Raspberry Pi 3 B Review


Raspberry Pi 3 B Review!

Today is a great day, the Raspberry Pi 3 B was released and with this comes the Raspberry Pi 3 B review! Fortunately I have ordered one of these devices but it hasn’t yet arrived (Thanks to MagPi for providing a coupon for ThePiHut for faster delivery!)

Raspberry Pi 3 B Review (Credit: https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/raspberry-pi-3-specs-benchmarks/)

There’s a few things different about this version of the Raspberry Pi which make it different from it’s predecessor (the Raspberry Pi 2 B), so here’s what is new!

  • Inbuilt 802.11n 2.4GHz Wifi and Bluetooth Antenna
  • CPU: Quad-Core 1.2GHz CPU (ARM Cortex-A53)
  • RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 (900 MHz)

The great thing about the Raspberry Pi 3 B is most definitely the inbuilt Wifi Chip, not only does this free up more space for other of your USB devices but it also saves you money having to purchase an external USB Dongle! I’m yet to try this chip and it’s performance but I shall update this post as soon as possible with the performance compared to a USB Dongle equivalent.

Power is an important factor in these type of devices and I’m glad to say at full load the Raspberry Pi 3 B draws approximately 0.57A compared to the Raspberry PI 2’s approximate 0.45A power draw. It’s not a great increase in usage but for the increased power and improvements its clear that you’ll always have to sacrifice more power usage in the long run when using a more improved device.

SYSBench CPU score of Raspberry Pi B to Raspberry Pi 3 B
SYSBench CPU ScoreUnfortunately, I have not had a great deal of time to review the product for each and every category but it’s looking good from it’s specifications.

What are my thoughts?

Compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 B there’s obviously not a great deal of difference but I’m definitely looking to change my setup to run between the Raspberry Pi Zero and the Raspberry Pi 3 B. It’s important to me for balancing some of my applications across the two for both power and CPU usage benefits.

For example, I’ll soon modify my Raspberry Pi CCTV Motioneye Setup to run on my new Raspberry Pi 3 B with the best possible performance. Only time will be able to tell if theres any clear benefits but it should be great to see if there is in the long run!

I am slightly disappointed that there isn’t more RAM available on this system although this is something I’m sure they’ll address in later versions as we are working towards the full 64bit compatibility that the Raspberry Pi 3 B now provides. For the same £30 price tag it’s unbelievable what they can do to produce these amazing devices.

 

The rating I have chosen is based on the amount of changes and improvements made compared to the previous products, unfortunately it’s only an 8 due to the increased power usage and lack of RAM upgrade but it was to be expected, in addition the lack of a gigE network ethernet port but hopefully these are addressed next time.

If you have any questions I’ll do my best to address these.

P.s. Happy Birthday to the Raspberry Pi!

Have a great day!

Matthew

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