Codename_goose, avatar

Can’t wait to not be able to order one.

MeanEYE, avatar

Love the fact community is already mocking the fact they have distribution issues. While I had Twitter account their PR team was going full force demonstrating how it can be used and promoting projects that use it… all the while it’s out of stock everywhere, constantly. I would have number of sites “notify” me when they are back in stock, only to be sold out seconds after. Luckily kind person shared a site which tracks where it can be purchased and for what amount but the mere fact such a tool has to exist just shows there’s a serious problem.

shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, (edited )
Smacks, avatar

Coming to a scalper near you!


Preorders are available now

…at several vendors, this was just the first one I pulled up.

You’re looking at a month or so wait for delivery at the most if you order now.

Yesterday they still had first batch available so maybe other vendors still do too.

I don’t think the pi5 will suffer the same availability issues the pi4 has

talkingpumpkin, (edited ) avatar

One of the most exciting additions to the Raspberry Pi 5 feature set is the single-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface.

IIUC PCIe2.0x1 means 0.5GB/s, which is slower than USB 2 (I’m talking USB 2 specs - no idea how USB actually performs in PIs). I can’t wait for people to buy that NVME hat and mount WD Blacks on that :) READ BELOW


Since switching my server to an x86 based platform, I’m not jumping back to arm any time soon. Maybe some day


Curious, what hardware are you running?


Optiplex with an i5 8500. Before that was using a celeron that used like 6w max


Thanks! I may be in the market for a little server. Currently running stuff off a pine a64 but arm is killing me for some stuff (specifically playwright with chrome)


Don’t go for a Pi. They don’t run stock Linux anyway.

I would get a board from pine64. There are also plenty of other options that are cheaper

Used mini PCs are also an option

Goodtoknow, avatar

They can, just need correct drivers. We have mainline Fedora, Debian and Ubuntu for them now.

captain_aggravated, avatar

Define “stock Linux.”


I guess he means that raspberry pi doesn’t run a mainline kernel


Wow, I was sure Raspberry Pi were pretty good about mainline support, especially since multiple distros support the platform.
Software support is still very good compared to pretty much every other arm board.


Precisely. You can’t just boot up any arm image

mara, avatar

This is true with ARM in general. There’s no “standard Linux” to boot because every board needs its own device tree and set of core kernel modules for detecting important things like local storage. It’s fairly intractable due to how different the hardware is.


I’ve heard this argumane before but that doesn’t change the fact that some socs work out of the box and require no proprietary software or custom configs

CosmicCleric, avatar

Yeah for the majority of standardized hardware solutions sure. But the Pi is an one-off, as well as all the other single board computers. IANALOSD.

AlecStewart1st, (edited )

Currently, and I could be wrong, the alternative to a Pi 4 from Pine64 now would be a Pine64’s Quartz64 Model B. A Star64 might be interesting, but that’s RISC-V so who knows what OS you could boot on it currently and if it would even be stable.

Plus with the Quartz64 Model B, who knows if you’ll able to get a good case for it. There’s the $28 “Model B” ALUMINUM WATERPROOF ENCLOSURE, but, eh, no thanks. There’s the open enclosure, but that’s also a no for me. I want a case I can hide the device itself, the cables, put a heatsink and fan on, be able to use an SSD with USB connect and connect a power supply all stuffed in a case. Which you can find plenty of for Raspberry Pi’s.

Not to mention the Pi 5 isn’t even out yet, and it’s entirely possible it’ll be better than the Quartz64 Model B, on top of having a ton of accessories. Plus, I can Pi up practically any Pi at the Microcenter or similar store near me as opposed to having to pay for good shipping.

I’m totally for having alternatives to the Pi, heck I might pick up a Quartz64 Model B if I can find a case, but a lot of alternatives don’t have the same support and accessories the Pis do.


Will it be able to run Jellyfin with 4K content?


Probably not. Just build a PC.


That’s my current setup. But would rather separate things off and keep the PC for gaming.


