The difference between thunderbolt 3 and usb 3.1

Thunderbolt is a high-performance interface; it’s basically PCIe in serial format for external devices. The connection to the system bus is very direct, which enables particularly low latencies. True to its name, Thunderbolt is lightning fast. At 40 Gbps, Thunderbolt 3 is twice as fast as Thunderbolt 2 and four times as fast as Thunderbolt 1. For comparison: USB 3.0 comes to a maximum of 5 GBit/s (d. h. one-eighth of Thunderbolt 3), and USB 2.0 even reaches only 480 Mbit/s.

Thunderbolt 3 introduced different connectors: While Thunderbolt 1 resp. 2 worked with mini-display port format connectors, Thunderbolt 3 uses USB-C format connectors. These are small, flat plugs that are twist-proof, d. h., the connectors do not have a top and bottom, but can be plugged in at will. Unfortunately, Thunderbolt 3 cables are by no means cheaper than the expensive Thunderbolt 1/2 cables. Because although USB-C connectors are now used, a USB-C cable is not a Thunderbolt 3 cable! Thunderbolt 3 cables can be recognized by the lightning symbol on the connector. The same goes for Thunderbolt 3 ports: Not everyone "USB 3.1 "Type C" port (as found on many newer notebooks) is a Thunderbolt 3 port! Only if it is marked with a lightning symbol, the port also handles Thunderbolt 3. Conversely, any Thunderbolt 3 port will also handle the USB 3.1 protocol.

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This is exactly why Thunderbolt 3 is considered the new universal interface, because practically everything can be connected: From low-level services as a charging port, to data exchange with all sorts of peripherals, to high-resolution 4K and 5K monitors, Thunderbolt 3 covers all applications. In addition, Thunderbolt can daisy-chain up to six devices per port, provided the devices have a second port for looping through.

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The connectors on the Thunderbolt 3 expansion card: the two Thunderbolt 3 ports at the top, and two display port inputs at the bottom for looping video signals through Thunderbolt. Optionally, a monitor can then also be connected via the HDMI port in the center. (Image: Dr. Andreas Hau)

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You need such a port with an "arrow" for a monitor that gets power and image via USB-C?
Or is that another standard again? "Alternate Mode" is probably needed.
Are there adapters to get such a USB-C?
Since it only needs a passive Y-cable or "box" that USB-A-3.1 and DP from the graphics card into a USB-C that is video capable, or?

But how do I find one of these?
Because Asus mentions "adapters" in the FAQ of its MB16AC in passing and without further information.
Not having to buy a 20 series graphics card (at least 2060), or a motherboard with USB-C would already be good.
The disadvantage of the motherboard is that the graphics comes from the CPU (GPU in the i5-6500), so there’s not much performance.
And the nvidia RTX 2060 costs more than the AMD Vega 56 with the same performance. And on the RTX 20 series, the port called "Virtual Link" is actually for VR glasses. Evtl. buy it someday, but then I also want to connect VR glasses to it…

Therefore NOW an adapter would be good to use the available resources of an "old" PC (USB3.1 and DP) to make a video-capable USB-C.

Can you connect an external Thunderbolt 3 12 TB drive, since very fast – to an iMac 5K, 2017 with i7, 2 TB, 32 GB Ram and use it too (with the OS Mojave 10.14.6 (18G84) installed) can be booted externally or via a USB port. use? So use the entire OS outsourced?

On the Mac, you’ve always been able to boot OSX via Firewire or USB. Why should that change with Thunderbold?
This is also possible with Linux.
What does not work, start a Windows installation via USB.
It is that one starts a Linux, which helps Windows into a RAM disk and then starts the Windows from there. Of course, you still have to somehow manage to save the changes in the RAM disk to the external drive again..

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