Asus Tinker Board - Asus's answer to Raspberry Pi - 2GB RAM, Quad-core 1.8GHZ £46.99 Delivered @ Amazon (For none prime users plz check description for link to Currys)
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Asus Tinker Board - Asus's answer to Raspberry Pi - 2GB RAM, Quad-core 1.8GHZ £46.99 Delivered @ Amazon (For none prime users plz check description for link to Currys)

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Edited by:"no_Sunshine"Found 21st Nov
Sold by Amazon - was £59.99 - In short, much faster & robust than a RiPi3 - but doesn't have the community support yet that Raspberry Pi has developed over the years.

Same price incl delivery @Currys/PC World

Ebay


Tinker Board is a Single Board Computer (SBC) in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The Tinker Board offers makers, IoT enthusiasts, hobbyists, PC DIY enthusiasts and others a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering their ideas into reality.
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Micro USB power-in
(5V/2~2.5A power is required)
HDMI
MIPI CSI
192K/24bit
HD Audio
GbE LAN
PWM
S/PDIF
MIPI DSI
Upgradable i-PEX antenna header
(MHF4)
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi &
Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
40-pins GPIO header
USB 2.0 Ports
Features & Functionality
Class-Leading Performance

With its powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor — the Rockchip RK3288 — Tinker Board offers significantly improved performance versus other popular SBC boards. To provide the flexibility needed for different builds and projects, Tinker Board features 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker Board is also equipped with an SD 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.
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Robust GPU Performance & Functionality

Featuring a powerful but energy-efficient design, Tinker Board supports next-generation graphics and GPU computing API's. Powered by an ARM-based Mali™-T764 GPU, Tinker Board's GPU and fixed-function processors allow for a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image stabilization and processing, as well as computational photography and more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the fixed-function H.264 and H.265 playback support, including playback of HD and UHD video*.
*HD & UHD video playback at 30 fps on Tinker Board is currently only available via the included media player. Third-party video players and applications may not offer hardware acceleration, which will result in limited or unstable playback performance. Please refer to the FAQs for more information.

HD Audio Quality

Further improving on key areas found lacking on many SBC boards, Tinker Board is equipped with an HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio. Its integrated audio jack supports audio output and a microphone in, without an extension module.
Maker-Friendly, with IoT Connectivity

Tinker Board features standard maker connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface that allow for interfacing with a range inputs from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs, and much more. Tinker Board is equipped with one DSI MIPI connection for displays and touchscreens. The secondary CSI MIPI connection is for connection to compatible cameras allowing for computer vision, and much more.

Tinker Board also features Gbit LAN for Internet and network connectivity. A dedicated bus resource designed for the LAN port ensures consistent Ethernet performance. The integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller on the Tinker Board is shielded with a metal cover to ensure minimal interference and improved radio performance. An integrated IPEX antenna header allows for easy antenna replacement or upgrades.

Tinker Board also features a full-size HDMI output. Additionally, it includes four USB 2.0 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.
Enhanced DIY Design

Careful consideration went into the design and development of the Tinker Board to ensure that it provides a superior user experience for first-time builders or for seasoned hobbyists. Builders will appreciate the colour-coded GPIO header, which makes it easy to recognise respective pin headers.

The PCB dimensions and topology of the Tinker Board align with standard SBC boards, allowing support for a wide range of chassis and physical accessories. The PCB features silk-screening with a connection header and location callouts, for improved connection clarity. The onboard MIPI headers also feature colour-coded pull tabs.

Tinker Board also includes a heatsink, which helps improve heat dissipation under heavy loading or in hot ambient environments.
TinkerOS ‧ Supported OS ‧ Applications
A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience, directly out of the box. Whether it's browsing the web, watching videos, or writing scripts, TinkerOS is a great starting point for your next project or build.

Furthermore TinkerOS has been carefully designed to be extremely lightweight and responsive. Running on top of the base Debian 9 is a the LXDE desktop environment. This GUI is optimised specifically for SBC boards. It also features plug & play NTFS support allowing for easy access to Windows based flash drives and external hard drives. The included web browser has also been carefully selected and optimised. It based on Chromium allowing for speed and stability along with a number of extensions. The ASUS team has help to enable hardware acceleration of the browser allowing for improved web rendering and video playback including HD resolutions in YouTube.

TinkerOS also includes a number of popular applications allowing for easy programming and development. These include IDLE / Python as well as Squeak / Scratch.

Beyond TinkerOS and its Debian Linux offering Tinker Board also support the Android Operating system. This allows for an entirely different usage scenarios ranging from media playback, gaming, and much more.

