Everyone knows and loves the Raspberry Pi, but what if the wireless capabilities only got better? The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is here to provide you with the same Pi as before, but now with gigabit and PoE capable Ethernet, as well as better overheating protection for the 64-bit processor. The credit-card-sized computer is capable of many of the things your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word processing and playing high-definition video and games. It can run several flavors of Linux (and even Windows 10 free-of-charge) and is being used to teach kids all over the world how to program… Oh yeah, and it does all that for about $40.
The secret sauce that makes this computer so small and powerful is the Broadcom BCM2837, an ARM Cortex-A53 64-bit Quad Core Processor System-on-Chip operating at 1.4GHz. The GPU provides OpenGL ES 2.0, hardware-accelerated OpenVG and 1080p30 H.264 high-profile decode. It is capable of 1Gpixel/s, 1.5Gtexel/s or 24 GFLOPs of general-purpose compute. What does that all mean? It means that if you plug the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ into your HDTV, you could watch Blu-ray quality video, using H.264 at 40MBits/s.
The Raspberry Pi 3 B+ has four built-in USB ports that provide enough connectivity for a mouse, keyboard or anything else that you feel the RPi needs. But if you want to add even more, you can still use a USB hub. Keep in mind, it is recommended that you use a powered hub so as not to overtax the onboard voltage regulator. Powering the Raspberry Pi 3 B+ is easy: just plug any 5V/2.5A USB power supply into the microUSB port. There’s no power button, so the RPi will begin to boot as soon as power is applied. To turn it off, simply shut down the Pi 3 B+, then remove power. The four built-in USB ports can even output up to 1.2A, enabling you to connect more power-hungry USB devices.
On top of all that, the low-level peripherals on the RPi make it great for hardware hacking. The 0.1" spaced 40-pin GPIO header on the RPi gives you access to 27 GPIO, UART, I2C, SPI, as well as 3.3 and 5V sources. Each pin on the GPIO header is identical to its predecessor, the Model 3. If you are planning to run a NOOBS card with the RPi3 B+ make sure that it is up to date with the latest version!
You will need to install a fresh/new Raspbian distribution (posted after 3/13/18) to your SD card. If you want to swap the SD card from your (previous generation) Raspberry Pi directly into the new Raspberry Pi 3B+, according to the Raspberry Pi forum page you will need to upgrade it first, but I have yet to get that working.
sudo apt update sudo apt upgrade
As of March 16th 2018, the RetroPie SD image hasn’t been updated for the new Raspbian distribution that was released for the Raspberry Pi 3B+. You will need to manually install RetroPie on a fresh/new Rasobian Stretch distribution. You will not be able to use the provided RetroPie SD image (from their download page) until it is updated.
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Skill Level: Competent - The toolchain for programming is a bit more complex and will examples may not be explicitly provided for you. You will be required to have a fundamental knowledge of programming and be required to provide your own code. You may need to modify existing libraries or code to work with your specific hardware. Sensor and hardware interfaces will be SPI or I2C.
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If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
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Very nice little machine. The usual super easy set-up and install via Raspbian. Really nice default desktop setup.
Too many tabs open in Chromium browser will cause out of memory (OOM) killer.
Linux+wifi works well. Not all the hardcore tools are supported on the BRCM wifi chipset. But was able to plug in a USB wifi that supported the modes I needed.
Continuing to tinker with it.
I’m using this Pi with great success to replace my home linux server/router/firewall. Pretty easy to setup with the lightweight Raspbian distro, and TP Link USB Gigabit Ethernet adapters work well in addition to the built-in Ethernet port. Very low latency, but I believe it’s performance is limited to around 300 Mbps due to USB 2.0, so this works well for most internet connections but I’d want something else if I got gigabit.
Have finally gotten my hands on a Pi 3+. Board looks like the Pi 3 but with double sided components. It retains the 40 pin GPIO, camera and display connections. I found that it will not boot Raspian stretch, nor Windows 10 IOT. Raspian Noobs works well however. I suspect that Stretch just has not been updated to the new Broadcom processor so it should work in the future. I have not had a chance to work with any of the interfaces but would expect it to be pretty much like its predecessor
As with all of the Pi’s, the B+ works flawlessly.
Once I cleared the download Rasperian and install OS hurdle, the Pi is fantastic. I would highly recommend getting the PI with WiFi built in, just saves a headache of network cables. The OS is pretty slick, I wasn’t expecting a Windows Like visual interface, very impressive.
New dual band WiFi is much nicer, and the performance is much better. Currently running as a server for vehicle performance analysis.
I received the RPi 3 B+ in a timely manner as promised. Your website tells the status of the order, every step of the way. I could even track the shipping by beginning at your button.
I own the Pi 1 B, Pi 3 B, Pi Zero, Pi Zero W, and now this Pi 3 B+. This is easily the most performant Raspberry Pi to date. I haven’t put this through all of its paces, but out of the box it boots right up with a power supply and SD card. I also got a clear case from Sparkfun, which to me is the best Pi case on the market.
I’m a big fan of this for a few reasons. 1: 1.4 GHz processor. There’s many times where I’m running something and I wish there was a little more overhead. Or I notice a little lagging during high processing applications. 2: Built in b/g/n/ac wifi, and 4.2 BLE. DOWNSIDE, bluetooth uses the I2C bus. So if you want to use I2C you have to disable bluetooth or use the alternative pins that comes with a few caveats. 3. Ethernet now “Gigabit” cough 300Mbps. For me this is one device I always like to have an extra laying around. The best use I have found is for my 3D printer. I noticed lagging and problems with the video and g-code processing with Pi3B. The Pi3B+ has shown no issues. The only downside where a beaglebone or arduino still shines is the connectivity with SPI/I2C. Pi has focused more on the micro-computing in recent boards.
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Small, powerful, simple, with unlimited possibilities on its gpio interface.
The Pi 3 b+ itself was without surprises. I already have most of the stuff in the “kit”, but did shop for Pi 3B specific support items. All the Pi stuff is lumped together, and if you try to order the IoT book by itself you are sent to the publisher’s web site, NOT SparkFun’s.
SparkFun has SO MANY shields, adapters, & break-out boards it can take a while to find what you want. If you know hardware in general (I do) you can adapt a GPIO pin (for example) to just about anything. If you want to find direct connect stuff that plugs and connects correctly to specifically the Pi expansion header it can be a challenge to filter out all the other stuff.
How about a (regularly updated) matrix with single board micros along one axis, all the moderately general purpose IO boards along the other, and a small note at the intersection for “Plugs & Plays”, etc.
Without having carried out an exhaustive test the RPi is fulfilling the expectations. Raises a little more temperature than the previous model but without exceeding. One of the RPi is dedicated to streaming video and the other to intensive use. Sorry I can not give you more data.
I configured my Pi to run Octoprint controlling my Lulzbot Taz6 3D printer. Slotted in a 16GB SD card and power supply from Sparkfun. Printed a sick case for it. Had to drill out the mounting holes by a blonde one to get my M3_.50x16 screws to fit. Haven’t tried the wireless ethernet as I’m hardwired. HDMI port works well too. It acceped my keyboards and mice no problem too. I’ll be adding a webcam shortly. Looking at the usage percentages of the hardware I don’t think I have tapped more than a percentage of the Pi’s power.
The new Pi is great. With all the upgrades that have been made it is getting closer and closer to a real computer. I usually use the device headless in an embedded system so, that doesn’t matter to me but it is an excellent piece of hardware with excellent support.