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2020 Best Single Board Computers/ Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Jan 2, 2020

Looking for the best single board computer with even more "oomph" than a Raspberry Pi? Check out the best Raspberry Pi alternatives currently available.

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When it comes to single board computers, the Raspberry Pi is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. Sure, it’s not the most powerful, or the most compact, or even the cheapest. But its devotees are legion.

The current version is the Raspberry Pi Model 4 B, released in June 2019. Topline specs are a 1.5GHz 64-bit quad-core processor, Gigabit LAN, Bluetooth 5.0/BLE, and Power-over-Ethernet support (with separate PoE HAT). For the first time, a Raspberry Pi comes with a choice of 1, 2 or 4 GB of RAM.

Read more: Raspberry Pi 4 – Review the Specs

Sounds like a tidy package, right? Retailing for $35, it’s perfect for a variety of DIY projects, whether it’s connecting your 3D printer to a network, or learning to code, or putting together a streaming media hub.

Well, the truth of the matter is, where Raspberry Pi blazed a trail for single board computers, a multitude of imitators followed in its wake. And there’s a sizeable group of people who do need something more powerful, or more compact, or even cheaper.

Without further ado, here’s a selection of the best Raspberry Pi alternatives you can buy in 2019, sorted by price.

SBCProcessorGPUMemoryMarket PriceCheck Price
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Raspberry Pi Zero WBroadcom BCM2835 (1x ARM1176JZFS core @ 1GHz)VideoCore IV dual-core512MB SDRAM$10
Onion Omega2Plus580 MHz MIPSn/a128 MB$13
Rock64 Media BoardRockchip RK3328 (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.5GHz)Mali-450 MP21GB, 2GB, or 4GB DDR3L; empty eMMC slot$25
PocketBeagleOctavo Systems OSD335x SiP with TI Sitara AM3358 (1x Cortex-A8 @ 1GHz)PowerVR SGX530512MB RAM$25
Arduino Mega 2560ATmega2560n/a256KB Flash ROM$33
Le Potato Amlogic S905X (4x Cortex-A53 @ up to 2GHz)Mali-450 MP21GB or 2GB DDR3 RAM; optional 8GB to 64GB eMMC$35
BBC micro:bitARM Cortex-M0n/a256KB Flash ROM, 16KB RAM$37
Pine A64-LTSAllwinner R18 (4x Cortex-A53 cores @ 1.2GHz)Mali-400 MP22GB DDR3 RAM; optional up to 128GB eMMC$50
Banana Pi M64Allwinner A64 (4x Cortex-A53 @ 1.2GHz)Mali-400 MP22GB DDR3 RAM; 8GB to 64GB eMMC$61
Odroid-C2Amlogic S905 (4x Cortex-53 @ up to 1.5GHz)Mali-450 MP22GB DDR3 RAM; optional 8GB eMMC$62
Orange Pi Plus2 Allwinner H3 (4x Cortex-A7 @ 1.6GHz)Mali-400 MP22GB DDR3 RAM; 8GB eMMC$67
Rock Pi 4 Model BRockchip RK3399Mali T860MP464bit dual channel LPDDR4@3200Mb/s, 1GB/2GB/4GB optional$70
NanoPC-T3 PlusSamsung S5P6818 (8x Cortex-A53 @ 400MHz to 1.4GHz)Mali-400 MP2GB DDR3 RAM; 16GB eMMC$75
Odroid-XU4Samsung Exynos5422 (4x Cortex-A15 @ 2.0GHz and 4x Cortex-A7 @ 1.4GHz)Mali-T628 MP62GB LPDDR3 RAM; optional up to 64GB eMMC $85
Asus Tinker Board SRockchip RK3288 (4x Cortex-A17 @ 1.8GHz)Mali-T7602GB LPDDR3 RAM$89
LattePandaIntel Cherry Trail Z8350 Quad Core 1.8GHzIntel HD Graphics @200-500 Mhz2GB DDR3L$119
Minnowboard Turbot Dual EthernetIntel Atom E38xx SeriesGen 7 (4 Execution Units)2GB DDR3L 1067MT/s, on board$170
BeagleBoard-X15TI AM5728 2×1.5-GHz ARM Cortex-A15Dual Core SGX544 , 532 MHz2GB DDR3L RAM$240
Huawei HiKey 960Kirin 960 (4 x 2.3GHz ARM A73 cores, and 4 x 1.8GHz ARM A53 cores)ARM Mali G71 MP83GB LPDDR4 SDRAM$299
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