fastest connection available. By comparison, native USB 3.1 operates at 10 Gbps.
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 is bi-directional with four lanes of PCI Express Gen 3 and eight lanes of DisplayPort 1.2.
  • Thunderbolt™ 3 Now with a Thunderbolt™ 3 port, you can connect to any dock, device or display, including billions of USB devices.

Thunderbolt 3 to Dual DP Dongle Specifications


SAPPHIRE Thunderbolt™ 3 to Dual DisplayPort


2x DisplayPort 1.2


99(L) x 60(W) x 16(H) Dimension/mm

Cable Length



Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C Interface)

Display support

Up to 2x 4K (4096x 2160) @ 60 Hz
1x 5K (5120 x 2880) @ 60Hz (windows only)

Operation Temperature


System requirements

  • System equipped with Thunderbolt™ 3 interface
  • Microsoft Windows 10 or 8.1
  • Apple macOS
  • Compatible with the Latest MacBook M1 Chipset



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