Two computers.


Would prefer a lower cost and low footprint option 😅

antlion, avatar

I’m running Emby with 4k content from an Odroid HC-2. If you have a 4k TV it should support the H.265 codec without transcoding so the resources for sending videos is low.

Surp, avatar

Sold by a scalper near you five seconds after it’s sold out at launch


Was able to get rpi3bs easy…4 drops…never saw one that wasn’t overpriced scalped shit.


4s were pretty easy to find pre 2020, I bought one at launch and 2 more before the pandemic hit and I never paid more than MSRP for any of them.


I didn’t know they were that hard to find now. I have a few of every generation and they were never hard to find, or expensive. Must have bought my 4s before the pandemic as well I guess


Just wait until the market stabilizes.

These aren’t GPUs in the crypto boom, they don’t produce their own profit. Stop buying from scalpers and the price will crater.


It’s not the everyman buying from scalpers its industry buying cheap pis over plc, when it’s that much cheaper scalper prices isnt much to them. And they need them NOW. Gotta love just in time manufacturing.

krolden, avatar

The only difference between this and a pi4 is the addition of an RTC and a power button. Still only one lane of pcie2.0 and PoE only with a HAT.

unionagainstdhmo, avatar

They also removed the headphone jack and use their own custom silicon to control the I/O basically just hired Tim Cook to design it


That’s quite an understatement.

It has:

  • a new SOC
  • a new Southbridge
  • 5A USB-PD
  • a dedicated fan connector
  • a dedicated uart connector
  • 2 dual purpose DSI/CSU connectors (you can now use two displays or two cameras instead of one of each)
  • A PCIE FPC ribbon connector like the one used for DSI/CSI (you don’t need a hat, just a ribbon) also the pi4 did not have any accessible PCIE lanes, only the cm4 did. Also the pi5 is capable of PCIE Gen3
  • More bandwidth for the usb3 connectors
  • more bandwidth for Wi-Fi (reports are it gets about double the bandwidth despite using the same Wi-Fi chip)
  • Fully SMD board, no through-hole components.

There’s plenty of stuff I would have liked to see that didn’t make it, but there definitely a lot more to it than an RTC and a power button. For $60 this is not a bad SBC at all.

I would have liked to see normal HDMI connectors, 2.5G Ethernet with PoE included, and higher RAM options.

More PCIe lanes would have been nice too but probably unlikely given the price point

krolden, avatar

Sorry I meant to say ‘useful features’.

Cm4 carrier boards are where the IO should be.


I’ve been eyeing an Orange Pi 5+ for my RPi4 upgrade — think I may stick with that route, but glad to see RPi putting out another model.

My experience with RPis over the years was that the multimedia was way better supported than alternatives, but for self hosting that’s not really relevant for me (headless, and don’t really care about transcoding).


I ordered an OrangePi 3 recently for pihole purposes and it has been great, it’s also probably overkill for this use but hey it was actually in stock and not terribly expensive.

elouboub avatar

Another board that can't play 1080p? Fantastic!


What do you mean? It does 4k @ 60hz.

elouboub avatar

Video? Not just screen resolution?

I have a RPi3 and can't play anything above 720p.


Well it isn’t meant to be a gaming PC. Poor gaming performance seems an odd thing to complain about.


They’re talking about playing video, not games


Ah, I misunderstood.


So you’re comparing the new pi with one 2 generations back that runs at 1/4th the performance and assuming they work the same?


I’m guessing that’s because you’re using software decode? If you use HW decode it runs wonderfully in my experience. I could play raw 1080p h264 or VC1 Blu-ray rips over the network just fine**. You have to pay for VC1 and MPEG2 IIRC — otherwise it will try to play in software which is no good. This was an rpi3 with Kodi on Raspbian.

Interestingly I believe they removed MPEG2 and VC1 HW support in the 4, so those files play better on a 3 than a 4. But if your media is in h264 and you use a supported player it should work great on a 4.

