Asus Tinker Board a Raspberry PI Alternative

I like Raspberry PI because is cheap and it ks not consuming a lot of power, it is perfect for various projects and have an all day opened computer at home. I am using it as a NAS this day. I always thought that  Raspberry PI would benefit for better hardware and I was disappointed when Raspberry PI 3 was released. Asus Tinker Board it is having a bump in the hardware coming close to what I would like on Raspberry PI. Below are the specification:

  • Quad core 1.8GHz Rockchip Cortex-A17 CPU
  • 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory
  • Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins
  • Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection
  • CSI port for camera connection
  • DSI port supporting HD resolution
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution
  • Micro SD port supports UHS-I
  • Supports Debian OS with KODI

 

What I like the most about Asus Tinker Board:

  • CPU – the CPU is more powerful which is a great addition.
  • RAM – the 2 GB are great and would improve the performance a lot giving the fact that to eMMC
  • 4 k – the 4k is great having the Asus Tinker Board used as a multimedia entertainment box
  • Gbit ethernet – it helps but still you would be limited by the 2.0 USB and SD card
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What still is disappointing:

  • Not having a USB 3.0- this is a major disappoint as with a USB 3.0 you would have higher speeds and you would have used it as a NAS better. Maybe a torrent downloader.
  • not having eMMC – the eMMC is faster than the SD and it would have resolved the IO bottlenecks that I see in Raspberry PI

Asus Tinker Board Vs Raspberry PI 3

If you are already familiarized with Raspberry PI then you would know exactly the differences, if not just see below:

Conclusions

Asus Tinker Board looks like an interesting product and is not that expensive either, one can be bought with £55 in UK. The price is not that high in comparison with £35 for a Raspberry PI. The problem that I see with the Asus Tinker Board is the fact that is new and doesn’t have yet a community. It would still take time to reach Raspberry PI popularity ( if it would).

Below is a video from youtube with the unboxing of Asus Tinker Board:

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