Well, the world is running faster. It’s just one year after the Raspberry Pi 2 B was unveiled as the first performance Raspberry Pi, the foundation announced the Pi 3, which looks the same with same price.
Now, with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3, the new model is getting better performance, but is there enough to make you want to upgrade? I’m taking a look at the differences between the Pi 2 and Pi 3 to help you make that decision.
Both the Raspberry Pi 2 and Pi 3 are the same size (86mm x 56mm x 21mm), with the mounting holes in the same place. This makes the new Pi compatible with former cases. However, there’s a board layout differences that may cause problems for some people, the power and activity lights on the Pi 3 have been moved to the bottom left of the board from the top left on the Pi 2.
The Raspberry Pi 3 Specs
Here are the specifications :
- Quad core 1.2GHz Broadcom BCM2837 CPU (64-bit ARM Cortex A53)
- 1GB RAM @ 400 MHz
- BCM43143 WiFi (802.11n) – The wifi is IEEE 802.11b/g/n, supports both 20 MHz and 40 MHz channels, and a maximum transmit and receive rate of 150 Mbps. It also supports Infrastructure mode, Wi-Fi Direct and soft-AP mode. And the wifi security includes WPA, WPA2 (802.11i), AES/TKIP, IEEE 802.1X and WAPI.
- Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) – Bluetooth 4.1
- 40 pin GPIO
- 4x USB 2 ports
- CSI camera port
- DSI display port
- MicroSD card slot
- 4 pole stereo and composite video port
- Upgraded Switched power source up to 2.4A
- Support Windows 10, and Linux/Unix.
A detailed comparison with the former releases: