Raspberry Pi 3 £30 @ The Pi Hut
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Raspberry Pi 3 £30 @ The Pi Hut

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Found 29th Feb 2016
The Raspberry Pi just got juicer! Now with a Quad-Core 64bit CPU, WiFi & Bluetooth!

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the third generation Raspberry Pi. This powerful credit-card sized single board computer can be used for many applications and supersedes the original Raspberry Pi Model B+ and Raspberry Pi 2 Model B.

Whilst maintaining the popular board format the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B brings you a more powerful processor, 10x faster than the first generation Raspberry Pi.

Additionally it adds wireless LAN & Bluetooth connectivity making it the ideal solution for powerful connected designs.

Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B Technical Specification
Broadcom BCM2387 chipset
1.2GHz Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53
802.11 bgn Wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1 (Bluetooth Classic and LE)
1GB RAM
64 Bit CPU
4 x USB ports
4 pole Stereo output and Composite video port
Full size HDMI
10/100 BaseT Ethernet socketbr
CSI camera port for connecting the Raspberry Pi camera
DSI display port for connecting the Raspberry Pi touch screen display
Micro SD port for loading your operating system and storing data
Micro USB power source
Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B Features
Now 10x Faster - Broadcom BCM2387 ARM Cortex-A53 Quad Core Processor powered Single Board Computer running at 1.2GHz!
1GB RAM so you can now run bigger and more powerful applications
Fully HAT compatible
40pin extended GPIO to enhance your “real world” projects.
Connect a Raspberry Pi camera and touch screen display (each sold separately)
Stream and watch Hi-definition video output at 1080
Micro SD slot for storing information and loading your operating systems.
10/100 BaseT Ethernet socket to quickly connect the Raspberry Pi to the Internet

115 Comments

Nice spec increase for the price. I'll take one.

Already ordered. Expected more trouble ordering after the Pi Zero supply cockup!

Wonder if this will transcode plex

Also announced by Raspberry Pi organisation (coming later this year) v3 Model A & v3 compute module in the faq's here:

https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/raspberry-pi-3-on-sale/

Nice to see another (mostly) fully compatible hardware update.

Built in wifi & Bluetooth will go down well with the kodi team, even if it's wifi-n only. Great for remote controls!

Argh still no gigabit LAN, what is holding that back?

The Ethernet is still shared over the USB bus for those wondering.

A couple of benchmark shots courtesy of The MagPi:
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/Sysbench.png
https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/PythonGPIO.png

More benchmarks and details available on their site here:

raspberrypi.org/mag…rks

BungalowBill

Argh still no gigabit LAN, what is holding that back?



I think it's mainly down to chipset, compatibility and cost reasons.

Understandably they want to keep the total cost down and maintain backwards compatibility.

This is mainly designed as an educational tool, despite all of its other weird and wonderful implementations!

Heat added.
I get £30 with free p&p

stevej1976

Wonder if this will transcode plex



It's still using the same videocore gpu.

gabesdad

Already ordered. Expected more trouble ordering after the Pi Zero supply … Already ordered. Expected more trouble ordering after the Pi Zero supply cockup!



Apparently they have 200k already made and capacity to make 100k a week! Looking at the stats it appears they have sold another 3m devices last year which must have been mostly pi2's.

Just to note that the pi hut also has the upgraded 2.5A psu for £6 so I added one of those to my order.

Element14 seem to be sleeping this morning!

Can this hardware decode HEVC? What about a 4K output?

nublets2k

It's still using the same videocore gpu.



As far as I know, plex uses the cpu not gpu for transcoding

RedDwarfIsCool

Heat added.I get £30 with free p&p



How so please?. :-)

delusion

As far as I know, plex uses the cpu not gpu for transcoding



That's what I was thinking.

DrJogalog

Can this hardware decode HEVC? What about a 4K output?



The Videocore doesn't support the HEVC codec natively. The Pi2 should be able to decode 720p using the arm cores and sometimes up to 1080p but it all depends on bitrates. So I'd expect the Pi3 to be better at both of those but not 4k.

welshblob

The Videocore doesn't support the HEVC codec natively. The Pi2 should be … The Videocore doesn't support the HEVC codec natively. The Pi2 should be able to decode 720p using the arm cores and sometimes up to 1080p but it all depends on bitrates. So I'd expect the Pi3 to be better at both of those but not 4k.


So apart from the dedicated support of a standard OpenElec build, assuming that would happen, and the fact the userbase for prior Pi platforms is massive and decent firmware updates, this offers little, other than a slight speed increase, over an Amlogic S905 chipset with some decent support if used solely for KODI. Obviously used outside of a media server its a different story but I cannot see any benefit for me upgrading the original PiB's I already have.