** I think NFS worked best, and of course over Ethernet. Maybe http also worked (iirc samba would stutter occasionally).


I’m waiting for my RISC-V boards. Fuck this.


Oh wow that’s cool. Any competitors? Does it actually perform better than RPI?

TheHolm, avatar

Pine64 have some RISC-V boards. Not sure how far are they with support.


I wonder why they didn’t add usb-c

Midnitte avatar

Power is USB-C, but the ports aren't because most PC accessories are still USB-A


Doesn't sound like the 'cheap small computer you can run your hobby electronics project on' that the original Pi used to be. It is not as cheap and a power hungry beast, still small, though. More and more like a PC and less and less a small cheap embedded platform. For some people it is a plus (I guess for most people here), for some not so much.

I tend to build my projects on Raspberry Pi Pico now, but sometimes I would need something more powerful and Raspberry Pi 5 will be too much.

captain_aggravated, avatar

I’m not sure I’d call 5 watts “power hungry.”

avidamoeba, avatar

I think they still make the older ones if you want something middle-of-the-road.

Corgana, avatar

Yes, the numbers on a Pi aren’t referring to a “version” like with the iPhone, but to it’s power. A Pi Zero isn’t the oldest, it’s the simplest.


Zero and zero 2 have decent stock anymore.


They don’t have Ethernet port :( Do they support full OS?

Teppic avatar

Pi zero W has WiFi, alternatively there are hats available. And yes they can run a full Rasbian OS.


Isn’t the Pi 3B still available for that kind of job?


And the 4B

Right now getting compute modules is the hard part. When the inevitable CM5 comes out…


Not that easily and cheaply as they used to be.


If you can find a new one. They are $45+ on ebay used. None of the usual US sellers has any.


But there already is a device that answer that specific need, so it wouldn’t make sense for the Raspberry 5 to replace it.


I just noticed on rpilocator that there are a couple US sellers who have RPi4-1GB boards in stock for $35. I might have to try and snag one since my Kodi device has been acting up lately.


You can buy beelink small form factor pcs from Amazon for around $150 with cases and power supplies included.


This is what I ended up doing last year and it’s been great.


But…he said that it’s not as cheap as it used to be and too power hungry and you propose an 150$ PC?


I’m agreeing with them. By the time you buy the Pi 5, and all the add-ons you need, it’s going to rival these SFF systems with full x86 Intel chips with efficiency cores.


Well, yes if you need “all the add-ons”.


Case, cooler, power supply, storage at minimum, dongle/adapters probably too.


I meant IF you need all the add-ons, otherwise the price gap is huge

somedaysoon, (edited )

It isn’t, you can get SFF PCs for as little as $75 on eBay that have Quicksync CPUs and will run circles around a RPi, especially if you have to do any transcoding. They are also really power efficient… 7-20W idles.

SBCs really should no longer be considered for selfhosting unless you are A) in an extremely power constrained environment like an off-grid RV or vanlife situation or B) clustering


You’re right, if there’s no need of GPIO. For example I’m using a Fujitsu Futro S720 that I’ve bought for about 30/40€ and it consumes about 4W idle and 10/15W maximum (I don’t really remember). My point of view is like yours: those boards are not good for self hosting, are good for IoT, digital signage and…mmm…I don’t know what else.


I’ve used pine64 boards for this. They have a few more options and are always available.

RegalPotoo, avatar

The project goal has never been a ‘cheap small computer you can run your hobby electronics project on’. The whole point of the project is to build a small cheap PC to give away to school children to increase computer literacy, while making it attractive enough for normal people to buy to fund the charity side

MeanEYE, avatar

So the current benefit is: it’s small? At which point run tablets. :)


Tablets don’t have gpios tho

umbrella, avatar

and are annoying/impossible to use a more server oriented OS on


Never got over social-media-a**hole-gate.

Out of curiosity is there an equivalent SBC to this new 5 model out there?


What’s the social media asshole gate thing you’re talking about? Any links? I’m curious…

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