How Can I Tell if My Windows PC Has Thunderbolt?

About Thunderbolt & USB-C

Thunderbolt 3 and 4 uses the same physical connector as USB-C, but not all USB-C ports have Thunderbolt support. 

The USB-C connector is also used for other protocols such as USB 3.2 and USB 2.0. USB-C ports and cables that lack Thunderbolt support will not work with UAD Thunderbolt devices.

Please make sure the USB-C port supports Thunderbolt and ensure your computer confidently meets the UA System Requirements before attempting to connect a UAD Thunderbolt device.

Check the Product Documentation

One way to tell if your Windows PC supports Thunderbolt is to check the spec-sheet, manual, and other product documentation. If the computer supports Thunderbolt, this will typically be a main feature listed in the product's webpage. 

 

Check the USB-C Port

Look for the Thunderbolt symbol.

 

This can typically be found next to Thunderbolt-supported USB-C ports, and on the connector housing of Thunderbolt cables. Be sure to look carefully as this can sometimes be confused with a common charging symbol -- the Thunderbolt symbol resembles a lightning bolt with a defined arrowhead.

 

 

Check the Thunderbolt Compatibility List

Thunderbolt certified products are listed here. Make sure to select Windows from the Operating System menu and Thunderbolt 3 or 4 from the version menu to filter the list for compatible results. If you are looking for a specific computer model, you can further filter the results using the Category and Company menus. 

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