I ask this because I have had several USB cables 'burn out' on me in the past few months, and all were relatively new. Certainly there is some variation in the quality of cables by various manufacturers. I'm specifically referring to USB 3.0 cables, since these can serve a dual purpose for use with my external drives, as well as charging my phones and letting me copy data from them to PC and vice versa.
It is common knowledge that gold is an excellent conductor of electricity, and I figure that it may also be better for maintaining a consistent and stable data transfer rates. Or is the qualiity of the cord itself (not the tip) the main factor, since that is where the data must 'flow'?
If gold is indeed better, who are the best manufacturers/suppliers? 3 feet is the minumum I'd need, but 5 feet is a better length.