What's the difference between a Thunderbolt 3 cable and a USB-C cable?

Are they different in any way, or completely interchangeable?

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Cable (2 m)

Belkin Thunderbolt 3 Cable (2 m)

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    Think of USB-C as the physical connector; there are different standards for data transfer. Most USB-C cables are up to 5 or 10 Gbps but Thunderbolt 3 is up to 40Gbps. However, Thunderbolt 3 cables have some limitations for charging your Mac.

    Therefore, I would use the supplied USB-C cable for charging your Mac, and a Thunderbolt 3 cable between your Mac and other Thunderbolt 3 devices, if required.