Since Raspberry Pi has been introduced to the market it has been a smashing success garnering single-board computer rivals from every nook and cranny of the world. The latest challenger is the Tinker Board from Asus. Asus’ new Tinker Board promises consumers that it will top the Raspberry Pi 3 in power and features. Although remarkably similar in looks to the offering from Asus, the Tinker Board has double the RAM at 2 GB of LPDDR3 dual channel, compared to 1 GB LPDDR2 offered by Raspberry Pi 3. It also can boast the latest gen of SDIO and Gigabit Ethernet. However the real defining factor is the processor which rocks a rocked up 32 bit Rockchip RK3288 quad-core ARM Cortex-A17 which blows the Pi 3's 64-bit Cortex-A53 chip out of the water.
The Rockchip’s 1.8Ghz clock speed leaves the Pi’s 1.2 Ghz in the dust. The Tinker Board can also support 4k video and 192kHz/24-bit audio due to the extra horsepower which makes it the ideal choice for projects that outpaces the Pi 3’s capabilities. With 4k support, faster Ethernet transmission, added flexibility for memory size and higher SoC performance, the Tinker Board was made to take over the Raspberry Pi 3’s throne. Currently on sale at around $68, the Tinker Board is the more expensive option however it remains to be seen if the extra options and more powerful components will indeed challenge the Pi which has sold over 10 million units.
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