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Raspberry Pi 3 is out now! Specs, benchmarks & more

Get the low down on the brand new Raspberry Pi 3 and see how its new features compare to previous Raspberry Pis

The Raspberry Pi 3 is here! Hopefully some of you were still surprised by the announcement today. Over the past four years, the Raspberry Pi has sold eight million units – three million in the last year alone – and now on its fourth birthday a brand new upgraded Pi has been released. You can read absolutely everything you’d want to know about it in issue 43 of the magazine coming out on Thursday but for now we thought we’d give you the hard facts about this brand new Raspberry Pi.

And yes, it has wireless internet.


SoC: Broadcom BCM2837
CPU: 4× ARM Cortex-A53, 1.2GHz
GPU: Broadcom VideoCore IV
RAM: 1GB LPDDR2 (900 MHz)
Networking: 10/100 Ethernet, 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless
Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1 Classic, Bluetooth Low Energy
Storage: microSD
GPIO: 40-pin header, populated
Ports: HDMI, 3.5mm analogue audio-video jack, 4× USB 2.0, Ethernet, Camera Serial Interface (CSI), Display Serial Interface (DSI)

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Wireless radio

So small, its markings can only be properly seen through a microscope or magnifying glass, the Broadcom BCM43438 chip provides 2.4GHz 802.11n wireless LAN, Bluetooth Low Energy, and Bluetooth 4.1 Classic radio support. Cleverly built directly onto the board to keep costs down, rather than the more common fully qualified module approach, its only unused feature is a disconnected FM radio receiver.

Wireless radio

Wireless radio


There’s no need to connect an external antenna to the Raspberry Pi 3. Its radios are connected to this chip antenna soldered directly to the board, in order to keep the size of the device to a minimum. Despite its diminutive stature, this antenna should be more than capable of picking up wireless LAN and Bluetooth signals – even through walls.




Built specifically for the new Pi 3, the Broadcom BCM2837 system-on-chip (SoC) includes four high-performance ARM Cortex-A53 processing cores running at 1.2GHz with 32kB Level 1 and 512kB Level 2 cache memory, a VideoCore IV graphics processor, and is linked to a 1GB LPDDR2 memory module on the rear of the board.




The Raspberry Pi 3 features the same 40-pin general-purpose input-output (GPIO) header as all the Pis going back to the Model B+ and Model A+. Any existing GPIO hardware will work without modification; the only change is a switch to which UART is exposed on the GPIO’s pins, but that’s handled internally by the operating system.



USB chip

The Raspberry Pi 3 shares the same SMSC LAN9514 chip as its predecessor, the Raspberry Pi 2, adding 10/100 Ethernet connectivity and four USB channels to the board. As before, the SMSC chip connects to the SoC via a single USB channel, acting as a USB-to-Ethernet adaptor and USB hub.

USB Chip

USB Chip


Want to know just how much faster the new Raspberry Pi 3 is? See it pitted against its siblings in our benchmark series.



Offering support for multi-threaded operation – taking advantage of the four processing cores on the Pi 2 and Pi 3 – SysBench reveals just how far we’ve come since the original Raspberry Pi design. While single-threaded performance has improved greatly, the biggest gains go to multi‐threaded programs.


Python GPIO

The Raspberry Pi’s GPIO pins are most commonly used with Python, but this leads to a CPU bottleneck. In this test, a simple RPi.GPIO program toggles a pin as rapidly as possible while a frequency counter measures how quickly it actually switches.


Quake III Arena timedemo

The classic twitch shooter from industry pioneer id Software, Quake III Arena is heavily tied to the CPU performance of the Pi. The standard ‘timedemo’ was run at 1280×1024, high geometric, maximum texture detail, 32-bit texture quality, and trilinear filtering to obtain these results.



Developed by B.A. Wichman in the 1970s as a means of measuring a computer’s speed, the Whetstone benchmark concentrates on floating-point performance. Despite its age, the benchmark offers a good insight into the peak floating-point performance of a processor.



Where Whetstone measures floating-point performance, Dhrystone was developed in the 1980s by Reinhold P Weicker to measure integer – or whole-number – performance. As with its floating-point equivalent, Dhrystone is still a useful synthetic benchmark for comparing different chips.


Power draw

You can’t get extra performance without a few sacrifices. The Pi 3 draws the most power of the test group, but its extra performance means it spends more time at idle. Those looking for maximum battery life should look at the Model A+ or the Pi Zero as an alternative.

