Raspberry Pi 5: An Impressive Upgrade for the Single-Board Computer – A Review

“The Raspberry Pi has been the king of the maker scene for a decade, but supply chain issues have caused its dominance to wane. Now, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is making a comeback with the Raspberry Pi 5, which is two to three times faster than its predecessors. In this article, we’ll take a look at how the new mini computer has performed in its first two months, as well as its drawbacks. The new Raspberry Pi 5 model, also known as the 5B, looks similar to previous models on the outside. However, it features a new BCM 2712 SoC with four Cortex-A76 cores clocked at 2.4GHz, making it two to three times faster than its predecessors. This increase in performance does come with a cost of higher power consumption and heat issues. Additionally, the 3.5mm audio port has been removed, but a new PCIe connector has been added for future SSD attachment. The camera and mini display connections have also been updated, requiring a new FPC-compatible cable. Other new features include a Real Time Clock, an on/off button, and a new I/O controller called the RP1. The power supply for the Pi 5 requires a 27-watt power supply unit for continuous operation. Despite its power, the Pi 5 is sensitive to power supply, and the official power supply is recommended to avoid crashing. Benchmarks show that the Pi 5 is significantly faster than its predecessor, but it does require additional cooling to prevent overheating. Overall, the Raspberry Pi 5 is a welcome addition to the mini computer lineup, offering improved performance at a cost of higher power consumption and heat issues.”