Finally Revealing my BIG SECRET - Corning Optical Thunderbolt 3

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It's time to finally show you the secret sauce that makes my home office possible - Corning's Optical Thunderbolt 3 Cables are ready for the masses after months of fine tuning and certification, and we're gonna put them to the test.

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0:00 Intro
0:30 I turned myself into a pickle
1:08 The dream
2:25 The solution
3:27 Under the hood
4:48 Durability and testing
6:40 F
8:56 Linus goes for a walk
10:05 Fiber speed
11:00 Game test
12:33 Cost




  • "Anthony I turned myself into a pickle! I'm Pickle Linus!"

    Alan Calderon-AguilarAlan Calderon-Aguilar12 napja
    • @bruh why

      chlkriszchlkrisz6 napja
    • @Alan Calderon-Aguilar I LIKED YOUR COMMENT kjashdkjashdkasd

      Roselene Calderon-AguilarRoselene Calderon-Aguilar7 napja
    • @Roselene Calderon-Aguilar lol

      Alan Calderon-AguilarAlan Calderon-Aguilar7 napja

      Roselene Calderon-AguilarRoselene Calderon-Aguilar7 napja
    • @Kitsin i got pinned lmao

      Alan Calderon-AguilarAlan Calderon-Aguilar9 napja
  • I listen to these videos instead of watching them and sometimes it sounds like you guys are having rough, yet polite, sex. Music to my ears

    aakiswakaakiswak10 órája
  • Thumbnail looking kinda sus

    H HH H12 órája
  • Could i get any low end or min end pc for my friend i dont have a gift for him on his birthday because hes done so much for me and i really want to give him soemthing special

  • 1:08 A dark mode friendly intro!

    mmpj twodmmpj twodNapja
  • anyone know what the thunderbult dock that linus uses is, couldn't see it referenced in his home setup vidoes and just googling them is a pain

  • 12:26 Nope still can't run the data to MRI or use the cable inb the MRI room as the ends (and the machine you use the data) has magnetic metals. Yes you can make cable run thru MRI room if you can make your run shorter that way.

    TheArseenTheArseen2 napja
    • This is gonna be demonetize anyway

      mmpj twodmmpj twodNapja
  • 6:39 I see the knotty knot, and I feel bad for the one who needs to untangle it later.

    bilinas minibilinas mini2 napja
  • "Three VCSELs and three photodiodes" while holding a 4 fiber bundle. Thunderbolt 3 has a requirement for 4 lanes (2 up and 2 down), so unless I am missing something you guys messed up in the video. Not that it really matters, but hey.

    stefanvidevstefanvidev2 napja
  • 20GBit/s is nothing. Singlemode fibers can easily transmit up to 80 or 128 Channels of 100Gbit/s simultaneously on one pair (RX/TX). Also yes this is by far the easiest solution but you can always get a bunch of media converters and transmit your grandmothers TV signal from one end of your house to the other.

    Djordje BlagaDjordje Blaga2 napja
    • 6:15 I can't watch this😭. Poor cable. I am sorry for you...

      bilinas minibilinas mini2 napja
  • Rather useless product if you don't have a thunderbolt

    Jewelson NoronhaJewelson Noronha2 napja
  • Optical Thunderbolt cables? Please. Who here remembers Light Peak? Anyone? Okay… Yes, Light Peak, which used fiber optics, was the code name for Thunderbolt before they concluded that copper wires was good enough for the signal (and, added bonus, *power*). It wouldn't surprise me if the spec still has info on how a TB optical cable should work.

    Madd the SaneMadd the Sane3 napja
  • That also must be a Gorilla Glass core 🤣

    Jian Aldrich SorianoJian Aldrich Soriano3 napja
  • Knotty indeed

    Eric BoalEric Boal3 napja
  • You need to always include the price in Canadian as well. Thank you.

    ThatMysteriousMan1ThatMysteriousMan13 napja
  • This cable has swag

    Tech & Nostalgia KingdomTech & Nostalgia Kingdom3 napja
  • Given that it’s pride month, I thought the title “revealing my big secret” was going to be something completely different...

    wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov3 napja
  • 6:36 What Laptop is that ?

    Rahmath UnnisaRahmath Unnisa3 napja
  • Fun fact, everytime you had a corner in an optical cable, it slows down the speed of the signal. 50 meters of straight line is faster than 50 meters of "rolled" optical cable (because the light has to bounce on the walls of the core of the cable. It never moves in a perfect straight line inside the cable. (I learnt this in ground military equipment maintenance classes).

