Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ Benchmarks
Written by Michael Larabel in Computers on 22 March 2018. Page 2 of 7. 46 Comments

One of the issues with the original Raspberry Pi 3 was that it got extremely hot. Fortunately, we are pleased to report, the thermal management is indeed better with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ even though it's clocked 200MHz higher! Prior to getting to all of our benchmark results, first are some thermal numbers on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B Plus.

I also picked up some LoveRPI heatsinks from Amazon for $4.99 USD to see how the performance would be for this new ARM SBC when employing the passive heatsinks.

Indeed, the SoC temperature is much lower with the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ than with the Model B (non-Plus). The peak temperature under load was 82.7 degrees (Celsius) with the Model B while the B+ topped out at 71.4C. The average temperature was also much better at 63.5 degrees instead of 69.7 Celsius.

When putting on the LoveRPI Raspberry Pi passive aluminum heatsinks, the temperature under load tended to be a few degrees cooler under load but still peaked close to the Model 3 B+ without any heatsinks.

All of these thermal tests during the automated benchmarks were carried out via the Phoronix Test Suite. All of the individual results in different benchmarks and more data via this OpenBenchmarking.org result page.

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