The main difference between Firewire and Thunderbolt is speed. Firewire has a maximum throughput of around 3.2Gbps while Thunderbolt is capable of achieving 10Gbps. As Thunderbolt uses the mini DisplayPort connector, it can also accommodate those signals.
Hereof, what is a FireWire port on a computer?
Along with USB, Firewire (also called IEEE 1394) is another popular connector for adding peripherals to your computer. Firewire is most often used to connect digital camcorders, external hard drives, and other devices that can benefit from the high transfer rates (up to 480 Mbps) supported by the Firewire connection.
What is the difference between FireWire 400 and 800?
The simple answer is that they all have different transfer rates, or copy speed, when moving data from one device to another. Here are the approximate rate differences from fastest to slowest: Firewire 800 – 800 Mbps (or 75MB/sec) FireWire 400 – 400Mbps (or 50MB/sec)
Which is faster USB 3.0 or FireWire 800?
USB 3.0 is also faster than FireWire 800, and it stacks up favorably against Thunderbolt. Also, depending on the task and the drives used, it can be just as fast Intel's speedy connection. When you remove the drive-speed bottleneck (by using an SSD), however, Thunderbolt can trump USB 3.0 easily.