Tinker board is also working closely with a wide range of popular applications to enable support & optimise functionality.

  • Flint OS
  • FUZE Studio
  • HiFiBerry
  • IQaudIO
  • KODI
  • VOLUMIO
  • WD-LABS

Tinker Board Performance

CPU Performance

Tinker Board features an ARM-based RK3288 SoC and is equipped with four cores to enhance multithread application performance. It operates at frequencies of up to 1.8GHz, improving performance across all applications. This increase in CPU core count, along with an increase in processor frequency, helps to enable significantly faster performance across a wide range of applications, extending and enhancing project capabilities. As a result, typical PC tasks are faster and more responsive.
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GPU Performance

Tinker Board's GPU is based on the Mali™-T764 GPU. It offers up 4 cores and a 600MHz clock speed. When compared to competitor SBC GPUs, Tinker Board offers better GPU computing and GPU acceleration performance.
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Stream and Memory Performance

Tinker Board offers dual-channel DDR3 which delivers better memory bandwidth versus competitor devices that offer only a single-channel DDR2.
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SD Card Read/Write Speed

Tinker Board has a microSD slot for onboard expandable storage. It supports the SD 3.0 standard, so it can use higher capacity microSD cards that offer significantly faster read and write performance.

.Read speeds: up to 89% faster
.Write speeds: up to 40% faster
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Network/Audio Specifications

SpecificationWi-FiAudio Format
/ Sample RateAudio FunctionTinker Board802.11 b/g/n with upgradable IPEX antennaPlay: 24bit/192KHz, Record: 24bit/96KHzAudio output, Microphone inputCompetitor SBC802.11 b/g/n16bit/48KHzAudio output only
Networks Performance

Tinker Board features gigabit Ethernet, which offers significantly improved throughput versus competitor SBCs that are equipped with 10/100 Ethernet.

.Transfer/receive speeds
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Tinker Board's dedicated controller and non-shared bus design ensure superior packet delivery and reception. LAN performance remains the same on the Tinker Board during USB transfers versus LAN performance of competitor SBC's which experience up to an 18% reduction in speed during USB transfer.

.LAN performance with USB transfer
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USB Speed

Tinker Board offers superior read and write performance with external storage drives, allowing quicker read and write speeds. This improves workflow, copying, backups and overall file usage.

.Read speeds: up to 154% faster
.Write speeds: up to 6% faster
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Wi-Fi Performance (Signal Loss)

Tinker Board Wi-Fi performance is more robust than most competitor devices, allowing for improved signal reception.
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Location: OctoScope platform
Target AP: ASUS RT-AC66U (Broadcom)Standard: b/g/n mixed
Channel: 6
Bandwidth: 20MHz
Security: none*Tinker Board - OS: Linux 4.4.0+ armv7l l Image Version: V20170113 l Memory Type: 2GB l CPU Type, Speed[GHz]: Cortex-A17 Quad-core 1.8GHz l GPU Type, Speed[MHz]: Mali™ T-764
*Competitor SBC - OS: Linux 4.4.11+ armv7l l Memory Type: 1GB l CPU Type, Speed[GHz]: Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.2GHz l GPU Type, Speed[MHz]: VideoCore IV

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Asus Tinker Board vs Raspberry Pi 3 – Specifications and Pricing


Asus recently launched the Tinker Board, a mini PC similar to the Raspberry Pi.

These types of devices are popular among DIY enthusiasts due to their ability to interface with electronics via general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins.

This makes them suitable for anything from robotics to homemade gadgets.

The Tinker Board features a similar layout to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, with four USB 2.0 ports and an array of GPIO pins.

The Asus board boasts more power than the Raspberry Pi 3, thanks to its faster processor and 2GB of RAM.

While both devices use a micro-USB power input, the Tinker Board uses more power than the Raspberry Pi – with a maximum power consumption of 5W compared to the Raspberry Pi 3’s maximum of 4W.

The specifications and performance of the Asus Tinker Board and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B are detailed below.

Specifications and Performance
SpecificationsAsus Tinker BoardRaspberry Pi 3 Model BProcessorCortex-A17 Quad-core 1.8GHzCortex-A53 Quad-core 1.2GHzMemory2GB LPDDR31GB LPDDR2ConnectivityWi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LANWi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, 10/100Mbit/s EthernetUSB4x USB 2.04x USB 2.0Audio1x 3.5mm jack1x 3.5mm jackDisplay1x HDMI supports 4K1x HDMI supports Full HDStorageMicroSD card slotMicroSD card slotInternal Headers1x 40-pin header1x 40-pin headerPrice£55R629




Pricing and AvailabilityThe Tinker Board is priced at £55 and is currently not available in South Africa.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is priced at R629 and is available from a number of local retailers, including dedicated stores such as PiShop or PiFactory.