    Friday CaliforniaaFriday Californiaa4 napja
    • This looped fiber optic mechanism is used at stock exchange IEX to induce a 350ms latency intentionally:

      E Shattow (Shadow)E Shattow (Shadow)3 napja
  • Little did you know I can see through pixel censoring.

    Mr TuskMr Tusk4 napja
    • work and was well passed the return period. Sigh. Thanks you guys for all that you do!

      wnnalis cioovwnnalis cioov3 napja
  • can this be used to connect a MacPro (latest gen) to the Apple Pro Display? That tower creates a lot of heat, and I'm struggling to find a solution to move into another room.

    Eugeniu RataEugeniu Rata4 napja
  • This is gonna be demonetize anyway

    Pumpkin FryPumpkin Fry4 napja
  • Why not include power wiring down the same wire? Surely I'm not the only person who has thought of running power wiring down the same cable as fiber.

    Solomon ParkerSolomon Parker4 napja
  • they coulkd have added a couple copper wires to transmit power. Thats super fail they didn't. Because you have to power everything separately which adds MORE WIRES!

    BakaOppaiBakaOppai4 napja
  • 6:15 I can't watch this😭. Poor cable. I am sorry for you...

    #Jojo#Jojo4 napja
  • Could they just have made it fatter and made it for like 50 bucks? They need to rein in their engineers at Corning...

    Tyler HowdTyler Howd5 napja
  • Fiber glass patchcords aren't actually made with glass (with an exception). This cable's core is probably made with some plastic, hence why it's so flexible

    Sir VectorSir Vector5 napja
  • If i wanted a job at your company how would one apply?

    Felix HolmFelix Holm5 napja
  • 11:52 is that a Apple i-Lamp? 🤣

    XDM StudiosXDM Studios5 napja
  • I love how he is explains tech like I’m literally 3 years old haha

    Liam BollingLiam Bolling5 napja
  • Very nice product. However, I'd have expected them to run two copper wires to allow that cable to transfer power in addition to data. It's not like adding power lines to that cable could cause any interference and the cost of required copper would be neglible for the actual cost of this cable.

    Mikko RantalainenMikko Rantalainen5 napja
  • Why does a 5 meter cable cost $360 and a 50 meter cable cost $480? That makes no sense. That a 50 meter costs $120 more. At 10 times the length, wouldn't it have to cost 10 times the price ($3600)?

    matrox58matrox585 napja
  • I've seen TFOCA II cables tied in knots and still working just fine. This does not surprise me.

    Jumpin JehosephatJumpin Jehosephat6 napja
  • Great video. I think you guys should consider making a video on solutions for longform HDMI 2.1 cables, or another solution, as myself and others have had a really hard time finding a long HDMI 2.1 cable that reliably does 4k@120hz over 30ft (9 meters) without dropping. Most of them don't even do 4k @120hz as advertised. It took me 4 tries to a 55' that worked but ideally I need a 65' and I don't want to risk another $200 on a stinker. I was even out of $150 cause of one I bought months prior to getting my 3080, which didn't work and was well passed the return period. Sigh. Thanks you guys for all that you do!

    MikeMike6 napja
  • What dongle is that? I see a SD card reader and i need one might cop it if someone can tell me what it is

    MachikoMachiko6 napja
  • Actually Linus.... I bought a green led from radio shack in 2005, aimed and shot a green laser at it, and got voltage on a multi-meter attacked to the two pins of the green led whenever the laser hit it.. So theoretically you actually could potentially transfer power over that fiber optic cable at some point in time as technology progresses.

    Rick SkynightRick Skynight6 napja
  • Ok, that is just simply unbelievably cool. Believe it or not, in 1981, I was in the Navy and we ran fiber from the "Server Room" [note: back then a 5MB drive was those multi-platter 2311 disk storage units], and the fiber was brittle and failed and was expensive and people literally lost their job for screwing up. (Let's not talk about $1,000 toilet seats). For me, this is such a cool advance. 50 meters is significant. Great find LInus. If I could do 5 thumbs up I would give it.

    Mike LevineMike Levine6 napja
  • You should compare this one to apple pro tb3 cable

    Wasin LapthanaphatWasin Lapthanaphat6 napja
  • i cringed when you pulled on that cable, i thought it was dead.

    dj3ss3nc3dj3ss3nc36 napja
  • Linus biggest Problem: A GPU dying, not a perso xD

    FOCFOC6 napja
  • So do i put a display port to lightning adapter into the gpu and plug the other end into a lightning hub that i then connect my monitors into? And what of my mouse, keyboard and audio devices?

    swederino _swederino _6 napja
  • Fiber optic core filaments these days aren't glass, most are a plastic polymer.