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  • Wow 😀 ! This is going to be a game changer.

  • darklinux


  • 2.4 GHz-only 1×1:1 Wi-Fi is a bummer. Hopefully the next generation can be 2×2:2 and support both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz.

  • Damian Rene

    So finally not 64bit instructions built-in SOC

  • stephen fleming

    According to the listed specs the RAM is clocked at 900MHz, that seems high for LPDDR2 SDRAM. Is it being overclocked?

  • surja

    Was expecting 2 GB RAM, otherwise seems cool.

  • Peter

    No native SATA port again 🙁

  • icq4ever

    how many usb root hub? anyone know?

  • MOB_i_L

    I would like the FM-radio receiver to work.

  • Krzysztof Słychań

    Nice, but not revolutionary – I’m still waiting for the gigabit ethernet port. Maybe in Raspberry 3.1415926? 😉

  • Johannes Bergs

    Woha! WiFi onboard is absolutely amazing. Thousand thanks for that!

  • NMe

    Considering it’s not being mentioned in the article I guess there is no change from the Pi 2 in this respect but I’ll ask anyway: what about hardware decoding support for x264-Hi10P or H265 encoded video?

  • Георги Бонджов

    Pi3 1GB LPDDR2…Pi4 4+GB LPDDR4 Very big jump 😀

  • Lemming Overlord

    LPDDR2 is specced at up to 1066MHz (533MHz clock rate), unlike desktop DDR2. 900MHz is within spec.

  • Lemming Overlord

    There used to be a link to the BCM2837 SoC on Broadcom’s site, but it’s no longer there… :'(

  • Mathias

    great but after the Pi 2 and the zero there is a need for a high end pi with gigabit ethernet, sata and more than 1 Gig of RAM 😉

  • Radosław Łoboda

    It’s not really THAT much of improvement, but I understand low price tag goal. However, skipping antenna socket or gigabit ethernet was a poor choice.

    PS. Why did you ignore the FM receiver if it’s already built in? 😛

  • more ram would be better than proc upgrades at this point, although the ram is a power suck, hopefully they go through, with an eye to power managment in the next gen also, I think GBE is done and could be skipped.

  • The chip is 64bit, the OS isn’t

  • GadgetMan

    Really want to know this too. Is the Sdram 900mhz? I’ve been able to OC my Pi2 and get HEVEC playback at 550mhz so really interested to see if they have this covered. You’d hope so as it’s going to be the gotofile type very soon.

  • GadgetMan

    My last post was deleted? I linked to an article suggesting it played HEVEC files due to a graphics upgrade. Sorry if linking to other sites isn’t allowed. Just wish to know if this is true? can you confirm it will play x265 files?

  • Steven Nevermore

    I see what you did there

  • Me too!

  • O.E. Virta

    No mention of LAN or USB benchmarks – no improvement there? Still bottlenecked by the USB/CPU bridge?

  • smartroad

    Any chance of some real world tests? Zip compression, video/audio encoding? Would give a better view of its performance 😀

  • David Nelson

    Nice complaining. Lots of capability for the cost.

  • Iirc, openssl-aes is at 2x perf compared to b2, not accounting for the AES acceleration

  • Neil Lees

    The 1GB Ram pack will be out later this year by mail order. Just don’t move it around when it’s plugged in.

  • Neil Lees

    Unbelievable amounts of whinge for so much for so little, be happy coders.

  • I guess many people would need to pay TV tax in many countries and as such device would cause a lot of trouble in embedded design. 8 million units has had to go somewhere 😉

  • Tyler Collins

    Raspberry Pi^2

  • tulo

    Nice on 64-bit CPU, but why don’t you make an higher spec-higher cost board? Something with USB3, 2-4 Gb RAM, 5G WI-FI, SATA?

  • Danilo Dene

    Me too

  • NMe

    According to Ars Technica: “Pi 3 also has a graphics upgrade, using Broadcom’s 400MHz VideoCore IV, rather than last year’s 250MHz version. The new hardware will support
    1080p video at 60fps using the H.264 format, up from 30fps. The new Pi also gains H.265 support for the first time but is limited to 1080p at 30fps.”

    I’m not sure what that means for 10-bit x264 video.

  • GadgetMan

    I’d hope that would be supported too. We’ll soon see, mine should be here any day now. I’ll also be ‘tweaking’ the Bad boy too. Let me know how you get on with yours.

