ASUS Tinker Board 2, ARM A17, 2GB, HDMI2 4K, GbE, 4xUSB, PRE-ORDER £55 @ CPC Farnell
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ASUS Tinker Board 2, ARM A17, 2GB, HDMI2 4K, GbE, 4xUSB, PRE-ORDER £55 @ CPC Farnell

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Does it count as a Raspberry Pi killer if it's almost double the price? You could build an anything killer for almost double the price of the thing you're meant to be killing. It's also definitely out of the almost impulse buy price point the Pi is at.

Strange.

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Where this has got to excel to survive is 'Support'. How many superior hardware platforms have bit the dust because of a lack of either first or third party support.

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Just some info for those wondering what the differences are:

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Edited by: "jai47" 24th Jan

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Where this has got to excel to survive is 'Support'. How many superior … Where this has got to excel to survive is 'Support'. How many superior hardware platforms have bit the dust because of a lack of either first or third party support.



​That's exactly where I'm at with it. Although tbh I'd probably still jump at it if it had 4gb ram. As it is I imagine we'll see a rpi with similar capabilities within a year or so.

There's the long standing Pi ecosystem and support worldwide too. Another contender that won't really last long.

And Raspberry Pi is a non profit organisation that promotes education so should be supported

Another thread. The same debate must be repeated. Yes, in theory it has much better specifications. But that's not what makes the Raspberry Pi great. They do need to find an alternative GPU though, to bring it up to date.
Edited by: "rev6" 24th Jan

Also if I remember rightly all the Raspberry Pi's sold for the UK market are manufactured in Wales (I think they have a factory in the far east to supply that market). The ASUS board is manufactured in China. If I had a choice I would rather support UK manufacturing as there is so little of it now.

It's a tempting ordeal but I'm still skeptical on the SoC they use. The SoC they use in the Pi 3 (Broadcom BCM2837) is much more widely supported and can run native Kodi-based OS like OpenELEC and LibreELEC - being a Rockchip SoC there won't be official support in either of these AFAIK.

I assume the way they run Kodi would be through a distro of Linux perhaps or a modified build of OpenELEC or LibreELEC?

The other option for this price is the ODROID-C2. The SoC is officially supported by OpenELEC and LibreELEC. Runs 4K, has 2GB RAM, HDMI 2.0 etc - pretty much identical apart from they use the AmLogic S905 SoC.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/HardKernel-C2-ODROID-C2/dp/B01CY4V5LC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484566892&sr=8-1&keywords=odroid+c2

Obviously I know Kodi isn't the only thing used for these but a percentage do use them as media centres using Kodi. Pi has a HUGE community backing so it'd be pretty hard to beat.

EDIT:

Seems one post from Ars Technica UK stated this:

Asus has released its own OS for the Tinker Board, which is based upon the same Debian distribution as the Raspberry Pi OS. It also claims to be working on support for the likes of Ubuntu, OpenSUSE, and Kodi, but has offered no release date.

Edited by: "M0nk3h" 24th Jan

M0nk3h

It's a tempting ordeal but I'm still skeptical on the SoC they use. The … It's a tempting ordeal but I'm still skeptical on the SoC they use. The SoC they use in the Pi 3 (Broadcom BCM2837) is much more widely supported and can run native Kodi-based OS like OpenELEC and LibreELEC - being a Rockchip SoC there won't be official support in either of these AFAIK.I assume the way they run Kodi would be through a distro of Linux perhaps or a modified build of OpenELEC or LibreELEC?The other option for this price is the ODROID-C2. The SoC is officially supported by OpenELEC and LibreELEC. Runs 4K, has 2GB RAM, HDMI 2.0 etc - pretty much identical apart from they use the AmLogic S905 SoC.https://www.amazon.co.uk/HardKernel-C2-ODROID-C2/dp/B01CY4V5LC/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1484566892&sr=8-1&keywords=odroid+c2Obviously I know Kodi isn't the only thing used for these but a percentage do use them as media centres using Kodi. Pi has a HUGE community backing so it'd be pretty hard to beat.



You know as well as i do its ALL about support on an SoC system, even more so with the trash they're churning out of the east atm. Until the world moves on to widespread 4k\8k is there any point buying anything faster than a Pi? (this is presuming you are using it primarily for Kodi.)

