Originally Posted by v5v
Originally Posted by Tallest Skil
Okay, well, welcome to Thunderbolt, then.
Just to play Devil's Advocate for a moment, let's say I want to upgrade the graphics capability of a Thunderbolt Mac. What choices are available to me? Now compare that to a machine with PCI slots.
Not only that let's say you need to run such a card on a different operating system, one that doesn't support TB. If your only option is a TB port you are out of luck.
Another example is storage. What is the cost to add another 2TB of storage via TB vs. just dropping a bigger drive into an existing internal drive bay?
Here is where we disagree some. Disk Arrays can be done easily externally these days. Single disk installation is a different argument but at some point if. You have multiple volumes of data on discrete disks it is about time to consider an external array.
Thunderbolt obviously *is* a "viable" alternative to the traditional personal computer design paradigm, but it is not necessarily as practical, convenient, tidy or cost-effective.
I'd argue against the idea that TB is a viable alternative in the large. It certainly is in certain cases however it can often be seen as the wrong choice.
I'm also concerned about the glacially slow rate of adoption, making me worry that it may wind up being another Firewire only worse -- limited product choices and higher prices for those that offer it.
Honestly I think Apple got exactly what it was looking for with TB. To Apple it is simply a docking port for mobile hardware. That is it is a high speed solution for docking AIRs and Mac Book Pros.