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 5||Raspberry Pi 4|
|SoC||Broadcom BCM2712||Broadcom BCM2711|
|CPU Cores||4x ARM Cortex A76 at 2.4 GHz||4x ARM Cortex A72 at 1.8 GHz|
|RAM||LPDDR4X-4267 (4 GB or 8 GB)||LPDDR4-3200 (1 GB, 2 GB, 4 GB or 8 GB)|
|Ethernet||1 Gbps||1 Gbps|
|Wi-Fi||Dual-band 802.11ac||Dual-band 802.11ac|
|USB||2x 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.