The more expensive Asus Tinker Board provides DIY enthusiasts with a powerful SoC and has several advantages over the Raspberry Pi, including 4K support.

The mini computer could be a useful product for hackers requiring a more powerful device.




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Nice.

That would be a much better kodi platform then the raspberry 2
I have currently running.

I have one running Ubuntu server 24/7 no problems, highly recommended.

greg66624 m ago

That would be a much better kodi platform then the raspberry 2 I have …That would be a much better kodi platform then the raspberry 2 I have currently running.


Why in that particular order?

have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of learning about computers.
to me it seems typical mentality of these companies, take a good idea and "turbo it" but make sure there is plenty of profit there
same price as many equivalent spec'd tablets TV boxes etc etc so gotta be cold

maddogb16 m ago

have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of …have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of learning about computers.to me it seems typical mentality of these companies, take a good idea and "turbo it" but make sure there is plenty of profit theresame price as many equivalent spec'd tablets TV boxes etc etc so gotta be cold


I agree, if you are going to tinker then you want something cheap like arduino or pi. If you are going to install a single application on it and not really tinker (such as a kodi box), probably better off with something else.

If you are really going to tinker, (what I did) ... get an old netbook with a broken screen for next to nothing.

great device. latest version of tinker OS (linux) is very solid

Use mine as my main PC, its connected to the back of the monitor.
Netflix runs great
Chromium is very quick
Just install libreoffice if you need view/edit excel or word docs
Edited by: "lumsdot" 21st Nov

Twice the speed of a PI3
Good support can be found here
tinkerboarding.co.uk/forum/
Edited by: "lumsdot" 21st Nov

I use it as a server and for controlling remote servers with docker, it also has a my git repository hosted on it.
It runs SQL server which gets all the data back from the remote servers it controls.

It has double the ram, faster Ethernet speeds and processor than the Pi, all which are beneficial to me but its a low power machine I can leave on 24 hours and it is solid as a rock.

I have a fancy Dell server which I only use now as storage as this thing is silent and I just backup on to the Dell yesterdays data each morning.

Not for everyone but it miles better than the Pi for the money if you need it.

Only con is it only has USB 2.0 but was thinking about getting a even more powerful ODROID-XU4 Octa-Core for 60$ looks very cool! Could run a SSD off that and it has a 8 core CPU!

If it had USB 3.0 I would buy it

are these type of credit-card sized computers not capable of USB3 ports for some reason?

Gigabit ethernet sounds good

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maddogb1 h, 3 m ago

have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of …have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of learning about computers.to me it seems typical mentality of these companies, take a good idea and "turbo it" but make sure there is plenty of profit theresame price as many equivalent spec'd tablets TV boxes etc etc so gotta be cold


Roughly £10-£12 more than a Raspberry Pi 3 & almost twice as powerful is hardly "missing the point" or "being expensive", is it?

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winstonmanc50 m ago

I agree, if you are going to tinker then you want something cheap like …I agree, if you are going to tinker then you want something cheap like arduino or pi. If you are going to install a single application on it and not really tinker (such as a kodi box), probably better off with something else. If you are really going to tinker, (what I did) ... get an old netbook with a broken screen for next to nothing.


For God's sake, this is hardly 100's of pounds more than a Raspberry Pi. Only about 10 quid more than a Pi3, almost twice as powerful & being sold by UK-based reputable companies?
Edited by: "no_Sunshine" 21st Nov

no_Sunshine26 m ago

Roughly £10-£12 more than a Raspberry Pi 3 & almost twice as powerful is h …Roughly £10-£12 more than a Raspberry Pi 3 & almost twice as powerful is hardly "missing the point" or "being expensive", is it?



if u wanna play the numbers game it's actually £31.63 for the pi3 at amazon so £15.36 difference or nearly 50% on top of the cost of the pi
but anyway read the reviews, hardware spec isn't everything otherwise no retail in the uk would sell electronics

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maddogb10 m ago

if u wanna play the numbers game it's actually £31.63 for the pi3 at …if u wanna play the numbers game it's actually £31.63 for the pi3 at amazon so £15.36 difference or nearly 50% on top of the cost of the pi but anyway read the reviews, hardware spec isn't everything otherwise no retail in the uk would sell electronics


I bet you're the guy whose wife sends him out to get a bar of soap & he spends 2 hours comparing prices at the supermarket & in the end comes home empty handed, saying I'll get it next time Hun, when it's on a deal

Well, jokes aside I did read the reviews & hence put a line saying " In short, much faster & robust than a RiPi3 - but doesn't have the community support yet that Raspberry Pi has developed over the years " at the top of description

I don't really see the point in paying this much money for something you're not going to see the benefit from if you're making weather stations, CCTV cameras etc.