  • NMe

    I haven’t ordered a Pi 3 so far, I already have a Pi 2 and unless the 3 does indeed handle H.264 and HEVC content to an acceptable degree I don’t have a reason to upgrade just yet. Since you have ordered one I’d be very interested to hear how it performs with these two types of video if it’s not too much trouble. 🙂

  • darkjeric

    Because that’s not why they’re making the Raspberry Pi’s in the first place. It’s designed to be a very affordable but capable developing system, mainly to be used in education. For doing that, even the Pi Zero can be enough, and the Pi2 has plenty of “power”. Maybe someday we’ll see a Pi which has all the things you’re asking for, but only when they can release it for the same $35 as the previous models.

  • Kürtösi Péter

    I’m still missing a SATA… 🙁 But this improvement is better than nothing. 🙂

  • GadgetMan

    Sure it should be here tomorrow so I’ll let you know once I get a chance to play something. If it doesn’t come, then it will defo be the day after. Either way I’ll be Overclocking to 1300 and also tweaking the sdram to 500. I’ll test it without any OC though and let you know the result of both.

  • Chad Wheatley

    Not while we’re still piggybacking off a USB 2.0 channel 🙁

  • Steve Hanson

    Very nice specs for the price. Now hopefully there will be more attention paid to 3d acceleration and possibly a port of android with 3d acceleration.

  • A B

    I was really looking forward to Gigabit LAN and 2GB RAM (at least). I would definitely go for a 4GB RAM option.
    Guess i’ll wait for the Rpi 4…

  • Semanur Gülen

    Wifi onboard <3

  • prairienyx

    > its only unused feature is a disconnected FM radio receiver.

    You know… that would have been a cool feature to keep! 🙂

  • Jayro Jones

    Still waiting for USB 3.0 and Gigabit Ethernet… Until then, I’m holding off. I want to build a small and cheap portable Emulator MAME machine, but USB 2.0 read speeds are abysmal at best.

  • Jayro Jones

    They should offer a gap thats easy to solder two points for enabling the FM radio. That way they could still technically sell it as “disabled”, but still give us the option to enable it ourselves.

  • Bert Sierra

    I’m guessing the form factor is the same between the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B and new Raspberry Pi 3. That would mean the cases are likely to be compatible. Can anyone with a Raspberry 2 and 3 confirm that the cases are interchangeable??

  • Me too waiting for gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0

  • David Šmíd

    Any chance to connect an external Wi-Fi antenna ?

  • johnno12345

    That’s it! I’m getting a Chromecast 2 instead

  • Nate Pinkston (MC Survivalist)

    I wouldn’t mind if they made it a little bit bigger next time around, and gave it more i/o. It’s pretty limited as it is right now.

  • Steve

    Sadly on Wi-Fi N which is very limiting since AC is now the standard

  • Steve

    I think using current technology and removing potential bottlenecks are the justification for adding more features. I see a little more RAM 2 GB being a nice performance increase for almost no difference in price. AC Wi-fi instead of N is a big upgrade in data throughput, which the processor can easily handle in most situations, and again for little cost difference. I would go one step further than USB 3 and go right to USB C for both power and data purposes. SATA and eMMC are both going to be legacy tech very soon so I don’t care about them.

  • Anders Jackson

    And I prefer it to keep the size, as it will not obsolete my cards.
    Already done that once…
    If you want expansion, there are things to connect and use these serial busses that exists.

  • Anders Jackson

    That was a relevant compare… 😉

  • Anders Jackson

    You could probably make a hack. Or put a dongel with a connection instead of the one on the Pi 3.

  • Anders Jackson

    It is, except the LEDs for power etc has moved.
    With the usual exception that some few cases has some non standard ways of connecting directly to the card…

  • Anders Jackson

    Well, as that would mean another more expensive CPU chip to even handle USB 3 and Gigabit, I think it is a good choice. Especially because the RPi 3 probably wouldn’t have the speed to handle Gb Ethernet, it would be a total waist and probably make the network slower because of that. But the WiFi is faster than 100 Mb, use that. Then there will be less load on the USB buss as the Ethernet will not use it.
    If anything, a USB 3 would be usefull, not 1 Gb Ethernet. Or a buss to connect mSSD.

