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USB-C Cables Thunderbolt™ 3 Cables Buy Now

How To Tell Them Apart?
Both USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt™ 3 Type-C use the same interface connector. However, both cables offer different performance levels. USB 3.1 Type-C cables offer up to 10Gb/s performance and Thunderbolt™ 3 cables offer up to 40Gb/s. In order to tell the difference Thunderbolt™ 3 cables have a Thunderbolt™ logo on one side of the cable.
[Find out more about USB 3.1 and Thunderbolt™ 3]

CalDigit USB-C Cables
Next-Generation USB Connectivity

CalDigit’s USB 3.1 10Gb/s Type-C cables are fully certified and made to the highest specification possible. All our USB-C cables are USB-IF certified. This includes the USB-C cables included with all our products as well as our individual cables.

20V 3A Charging

No longer are USB cables confined to just providing data. CalDigit’s USB-C cables are capable of charging at 20V 3A in order to charge computers and peripheral devices.

Our USB-C cables have E-Marker built in to the cable. This technology is used to communicate the power going from device to device in order to moderate the distribution of power. This help to prevent overpowering devices.
Coaxial Design

Our cables feature a coaxial design that allows for higher durability.
Reversible Connector

The Type-C connector features a reversible design which means that users do not need to find the right side of the cable to plug it in.
Charge Devices

USB-C cables can be used to charge devices that require power, such as laptops, through the use of devices such as a USB-C Dock.

CalDigit Thunderbolt™ 3 Cables
Extreme Performance for Pro Users

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt™ 3 40Gb/s Type-C cables offer the best performance possible from such a small interface. Whether you’re using high performance RAID storage or connecting the latest Thunderbolt™ 3 devices, CalDigit’s Thunderbolt™ 3 cables are the best available. A Thunderbolt™ 3 cable can provide fast transfer speeds, connect a 5K monitor and power devices.

"The cables are thoughtfully and durably designed with good quality plugs at either end.”
"After testing CalDigit’s 1-meter and 2-meter Thunderbolt™ 3 cables with the LG UltraFine
5K Display and eGPU boxes, I can verify that they live up to their billing.”

Full Length Cables

A lot of Thunderbolt™ 3 cables on the market are available in shorter lengths such as 0.5m, as they are not able to provide a strong signal over longer distances. CalDigit’s cables are available in 0.5m, 1m and 2m.
Full Power

CalDigit’s Thunderbolt™ 3 cables offer 20V 5A. Some cables on the market can only provide 20V 3A or lower. CalDigit’s ability to provide 20V 5A allows for up to 100W power delivery compared to 60W from other cables.
Better Thermal Performance

If you have used Thunderbolt™ cables in the past you know that they can get a bit warm. CalDigit’s Thunderbolt™ 3 cables provide better thermal performance than other cables. This is important because Thunderbolt™ 3 can provide up to 100W of power.
Reversible Connector

The Type-C connector features a reversible design which means that users do not need to find the right side of the cable to plug it in.
Connect a 5K Display

When 4K won’t do, why not connect a 5K monitor,
thanks to Thunderbolt™ 3’s 40Gb/s throughput.
Charge Devices

Thunderbolt™ 3 cables can be used to charge devices that require power such as USB-C Docks and Thunderbolt™ 3 Docks that provide power to a laptop.
Passive & Active Cables

Thunderbolt™ 3 cables are in theory backwards compatible with USB 3.1, USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Type-C devices. Meaning you can use a Thunderbolt™ 3 cable with a USB 3.1 Type-C device. This is the case with CalDigit’s 0.5m Thunderbolt™ 3 cable. However, longer cables such as CalDigit’s 1m and 2m active cables require technology within the cable that provides maximum stability over longer lengths. This in turn means that the longer cables do not support USB 3.1 or USB 3.0 backwards compatibility if connecting the USB device directly with the active cable. This is the case with all Thunderbolt™ 3 cables on the market that feature longer lengths.

In order to distinguish between passive and active cables CalDigit will add “USB-C” after the word "Thunderbolt™ 3" in order to indicate that the cable is backwards compatible with USB 3.1 and USB 3.0.

For users that only require a Thunderbolt™ 3 cable without backwards compatibility, the longer length cables will be a perfect option. However, for users who need backwards compatibility, the shorter length cables will be the best option.

Thunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
Thunderbolt™ 3
Thunderbolt™ 3
Thunderbolt™ 3 Compatible Yes Yes Yes
USB 3.1 Backwards Compatible Yes No No
USB 3.0 Backwards Compatible Yes No No
USB 2.0 Backwards Compatible Yes Yes Yes
* Please note that both CalDigit passive and active Thunderbolt 3 cables will allow the fastest USB speed possible if USB devices are connected to a Thunderbolt device (such as the TS3, TS3 Lite, TS3 Plus) with a regular USB cable.


CalDigit Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable 1m Belkin Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable 1m CalDigit Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable 2m Belkin Thunderbolt™ 3 Cable 2m
Thunderbolt™ 3 Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes
Max. Throughput 40Gb/s 20Gb/s 40Gb/s 40Gb/s
Power Delivery 100W 60W 100W 60W
5K Display Yes Yes Yes Yes
Belkin 1m cable data correct as of 12/6/16 from:
Belkin 2m cable data correct as of 12/6/16 from:






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