Asus Tinker Board (raspberry pi competitor). Quad cortex A17 1.8ghz, 2GB LPDDR3, gigabit ethernet, 4x usb 2.0, hdmi 2.0, 802.11n Wifi, bluetooth 4.0 £55 delivered @ CPC - HotUKDeals
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Asus Tinker Board (raspberry pi competitor). Quad cortex A17 1.8ghz, 2GB LPDDR3, gigabit ethernet, 4x usb 2.0, hdmi 2.0, 802.11n Wifi, bluetooth 4.0 £55.00 delivered @ CPC

£55.00 @ CPC Farnell
SoC: Rockchip RK3288 CPU: 4x Cortex A17 32bit ARMv7-A @ 1.8ghz (these cores are ~40% faster per clock cycle than a53). Cpu performance should be double the raspberry pi 3. GPU: ARM Mali-T764 (suppor… Read More
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SoC: Rockchip RK3288
CPU: 4x Cortex A17 32bit ARMv7-A @ 1.8ghz (these cores are ~40% faster per clock cycle than a53). Cpu performance should be double the raspberry pi 3.
GPU: ARM Mali-T764 (supports OpenCL 1.1, OpenGL ES 3.2, DX 11.1 and vulkan)
2GB LPDDR3 Dual Channel (twice as much as pi3 and faster (lpddr3 instead of lpddr2)
Gigabit Ethernet (Realtek RTL8211E-VB-CG) instead of 100mbit.
802.11b/g/n Wifi + Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity (Azureware AW-NB177NF)
Micro sd slot with UHS-I speed support.
HDMI 2.0 full-size port, supports 4k resolution and HDCP 2.x
3.5mm audio out (Realtek RTL ALC4040 24bit 192kHz)
SDIO 3.0
Power supply: 5V/ 2A Micro USB (NOT included)
CSI port for camera connection
DSI port supporting HD resolution
40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins
Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals

Ethernet and usb don't share the same lane so both can operate quickly at the same time.

Supports debian linux and kodi. Supports 4k h265 10bit hardware decoding. Supports 1080p h264 hardware encoding.

As this is asus not some crappy chinese small company i would suspect that the drivers would be better than boards like the Orange Pi etc.

Unboxing video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMPOJH-okXQ

You can download the OS here: http://stw.asus.com/download/download.aspx?product=1&model=TInker%20Board/2GB&SLanguage=en-ene&os=8
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Edited By: nirvanaman on Jan 23, 2017 15:28: .
#2
Been watching this for a week or so... Tempted would be a great emulator (retropi sort of thing) waiting to see how many people start to play with it and support it more...
#3
I'd be interested to see what the power consumption is like compared to the pi.
#4
seems to be better for NAS applications with the faster ethernet port.
#5
phpandsql
seems to be better for NAS applications with the faster ethernet port.
shame there is no sata ports though :(
#6
Bought a RPi3 and USB gigabit LAN adapter last week, wish I'd waited now
4 Likes #7
no community and 55 quid? hardly a competitor
#8
ChinesePate
no community and 55 quid? hardly a competitor
It might not need much of a community if asus works with rockchip on drivers.
1 Like #9
But it is quite expensive in comparison to the pi or other variants like, banna pi or pi zreo
#10
Hmm, OpenELEC and LibreELEC don't seem to have this SoC supported, what would you use to get Kodi running on this? Run it via a Linux distro?
#11
leeparsons
But it is quite expensive in comparison to the pi or other variants like, banna pi or pi zreo

The aim of the Pi is to keep it as cheap as possible, the spec on this alone bumps the price up so it's obviously going to be more expensive than the Pi, if memory serves some source code wasn't publicly available purely to keep the cost down.

tomlewis007
Bought a RPi3 and USB gigabit LAN adapter last week, wish I'd waited now

I wouldn't. The sheer amount of community backing and the nature of establishment wins it for me.
#12
Nice board, but I'll wait for lower price.
#13
Good specifications if it's well supported it should be good.
#14
nirvanaman
ChinesePate
no community and 55 quid? hardly a competitor
It might not need much of a community if asus works with rockchip on drivers.

that "if" is why this is stupid idea to buy this board now
#15
I want this but no WiFi kills it for me. Price is decent in my opinion.
1 Like #16
gl0ckage
I want this but no WiFi kills it for me. Price is decent in my opinion.