  • Anders Jackson

    Sigh… Be happy of WiFi in the $35 price range…

  • Anders Jackson

    Adding 2GB ram would be much more expensive to be $35. They then probably needed to drop the WiFi and Bluetooth. Same for the licenses fees to get AC in the WiFi.
    To handled USB 3 and USB C it definitely would break the cost. Legacy tech are cheep, so both SATA and eMMC would be nice, if the CPU chip supports them.

    It isn’t that they can’t build one such a machine. But it will have to fit the price tag, or it isn’t a Raspberry Pi. And guess what, there are other, more expensive machines that have these things. If one want them…

  • Anders Jackson

    Yes, still, as the info will tell. But not for WiFi and Bluetooth.

  • Anders Jackson

    You can’t get 1 Gb through the USB 2 port. And if you did, the CPU could probably not handle the load and fill it anyways, somuse the WiFi for higher speeds then.

    And a antenna socket takes space for Earth ground and mechanical connection, which most people don’t use anyways. So a good chioce I would say.

  • Anders Jackson

    And they exists, under other brands.
    Look out for Gb over USB 2 though. Same for SATA over USB 2 in some devices. That isn’t that good.

  • Anders Jackson

    No change, what I know.

  • Radosław Łoboda

    You can get at most 480Mbps over USB2.0, FE is 100Mbps, GE is 1000Mbps. Do the math.

  • Anders Jackson

    I have done that, I was hoping you had.
    And still, the device probably wouldn’t be able to handle 1Gb Ethernet anyways.

  • Anders Jackson

    There are other options if you really want that. Like BananaPi.

  • Anders Jackson

    I’m not, as it would probably not be able to fill the Gb Ethernet. If anything, USB 3 would have been nice, if the CPU chip supported it.

  • darkjeric

    I think you’re underestimating the costs of adding all those things. Yes, these chips by themselves only cost $3-5, but they really want to sell the Pi’s for $35 tops so every dollar added to the cost is one too much. Even more so: The chips nay not cost that much, but you have to supply enough bandwith to these chips through the motherboard as well, so that would have to be redesigned with extra lanes (2Gb RAM would only really be useful with dual-channel access for example), adding even more cost to the whole process.

    Again, I’m pretty sure a Pi with USB3, Gb ethernet, 2-4Gb RAM and all those now very currect things will some day be available, but the Pi Foundation will only do this when they can sell it for $35.

    If you want all these things now, there are many (many!) other suppliers of low-cost computers around that already provide these, but they also cost substantially more. If adding these things would not make for a big ‘cost difference’ as you say, wouldn’t these other systems be available for the same price as the Pi, you think?

  • johnno12345

    Anything unrelated to elephants is irrelephant.

  • Bert Sierra

    Good to know as I do occasionally pop the top of my RPi 2 case to check the microSD activity LED in particular. I just wanted to make sure the RPi 2 and RPi 3 cases were swappable, which it sounds like they are, and I’m not averse to drilling a couple of new holes to make “universal” cases considering the LED change.

    I spotted the Raspberry Pi 3 here in the US on CanaKit (now listing on Amazon, though with prices about $10 to $15 what I would like to see) and MCM Electronics on Ohio. I scored a nice kit from CanaKit which should be here Tuesday; I’m so excited.

  • Radosław Łoboda

    I did tests on original RPi B+ and USB Gigabit dongle, the difference is indeed minimal. Unfortunately I don’t have RPi2 or RPi3, but I tried with ODroid C1+, it was able to deliver 630Mbps with builtin, 150Mbps with usb dongle

  • You can’t please every one, but in this Internet of Things trend, the lack of analog input is a glaring omission. The natural world talks analog! Computing power can be spread over anywhere in the digital cloud, let’s get the Pi the ability to read its own environment with analog input and a few sensors!

  • SriVishnu Totakura

    True, I have been waiting for it too. But then I went with BananaPi. It got that. However, the CPU ain’t this good.

  • Christian Hilton

    Just before I totally panic – I had a RPI2 that one night suddenly spat a MicroSD out and the spring in the socket had gone which then prevented one being reinserted, but this was replaced under warranty and normal service has resumed – I’ve just taken delivery of a new RPI3 though and there doesn’t appear to be a spring mechanism, but nor will the device boot – I’m using NOOBS which is the first I’ve come across stating it’s RPI3-friendly and have to ask if this is the same problem, or am I doing something else wrong. The simple fact is that the RPI2 goes straight into setup with the NOOBS image, and while other preexisting [e.g. Berryboot] SDs that I use without issue on the RPI2 will not load on the RPI3 either, just the colour pallette loading screen – i.e. the [hardware] lights are on but there’s nobody home…, any pointers?

