New Raspberry Pi 5 Single-board Computer Released

4 years after the launch of the Raspberry Pi 4, the Pi foundation introduced its latest offering to the crowded single-board computer (SBC) market with the Raspberry Pi 5. It is expected to be available at the end of October 2023.

Raspberry Pi 5Raspberry Pi 4
SoCBroadcom BCM2712Broadcom BCM2711
CPU Cores4x ARM Cortex A76 at 2.4 GHz4x ARM Cortex A72 at 1.8 GHz
RAMLPDDR4X-4267 (4 GB or 8 GB)LPDDR4-3200 (1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB)
Ethernet1 Gbps1 Gbps
Wi-FiDual-band 802.11acDual-band 802.11ac
USB2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0

As usual, the Pi 5 is upgraded with newer and more powerful hardware. The Broadcom BCM2712 features the same amount of CPU cores, but it uses a better micro-architecture (Cortex A76 vs Cortex A72) and clock speed (2.4 GHz vs 1.8 GHz). It is paired with either 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4X RAM, which also has a faster transfer rate at 4267 MT/s. The Pi foundation claimed the Pi 5 will be about 2 to 3 times faster than Pi 4, in terms of raw performance.

There are some other quality-of-life improvments added to the Pi 5. For example, an on-board power button is included to switch on/off the computer. You can connect PCIe/NVMe devices to the Pi 5 via the new PCIe 2.0×1 port. Gone now is the 3.5 mm 4-pole composite video and analogue audio jack. Taking the places are the two FPC connectors, which can be used to connect CSI-2 cameras and DSI displays.

The Raspberry Pi 5 will be on sale for $60 USD (4 GB model) and $80 USD (8 GB model). It is recommend to have a higher wattage power supply (> 25 watts) than the older 15-watt USB-C power adapter, due to the increased power consumption under heavy load.

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