802.11b/g/n Wifi
1 Like #17
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.

EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?

Edited By: Burnz0 on Jan 23, 2017 16:10
#18
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?

You should look into odroid XU4 some talk HERE about emulation
#19
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?

These cpu cores are faster and have a higher clock speed so you should get twice the cpu performance as the pi3.
#20
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?

I would. I'm looking into getting either this or a RPi3 as of this past weekend so this has thrown a spanner in the works.... RPi3 or this.... Hmm. Although without any sort of community (which would surely take years to really 'compete' with RPi), can this really be considered as something worth bothering with? I'm not dissing this product, genuinely interested in peoples thoughts on this.

Edited By: littlejimmy on Jan 23, 2017 16:21
#21
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?

OOS now but someone here has one, maybe ask them....

https://www.element14.com/community/thread/58482/l/raspberry-pi-killer-asus-90mb0qy1-m0eay0?displayFullThread=true
#22
skykid3
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
You should look into odroid XU4 some talk HERE about emulation

That sounds like a really good box, but I think I would need one with 4 USB ports for Mario Kart 64 lol.


nirvanaman
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
These cpu cores are faster and have a higher clock speed so you should get twice the cpu performance as the pi3.

littlejimmy
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
I would. I'm looking into getting either this or a RPi3 as of this past weekend so this has thrown a spanner in the works.... RPi3 or this.... Hmm. Although without any sort of community (which would surely take years to really 'compete' with RPi), can this really be considered as something worth bothering with? I'm not dissing this product, genuinely interested in peoples thoughts on this.

It is true, like Jimmy said though a lot of developers are backing the original product. There were OrangePi's, BananaPi's, RainbowPi's etc, all more powerful at the time but with no community means no progress or updates to the likes of Kodi/RetroPi. I'm questioning with this being ASUS it would have any difference? If it had the same architecture and ran RetroPie straight off the bat, I would of bought any of them. But they didn't, they need their own individual updates.

http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_unveils_tinker_board__a_raspberry_pi_on_steroids-blog-22915.php - Reading this article, it looks abit more promising I suppose.
#23
Burnz0
skykid3
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
You should look into odroid XU4 some talk HERE about emulation
That sounds like a really good box, but I think I would need one with 4 USB ports for Mario Kart 64 lol.
nirvanaman
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
These cpu cores are faster and have a higher clock speed so you should get twice the cpu performance as the pi3.
littlejimmy
Burnz0
Tempted to buy one, just out of pure curiousity of whether/how well RetroPie would work on it. N64 games are my favourite, and hardly any of them emulate that well on an RPi3.
EDIT: If I did, would anyone here actually GAF if I posted the results?
I would. I'm looking into getting either this or a RPi3 as of this past weekend so this has thrown a spanner in the works.... RPi3 or this.... Hmm. Although without any sort of community (which would surely take years to really 'compete' with RPi), can this really be considered as something worth bothering with? I'm not dissing this product, genuinely interested in peoples thoughts on this.
It is true, like Jimmy said though a lot of developers are backing the original product. There were OrangePi's, BananaPi's, RainbowPi's etc, all more powerful at the time but with no community means no progress or updates to the likes of Kodi/RetroPi. I'm questioning with this being ASUS it would have any difference? If it had the same architecture and ran RetroPie straight off the bat, I would of bought any of them. But they didn't, they need their own individual updates.http://www.gsmarena.com/asus_unveils_tinker_board__a_raspberry_pi_on_steroids-blog-22915.php - Reading this article, it looks abit more promising I suppose.

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2 Likes #24
Without proper documentation of the internal workings and source code released as open source for this Rockchip SoC, this is pretty much DOA like many other Pi alternatives without full manufacturer + community support.

Had Asus released this board with an already well (community) supported/documented SoC with 4GB of RAM it would be a great seller.


