Raspberry Pi 3, Model B is really similar to the RPI 2, although I must admit I really like the Made in United Kingdom sticker
Raspberry Pi 3, Model B is really similar to the RPI 2, although I must admit I really like the Made in United Kingdom sticker / Photo © Jean Georges Perrin

So I received my Raspberry Pi 3. If you are slightly interested in Raspberry Pi, you are already aware of its release as of February 29th. Now that I am in the US, I was expecting to get it quickly, but those Brits seem to be playing with the Yanks and it took me a little longer and more money to get it than if I were one of her Majesty’s subject. I still wonder if I’d live in Calais…

Nevertheless, I am excited about a few things about the new version. Of course, the connectivity is the first thing that comes to mind: having on-board Wifi and Bluetooth is definitely a major improvement. In some situation, this will free up to 3 USB ports.

A quick comparison of the 2 nano-computers also indicates:

Raspberry Pi 2 Raspberry Pi 3
Code RPI2 RPI3
CPU ARM Cortex-A7 CPU ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
Core 4 4
Frequency (minimal) 600MHz 600MHz
Frequency (nominal) 700MHz
Frequency (max) 900MHz 1.2GHz
Broadcom BCM2836 BCM2837
Model name ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l) ARMv7 Processor rev 4 (v7l)
Memory 1GB 1GB
USB 4x 2.0 4x 2.0
Ethernet 1x 10/100Mbits/s 1x 10/100Mbits/s
Bluetooth Optional through USB Bluetooth 4.1, BLE, integrated via BCM43438
Wifi Optional through USB 802.11n, integrated via BCM43438
Aspect LEDs on the top left LEDs on the bottom left

I will run some benchmarks and will keep you posted soon.

 

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