Thunderbolt 5 is official and it is a leap ahead by way of velocity. It brings the bandwidth from 40 Gbps all the best way as much as 120 Gbps, has double the PCIe lanes, and may ship as a lot as 240W of energy by way of one USB-C cable.
Technically, in a typical configuration, Thunderbolt 5 will present 80 Gbps – utilizing two of its 4 PCIe lanes in bi-directional bandwidth. That is twice as quick as Thunderbolt 4. Nevertheless, when extra bandwidth is required (reminiscent of for high-res shows), Thunderbolt 5 can ship as much as 40 Gbps down three of its 4 lanes – transmitting 120 Gbps and receiving 40 Gbps.
All of that bandwidth will permit for 3 4K 144Hz screens operating concurrently, a number of 8K shows, or a single monitor at as much as a ridiculous 540Hz.
With as much as 240W of attainable charging, Thunderbolt 5 would permit even gaming laptops to ditch the proprietary chargers and simply use USB-C.
Thunderbolt 4 is not going away, nonetheless. Intel will reserve Thunderbolt 5 for content material creation, gaming, and workstation programs, whereas Thunderbolt 4 will reside on for customers that do not want as a lot bandwidth.
Thunderbolt 5 is not a part of Intel’s 14th gen processors and as a substitute would require a discrete chip, codenamed Barlow Ridge. Intel says the primary machines with Thunderbolt 5 are coming in 2024.