Raspberry PI 3 Model B A1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU, 1GB RAM
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Built on the latest Broadcom 2837 ARMv8 64 bit processor the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is faster and more powerful than its predecessors. It has improved power management to support more powerful external USB devices and now comes with built-in wireless and Bluetooth connectivity. To take full advantage of the improved power management on the Raspberry Pi 3 and provide support for even more powerful devices on the USB ports, a 2.5A adapter is required. Technical Specifications: - Broadcom BCM2837 64bit ARMv8 QUAD Core 64bit Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 1.2GHz - 1GB RAM - BCM43143 WiFi on board - Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) on board - 40pin extended GPIO - 4 x USB2 ports - 4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port - Full size HDMI - CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera - DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display - MicroSD port for loading your operating system and storing data - Upgraded switched Micro USB power source (now supports up to 2.5 Amps) This product is made under license in both China and the U.K. Please see the product packaging.
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266 of 282 people found the following review helpful.
Amazing for everything from a video/file server to a router, or game emulator. Perfect and great price!
By THE Reviewer
The new model (RPi 3) is much faster than its predecessors. Indeed, it’s 10x faster than RPi 1, and double the speed of RPi 2. Now with integrated WiFi and Bluetooth 4.1 which deliver flexibility in siting the Raspberry Pi, and make it more attractive as a set-top computer, a video server, game emulator, and infinitely more. This thing screams!
The performance is amazing on this tiny thing!
I am not commenting on the price by this seller. Yes it's over MSRP, but that's the price for getting it overnight vs standing in line and not getting one because it's sold out. This is just a review of the product itself.
The measurements are identical to the Raspberry Pi 2, which is great since all of your accessories will work perfectly. The RPi 3 includes the same 40-pin GPIO header which allows for extensions into the real world. Blinking lights, motors, talking robots, etc. Same CSI and DSI interfaces to enable camera and display modules.
Same as RPi 2, it includes an HDMI out to view on a TV or computer monitor. But it can easily be set up as headless (no display).
The 802.11a/g/n is provided by the BCM43438 chip, which also provides Bluetooth 4.1 capability.
IMPORTANT! Keep in mind to get things running you’ll three things 1) a microSD card (8GB or larger; class 10) 2) a computer to flash the linux operating system into the microSD 3) a USB keyboard+mouse 4) 2amp micro USB power supply.
Performance is killer on this thing. Booting is incredibly fast and I can’t wait to overclock this little desert. It runs at 1.2GHz (64-bit quad-core ARM Cortex A53). It boots faster, it runs faster, it responds faster.
With the integrated WiFi + Bluetooth, you no longer need a USB hub for all your devices. A bluetooth keyboard/mouse will not take RPi 3’s precious USB ports. You’ll have them open for any peripheral you wish, hard drives, microphones, printers, etc.
Quality of build
Easy of use (assuming you’re techie)
WiFi + BLE support
Much faster processing
The wishful thinkingâ€¨ Wish the micro SD card was spring loaded
Wish it had more on-board LEDs for debugging.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
Great little computer!
This is a pretty impressive step up from my Pi2B. I thought I would repurpose the Pi2 into a miniature computer so I can play with a Linux environment and use this one (for now) as a retro game station. The performance with most of the emulators I've tested is (visually) about the same, but on some games/emulators you can expect to get at least a more FPS with this one. The biggest difference I noticed was with emulation of the NDS. On the Pi2 using Drastic, there were frequent drops in FPS that made many games feel too slow to be worthwhile. On the Pi3, however, there was rarely a hiccup! Everything I tested ran between 97%-100% speed (according to the built-in frame counter).
Also the built-in Wi-Fi / Bluetooth is hella convenient. No more dongles! :D The bluetooth works well with a DS4 wireless controller and there was practically no setup required. However, you won't (barring some serious tinkering and workarounds) get a bluetooth speaker to work with emulationstation. For me the HDMI and 3.5mm outputs work just fine. Although I did have to make a few tweaks to the config files to eliminate some static from the 3.5mm output.
TL;DR it's faster than the Pi2 and is great for game emulation
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful.
LOVE this pi!
I LOVE how much more advanced this model is compared to previous ones. It is SIGNIFICANTLY faster and even has a built in wifi/bluetooth adapter which saves a port and also money (if you are starting out on this model and didn't already have a wifi adapter on hand from an older model).
I just set up my new pi after ordering all the new parts. I am beyond estatic at how much better the raspberry pi 3 is in comparison (not that I didn't enjoy my older model, but this new one is lightyears ahead for the same great price). I was originally thinking of using my older one for something else, but after seeing how amazing this one is, I would much rather purchase it again if ever I have need for a second raspberry pi! I'm excited to see what advancements they come out with in future versions!