  • Christian Hilton

    >>Raspberry 3.1415926
    …bit confusing, surely that’s RPi1

  • Christian Hilton

    Panic over, I reformatted & [ergo] reseated, one of which has sorted it 🙂

  • Alexander Brown

    Now you’ve got me thinking…

  • Falon

    Can’t wait till they implement a NVidia GPU gddr5 chip for awesome graphics. … … … its coming just wait.

  • Wolfgang

    Yup, they want performance you can’t even touch under $200.

  • Baxy

    So, I understand that the FM radio receiver doesn’t work? If I want to build a car PC I need to connect separately a n FM radio receiver?

  • chris wheeler

    I agree, an onboard ADC would be very nice. That would mean breaking compatibility with the old gpio pinout though

  • Average Joe

    I don’t know if an update is in the works but my pi 3 crashes if I go over 500Mhz on the SDRAM.

  • Just a thought – if you think the Pi 3 can’t fill a 1 Gbit Ethernet, how is it going to fill a 5 Gbit USB 3 ?

  • Mayank Raj

    what is the power requirement of the Pi3 and also could can one suggest any alternate ways to power the same.

  • phoenix6142

    The memory has a much faster clock frequency. I just ordered one and I can’t wait!

  • Anders Jackson

    Because I did say “IF the CPU chip SUPPORTED IT”?
    Does that explain it?

  • Anders Jackson

    There are other computers that supports that. For $100 or more.

  • Anders Jackson

    It worked great swaping a RPi 2 with a RPi 3. Except this case had some tip that was directly on top of some mounted components on the RPi 3. So be a bit carefull and you might need to make small corrections, like cutting out some mm where there are differences.
    But yes, it worked with those internal changes, all external connections was on the right place. Shouldn’t be a problem on most cases.

  • Dave

    You’re joking right? Mame games are only a few kilobytes. Star Force for example is only 160kb.
    USB 1.1 has a maximum speed transper of 1.5Mbit/s. 160kb = 1280kbit = 1,28 mbit/ So even a USB 1.1 flash drive would load you’re game within a second! USB 2.0 has a maximum speed of 480Mbit/s = 60 megabytes per second! That is 320 times faster than USB 1.1. Load Star Force would only take 0.002667 seconds or 2.67 ms! For comparisement, a blink of an eye takes 100 to 400ms..

    Perhaps you should invest in better high speed USB 2.0 flash drives as the transfer speed is clearly not you’re problem.. Most High Speed usb 2.0 flash drives can read at 40 megabyte/s, but if that not enough for you, you can always plugin a USB 3 device and enjoy the maximum transfer speed of 60 megabyte/s.

    And what good is a ETHERNET CABLE for a PORTABLE device. Do you even know what you are talking about? Maybe you should do some more research!

  • BLMac

    Thanks. I’m having the same problem.
    Will try a reformat – don’t think it’s the seating – although it’s hard to be sure with the different socket.

  • Christian Hilton

    Hi, thanks for responding – just to clarify, I originally used Win32DiskImager, and where the instructions for NOOBS advise downloading SD Formatter – the former will create a ‘FAT32’ formatted volume and when I did successfully boot it on the RPi2, it said there was no MBR and would I like to create this extra partition, etc. So after the SD Formatter [‘FAT’ partition] success on the RPi3, I concur there’s a strong possibility it was that…

  • BLMac

    Reformat worked. Thanks 🙂

  • gameboyforlike

    hi , i have a doubt , i am currently working on FM PI(converting raspberry pi to FM TRANSMITTER) using some libraryon pi 2( become a fm trasmitter), will it support in pi3?

    thanks for the reply

  • Cody Sams

    You’ve got to be kidding. A PS2 could easily handle MAME games.

    For comparison:
    299 MHz processor
    147.456 MHz graphics clock
    32 MB RAM
    4 MB eDram

    This thing could Emulate PS2 games!

  • Jason Mitchell

    Wouldn’t it still work faster? USB 2.0 is 480mbps, so you could still get 4x the performance.

  • Tomas Diaz

    i’m still waiting for a quantum processor and dedicated nvidia video card.

