AKiTiO Thunderbolt 3 Products

On October 27, Apple announced a new line of MacBook Pro laptops, all featuring the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 interface. In this article, we would like to answer the question everybody is asking.

Are the current Thunderbolt 3 products from Akitio compatible with the new MacBook Pro (late 2016)?

NVMe PCIe SSD

Non-volatile memory express, also known as NVM Express or short NVMe, is designed for SSDs and PCIe and is optimized for low latency.

AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) was designed with hard drives in mind and is therefore optimized for high latency rotating media.

FD-2500 U3

As of September 1, 2016, the FD-2500 U3 has been discontinued and this model is no longer being manufactured, sold or maintained.

The FD-2500 U3 was a slim, compact and portable hard drive enclosure with a durable high quality ABS plastic exterior designed for a single 2.5" drive up to 9.5mm. It featured a USB 3.0 SuperSpeed connection.

This model has been replaced by the Neutrino U3.1, an aluminum enclosure with a faster USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface up to 10Gbps.

AKiTiO Thunderbolt 3 eGPU

The Intel® Skull Canyon NUC Kit NUC6i7KYK is a mini PC with integrated graphics that offers great performance for gaming and other multimedia experiences. It comes with the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 interface, which makes expanding the capabilities of this PC not only possible but also very convenient.

Naturally, the Thunderbolt 3 connectivity on the Skull Canyon NUC made us very excited and we wanted to see how much we could boost the performance with an external GPU to take the gaming experience to the next level.

In short, the results are amazing and all of it through just a little USB-C connector.

AKiTiO Thunderbolt 3 Cable

The Type-C connector is quickly showing up on both Macs and PCs. Industry experts are predicting that by the end of this year 90% of all new computers will be shipping with this new 12-pin reversible connector. But, the big question is what kind of performance does it offer?

USB Type-C allows for transfer speeds of up to 10 gigabits per second. Thunderbolt™ 3, on the other hand, also uses this same Type-C connector and allows for transfer speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second. The two ports and their cables look almost exactly alike and that is where the confusion lies.