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New Windows 11 build boasts USB 80 Gbps

by on18 January 2024

Speedy Gonzales of USB

The newest builds of Windows 11 being shipped to developers contained USB 80 Gbps --the fastest USB ever.

USB 80 Gbps is the latest version of USB 4.2, which connects your gadgets to your PC. It can transfer data at a whopping 80 Gbps, twice as fast as the old USB 4. That means you can move files, photos, videos, and games in seconds

USB 80 Gbps works with all your old USB devices, so you don't have to worry about compatibility. But it also brings new possibilities to your PC, such as super-fast displays, storage, and connectivity.

A spokesVole wrote in its blog post on the latest Windows 11 update:

"We are thrilled to announce support for the newest USB standard, USB 80 Gbps, in this update of Windows 11. USB 80 Gbps support will launch on some devices based on the Intel Core 14th Gen HX-series mobile processors, like the new Razer Blade 18.

This is the first significant update of the USB4 standard and boosts performance to 80 Gbps from 40 Gbps. It enables the next generation of high-performance displays, storage, and connectivity. It is fully backwards compatible with devices built for older USB and Thunderbolt and works with all other USB Type-C features."

USB 4 Version 2.0 is a strange name. You'd think a new version of USB 4 would be USB 5, but that's not the case. USB 4 Version 2.0 is a standard that has double the speed of the original USB 4. That makes USB 4 Version 2.0 80 Gbps fast.

Using the full speed of USB 4 Version 2.0 will be rare for now. Thunderbolt 4 is limited to 40 Gbps, but Thunderbolt 5 has 80 Gbps transfer speeds. The new Thunderbolt 5 can also reach 120 Gbps in Bandwidth Boost mode.

The better speed will probably be used for multi-screen setups and external GPUs. USB 4 Version 2 support also lets you tunnel DisplayPort and PCI Express. It will probably take a while before people use the full speed.

As Microsoft said, the Razer Blade 18 will be one of the first devices to support 80 Gbps transfer speeds through USB. Razer only hinted at Blade 18 and its full announcements of Blades 14 and 16. That hint said that the Blade 18 will have an 18-inch 4K 165Hz screen and support for Thunderbolt 5. But Razer didn't share many other details, except that the Blade 18 will be a "game-changer."

Last modified on 18 January 2024
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