Both Thunderbolt cable and DVI cable (Digital Visual Interface) are widely used in the field of digital audio and video, but there are some important differences between them. This article will compare the characteristics and applicable scenarios of these two cables in detail to help you make a more suitable choice when purchasing cables.
Data transfer speed
Thunderbolt cable: The latest generation of Thunderbolt 4 supports a transfer rate of up to 40Gbps, ensuring high-speed data transfer.
DVI cable: The transmission rate of DVI cable is low, supporting up to 9.9Gbps, which is suitable for traditional video signal transmission.
Audio and video transmission capability
Thunderbolt cable: Thunderbolt cable supports high-definition video and audio transmission, which can achieve high-quality audio and video effects.
DVI cable: DVI cable is mainly used to transmit digital video signals, supports high-definition video, but does not support audio transmission.
Thunderbolt cable: Thunderbolt cable is compatible with USB-C interface and can be used with devices that support USB-C, such as laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc.
DVI cable: DVI cable is mainly used to connect computers and monitors, has certain compatibility, and can be connected to HDMI or VGA 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.
DVI cable: DVI cable is mainly used for video transmission and cannot provide power for the device.
Thunderbolt cable: Thunderbolt cable is suitable for high-speed transmission scenarios such as audio and video production, external display, and data storage.
DVI cable: DVI cable is mainly used in the connection between the computer and the monitor, and other occasions that require high-definition video transmission.
To sum up, there are significant differences between Thunderbolt cables and DVI cables in terms of data transmission speed, audio and video transmission capabilities, compatibility, and power supply capabilities. When choosing a cable, you can judge according to your own equipment type and usage requirements. If we need a cable with strong compatibility, fast transmission speed, audio and video transmission support and power supply capability, then Thunderbolt cable will be a good choice. This cable is especially suitable for high-speed transmission scenarios such as audio and video production and data storage. And if our needs mainly focus on the connection between the computer and the display, and other occasions that require high-definition video transmission but do not require audio transmission and power supply, then DVI cables will be a more suitable choice.