DrJogalog

So apart from the dedicated support of a standard OpenElec build, … So apart from the dedicated support of a standard OpenElec build, assuming that would happen, and the fact the userbase for prior Pi platforms is massive and decent firmware updates, this offers little, other than a slight speed increase, over an Amlogic S905 chipset with some decent support if used solely for KODI. Obviously used outside of a media server its a different story but I cannot see any benefit for me upgrading the original PiB's I already have.



I would tend to agree but have bought one anyway to have a play with. Picking up on your decent firmware updates comment I am still impressed by just how much effort the guys put in, the HEVC optimisation being a case in point.

You will probably be better off with an odroid C2 which is being shipped this week I believe. Native HEVC support up to 4k I believe and GBe for not that much more money than a Pi. Plus it has an Android build, 5.1 definitely but I believe they have been testing marshmallow recently. The only thing they don't have now compared to the Pi is wifi/bluetooth.

anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from scratch? Just wanted it for kodi reasons so would love a guide from initial set up all the way to installing kodi. Which OS are you guys using? for me, the simpler the better.

stevej1976

Wonder if this will transcode plex



I have pled server running on a pi b the second

stevej1976

Wonder if this will transcode plex



Yes my plex server runs happily on a pi b

EN1GMA

anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from … anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from scratch? Just wanted it for kodi reasons so would love a guide from initial set up all the way to installing kodi. Which OS are you guys using? for me, the simpler the better.



mmmm boobs ;-)

I use osmc which is based on Kodi as its well developed/supported by Sam and his team and allows you to install other apps on the OS itself and has clear instructions on set up -> osmc.tv

Others have used Openelec which is another Kodi distribution although a little more restrictive.

ordered 2x

EN1GMA

anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from … anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from scratch? Just wanted it for kodi reasons so would love a guide from initial set up all the way to installing kodi. Which OS are you guys using? for me, the simpler the better.



...boobs!

very tempted to get one and use it as my plex server in the lounge. A small case with ample vents for heat should do the trick i think?

RedDwarfIsCool

Heat added.I get £30 with free p&p



​same here, showing as £30

Screw Plex, Kodi, media serving, I'm going to use this to make a Robot and a Teasmade and a helicopter and also a Fallout 4 VDU Terminal

EN1GMA

anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from … anyone recommend some guides for boobs on how to get the pi set up from scratch? Just wanted it for kodi reasons so would love a guide from initial set up all the way to installing kodi. Which OS are you guys using? for me, the simpler the better.



Berryboot - one installer does everything multiboot which is handy but not having to wipe everytime you want to put on something else- then config Openelec afterwards with the appz

Berryboot guide

Edited by: "donerkebab" 29th Feb 2016

298 reviews and it's just come out today, hmmmm smells like fish faeces

Does it support Async Compute?

BungalowBill

Argh still no gigabit LAN, what is holding that back?


I thought that, then realised 100mbps is fast enough for most applications this is designed for and the CPU would be unlikely to process data quick enough to keep up with processing the incoming stream (depending what you're doing with that much data)

I'm hoping this will be able to emulate N64 games properly!

joedredd

I thought that, then realised 100mbps is fast enough for most … I thought that, then realised 100mbps is fast enough for most applications this is designed for and the CPU would be unlikely to process data quick enough to keep up with processing the incoming stream (depending what you're doing with that much data)


Using it as a file server - no processing required.

justanotherpunter

298 reviews and it's just come out today, hmmmm smells like fish faeces


if you look at them its for all the models of rasp pi
annoying like amazon do

Gonna wait for the Pi 3.1415926.....

pibpob

Using it as a file server - no processing required.


There could be plenty of processing required depending on the protocol used, plus I've no idea what the data transfer rate is of attached storage on these devices, but I guess that'll restrict your gigabit file xfer speed too.

You got me curious and I found this:

The basic rule or formula in the industry applicable to TCP/IP protocol … The basic rule or formula in the industry applicable to TCP/IP protocol is 1 MHZ of CPU for each megabit of data and allowing for application processing. This equates to a 1-GHZ CPU for a wire speed transfer in one direction or a 2-GHZ CPU for a bi-directional transfer in full-duplex mode when using the TCP/IP protocol stack. Using other protocols including UDP/IP or direct-IP can provide better performance with lower CPU utilization.

BungalowBill

Argh still no gigabit LAN, what is holding that back?



It wouldn't matter as it would never reach those speeds over USB 2.0

What am I missing RS has these for <£27 or are they different

uk.rs-online.com/web…Hgg it is plus VAT me bad

£32.10 RS
Edited by: "zinglebarb" 29th Feb 2016

tempt

Does it support Async Compute?



No but it should support Vulkan. Kodi builds in the future could be interesting.

DrJogalog

Can this hardware decode HEVC? What about a 4K output?



No.

Ordered.

Thanks op.
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