Dave Jones, the famous blogger on matters electronic, compares and contrasts the Raspberry Pi 2 and Orang Pi One.
Orange Pi, very cheap, performs well, needs heat sink, terrible support.
If you have watched the whole video, then you have probably noticed that the 'software support" issues are easily resolved, for example, by using the armbian distribution.
Regarding the heatsink, it is not really necessary because the CPU clock speed gets throttled automatically and it avoids overheating. The throttling threshold is set around 85C and may slightly overshoot up to 90C. The SoC itself is rated for 125C, so it is reasonably safe (this is not mentioned in the Allwinner H3 manual, but Allwinner A64 provides this information). After all, the Raspberry Pi is not any different
. But having a heatsink prevents throttling and surely improves performance on heavy workloads, or when putting the board into a poorly ventilated enclosure.
There was some strange rant about aliexpress being a shady place (huh, is it really different from ebay?). And also the complaint about not being able to power the board through the micro USB receptacle makes no sense. A proper barrel plug in fact safeguards against the voltage drop issues
related to using AWG28 rated USB cables and/or weak power supplies. Some moron, for example, could try to use a USB port of his PC to power the board and then complain about reliability.
Raspberry Pi, more expensive, bit less performant, excellent support.
Well, if you check the raspbian.org
website, then you can see that "Raspbian is not affiliated with the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Raspbian was created by a small, dedicated team of developers that are fans of the Raspberry Pi hardware, the educational goals of the Raspberry Pi Foundation and, of course, the Debian Project."
Huh, a big surprise? Basically, he is blaming Xunlong (the makers of Orange Pi boards) for relying on "third party" software, while the Raspberry Pi is doing exactly the same!
And by the way, I'm personally relying on "third party" software from kernel.org
Does it mean that I'm supposed to have terrible software support?