  • Technical John

    AC is fully compatible with N, and it’s going to be a few years before AC is “standard” on everything.

  • Ian Hollis

    Honestly, about the only real improvement to the RPi3 would be to rampt it up with 2GB RAM. Then it would be able to act as a serious computer replacement in today’s world. I’ve got an RPi3 on order for my Pi-Top laptop, but an extra 1GB RAM would really create a true Raspbian laptop to challenge all the Chromebooks, Netbooks and W10 TabTop clones.

  • Bellerose

    Yeah, I had this EXACT problem with my pi2. Apparently they had a bad batch.

  • Christian Hilton

    I still have the ‘faulty’ unit – I’m holding out for a microsd socket fix that removes/disables the spring and enables using the slot without. This seems within the grasp of even the most persistent novice if the instructions and tools required are clearly described, it’s purely physical, but I won’t attempt it until I’m sure.
    The fault manifested on mine only after a relatively long period of owning it, i.e. not in terms of number of socket uses, where the card that eventually boots and provides long term service remains in for the duration – so this problem could recur for a long time to come until all of that batch is accounted for…, like it might warrant a recall? I’m naturally concerned my replacement RPi2 is from the same [or another bad] batch, and that the warranty period may sail past before the problem rears up again….

  • Rodrigo Gómez

    Thanks! I’m got the get a zero pi!, better performance than B+ and less consume 🙂

  • Andrew Sychra

    The only thing I don’t like is I’ll have to reconfigure the new Pi 3 and then clone sd cards for more Pis.

  • psukys

    RPiPi doesn’t sound right :/

  • phoenix6142

    I’m hoping my power supply will be interchangeable between my RPi 2 and RPi 3. The load looks a little higher on RPi 3. Fingers crossed ^_^

  • LightSwordM

    It would still be bottlenecked by half.

  • Mangap

    I hope the version 4 will be much better and still compatible with older code

  • Vassily Dubois

    Or there are odroid C1 / C2 for 32$ / 40$ with dedicated gigabit ethernet and better spec (but no built-in wi-fi / bluetooth and audio 3.5mm jack), and XU4 with gigabit ethernet & USB 3.0 & much better spec for 74$ (but still no built-in wi-fi / bluetooth and audio 3.5mm jack)

  • Vassily Dubois

    Try odroid C2, ~ same price, same cpu (but @ 2GHz), better gpu, 2GB RAM, gigabit ethernet, but no built-in wifi / bluetooth & 3.5mm jack

  • Sean

    29MBps most likely.

  • twicejr

    Actually, my rpi1 got up to 700mhz, the Rpi 3 stops at about 580 becoming less stable.

  • Travis True

    They could bring the name full-circle, and call it the RPi^2

  • Kenneth Pile

    I was looking at upgrading to the Pi 3 mainly for the FM radio feature, but it appears to not only be disabled but probably doesn’t cover the frequency I was interested in ( for TPMS ). Can you explain why the FM is disabled please?

  • Curtis Newton

    what’s the point is everything runs on the same usb bus

  • Κωστας Λ

    you are right, already have this and the most i can get is 28MB/sec about 250

  • Clifford Browning

    I don’t know how much better something can get in a year and keep the 35 dollar price tag. I’m not thoroughly impressed from the pi 2 since I already have usb bluetooth and wifi dongles but this is pretty freakin awesome for 35 dollars. The comments on here are unreasonable and ridiculous.

  • Remon Salazar

    a USB 3.0 would also be helpfull

  • SD

    Pi*R^2 – The full circle

  • piquerasboy88

    Krzysztof you fucking suck kill yourself you worthless piece of shit 😉

  • Peter Dunne

    For IOT needing some serious power, a Pi laptop or many other things this computer will be ideal
    Gigabit Ethernet would be nice but as long as the Broadcom chip remains USB2, it is truly pointless
    This fact remains the RPi’s greatest weakness
    I have a Banana Pi with Allwinner A20 and only dual core but it has native Gigabit and SATA on SOC and consequently easily outperforms all Raspberry’s and numerous other Arm boards as a data server but how many really need SATA?, for that matter, how many really need Gigabit Ethernet?
    In my view there is far more ground to be gained by adding a better power manager and battery connector than chasing fast Ethernet
    What Raspberry have done, especially considering the price point is a sterling achievement
    Raspberry have also influenced the design of Arm SBC systems globally
    I would like to see an RPi muscle board for those who really want more performance but I think Broadcom would need to create a chip with USB3 & gigabit Ethernet for that to happen
    For the Muscle board I would like to see Wifi, Bluetooth, 16gb emmc, microsd, 2 to 4gb ram 1 USB otg, dual USB3 and pin headers for another 4 USB ports, battery connector and as long as the mount points remained the same for the GPIO I would be quite happy to accept a wider board for all that extra muscle

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  • Michael Richey

    Yeah, nobody would ever want to use that in a rpi3 car stereo…that’s dumb….

