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|
|CPU||ARM Cortex-A7 CPU||ARM Cortex-A53 CPU|
|Model name||ARMv7 Processor rev 5 (v7l)||ARMv7 Processor rev 4 (v7l)|
|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.
- 2016-03-10: you can read about drive benchmarks and its associated methodology, although only for the Raspberry Pi 2 now.