    Peter BoylePeter Boyle7 napja
  • Why didn't they add a couple copper wires to provide voltage + and -?

    IttizIttiz7 napja
  • 6:37 . . . "You're Welcome"

    Hammerhead CorvetteHammerhead Corvette7 napja
  • "what can we not transmit over fiber optics? power!" Wrong, there are actually fiber optic cables that transmit power too. In the form of high power lasers that get converted into electricity at the receiving device. They're not as thin though and and heat is an unavoidable issue.

    Alien KittenAlien Kitten7 napja
  • Is the lamp in linus’ office made from the base of an old IMac?

    Joshua RickardJoshua Rickard7 napja
  • how hard would it be to just put a couple copper cables down this thing to also deliver power? I don't know how useful it would be for most real-world use-cases, but at the very least, it could maybe add further strength, right? Speaking of strength, your demonstration was compelling, but I would like to see a test on fatigue from less extreme but highly repetitive bending. At this price point, you want to be DAMN sure it's gonna stand the test of time. Wrenching on it a couple times and surviving is one thing, but what if you had it running under the carpet and you had less than stable floorboards, there might be spots along the cable that are subjected to small but frequent disturbances from just walking around that could add up to big problems, and that's not to mention running it under/over/around doors etc. Anyways I'm just holding out for the wireless future, no cables ever again, even for power, anything less is a stop-gap

    Willium_Bob_ColeWillium_Bob_Cole7 napja
  • About two years late on the pickle joke

    The DeadliestThe Deadliest7 napja
  • epic cable, praise the cable gods

    That one DudeThat one Dude7 napja
  • Cable costs half as much as the PC I'm using. Guess I'm not going to be using that cable.

    CyberSERTCyberSERT7 napja
  • I feel for all the employees falling over that cable.

    Dan PhillipsDan Phillips7 napja
  • Lol was so distracted by the Linus Cat Tips xD

    R MarinR Marin7 napja
  • What could be a cool idea in the not so distant future is instead of having those Japanese gaming hotels maybe you could have a server room with either a PC to stream off of or use a dock built into your hotel room that you have to pay a certain fee to turn on

    Matthew SociasMatthew Socias7 napja
  • So the equally expensive thunderbolt 2 version of these cables overheated and failed after just a few months of use? Why on earth would anyone trust the latest revision?

    BobBob7 napja
  • Being from Corning, I always love seeing or reading content like this. Cheers!

    Joshua ChrïstJoshua Chrïst7 napja
  • Why not add a regular ol' wire for power supply and isolate the data transfers to fiber optics?

    EnderladEnderlad8 napja
  • Can you do this with vr connectins like with the rift cv1

    CommandSync20401CommandSync204018 napja
  • thumbnail is like "I showed you my thunderbolt plz respond"

    Alex MillsAlex Mills8 napja
  • I still don't get it. Haven't we been able to do this over fiber cable for years with thin clients?

    John DavisJohn Davis8 napja
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    Cristobal RichardCristobal Richard8 napja
  • i donno y. linus sang sound pretty good lol XD

    Syed FaizSyed Faiz8 napja
  • Linus Cat Tips? Nice.

    scottdotjazzmanscottdotjazzman8 napja
  • Why did I think that was a mushroom

    PicklePickle8 napja
  • Just 20 Gbit/sec? What year are you in? The optical fiber itself doesn't limit the speed, only the electronics and optics on both ends are the limitation, not the glass I have 40gig optics in my leaf-spine core and my ISP uses 100Gig optics,

    chattphotoschattphotos8 napja
  • 400 dollar cable..... i feel sick

    Angelo DvAngelo Dv8 napja
  • 4:55 That actually made me cringe so hard, it was out loud. Knowing how fragile fibre can be... The continued testing was so damn impressive.

    Quietus PlusQuietus Plus8 napja
  • ill never have use for that cable but hats off to the corning people! That's incredible!

    xX1NORM1XxxX1NORM1Xx8 napja
  • I kinda want to do the pc in another room thing too...

    LirycLiryc8 napja
  • remember when 2mb of ram was a thing? huh...

    TggamerTggamer9 napja
  • Cables overheating is normal thing due to natural resistance of condactors in the cable, that why cables comes voltage and current limits as if you cross them cable starts to heat and it can even melt isolation if you go extreme

    ShadowriverShadowriver9 napja
  • 50m cable me :500 smekels, thats not that bad 5m cable Me: 400 is too much

    Zangief-chanZangief-chan9 napja
  • Shame we never got the original idea for Thunderbolt. It was meant to be fiber, but also have a copper run for power. Maybe by Thunderbolt 6 it will fulfill the original goal. :)

    Sinister PuppySinister Puppy9 napja
  • *here have a cable no one needs, and a GPU in a box no one needs* have a Liquid cooler no one needs.... OC so you can shorten the lifespan of the components because you know.. just throw stuff in the trash. Here buy this "glass wire" like why didn't they call it that? for easy payment of the price of an average GPU you too can have GLASS WIRE!

