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On Thunderbolt Cable Quality

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Cable quality matters. Heck my kids keep breaking Apple Lightning cables with their iPhones (4 so far this year).

Here is what I am hearing about issues to consider with Thunderbolt cables:

  • Having trouble with daisy-chained Thunderbolt devices or port expansion boxes like the OWC Thunderbolt 2 Dock? Replace the cable; it may solve the issue.
  • Audio drop-out or noise from devices that have sound output through Thunderbolt? Could be noise/shielding. Swap the cable.
  • Cables durability: breakage with lots of plugging/unplugging. Buy quality cables for a longer service life.
  • Cables can have quality issues. If there is trouble with Thunderbolt devices, the first troubleshooting step is to swap out the cable(s) with high quality ones, preferably new.
  • Note that the 2013 Mac Pro Thunderbolt ports are poor quality: the ports are sloppy (not a tight fit). Be sure to insert cables straight-on, with no torque/twist to the side.

MPG uses both Apple Thunderbolt cables and OWC Thunderbolt cables. Both are excellent: zero failures, zero problems, and MPG has a *lot* of stuff wired together with Thunderbolt.

The OWC offerings are very helpful because they can be had in four colors: with 6 of them coming out of the Mac Pro, and then some daisy chaining, it can be frustrating if all the cables are one color.

OWC has Thunderbolt cables in 4 colors, and up to 30.0 meters
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