  • wtware

    Thank you! It’s a great new device. And it’s compatibility is fine – our project WTware for creating thin clients from Pi 2 started working with Pi 3 even before we received our item of Pi 3, with minimum of efforts. Hoping that it will soon work for Pi 4, Pi 5 etc. I’m renaming my project to WTware 4 Raspberry, without mentioning numbers 🙂

  • WasNvidiaSwitchingToAMD

    Nvidia. Yuck.

  • Mike Hoskins

    I have a Raspberry Tau (Pi * 2)….

  • Enverex

    Fine, the Raspberry Pi 12.5663706144 then 😛

  • Enverex

    AC is very much not the standard, as it’s still too expensive for general adoption.

  • Christian Hilton

    Ok, & so let’s hope they do something auspicious with it’s launch, like setting the date to May the 4th and publishing build specs for any droid you wish to make, or having an all encompassing model ‘D’ by then… 🙂

  • Anders Jackson

    Yes, like those…

  • Chris Ridgeway

    You mean Raspberry 3.1415926 4 ? lol

  • Alex Nava

    I believe your nickname was in response to the switching of CUDA code to OpenCL or GPUOpen earlier this year and not the GTX1080/1070 announcement?

  • Robert Slackware

    don’t be so limiting. FM freq scanner.

  • Cole

    What does battery life have to do with this? It’s not thru an AC power cord?

  • Cole

    Nice pi pun.

  • Hamza Tariq

    You can buy Nvidia Jetson TX1 for $599

  • ddddddddddddo3344

    Even less if you’re then turning around and writing that information to a USB drive, right?

  • Moonchild

    Meh, just make it capable of running full Linux distros without any issues and let 3d acceleration to be handled by mainline kernel drivers

  • Adam29

    Harsh much, wtf?

  • luminelx64

    When are we getting one with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC?
    Something like Snapdragon 820

  • Domenico Chianese

    We need sata port, and one usb 3.0!!!

  • Bogdan Dumitru

    you guys are idiots asking for sata ports, usb 3.0, wifi AC :)))) you don’t really understand what this board is about do you? I’ve been seriously looking for the comment asking for a nvidia discreet gpu :)))

  • Fatih şenkul

    What about R^2Pi?

  • RPi4

    I just want 2nd 40 pin header…

  • RPi4

    I just want 2nd 40 pin header

  • Vimalkumar N

    which is Analog output point ,Please let me know

  • Vimalkumar N

    DAC ia avalable in this model

  • CAwastedvote

    Where does one find a spec for this thing. Stuff like board dimensions, pinouts, lots more? Everything I read about the pi seems like nonstop hype.

  • Alan Craig

    It’s nice to have such features, but I am waiting for another “Zero” Pi for, let’s say, realtime systems. For example, we got CNC robotic hand running on raspberry pi 3, actually first 2 cores are used for calculations and second 2 for addons written in lua. It’s student project currently running on Raspberry pi 3 and it runs smoothly, but we would welcome something better for this use, probably something cheaper?. It’s true that most of PI developers and users are using it on linux or win10 for tests, but keep in mind that there are many developers starting with microcontrollers and when there is needed more powerful chip than simple atmega-arduino, it’s really hard to find something useful. Actually I saw some Intel Atom 4core boards, but actually they are 3x more expensive and have slow GPIOs, which is unnaceptable. What we would welcome is some kind of clone of Raspberry pi 3 with latest aarch64 cpu, best 2 or 4 cores, 1gb ram, single usb + lan, some mobile gpu for handling small monitors and fast gpios, like raspberry pi 3. Wifi, blueatooth and radio are not really used, because when there is low signal, procesor need to do more work / tries to get data, which is not what we want in realtime systems.

  • What if you connect 4 of these in Serial Mode ? Would you have 4x the performance ?

