Both Thunderbolt cable and DisplayPort cable are common high-speed digital interface cables, and they have their own advantages in audio and video transmission and data transmission. This article will make a detailed comparison of these two cables, let us understand the differences and application scenarios between them.
Data transfer speed
Thunderbolt cable: The latest generation of Thunderbolt 4 (Thunderbolt 4) supports a transmission rate of up to 40Gbps to ensure high-speed data transmission.
DP cable: DisplayPort 1.4 version supports a maximum transmission rate of 32.4Gbps, which is slightly lower than Thunderbolt cable, but still has a high transmission speed.
Audio and video transmission capability
Thunderbolt cable: Thunderbolt cable can transmit high-definition video signals and support audio transmission at the same time, which is suitable for various high-definition video application scenarios.
DP cable: DP cable is specially designed for audio and video transmission, and supports high-definition video and multi-channel audio transmission. DP cables are widely used in audio and video equipment such as monitors and TVs.
Thunderbolt cable: Thunderbolt cable is compatible with USB-C interface and can be used on devices that support USB-C, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.
DP cable: DP cable is usually used to connect devices such as computers and monitors. It has certain compatibility with HDMI interface and can be connected to HDMI interface through a converter.
Power supply capacity
Thunderbolt cable: In addition to data and video transmission, Thunderbolt cable can also provide power to connected devices and enable device charging.
DP cable: The DP cable is mainly used for audio and video transmission and cannot provide power for the device.
Thunderbolt cable: Due to the high-speed transmission and power supply capabilities of Thunderbolt cable, it is widely used in audio and video production, external display, data storage, etc.
DP cable: DP cable is mainly used in the connection between computers and monitors, as well as home entertainment and game equipment and other fields.
To sum up, Thunderbolt cable and DP cable have their own characteristics and application scenarios. In terms of data transmission speed and power supply capacity, Thunderbolt cable has advantages and is suitable for scenarios such as audio and video production, external display and data storage. The DP cable performs well in audio and video transmission, and is mainly used to connect computers and monitors, as well as home entertainment and game equipment.