Raspberry Pi 5 has faster CPU and GPU, up to 8GB RAM

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Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation

Raspberry Foundation, the organization behind the highly popular single board computers, the Raspberry Pi series, has announced the latest update to the model, the Raspberry Pi 5. This is a direct sequel to the Raspberry Pi 4, which was launched back in June 2019.

Raspberry Pi 5 has an upgraded 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor running at 2.4GHz which the company claims provides a 2-3 times performance boost over the Pi 4. The GPU has also been upgraded to an 800MHz VideoCore VII GPU for a “substantial uplift” in performance. The Pi 5 also features an in-house silicon named “Southbridge” contributing to a host of supercharged I/O Peripheral Capabilities.

A close-up photograph of the Raspberry Pi 5 Internals that have been improved by the Southbridge silicon.
Image: Raspberry Pi Foundation
Here is the complete list of specifications:

Processor: Broadcom BCM2712 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU, with cryptography extensions, 512KB per-core L2 caches, and a
2MB shared L3 cache

Features:
  • VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
  • Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output with HDR support
  • 4Kp60 HEVC decoder
  • LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (4GB and 8GB SKUs available at launch)
  • Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®
  • Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • microSD card slot, with support for high-speed SDR104 mode
  • 2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation, 2 × USB 2.0 ports
  • Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT)
  • 2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
  • PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals (requires separate M.2 HAT or other adapter)
  • 5V/5A DC power via USB-C, with Power Delivery support
  • Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin header
  • Real-time clock (RTC), powered from external battery
  • Power button
Pricing and availability

Compared to its predecessor, the Pi 5 has a USD 5 price increase for its base 4GB variant, starting at USD 60 (Approximately INR 4,990). The 8GB variant, on the other hand, costs USD 80 (Approximately INR 6655). The company says that virtually every single aspect of the platform has been upgraded for the latest version.

Alongside the PC, a few accessories have also been launched to complement it. This includes a Case, an Active Cooler, and a 27W USB-C Power Supply. Raspberry Pi Foundation says that the pre-orders for the Raspberry Pi 5 start today and the first shipments are expected to go out by the end of October 2023.

Shipments will be limited to one per person at least until the end of the year, but the company is prioritizing their print magazines subscribers ‘The MagPi’ and ‘HackSpace’ who will get a single-use code to purchase the Raspberry Pi 5. You can pre-order the Raspberry Pi 5 from the authorised retailers in India here.


Author: Stephen A

Stephen is enthusiastic about all things tech. He is interested in learning about anything that uses technology to solve a problem. Besides that, he also appreciates good hardware and/or software design in a product.

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