The Pi Is A Bit Late But Still Tasty

Source: Ars Technica The Pi Is A Bit Late But Still Tasty

Grab A Slice Of LPDDR4, BCM2837 And USB-C Charging

Those are the biggest changes to the new Raspberry Pi 4, all four models are powered by a 1.5GHZ quad-core Cortex-A72 Broadcom BCM2711 with the difference being the amount of memory available; $35 gets you 1GB, $45 2GB and $55 a full 4GB of LPDDR4.  These changes allow the connectivity options to be upgraded as well, with a pair of USB 3.0 ports as well as two USB 2.0 on the box, ethernet, audio and two mini HDMI ports.  With the new hardware, that means you can attach a pair of 4K monitors to the Pi and expect them to work perfectly!

The gang over at Mythic Beasts put together an 18 Pi cluster in a few hours and it is doing a lot of the work hosting www.raspberrypi.org at the moment.  The amount of traffic is a bit much to expect from them, as is handling the WordPress database but fourteen of them can handle all the PHP code execution, two serve up static files, and two handle Memcached optimization.   If you are interested in picking one up but aren’t quite sure what to do with it, there are more than a few suggestions to be found here.

The new Raspberry Pi 4 was released quietly on Monday, but not before we had a chance to poke around with what is undoubtedly the biggest leap forward for the series since it began - for the first time, it's not just a maker board. It's a full-blown computer.

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12 Comments

  1. collie

    Big deal, can it run Crysis?

    • collie

      All kidding aside, this is awesome. I’m hella excited to get my hands on this toy, I’ve got a model B gen one that I played with for a while and now it’s collecting dust in the “Get around to safe disposal one of these days” pile, but this is probably my replacement bedroom ‘for tv only’ system that is getting a little long in the tooth.

      • Jeremy Hellstrom

        You got the RAM for it, but the compatibility would get you in the end.

        Supported Processors: Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz (3.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, Intel Core 2.0 GHz (2.2 GHz for Vista) or faster, AMD Athlon 2800+ (3200+ for Vista) or faster.

    • rhekman

      Probably not running Crysis, but the GPU in the Pi 4 chip is one of the considerable upgrades this go around. I’d rank it behind USB3 and actually ahead of true gigabit ethernet.

      The new graphics block is actually capable of modern OpenGL (Pi 3 was stuck at OpenGL2) and has a community supported open driver to boot (https://anholt.github.io/twivc4/) It’s quite probable we’ll get Vulkan support before too long. Performance isn’t going to beat an nVidia Shield STB any time soon, but the software and community support is second to none in the SBC market.

  2. willmore

    With the new hardware, that means you can attach a pair of 4K monitors to the Pi and expect them to work perfectly!

    Uhh, nope. Right now you can have one 4Kp30 monitor or two 1080p60 monitors. In the future, they hope to have one 4Kp60 or two 4Kp30 monitors working. But not right now.

    And if you want to actually display something on them? Well, that’s a different issue.

    • Jeremy Hellstrom

      I don’t have one in hand to confirm but both Hackaday and The Inq mention dual 4K support,

      • willmore

        Over at CNX-Soft.com, Jean-Luc Aufranc–who is the main person–has been reporting on trying to get 4K video playback working. He’s working with chewitt who I think is a LibreELEC/Kodi developer. They are working with the foundation to get some variant of Kodi up and running on the Rpi4–since it’s the first PI to be able to decode H.265–it’s a big thing for them.

        Jean-Luc said: “For dual display setup only 2x 1920×1080 @ 60 Hz is currently supported, and they are working on having 2x 4K @ 30 Hz to work.”

        I have a link but it doesn’t seem to like them….

        [helpfully re-added here]
        See this link: https://www.cnx-software.com/2019/06/26/raspberry-pi-4-4k-video-playback-libreelec/#comment-564127

  3. willmore

    Looks like my reply was eaten by the moderation/spam system

    • Jeremy Hellstrom

      I promise I didn’t even nibble on it. Might be something about how the system posts … still learning this thing.

      • willmore

        I tried again and it got eaten again. Maybe it doesn’t like links?

        • Jeremy Hellstrom

          worked above, so unsure

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