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Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (4 GB)

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In the next iteration of the Model B line, Raspberry Pi has given us the very powerful Model B 4 with the goal of the credit card sized development platform becoming a full desktop experience. The 4GB DDR4 RAM version of this board has the ability to run two 4k monitors at once via two micro HDMI ports and features the long-asked-for, true Gigabit Ethernet. This creates a much higher-performing multimedia experience with the new Pi! In addition to two USB2 ports, the Raspberry Pi 4 also has two USB 3 ports making data transfers that much quicker over USB.

The Raspberry Pi Model B line is a desktop computer in a package the size of a credit card. All you need to do is plug in a monitor, keyboard, mouse and load the latest Raspbian image onto a MicroSD Card and you have a full desktop computer solution. Projects like Tensorflow, PiHole, Minecraft, and Kodi make it an excellent tool for a multitude of uses.

The RPi4 retains a lot of the features of the RPi3 B+ including the pin-out for the 40 pin header. Wireless is still available on the 4 in the form of dual-band 2.4/5.0 GHz WiFi and Bluetooth 5.0. A new feature on the 4 is the inclusion of a USB Type-C connector for power delivery replacing the Mini-B connector.

The Raspberry Pi 4 does have the ability to consume more power than the Pi 3 B+, so a proper power supply will be needed. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is available with the use of the PoE HAT (see related products). Those looking to use third party power supplies and cables or to run more intensive programs on the Pi; a proper source of power and heat dissipation measures are recommended.

Note: All Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 4GB boards that have shipped after 4/1/2020 are version 1.2.

  • Broadcom BCM2711, quad-core Cortex-A72 (ARM v8) 64-bit SoC @ 1.5GHz
  • 4GB LPDDR4-2400 SDRAM
  • 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz IEEE 802.11b/g/n/ac wireless LAN, Bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • True Gigabit Ethernet
  • 2 × USB 3.0 Ports, 2 x USB 2.0 Ports
  • Fully backwards compatible 40-pin GPIO header
  • 2 × micro HDMI ports supporting up to 4K 60fps video resolution
  • 2-lane MIPI DSI/CSI ports for camera and display
  • 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • Micro SD card slot for loading operating system and data storage
  • Requires 5.1V, 3A power via USB Type C or GPIO
  • PoE (Power over Ethernet) enabled (requires PoE HAT)

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B (4 GB) Product Help and Resources

SparkFun Top pHAT Hookup Guide

April 16, 2020

The pHAT to sit above your other HATs. Does that make it the "king" of the pHATs? This guide will help you get started using the Top pHAT with the Raspberry Pi.

Computer Vision and Projection Mapping in Python

February 6, 2019

Use computer vision to detect faces and project images on top of them.

How to Run a Raspberry Pi Program on Startup

September 18, 2018

In this tutorial, we look at various methods for running a script or program automatically whenever your Raspberry Pi (or other Linux computer) boots up.

Raspberry gPIo

October 29, 2015

How to use either Python or C++ to drive the I/O lines on a Raspberry Pi.

Headless Raspberry Pi Setup

April 23, 2018

Configure a Raspberry Pi without a keyboard, mouse, or monitor.

Raspberry Pi Safe Reboot and Shutdown Button

April 20, 2020

Safely reboot or shutdown your Raspberry Pi to avoid corrupting the microSD card using the built-in general purpose button on the Qwiic pHAT v2.0!

How to Make a Magic Mirror with Raspberry Pi

June 17, 2020

Need a great project for your Raspberry Pi 4 kit? Use it to create a command center to display the weather, clock, your calendar, or even a news feed!

Raspberry Pi SPI and I2C Tutorial

October 29, 2015

Learn how to use serial I2C and SPI buses on your Raspberry Pi using the wiringPi I/O library for C/C++ and spidev/smbus for Python.

Raspberry Pi 4 Kit Hookup Guide

March 14, 2020

Guide for hooking up your Raspberry Pi 4 Model B basic, desktop, or hardware starter kit together.

How to Use Remote Desktop on the Raspberry Pi with VNC

July 9, 2018

Use RealVNC to connect to your Raspberry Pi to control the graphical desktop remotely across the network.

