So, last week Tech giant Asus released their DIY-friendly single-board computer called Tinkerboard and claimed that it is going to beat Raspberry Pi 3. So will it really do that? Let’s find out.
Hello guys, welcome to Being Engineers and this is Tamoghna. First of all, I haven’t purchased the Tinkerboard yet but I will be giving specification comparison and based on that I will tell you my view.
On first look, I found the color combination of blue and black on the board to be pretty decent and what caught my attention are the GPIO pin colors. So you can see that it has the same number of GPIO pins as Pi 3 which is 40. In terms of looks, Pi is also good but I would vote for TB.
The dimension is almost same with Pi coming in 8.5 X 5.6 whereas TB in 8.5 X 5.3. So a draw.
Pi has Broadcom BCM2837 system-on-chip (SoC) includes powerful quad-core ARMv8 Cortex A53 processor clocked @ 1.2GHz but TB has Rockchip RK3288 SoC with quad-core ARM Cortex A17 Processor running at 1.8GHz. So, the point goes to TB.
Mali-T764 GPU inside the Tinker Board is more powerful than the Broadcom VideoCore IV inside the Pi 3, with improved 3D performance. There’s hardware support for H.265 4K decoding instead of just H.264 1080p of Pi, of course, it doesn’t support 4K Netflix streaming — so not quite perfect for building your own media center. So this round goes to TB again.
TB has 2GB LPDDR3 RAM compared to 1GB LPDDR2 RAM of Pi. So once again, it’s TB.
Both comes with micro SD slot for ROM and microUSB for power supply of 5V up to 2.4A. Both has 4 USB 2.0 ports. Also, both possess 3.5mm 4-pole stereo audio jack. Both of them also have MIPI CSI and DSI.
Pi provides 10/100M Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 whereas TB gives Gigabit Ethernet, swappable 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi antennas and Bluetooth 4.0. Not much different to give points.
TB has HDMI 2.0 for 4K support compared to Pi which has HDMI 1.4 for HD support. TB gets the point.
Asus TinkerBoard runs only the Debian Linux distro, which means it’s fully supportive of Kodi. It also claims to be working on support for the likes of Ubuntu but hasn’t specified any release date. Pi primarily uses Raspbian, a Debian-based Linux operating system and also other OS like Kali Linux, Ubuntu MATE, Windows 10 IoT Core, RISC OS and few more to name. So finally Pi gets some point.
It’s not over. Now comes the main part. Price.
Pi gets the point here with $40 currently whereas TB comes at a price of $68. Yeah, it is expensive.
So in the end, you can see that TB wins and as far as I think, it is going to be a big rival to Pi. Let’s see how it goes in the future. This was my view. Let us know in the comment section on how you see TB as a single-board computer. If you have enjoyed this video, then don’t forget to subscribe to our channel, click the bell icon so that you don’t miss a single video from us and also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more updates. I will see you guys in another video, until then bye.