    BobshnogenBobshnogen9 napja
  • Practical Use: I recently purchased a Vive Eye VR headset with WiGig Wireless, which requires that the computer be near the play area for wireless connectivity. But I also use my computer in my office across the house, and need dual monitors to work. Corning 50m cable and a thunderbolt 3 hub was the perfect solution with no performance hit. I have had no issues and love the setup, both for VR work and Office computer work flawlessly. I am blown away at this cables ability to function it does not make sense to me. This cable defies logic! Probably could have built a whole new PC for the cost though.

    Schuyler WilliamsSchuyler Williams9 napja
  • shill? chill? schill? me no spell good

    Mario pMario p9 napja
  • Me: Scrimping and saving what I can to buy a new $200 SSD Linus: Let's go f*ck up 2 $400 cables

    Khris Jose (Khris Jay Artworks)Khris Jose (Khris Jay Artworks)9 napja
  • Nice.

    BoniBoni9 napja
  • What is the blue remote that Linus held here?

    AdamAdam9 napja
  • If Ting's outgoing call sound was "skrr aa", does that mean the ting goes skrrra pa pa?

    Moreno KajkutMoreno Kajkut9 napja
    • @Ting Mobile Thanks for confirming. This reply made me wanna switch to your network, if only you were available in EU...

      Moreno KajkutMoreno Kajkut8 napja
    • That is correct.

      Ting MobileTing Mobile8 napja
  • Hi Linus But arent you limited to 60 fps on your tb dock for 4K anyways

    noerdarnoerdar9 napja
  • tow a car with it

    boabyy1boabyy19 napja
  • But when is the pickle review

    BlenderHelixAlphaBlenderHelixAlpha9 napja
  • FINALLY a cable that I can use to connect my Thunderbolt dock 50 meters away from my desk in my MRI Scanner room !

    Marime GuiMarime Gui9 napja
  • A transceiver, then.

    Héctor J. Román P.Héctor J. Román P.9 napja
  • dude 3080 TI

    mRipXmRipX9 napja
  • My workstation doesn't have thunderbolt. How would this cable connect directly to a GPU? (3080, 3090 etc) Is there a way to adapt Display Port to Thunderbolt directly from a GPU? Perhaps a dock or the same DP to TB adapter at the monitor end?

    Steven EmersonSteven Emerson9 napja
  • whoa a tech tip

    mRipXmRipX9 napja
  • I think, Linus has a great voice for singing 😎🎤

    Warlander VlogsWarlander Vlogs9 napja
  • 6:35 - So when is the LTT #MeToo announcement video coming out?

    Doc FerringerDoc Ferringer9 napja
  • Why thunderbolt instead of USB ? why did they reinvent SFP+ ?

    PleXiPleXi9 napja
  • Wow....just wow!

    JawolfJawolf9 napja
  • Whenever Linus shows preview of Shadow of the Tomb Raider game in his video, he is always at the same location in game, near to the bridge.

    Gamer 007Gamer 0079 napja
  • A latency test would be nice.

    MHBGTMHBGT9 napja
  • Fiber is the way to go especially for speed and distance .

    Mystery LinuxMystery Linux9 napja
  • The way Linus ties that knot while it's hurts my soul just watching...but man is that cable tough.

    James “MaLinks // StealthEye95”James “MaLinks // StealthEye95”9 napja
  • It took so long thunderbolt 3 has been replaced by thunderbolt 4...

    rpavlik1rpavlik19 napja
  • Corning ZBL fiber which is widely available has a min bending radius of 5mm. Even at 5mm radius, the loss at 1550nm is

    Suradash ChungpaiboonpatanaSuradash Chungpaiboonpatana9 napja
  • Yeah ! No thank you !

    gamefluxgameflux9 napja
  • Water cool the god damn monitor for no reason

    isaac markisaac mark9 napja
  • i had said the same thing 10 years ago for a working concept of usb A to usb A with optical fibers: it must be really difficult to add a copper lane to transfer power only, next to a million optical fibers they packed together. super-speed, super-expensive, unable to power a device. lol. the concept 10years ago didn't had a name like usb 2.0 or usb 3.0. just "USB-A 100GBPS" (it had a lot of o.f.s in the cable and beefy plugs)

    AGeneAGene9 napja