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FAQ: Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) Cables

Due to variables like speed, active vs. passive, length, brand, and more, finding the right Thunderbolt 3 cable for your application can be confusing. But don't worry - finding a cable that will be compatible with your Apollo Solo is easy once you know what you're looking for. See the frequently asked questions below for help finding the right Thunderbolt 3 cable for your Apollo Solo. 

Are all USB-C cables compatible with Apollo Solo?

No. Apollo Solo is a Thunderbolt 3 device and requires a Thunderbolt 3 cable. Not all USB-C cables support Thunderbolt 3 - some can only be used for power, or for other data protocols such as USB 3 / USB 3.1. You will need a USB-C cable that specifically supports Thunderbolt 3 for compatibility with Apollo Solo.

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I see Thunderbolt 3 cables with different ratings like "20 Gbps" and "40 Gbps." Are these compatible with Apollo Solo?

Yes. These numbers refer to the data transfer rate of the cable. Thunderbolt 3 cables come in two speeds - 20 Gbps and 40 Gbps. Apollo Solo is compatible with both varieties. Note that 40 Gbps cables are typically more expensive than 20 Gbps cables, and there are no differences in performance when using Apollo Solo with a higher speed cable.

Is Apollo Solo compatible with active and passive Thunderbolt 3 cables?

Yes. Active and passive Thunderbolt 3 cables can be used with Apollo Solo. Note that active cables are typically more expensive than passive cables, and there are no differences in performance when using Apollo Solo with an active cable over a passive cable. 

What length of cable should I use with Apollo Solo?

Apollo Solo is compatible with any length Thunderbolt 3 cable as long as the cable is certified by Intel as Thunderbolt 3 compliant. In general, shorter is better when it comes to data cables so we recommend using the shortest length that will suit your particular setup. 

Do I need a particular brand of Thunderbolt 3 cable?

No. Apollo Solo is compatible with any brand of Thunderbolt 3 cable, as long as the cable is certified by Intel to support Thunderbolt 3. We've tested Apollo Solo with active and passive Thunderbolt 3 cables in multiple lengths from Belkin, StarTech, and CableMatters. 

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