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RPI3 vs ODROID-C2The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and I'm a little disappointed, but I am looking to upgrade my Raspberry Pi 2 Linux PC. The new Pi has Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi built-in. The CPU has also been upgraded to a Quad Core Broadcom BCM2837 64-bit ARMv8 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. If you want to compare that to the Raspberry Pi 2 Model B, it has a Quad Core Broadcom BCM2836 32-bit ARMv7 processor clocked at 900 MHz, and no wireless communication whatsoever. So why am I disappointed?

The new Pi has a 64-bit CPU, but it doesn't appear that there are any plans as of right now to also make a 64-bit edition of Raspbian Jessie. Sure, it's still only 1GB of RAM (another one of my disappointments), but there's also some performance increase with 64-bit. I suppose I could just go with ArchLinuxARM, but they're still working on moving it to the AArch64 architecture. Maybe there's something better?

 

The ODROID-C2 is a cost-effective ARMv8 AArch64 development board that features the same Cortex-A53 microarchitecture as the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, but from Amlogic instead of Broadcom. The board has a similar layout to the Raspberry Pi. It does not have Bluetooth and WiFi, but that's not something I need on a board like this.

I just need a high performance small computer to handle all of my Linux needs. I'm primarily a Windows and Mac user, but I've been using a Raspberry Pi 2 with ArchLinuxARM for a while and I enjoy it. It's time for an upgrade and I think this ODROID-C2 is probably a better idea for this. My current use is for IRC and hopefully some development in the future.

What's the big difference? As well as having an AArch64 capable Arch Linux, it also has a higher clocked CPU, more RAM, Gigabit Ethernet, and a bit more GPIO. Not that I need all of those things, but the extra RAM and faster CPU could make me very happy.