  • Donald Weston

    +1 it’s 3 square inches and performs amazingly on 12 watts. You obviously have not used an Apple IIc or an 8086 PC

  • themaximus

    I wish they would just get over trying to make money from second hand parts from donated computers and get real with offering us real tech, think about it alll those donated computers and usb 2.0 ports and bla bla bla they are holding us back from being able to use real tech at the current speeds if it is true that tech doubles every 6 months in speed and so forth then why are we not using quantum pi’s its the first thing they teach you in computer school at least it use to be and yet we are still seeing dvd’s in the store why because it is about the all mighty dollar, I think it is time for a kick starter project of great proportions..

  • Lex Barringer

    Oh, that’s good!

  • Lex Barringer

    In theory, the maximum throughput is 480 Mbps but not all implementations actually make it to this. USB is an extension of the CPU bus line and is heavily reliant on the processing capability, time slices that is afforded to the ports themselves. Unless each USB port is a separate hub on the newer Raspberry Pi 3, the bandwidth is shared across all the of the USB ports. Which means the theoretical 480 Mbps is cut by a 1/4 if all items are plugged into the port are USB 2.0 aka 60 Mbps peak when all items are using the bus line at the same time. It is a bit of a waste, if you ask me. Also, if you have an item that is a USB 1.1 or 1.0 and it’s plugged in, all your equipment also plugged into the same hub gets pulled down to the 11 or 12 Mbps, then divided by four, even if you have faster equipment plugged into the hub.

    This is why I tell people to match their components, if they have USB 2.0, get 2.0 components or 3.0 components (which are backwardly compatible with 2.0 and 1.1).

    Unfortunately, the way in which the USB ports are organized in the new Pi 3.0 it’s not a separate hub per USB port, so you’ll be sharing the bandwidth.

    If you had separate hubs per port, you could have any 1.0 / 1.1 / 2.0 plugged in and it wouldn’t affect the other ports. If you had items that were USB 2.0 certified and were say USB pen drives that could in fact reach the theoretical limit of 480 Mbps, it wouldn’t be affected by the other items on other ports, it would be able to go as fast as it’s own interface allows (as well as the overhead that the USB driver introduces for the CPU, too).

    It’s a bummer that Firewire isn’t more popular and patched for security. It’s maximum throughput for is technically 3.2 Gbps, most people see only 100 ~ 400 Mbps because of the way in which Firewire on their computer is implemented. Firewire, also known as the IEEE-1394 interface has it’s own dedicated processor and off-loads the CPU from doing all the heavy lifting.

    However, I would enjoy seeing a bare minimum of USB 3.0 as separate hubs on newer version of the Raspberry Pi, it’s time. Granted, USB 3.1 is pushing it because the CPU can’t handle that kind of throughput and have low enough latency for other applications. Also, the power supply necessary for 3.1 is a bit much for a Pi’s profile.

    I guess we can dream. Right?

  • 29MBps most likely.

    Sounds great!

  • Suresh Kumar

    i am a newbie in raspberry pi & currently i am using raspberry pi 3 model B.
    i want to know, to use the inbuilt raspberry pi WIFI , need any wifi dongle to conncet ??

  • Alexandra Parfene

    My mom phone is stonger then this, and the phone is 5 years old,wtf

  • So finally not 64bit instructions built-in SOC

  • Zander Brown

    … and this article is a year old and about a device almost certainly cheaper than your mum’s phone. We can also be pretty certain the phone can’t run a full LAMP stack & desktop environment

  • Thursday but for now we thought we’d give you the hard facts about this brand new Raspberry Pi.

    And yes, it has wireless internet.

  • In general I got so many ideas to using Raspberry pi 3. Since last night we purchase one I got to start a newsystem in production line.

  • Todd Bailey

    more memory, usb3, sata 3, better/faster video perf is on my wish list. guess I’m stuck w/ x86-64 for now

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  • Shashank Arora

    What about Audio Codec chip??
    Tell me about this..

  • Jhonreymon Maliao

    can the raspberry pi 3 be used for face recognition and identification?

  • Jhonreymon Maliao

    if so, how reliable is the raspberry pi 3 for generating results in face recognition and identification?

  • Ceegen

    these are meant for hobbyists testing new technology concepts, not for absolute performance. I don’t understand all the silly comments about how under-powered these boards are, when they weren’t meant to be cutting edge…