The Raspberry Pi is being built, and I’m not just talking about space. In February 2016, the Raspberry Pi Foundation announced the release of the Raspberry Pi 3. It was the most significant update to the popular line of low-cost computers.
The Raspberry Pi 3 features the BCM2837, a brand new SoC (System on a Chip) from Broadcom. This represents a significant improvement on earlier versions of the Raspberry Pi. Not only does it run at a higher frequency (1.2GHz quad-core vs. 900MHz quad-core on the Raspberry Pi 2), but it also runs on 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 microarchitecture, which implements a more advanced set of ARMv8-A instructions. ,
This results in some impressive performance improvements, especially in real life tasks like web browsing. Brian Benchoff writing for Hackaday noted:
“… The Pi 3 is now on the threshold of being a useful desktop computer… It’s a computer that could fill an entire elementary school computer lab. «
According to the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the latest version is 50-60% faster than the Raspberry Pi 2 in 32-bit mode. Incredibly, it is ten times faster than the original Raspberry Pi, released just four years ago .
Tests conducted by Pimoroni concluded that the Raspberry Pi 3 significantly outperforms older models in both single-core and multi-core tasks (35% and 48% improvement, respectively). The only downside is that boot times remain sluggish due to the bottleneck due to slow I/O (I/O), not due to a slow CPU. If a future version of the Raspberry Pi introduces fast onboard storage, you should expect boot times to drop drastically.
Another area of disappointment was the lack of RAM, which is still limited to 1GB LPDDR2 SDRAM. An increase in this area would go far towards improving the Raspberry Pi’s multitasking powers.
Lastly, the Raspberry Pi 3’s graphics card has also been upgraded to better handle video content and games. The Broadcom VideoCore IV processor now runs at 400 MHz for video processing and 300 MHz for 3D graphics. While you still won’t be able to play Skyrim with this, you should expect to be able to watch HD content without stuttering.