For A Few Dollars More Than The Raspberry Pi 3 You Can Have A Much Faster Board



Yesterday’s Raspberry Pi 3 Benchmarks vs. Eight Other ARM Linux Boards was quite interesting while today I have a complementary data point: the Raspberry Pi 3 compared to the ODROID-C2. The ODROID-C2 costs just a few dollars more ($40 USD) while having a faster SoC and other advantages.

The ODROID-C2 is a 64-bit quad-core SBC powered by the Amlogic S905 with four Cortex-A53 cores at 2GHz. The ODROID-C2 has a Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of DDR3 SDRAM, Gigabit Ethernet, HDMI 2.0, and officially supports Ubuntu and Android. The ODROID-C2 will begin shipping this month for $40 USD.

For just $5 USD more than the Raspberry Pi 3, the SoC is faster with its A53 cores running at 2GHz rather than 1.2GHz. The RPi3 does have the open-source VC4 graphics driver stack with mainline support for the VideoCore IV graphics while sadly the Mali 450 is backed by a closed-source blob with not much happening these days for the Lima community driver project. Also in favor of the ODROID-C2 is 2GB of DDR3 memory where as the Raspberry Pi 3 has 1GB of LPDDR2 memory. The ODROID-C2 also has HDMI 2.0 and superior Ethernet while the Raspberry Pi 3 has an advantage of 802.11n WiFi. The ODROID-C2 also has a heatsink for ensuring the SoC doesn’t get as toasty as the Raspberry Pi 3.

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