I think an Nvidia Shield @ £100 would be a better investment going forward than this. Although I too looked at the ODRIOD-C2 before buying another Pi, seemed to me to be the only legit contender on the market atm, but given its twice as much I couldn't justify taking a flyer on it when the Pi is more than sufficient.

Pricewise you just can't beat the Pi

Sf2rox

You know as well as i do its ALL about support on an SoC system, even … You know as well as i do its ALL about support on an SoC system, even more so with the trash they're churning out of the east atm. Until the world moves on to widespread 4k\8k is there any point buying anything faster than a Pi? (this is presuming you are using it primarily for Kodi.)I think an Nvidia Shield @ £100 would be a better investment going forward than this. Although I too looked at the ODRIOD-C2 before buying another Pi, seemed to me to be the only legit contender on the market atm, but given its twice as much I couldn't justify taking a flyer on it when the Pi is more than sufficient.Pricewise you just can't beat the Pi



Same thing happened with the so-called "Pi-beater" Pine 64+. It was a massive flop in terms of support because they'd gone with an Allwinner SoC. Support is everything with these SBC-type devices and if support isn't there, it's a flop as you say. The only contender, as you say, is the AmLogic series of SoC.

I've moved back to my Pi 3 due to giving my AmLogic Android box to my partner so it was my only option but yes, the primary use is Kodi. The other option for this type of device would be the ODROID, as the SoC is more supported. It'll be much faster and better because they've not put the USB and Ethernet on the same BUS, and gigabit I believe.

The Pi is plenty-fast but I'm just trying to pull myself to buy the ODROID as it's a viable option.

M0nk3h

I've moved back to my Pi 3 due to giving my AmLogic Android box to my … I've moved back to my Pi 3 due to giving my AmLogic Android box to my partner so it was my only option but yes, the primary use is Kodi. The other option for this type of device would be the ODROID, as the SoC is more supported. It'll be much faster and better because they've not put the USB and Ethernet on the same BUS, and gigabit I believe.The Pi is plenty-fast but I'm just trying to pull myself to buy the ODROID as it's a viable option.



Every SBC to date touts itself as a Pi beater and they probably are... on paper. Everyone and their mother seems to be releasing their own variant. None seem to be attracting a big enough crowd to convince me they'll still be supported a year or 2 down the line.

Last time I bought a Pi I did a fair bit of research and decided that any more than a ODRIOD then it wouldn't make sense when you could just whack something together with an x64 cpu in which would be an infinately better, more upgradable solution (HP Microserver?)

Because I use my Pi for a multitude of things (Retropie, diff linux distros, file server) I would love to see a supercharged version of one as its absolute pants at certain things.

Sf2rox

Every SBC to date touts itself as a Pi beater and they probably are... on … Every SBC to date touts itself as a Pi beater and they probably are... on paper. Everyone and their mother seems to be releasing their own variant. None seem to be attracting a big enough crowd to convince me they'll still be supported a year or 2 down the line.Last time I bought a Pi I did a fair bit of research and decided that any more than a ODRIOD then it wouldn't make sense when you could just whack something together with an x64 cpu in which would be an infinately better, more upgradable solution (HP Microserver?)Because I use my Pi for a multitude of things (Retropie, diff linux distros, file server) I would love to see a supercharged version of one as its absolute pants at certain things.



Yes it's a shame as HEVC wasn't even in the spec. We managed to get 1GB RAM and a Quad Core CPU so maybe they'll surprise us with a H.265 SoC and 2GB RAM. Maybe they'll finally separate the USB and Ethernet.

On paper they're better but support is the defining factor. And yes, the ODROID is probably the only other option apart from just building your own.

This would be fine running Android TV if it has netflix HD could be a firestick contender. Otherwise the support on the pi will mean this is a flop.

TiptreeJam

Also if I remember rightly all the Raspberry Pi's sold for the UK market … Also if I remember rightly all the Raspberry Pi's sold for the UK market are manufactured in Wales (I think they have a factory in the far east to supply that market). The ASUS board is manufactured in China. If I had a choice I would rather support UK manufacturing as there is so little of it now.



​yes, made in Bridgend, South Wales.
Definitely worth keeping UK hardware operational, just glad the Pi has a pretty good following already, that plus the price factor.....
How many schools would rather buy 5 Pi's over 1 Asus?
Long live the cheap affordable pi

Did it really need to be branded as 'the Pi Killer'?

Banned

It is back in stock now
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