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The Raspberry Pi 5 is finally here

Despite doubts about the Raspberry Pi 5 launching this year, the latest version of the microcomputer has arrived with some notable upgrades at a starting price of $60. Not only is it supposed to perform better than its predecessor, but it’s also the first Raspberry Pi to feature internal silicon.

The brain of the Raspberry Pi 5 is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor that runs at 2.4 GHz, providing a two- to three-fold performance boost over the four-year-old Raspberry Pi 4. The device also comes with an 800 MHz VideoCore VII graphics chip which, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, offers a “substantial improvement” in graphics performance.

I had to try the device for myself. Although I haven’t had time to tinker with it much, I found that it boots up quite quickly, while loading web pages quickly compared to my old Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+. It got pretty hot, but luckily the Raspberry Pi sent an active cooling component that I was able to mount directly on the board.

Photo by Emma Roth / The Verge

Additionally, the Raspberry Pi 5 incorporates for the first time a component manufactured by the Raspberry Pi Foundation: the Southbridge, also known as a part of the motherboard that helps it communicate with peripherals. With the Southbridge RP1, the Raspberry Pi Foundation says the microcomputer “brings a step change in peripheral performance and functionality,” enabling faster transfer speeds to external UAS drives and other peripherals.

It also opens up two four-way 1.5Gbps MIPI transceivers that let you connect up to two cameras or displays. There’s also a new single-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface for the first time, offering support for “high-bandwidth devices.” However, the Raspberry Pi Foundation notes that you will still need a separate adapter, such as an M.2 HAT (Hardware Attached on Top) to take advantage of this.

In terms of ports, you can expect two 4Kp60 HDMI display outputs with HDR support, a microSD slot, two USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a 5V DC power connection over USB -VS. Other highlights include support for Bluetooth 5.0 and Bluetooth Low Energy (LE) and maximum SD card performance which is “doubled” with SDR104 high-speed mode. Together, all of these upgrades make the Raspberry Pi 5 even more versatile, whether you use it as an ultra-budget desktop, media server, or even a DIY security system.

The Raspberry Pi 5 will come with several different RAM options at launch, costing $60 for the 4GB version and $80 for 8GB. This makes it slightly more expensive than the Raspberry Pi 4, which costs $55 for 4GB of RAM. RAM and $75 for 8 GB. The Raspberry Pi 5 will be available for purchase before the end of October.


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