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I know this is a very dumb question but what can I use the USB C connector on top of the case for? I checked on the back and I think there is one there too.
 
.... any external device that uses USB-C. Things like usb sticks, or speedy external drives.

USB-C is a connector, like Type-A, that runs at various speeds. USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps), Gen2 (10 Gbps) Gen2x2 (20 Gbps), or USB4/Thunderbolt (40 Gbps).

If that's nkt what you're asking, I have no idea, lol.

Edit: plenty of articles out there - https://tripplite.eaton.com/product...oE4Oo6OMYb6bcdguL6zMes1XZ5__7OycaArOnEALw_wcB
 
.... any external device that uses USB-C. Things like usb sticks, or speedy external drives.

USB-C is a connector, like Type-A, that runs at various speeds. USB 3.2 Gen1 (5 Gbps), Gen2 (10 Gbps) Gen2x2 (20 Gbps), or USB4/Thunderbolt (40 Gbps).

If that's nkt what you're asking, I have no idea, lol.

Edit: plenty of articles out there - https://tripplite.eaton.com/products/usb-connectivity-types-standards?utm_term=usb device connector&utm_campaign=a.UPS+Battery+Backup&utm_source=adwords&utm_medium=ppc&hsa_src=g&hsa_ad=689509334637&hsa_tgt=kwd-341652922441&hsa_mt=p&hsa_ver=3&hsa_acc=4932208510&hsa_kw=usb device connector&hsa_grp=159430218858&hsa_cam=13121114&hsa_net=adwords&gad_source=1&gclid=Cj0KCQjw4MSzBhC8ARIsAPFOuyWRbO4bJ2Ifym_AQFsSnBeoE4Oo6OMYb6bcdguL6zMes1XZ5__7OycaArOnEALw_wcB
Thank you EarthDog that's the info I was looking for.(y) Ok from what I have read from that article there has to be a device that takes the large plug. Now is the lighting bolt one C on C or USB to c or vice versia?
 
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Your next phone will probably use a USB C cable & charger. That's the new standard going forward. I'm not thrilled with it because at some point I will need to get rid of all my USB A chargers & cables and make the change.
I have the Adata SD810 2TB USB C & really like it - super fast file transfers. :thup:

Thunderbolt & USB C seem to be the same thing. My Dell notebook has a "Thunderbolt connector" & my USB C cables plug into it.
 
Your next phone will probably use a USB C cable & charger. That's the new standard going forward. I'm not thrilled with it because at some point I will need to get rid of all my USB A chargers & cables and make the change.
I have the Adata SD810 2TB USB C & really like it - super fast file transfers. :thup:

Thunderbolt & USB C seem to be the same thing. My Dell notebook has a "Thunderbolt connector" & my USB C cables plug into it.
So how do you use the Thunderbolt?? Give me a few examples that use it if you please.
 
I plug my SD810 2TB into it for moving files. I also use it to charge my phone & a Garmin fitness tracker watch. I also transfer photos from my phone to the PC.
 
Read the article I linked @Flamethrower1972 ... that explains everything you've asked so far. ;)

Thunderbolt/USB4 not only has increased bandwidth capabilities, but can also provide more power and video for monitors.

But like any USB device, plug it in........transfer data.......... :shrug: .... not really sure what you're asking as you use it the same way you would any other USB... it just has the potential to be faster so you can get the most out of very fast USB Type-C devices (such as external storage) among the other things mentioned above.
 
Read the article I linked @Flamethrower1972 ... that explains everything you've asked so far. ;)

Thunderbolt/USB4 not only has increased bandwidth capabilities, but can also provide more power and video for monitors.

But like any USB device, plug it in........transfer data.......... :shrug: .... not really sure what you're asking as you use it the same way you would any other USB... it just has the potential to be faster so you can get the most out of very fast USB Type-C devices (such as external storage) among the other things mentioned above.
I looked at the charts in that article and thunder bolt is the clear winner. The ASUS Z790-H that I have has it on the MB more than once. It will be fun to experiment
 
I looked at the charts in that article and thunder bolt is the clear winner. The ASUS Z790-H that I have has it on the MB more than once. It will be fun to experiment
That motherboard has a HEADER for use with a Thunderbolt add-in-card. Out of the box, it does not have it. Typically only high-end boards have one native (that Z790-H does not). The new AMD chipset will (USB4/40 Gbps native, IIRC).

That said, it's not worth the extra cost and expense to 'experiment'. Either you have a use that warrants the purchase of the faster protocol, or you don't. For most, the front/rear 20 Gbps ports (3.2 Gen 2/Gen 2x2) are sufficient.
 
That motherboard has a HEADER for use with a Thunderbolt add-in-card. Out of the box, it does not have it. Typically only high-end boards have one native (that Z790-H does not). The new AMD chipset will (USB4/40 Gbps native, IIRC).

That said, it's not worth the extra cost and expense to 'experiment'. Either you have a use that warrants the purchase of the faster protocol, or you don't. For most, the front/rear 20 Gbps port
Thank you, money threat, averted. :clap:
 
Yeah. I think part of the confusion is that USB-C has always been paired with USB-A on the other end. I suspect this is because computer makers are slower to adopt the "C" standard than phones and tablet makers.

To get the full speed of USB-C, both ends need to be USB-C. Not A - C. My newest phones came with a USB-C to C cable but my chargers and such are still USB-A. That is only recently changing.
 
Yeah. I think part of the confusion is that USB-C has always been paired with USB-A on the other end. I suspect this is because computer makers are slower to adopt the "C" standard than phones and tablet makers.

To get the full speed of USB-C, both ends need to be USB-C. Not A - C. My newest phones came with a USB-C to C cable but my chargers and such are still USB-A. That is only recently changing.
Thats it!!!!! You solved my problem!!!!
 
What was your problem?
I took it to be: What does one do with the small USB connector on your machine? If all of your USB-C cables have USB-A on the other end, you might confuse that as a USB-C cable when it is not. Since marketing for USB-A to C cables list them as USB-C, I can see a lot of confusion around that.

Knowing that the small connector is USB-C and that new cables are USB-C to C, this clarifies the mystery which I suspect was the issue.


Edit: Or not. Whatever. ;)
 
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