Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ overview

Conclusions

The brand new Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is, as the name suggests, not a Raspberry Pi 4. However, in almost every aspect of an SBC, it offers slightly more than its predecessor – and at an identical price of $35 (excluding tax and shipping).

The RPi3B+ fulfills some of the long-desired wishes of the community. More CPU power, Gigabit Ethernet, 802.11ac, and PoE are only the tip of the iceberg. Like the RPi1B+, the RPi3B+ is an incremental development, not a quantum leap. The VideoCore IV, which is far more deeply hardwired to the BCM283x than the CPU cores, restricts the new Rasp Pi to a RAM limit of 1GB. However, experience with the RPi3B shows that even H.265 videos can run smoothly through hardware acceleration.

Production of the RPi3B+ will continue until at least January 2023, and the Foundation assures the community that the other models will also be continued as long as they see demand.

The Author

Maximilian Batz is CEO of the Rasp Pi Internet Shop Pi3g (http://www.pi3g.com), which specializes in complete, preconfigured Raspberry Pi sets with custom software solutions and matching accessories. His goal is to make the innovative miniature computer accessible to everyone.

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