Credit Card Sized Raspberry Pi 4 at $35-119 for Desktop Performance

The Raspberry Pi 4 offers ground-breaking increases in processor speed, multimedia performance, memory, and connectivity compared to the prior-generation boards, while retaining backwards compatibility and similar power consumption. The Raspberry Pi 4 provides desktop performance comparable to entry-level x86 PC systems. The Raspberry Pi 4 comes in three on-board RAM options for even further performance benefits: 1GB, 2GB and 4GB.

This product’s key features include a high-performance 64-bit quad-core processor, dual-display output via two Micro HDMI ports, up to 4K resolution, hardware video decoding at up to 4Kp60, up to 4GB of RAM, dual-band 2.4/5.0 GHz wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0, and PoE capability.

The $119 version comes with 4GB of memory and a Sandisk 32GB MicroSD, cables, keyboard and mouse.

Raspberry Pi 4
Official USB-C Power Supply
Set of 3 Aluminum Heat Sinks
CanaKit Quick-Start Guide
SanDisk 32GB MicroSD w/NOOBS
Official Case
USB Card Reader
Micro HDMI Cable
Official Keyboard w/Hub
Official Mouse

Raspberry Pi 4 Specifications

Broadcom BCM2711, Quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
1GB, 2GB or 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM (depending on model)
2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
Gigabit Ethernet
2 USB 3.0 ports; 2 USB 2.0 ports.
Raspberry Pi standard 40 pin GPIO header (fully backwards compatible with previous boards)
2 × micro-HDMI ports (up to 4kp60 supported)
2-lane MIPI DSI display port
2-lane MIPI CSI camera port
4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
H.265 (4kp60 decode), H264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
Micro-SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
5V DC via USB-C connector (minimum 3A*)
5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A*)
Power over Ethernet (PoE) enabled (requires separate PoE HAT)
Operating temperature: 0 – 50 degrees C ambient
* A good quality 2.5A power supply can be used if downstream USB peripherals consume less than 500mA in total.

15 thoughts on “Credit Card Sized Raspberry Pi 4 at $35-119 for Desktop Performance”

  1. Lower speed, lower votage memory seems like a good strategy. Fast memory should not make much of a performance difference, if the CPU is not really that powerful. The CPU itself is likely the bottleneck to performance. With lower voltage, temps should go down.

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  2. I have 8gigs atm (have more but i cant run it NEED MORE COOLINg THANKS TO THE small Motherboard) trust me its the absolute smallest.

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  3. With the same performance?

    I’m actually using a Teensy for the balancing control. (It’s going to be a 2 wheel balancing robot.) The Raspberry Pi will handle everything else; Sensors, manipulators, behavioral control.

    But, like I said, given that I’m putting a decent amount of processing power in it, I figure it can double as my son’s computer, with the robot features just being another application.

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  4. Sounds like just the thing for the robot I want to build with my son; We were talking about making it with keyboard and display ports, so that it could also be his computer.

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  5. Very impressive for that size, energy and price.
    The only real shortcoming is RAM. I think 8 GB is really the minimum for modern PCs. But this would be fantastic for lots of stuff.

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  6. I do an ASUS Zenbook pro with 32g and 2TB of SSD. Quad core of course. My roots are windows, so I do widows 10 with WSL. Ubuntu on that right now. Octave for the fun stuff, then K8s and a bunch of experimental stuff I wrote.

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  7. That’s missing the heat sinks.

    I have a pi3 that I bought back when I was playing with IoT stuff and Azure. I also have the little mxchip sensor card, which is interesting in and of itself. The Pi3 works just fine as a linux desktop BTW. I put Crome on it and cromecast to my phillips 42″ HD monitor on the wall.

    The P4 sounds upgraded. In the price range listed, I guess I’ll pick one up soon (after REF and SVL, business getting in the way of fun again), and then report back sometime in August.

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  8. I made a alexa assistant out of a b-3. It is fast but I am hoping this one (PI 4B) is noticeably faster. I just ordered it so I will find out.

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  9. Nice. I use a 3b+ as my desktop at home; I deal with the graphics limitations because I’m more a reader than a youtube watcher. I’ll upgrade to this soon. I like the little Linux computer… it’s adequate. I have a dual quad laptop for when I want to run physics codes, which isn’t often lately.

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