Get the Best Raspberry Pi 3 Performance with the Model B+

Leigh Mccormick
March 15, 2018

Elsewhere, the 3B+ features 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, 40-pin GPIO expansion header, full-sized HDMI port, four USB 2.0 ports, a CSI camera port ready and waiting for the Pi camera module and a DSI display port for connection to a Pi touchscreen display.

The other main boons come on the networking front, with a Cypress CYW43455 chip providing dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi (whereas only 802.11n was supported in the original Pi 3) and Bluetooth 4.2 (a step up from the previous Bluetooth 4.1).

A new Raspberry Pi computer has arrived with the launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, which boasts a faster processor, better ethernet connectivity, and improved thermal capabilities. This ebook explores the board's new features, measures its performance against earlier models, and includes an interview with Pi co-creator Eben Upton, who shares his thoughts on the product's evolution and plans for the future. It is an updated version of the 64-bit Broadcom processor used in Raspberry Pi 3B.

Power over Ethernet (PoE) wasn't supported on the Raspberry Pi boards until now.

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Raspberry Pi is one of those less known brands that managed in fact to offer a great performance. The new processor is not only faster, but also comes with a heat spreader and power integrity optimizations to better manage the temperature.

Selling for just $35, the UK-made machine has become something of a phenomenon, selling close to 18 million boards since the first Pi was released in 2012. But this is still over three times faster than the 10/100 Mbps speeds provided by the previous Raspberry Pi board computers. According to Raspberry Pi, it's sold more than 9 million Raspberry Pi 3 units and a total of 19 million Raspberry Pis in total. Yet, he notes that the new board consumes "substantially more power", and recommends a high-quality 2.5A power supply, such as the official Raspberry Pi Universal Power Supply.

In short, the upgraded Pi promises more speed and power. It's the first release of a new Pi since the Pi 3, excluding the smaller Pi Zero W model launched a year ago.

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