Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by brumgrunt, 13 Jul 2012.
So now I can basically buy my phone motherboard without the phone casing? Is this the future? XD
But can it play Crysis?!
Pay 4 times the price and get something 4 times more powerful.
That is kind of the same throughout the computing world. Where the pi is different is that it was aimed to be cheap and educational. This is aimed at a different market my opinion.
That said it is good to see innovation
are all those usb ports from a hub or are they all dedicated? because beagleboard used a hub for its 4 ports and that was extremely disappointing to me.
If you click through to the product information page there's a chip structure diagram (I don't know if it has a technical name) and it looks like there's a hub providing ethernet and many USB ports.
I'm thinking of buying one of these along with a Motorola Lapdock so I can have essentially a full ARM laptop for £145 ish. Only problems are that this board would have to be taped onto the Lapdock somewhere and to extend battery life it's gonna need a separate power supply. The FAQ does say that the device draws about an Amp under most circumstances but can draw 3 if a lot of USB HDDs are spinning up at once.
More like "pay four times the price and get something conservatively eight times more powerful." Remember, the Pi is a single-core 700MHz ARMv6 chip; the ODROID-X is a quad-core 1.4GHz ARMv7 chip. That means each core is twice as fast, as there are four times as many for 'eight times the performance' (yes, I know these things don't scale linearly.) Add in the newer and more efficient instruction set - which allows the ODROID-X to run Ubuntu, Android and other operating systems that the Pi can't - along with the additional ports and you're potentially looking at a serious upgrade for your cash.
True, but they are different target markets. The pi was aimed at education with "hackers/tinkerers" jumping on them like a plate of hot cakes. The pi is nothing new, it is just cheap and powerful (relatively speaking for what you get)
Whilst this is vastly more powerful it is also more costly. I have a pi sat on my desk, currently doing very little, I don't mind that it isn't getting a lot of love at the minute, I will play with it in time, and learn Linux and python basics and tinker and hack and make some leds flash and have fun with it. If it spent 80 odd quid though I would feel I had to use it all the time.
Don't get me wrong it is impressive and would be a great media client or something like that with its low power consumption and high spec, i just don't see it as any real competition for the pi. Until something comes along at a similar price the pi has a safe place in my opinion.
1. Buy OHYAs for $99 each
2. Take off the box
3. Sell to hacker market for $130
4. $31 profit!
If that thing hits the market at anywhere near that price, I'll eat my hat. It's the Phantom all over again.
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