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Raspberry Pi 4 Goes On Sale: “This is a comprehensive upgrade”

Ben Halpern
A Canadian software developer who thinks he’s funny. He/Him.
・1 min read

Raspberry Pi 4 on sale now from $35

A 1.5GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A72 CPU (~3× performance)
1GB, 2GB, or 4GB of LPDDR4 SDRAM
Full-throughput Gigabit Ethernet
Dual-band 802.11ac wireless networking
Bluetooth 5.0
Two USB 3.0 and two USB 2.0 ports
Dual monitor support, at resolutions up to 4K
VideoCore VI graphics, supporting OpenGL ES 3.x
4Kp60 hardware decode of HEVC video
Complete compatibility with earlier Raspberry Pi products

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Ben Lovy

I need a strong reminder that the various RPi3s I have scattered around are working fine as is put your wallet down Ben.

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Andrew Healey • Edited

Similar feels over here, Ben.

There are two in my actual eyeline.

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Cheston

When a Pi has better specs than your laptop...😢

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Ali Mürteza Yeşil

It actually has better specs than my 11 years old (from 2007) Sony laptop.

But my laptop's battery life (10 minute) is much longer than RPi4's battery life (n/a).

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Andrew (he/him)

Oof. Just built a mini-cluster with 8x B+ Pis. Should have waited :'(

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Gerasimos (Makis) Maropoulos

Same here, I bought the previous generation two months ago...although I mostly use it to test out how a software of mine performs on low-end machines - had so many ideas to work on but no time to learn more about it so far.

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Henry Quinn

What did you use the cluster for? Been thinking about building a K8s cluster with these new Pis.

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Andrew (he/him)

Building a Hadoop / Spark cluster :-)

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Henry Quinn

Hell yeah. It working alright so far?

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Muhammad Syafiq Hanafee

Woah thats sick!

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Andrew (he/him)

Haven't quite got it up and running yet, but when I do, I'll post a Dev article ;-)

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Henry Quinn

The $55 version should be strong enough for some home automation tasks, yeah?

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Nathan Tamez

The old RPi3 has the resources for it, as well

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Quentin Sonrel

Even overkill IMO, the $35 model or the RPi 3 should be more than enough.

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George

$55 for the high end version and $120 for the full kit... Im not sure what I would use a pi for that I would be willing to spend that kind of money on...

Nice surprise though, maybe I would be more enthusiastic if I used mine more!

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Nathan Tamez • Edited

Will the RPi4 survive a idiot connecting 5v to the 3.3v rail?
PS the RPi3b+ didn't.🤣

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Henry Quinn

"Asking for a friend!"

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Nathan Tamez

Wish I was, it was not the first RPi death at my hands probably not the last either. 😂😂
I do need to grab a RPi4 anyway.

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Craig Butcher

Great review over at Tom's Hardware.

If anyone wants to invest in a fan with the heatsink, check out Microsoft's active cooling your RPi 3 to see how they have done it. It is utterly one of the most creative solution!

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anpos231

Yeah, who needs apples when you can have apple PIs (read: apple pies) :P

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George Calianu

Yep, this is what I'm waiting for.

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Henry Quinn

What are you going to build?

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George Calianu

Because of it's resources I intend to replace my old test server based on Pi3. I hope to work much better with Ubuntu server and MySql because version 3 is a little slow. Basically I use it mostly for my Go projects.

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Henry Quinn

Oooooh, there's an idea. I'm just getting into Go. You using it as a testbed for Go scripts?

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George Calianu

Yes. In Go you can write pretty complex applications wich run very good on low resources hardware like Raspberry. A big advantage is that you can use Raspbian desktop and LiteIDE to write the apps directly on it (imagine that is very easy for IoT applications which use GPIO). This environment works well on the old Pi3 and I'm expect to work much better on Pi4.

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ohffs

Mine arrived in the post today - everything I've tried and bothered to benchmark is 2-3x faster. Storage via usb and ethernet are way faster and seem to cause less load too.

Go on, you know you want to buy one....

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Martin Himmel

I've been thinking of setting up a home server for a while. Think this just cinched it.

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Steve Layton

Still have various older Pi's I haven't done anything with lol.

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George

Mine makes a good dust catcher, best dust collector at its price point too!

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Matthew Daly

I live a relatively short train journey from Cambridge, where there's a dedicated Raspberry Pi store, and I've been meaning to go there when I have a week off work next month. Guess I have even more reason now!

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Meghan (she/her)

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA they made an RPi with more than 1GB of RAM!! 😁😁

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Michiel Hendriks

I bought a 3 just a week ago... It's hooked up to a monitor and only shows some websites with monitoring/uptime data.

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Fulton Browne

this awesome i use my pi3 for testing server configs for my projects and it can get realllllly slow. I AM GETTING ONE OF THESE TODAY.

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Sethu Senthil • Edited

You can actually use it as a media center now for your brand new TV
Edit: it's cheaper than the Chromecast Ultra, Ruku 4k and Fire stick's 4k varient!

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Meghan (she/her)

Welp, it doesn't have HDMI out, so it's already cancelled.

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Rich

2 Micro-HDMI outputs though at better output. Can solve with a cheap adapter from AliExpress/gearbest etc, although you will need to consider the small amount of space between the ports and go for one with flex cable rather than an all-in-one block.

Only downside is Micro HDMI is a little brittle at times

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Christian Brintnall

Wow, this is pretty powerful. Out of curiosity, what are people using their raspberry pi's for?

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Ronin

I actually use one as a private GitLab runner for GitLab.com!

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jeikabu

Will pick one up in the US as soon as there's stock. They're a bit pricier in Euroland.