Edited By: ShroomHeadToad on Jan 23, 2017 17:17: typo
1 Like #25
ShroomHeadToad
Without proper documentation of the internal workings and source code released as open source for this Rockchip SoC, this is pretty much DOA like many other Pi alternatives without full manufacturer + community support.
Had Asus released this board with an already well (community) supported/documented SoC with 4GB of RAM it would be a great seller.

Lol... it has to be milked first. You'll be looking at RPi8 before you get a 4GB RAM board from them. I don't disagree, but I've never seen a manufacturer as big as ASUS take on the credit-card sized boards. I'm going to be open-minded and watch with curiosity before I buy.

Maybe if it works out, the RPi4 might actually have some juice in it. Then you can get your dream board. ;)
#26
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
#27
A lot of 'ifs' in this thread....
#28
grandwazoo
A lot of 'ifs' in this thread....

Of course. It's new.
#29
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.

I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
#30
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.

Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
#31
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)

Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.

The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.
#32
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.
The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.

Huh? People assumed it was the full Windows. It was clear from the start it was loT. What has Vista got to do with it.
#33
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.
The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.
Huh? People assumed it was the full Windows. It was clear from the start it was loT. What has Vista got to do with it.

Vista was a bad OS release, so was Windows 10 IoT.
#34
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.
The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.
Huh? People assumed it was the full Windows. It was clear from the start it was loT. What has Vista got to do with it.
Vista was a bad OS release, so was Windows 10 IoT.

They are very different. Still there's no open alternative to the Pi..


Edited By: rev6 on Jan 24, 2017 13:46: edit
#35
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.
The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.
Huh? People assumed it was the full Windows. It was clear from the start it was loT. What has Vista got to do with it.
Vista was a bad OS release, so was Windows 10 IoT.
They are very different. Still there's no open alternative to the Pi.

Raspian? It can develop Windows apps, and a multitude of extra uses. It's a complete OS. Windows 10 IoT has minimal uses, and even those are shambles.
#36
Nice edit btw, I guess you found your open alternative through Google lol.
#37
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
rev6
Burnz0
tan159
If it had a sata port or usb3 it would make a great low powered nas.
I never actually thought about that, but I guess it would. If they did more than just add a bit of processing power each time, people might have more uses for them. Arguably, its a learning tool, but I remember Windows 10 was hyped around its release with compatibility for the RPi3. They didn't tell any lies, but that OS was so freaking disappointing imo.
Windows 10 loT was announced and that's what we got :)
Windows Vista was announced and released 2006, that is also what we got. ;) I don't know if anybody has actually installed IoT, but you basically had a device that was less capable than the Linux alternatives. People were hoping for an RT like OS, but instead they were given something that was slower to develop with.
The best OS for these types of devices is still Linux.
Huh? People assumed it was the full Windows. It was clear from the start it was loT. What has Vista got to do with it.
Vista was a bad OS release, so was Windows 10 IoT.
They are very different. Still there's no open alternative to the Pi.
Raspian? It can develop Windows apps, and a multitude of extra uses. It's a complete OS. Windows 10 IoT has minimal uses, and even those are shambles.

Pi. The hardware and support.

Burnz0
Nice edit btw, I guess you found your open alternative through Google lol.

Thanks.
#38
Burnz0
Nice edit btw, I guess you found your open alternative through Google lol.
Thanks.

On that note lets just say if you think Windows 10 IoT is fit for purpose then that is completely your opinion lol.

Edited By: Burnz0 on Jan 24, 2017 13:58
#39
Burnz0
Burnz0
Nice edit btw, I guess you found your open alternative through Google lol.
Thanks.
On that note lets just say if you think Windows 10 IoT is fit for purpose then that is completely your opinion lol.

Never said that. They released what they said they would. That's all.
#40
Never said that. They released what they said they would. That's all.

They did, but you can say that about every single piece of software that has ever been released in existence lol. You were arguing its uses, but my original point was that every other OS is superior. Visual Studio can emulate the Pi, its much quicker to develop that way. It was a disappointing release, but to be fair you never realized there were open alternatives.

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