Is Asus Tinker Board Raspberry Pi’s Biggest Competition?
The Raspberry Pi micro-computer has been all that everyone’s talking about lately in the tech community. While Raspberry Pi is great for DIY projects, it’s not that great for handling bigger workloads. Well, this is where Asus comes in with Tinker Board. The Taiwanese tech manufacturer has stated that its Tinker Boar is better than Raspberry Pi. Asus’s device is similar to Raspberry Pi and it also supports the same connectivity features.
Regarding Tinker Board’s connectivity, the device has up to 28 GPIO pins which are used for connecting electrical parts, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, four USB 2.0 ports and a micro-USB jack that’s used for power. What’s even cooler about Tinker Board is that because it uses open source technology it’s able to run different systems. For example RC products, media boxes, game emulators or even home automation systems.
Leaving connectivity features aside, Tinker Board is quite impressive in the hardware department. The board is powered by a quad-core processor that’s been clocked at 1.8GHz. Additionally, the processor is coupled with an ARM Mali-T764 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM. In terms of hardware performance, Asus Tinker Board is two times faster than Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. This was actually proven by the Geekbench benchmark test.
As previously mentioned, the Tinker Board is significantly powerful than Raspberry Pi. One of the biggest advantages brought by this extra power is that the device is able to support 4K resolution video content. This is quite an important feature to have, especially since the internet is filled with 4K media these days. Also worth mentioning is that the Tinker Board runs on a new version of Linux. This new operating system has been developed by Asus. Even better is that Tinker Board can also run on Kodi, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu.
Asus stated that this device has been designed to appeal towards hackers and DIY PC builders. The Taiwanese tech giant also confirmed that it’s going to sell it at a higher price than Raspberry Pi. The board will be priced at $70 to be exact while Raspberry Pi costs $42. Nonetheless, it’s great seeing that the micro-computers market is getting bigger and that Raspberry Pi has finally received some competition.