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BH Photo Video has CalDigit TS3 Plus 15-Port Thunderbolt 3 Dock (Space Gray, TS3PLUS-US07-SG) on sale for $209.99. Shipping is free. Thanks iconian
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I know some thunderbolt 3 docks cause kernal panics constantly, which might lead to sluggish behavior and high CPU usage. Is this 4k monitor also a thunderbolt hub?

Keep in mind, whenever you connect an external monitor to a Macbook, the OS is forced to switch to the discrete graphics if available, rather than using the integrated. This will cause more heat to be generated, so that could partially explain the increased fan noise.



MacOS always switches to the discrete graphics if available, when using an external monitor. The integrated graphics is not routed to the thunderbolt connectors.



This person has a Macbook 15", it has discrete graphics, they do not need an external GPU to drive a hi res display. MacOS switches to the discrete graphics card whenever you plug in an external monitor.
I've tried many things, I'm currently using a cheaper tb3 dock and I figured the same as you which was that it could possibly be the cheap dock that's causing it... unfortunately when I go from DP directly to one of my tb3 ports the issue still occurs.

I recently got another 4k monitor that transmits both display and PD in a single usb-c cable. I've noticed that this has caused my temps to get higher than when using my non PD monitor. But anyway, the issue is still there as long as any more than a single monitor is connected.

I actually verified that yeah it is definitely using the discrete graphics, using GPU history. I ordered the hub... hope it works, really sucks that I have a bunch of high quality monitors that I cannot use together simultaneously.
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Wish this one had dual DisplayPort out. This or the CalDigit USB-C Pro Dock?
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One of the best docks... Unfortunately, it does not have an HDMI port. That is only sucky part of it.
As we say on slickdeals "no HDMI kills the deal" 😉
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I recently purchased and returned this. I wanted to love it, but there was bad static in the audio signal. I traced it down to all the CPU performance management options in the BIOS. Turning off Speed Step, Turbo Boost, etc. resolved the problem. This isn't cheap and I don't want to handicap the CPU and efficiency in my new laptop to make this work.

I also tried my dedicated audio interface through it. The audio interface wouldn't "initialize" without turning off all the performance management options on my CPU as well.

The wireless USB mouse also needed an extension on the dongle for it to work.
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Can anyone confirm that if one has two identical monitors that support daisy chaining through DisplayPort, that it is possible to use the single DisplayPort output on the CalDigit TS3 to drive both monitors?
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Can anyone confirm that if one has two identical monitors that support daisy chaining through DisplayPort, that it is possible to use the single DisplayPort output on the CalDigit TS3 to drive both monitors?
Just successfully attempted this. Dell XPS 9700 laptop w/ CalDigit TS3 driving three identical monitors (Dell Ultrasharp U2414H) via the single DisplayPort connection via DisplayPort 1.2 daisy chaining. Can Extend or Clone. Note: Two worked as well. Also, I'm using ~ low resolution test displays 1920x1200, 1920x1080, 1920x1080, 1920x1080. (I had to yank one off the kitchen wall, but I was curious. lol)

Hope that helps!
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Amazon has it for the same price right now.

https://www.amazon.com/CalDigit-T...B078872GWH
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Overpriced for what it is. These will go down a lot in price if you can wait until cyber Monday.
$209 is a steal and not overpriced a bit. The only other dock that's comparable is the OWC Pro, though it lacks the additional usb ports (and is $299).

The ONLY complaint I have is that the input voltage is 17v instead of 12v or 24v.

It's overkill for a lot of applications, but if you need the I/O (I do), it's great.
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$209 is a steal and not overpriced a bit. The only other dock that's comparable is the OWC Pro, though it lacks the additional usb ports (and is $299).

The ONLY complaint I have is that the input voltage is 17v instead of 12v or 24v.

It's overkill for a lot of applications, but if you need the I/O (I do), it's great.
Perhaps a good price in the current market.

These will not hold their value. If you want it and need it now, go ahead. If it merely piques your interest, hold off and wait. They'll cost half as much 12 months from now.
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Perhaps a good price in the current market.

These will not hold their value. If you want it and need it now, go ahead. If it merely piques your interest, hold off and wait. They'll cost half as much 12 months from now.
Lets say what you are saying is true. Why wait 12 months for half price. Shit why not wait 5 years from now and get it for 80% less. I mean after all the longer you wait.. the cheaper it gets right?

What you fail to realize is price isnt the only thing that matters. With many of us working from home NOW.. we need devices like this NOW. Hell 12 months from now.. hopefully I'll be back in the office. But as it stands searching through threads.. $200 is about as cheap as thing thing gets. Unfortunately I missed this deal.. and its back to the regular price of $249.. hopefully it get back down to $210-ish sooner than later.
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