For A Few Dollars More Than The Raspberry Pi 3 You Can Have A Much Faster Board
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 6 March 2016. Page 2 of 2. 33 Comments

Of course, the tests here are mainly aimed at looking after the CPU performance with the disk performance of these SBCs being less than interesting and the graphics not being capable of too many interesting OpenGL ES workloads

To no surprise, the ODROID-C2 is coming out on top due to its Amlogic SoC having its four Cortex-A53 cores running at 2GHz rather than 1.2GHz.

Having double the amount of system memory will also help out the ODROID-C2 in some workloads. The system memory is also DDR3 rather than DDR2.

It's a nice performance difference for only being $5 more.

The results are certainly interesting and great to see more competition in the sub-$50 ARM single board computer space.

For those interested in other 64-bit ARM single board computers, I heard this morning that Pine A64 will be sending out some boards for Linux testing at Phoronix. So hopefully by the end of next week I will have some Pine A64 numbers to throw into the mix. If you missed yesterday's article with more ARM boards, be sure to checkout the Raspberry Pi 3 Benchmarks vs. Eight Other ARM Linux Boards.

If you want to see how your own Linux ARM/x86 boards compare, simply install the Phoronix Test Suite and run phoronix-test-suite benchmark 1603051-GA-ODROIDPI362. Unless you need a Raspberry Pi 3 for the community support behind it, 802.11n WiFi / Bluetooth, the board for its design, or other factors, the ODROID-C2 will give you much better performance at a nominal premium. As always, if you enjoy all of the content I put out mostly single-handedly, please consider subscribing to Phoronix Premium or making a PayPal tip as this site can only operate through people supporting the site through those means and viewing the site without ad-blockers as the main source of income needed to cover hardware costs and other expenses while trying to make ends meet.

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