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The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally here

Source: The Verge - All Posts

Article note: Interesting. They have a custom IC doing the glue, but it's still a Broadcom SoC (this time a BCM 2712) which probably means it still does the "boot via a blackbox running on the GPU" bullshit. Performance looks comparable to an RK3588 system so (as always) it's largely going to come down to software support and other ecosystem effects. The 4GB=$60, 8GB=$80 pricing isn't unreasonable. The 1x PCI-E lane on FPC is cool and should enable some nice applications and less-shitty storage media. The dedicated connections for UART and fan are nice, as is keeping analog video on some pins for those who want it. Hopefully they don't run into another supply chain choke.
A photo showing the Raspberry Pi 5 with USB cables and a micro HDMI cable plugged in
Photo by Emma Roth / The Verge

Despite doubts that the Raspberry Pi 5 would launch this year, the latest version of the microcomputer has arrived with some notable upgrades at a $60 starting price. Not only is it supposed to perform better than its predecessor but it’s also the first Raspberry Pi to come with in-house silicon.

Powering the brain of the Raspberry Pi 5 is a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor that runs at 2.4GHz, allowing for two to three times the performance boost when compared to the four-year-old Raspberry Pi 4. The device also comes with an 800MHz VideoCore VII graphics chip that the Raspberry Pi Foundation says offers a “substantial uplift” in graphics performance.

I got to try out the device for myself. While I didn’t have time to do much...

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