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HondaLad51 m ago

I don't really see the point in paying this much money for something …I don't really see the point in paying this much money for something you're not going to see the benefit from if you're making weather stations, CCTV cameras etc.


How about a server, which is not gonna run your electricity bills up?

maddogb22 h, 8 m ago

have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of …have they completely missed the point of the pi? a CHEAP method of learning about computers.to me it seems typical mentality of these companies, take a good idea and "turbo it" but make sure there is plenty of profit theresame price as many equivalent spec'd tablets TV boxes etc etc so gotta be cold


If there's a market and you can make money, then you do, that's what happens in a Capitalist society, sentimentalities are kicked in to touch always.

are there any Retro emulator builds for it? eg Retropie

The Raspberry Pi, for me at least, is the better device to go with. The joy of the PI is the community. The RPI Foundation is a charitable organisation, not a company out to make money. The huge community has been built due to the endless resources,projects, examples, events etc organised by the foundation. The community has been formed based on a love of technology, and the desire to see the next generation build and learn. I’ve used PIs for a year or two now and have really never thought to myself it needs to be more powerful.

Would be ideal as a Web filter with a second USB to ethernet NIC with the likes of pfsense I will need to investigate if it's possible.

For answer see copy.

thanks, been after something more suitable for a home server (currently Pi3)

Rock64 better and cheaper

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fishmaster3 h, 54 m ago

If there's a market and you can make money, then you do, that's what …If there's a market and you can make money, then you do, that's what happens in a Capitalist society, sentimentalities are kicked in to touch always.


The price for this one is pretty much justified. Not massively more than a RiPi 3, about £10-£15 more and almost twice as fast.

If it’s not fully Pi compatible then I probably wouldn’t bother. It would be headache getting support from a smaller community...it’s hard enough getting it from Pi’s massive one!

JoeSpur3 h, 3 m ago

If it’s not fully Pi compatible then I probably wouldn’t bother. It would b …If it’s not fully Pi compatible then I probably wouldn’t bother. It would be headache getting support from a smaller community...it’s hard enough getting it from Pi’s massive one!


Dunno what that means as a workhorse just put Armbian on it and it will run all day everyday no need for you to do anything. Obviously it helps if you know Linux or maybe use it learn! But if you want to use the gpio pins I cant be much help, I know where the pins are to connect a CPU fan to it but I just stuck a huge XBOX heat-sink on it!


Overkill but I cane this thing and it never gets hot even in the summer and my office is south facing.



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Edited by: "Yaradabbadoo" 22nd Nov

no_Sunshine21st Nov

How about a server, which is not gonna run your electricity bills up?


I have an N54L which isn't really energy hungry. Would you be able to have at least two hard drives in one of these in RAID? I think it would look a bit messy as a server.

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HondaLad1 h, 4 m ago

I have an N54L which isn't really energy hungry. Would you be able to have …I have an N54L which isn't really energy hungry. Would you be able to have at least two hard drives in one of these in RAID? I think it would look a bit messy as a server.

I saw some casings for this on Amazon for a server setting with cooling & the lot and I believe that casing had room for two hdd?

no_Sunshine23rd Nov

I saw some casings for this on Amazon for a server setting with cooling & …I saw some casings for this on Amazon for a server setting with cooling & the lot and I believe that casing had room for two hdd?


Do you have a link? Ideally I'd like to pop this in my existing server case as I'm sure it's more reliable than the old asrock e350m1 I have in there!

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nikc00691 h, 55 m ago

Do you have a link? Ideally I'd like to pop this in my existing server …Do you have a link? Ideally I'd like to pop this in my existing server case as I'm sure it's more reliable than the old asrock e350m1 I have in there!


Just had a look on Amazon, couldn't find it right now. I am sure I saw a big box with a large fan & I thought this is a server case for this & has room easily for 2 HDDs

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nikc00692 h, 22 m ago

Do you have a link? Ideally I'd like to pop this in my existing server …Do you have a link? Ideally I'd like to pop this in my existing server case as I'm sure it's more reliable than the old asrock e350m1 I have in there!


These two links seem very interesting. Do check them out re. running a server & server enclosure with this board:


briandorey.com/pos…ard


cnx-software.com/201…ds/
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