Qwiic Kit for Raspberry Pi Hookup Guide

July 4, 2019

Get started with the CCS811, BME280, VCNL4040, and microOLED via I2C using the Qwiic system and Python on a Raspberry Pi! Take sensor readings from the enviroment and display them on the microOLED, serial terminal, or the cloud with Cayenne!

Setting up a Raspberry Pi 3 as an Access Point

April 23, 2018

This guide will show you how to configure a Raspberry Pi as an access point and connect it to your local Ethernet network to share Internet to other WiFi devices.

SparkFun Auto pHAT Hookup Guide

April 16, 2020

The pHAT to get your projects moving. This guide will help you get started using the Auto pHAT.

Python GUI Guide: Introduction to Tkinter

August 13, 2018

Tkinter is the standard graphical user interface package that comes with Python. This tutorial will show you how to create basic windowed applications as well as complete full-screen dashboard examples complete with live graph updates from matplotlib.

Python Programming Tutorial: Getting Started with the Raspberry Pi

June 27, 2018

This guide will show you how to write programs on your Raspberry Pi using Python to control hardware.

Qwiic pHAT for Raspberry Pi Hookup Guide

May 23, 2019

Get started interfacing your Qwiic enabled boards with your Raspberry Pi. The Qwiic pHAT connects the I2C bus (GND, 3.3V, SDA, and SCL) on your Raspberry Pi to an array of Qwiic connectors.

Core Skill: Programming

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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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Core Skill: Electrical Prototyping

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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Skill Level: Rookie - You may be required to know a bit more about the component, such as orientation, or how to hook it up, in addition to power requirements. You will need to understand polarized components.
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  • I am assuming this is the initial board version and has the non-compliant USB-C implementation such that you should not use an e-marked USB-C cable?

  • Are you going to offer a micro-to-standard-HDMI adapter any time soon? I was hoping to buy the Pi + peripherals all in one go...

    • I believe that we are still working with a supplier to get those cables in. Unfortunately, I do not have an exact timeline for when it might pop up in our catalog.

Customer Reviews

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Sparkfun keeps the fun alive

My new Pi's from Sparkfun are running my whole house automation shockingly well. Home Assistant (HA) is an open-source solution built to run as a docker image, making it easy to get running and keep it up-to-date with the latest features.

The HA solution eliminates the need for ANY external vendor cloud services (Philips Hue, smartthings, xiaomi ...) allowing me to run entirely air-gapped if desired. Sorry to sound like an advertisement/fan-boy but has really been a game-changer for me.

The first Pi is running HassOS, a customized Pi distro of BuildRoot, which is designed and hardened for embedded systems. The packaged installer image called HassIO (HassOS + HA) makes this simple to get running. I started out with just one Pi for the whole system... but started breaking things apart to improve performance and scalability.

A second pi is set up as a docker host to run node-red and mqtt for message routing and triggers. And a third is running grafana and sqlite - offloading the automation servers from the logging and reporting duties. Sure... I could run the whole thing in a NUC, but why bother when Pi's are so cheap?

Custom sensor using 8266 (Thing boards,...) pushing mqtt message makes any custom sensors and actuators easy.

This is getting fun people. Too fun actually...budget your time wisely - once you get started it's hard to stop.

A great little SBC

I bought the 4G version so I could have a better general-purpose computer. It is my only computer and it is working out much better than the rPi 3 I was using because it has more RAM. I have mine in an Adafruit heat sink case (no fans), and it has not frozen up on me yet. I can run 10+ tabs in Chromium now, in addition to other tasks.

Nice SBC / get the complete kit / still looking for a good case.

I got the Pimoroni Aluminum Heatsink Case (PRT-15894) and a set of extension headers that were recommended, just in case. I wanted to connect a 40pin ICD connector to the GPIO header but found two problems: 1) the IDC connector does not fit in the GPIO slot in the case and 2) the extension headers are so long that the connector does not seat on the headers. No big deal (really!) but I feel that: 1) the hole in the heatsink case could have been made to accept an IDC connector and 2) the recommended extension header could have had pins just like the GPIO header, no? Also, I forgot about the new power and monitor connectors, so best to get the kit with all that included. Great computer!

Runs software defined radio software really well

I bought this device to connect to an SDR Play software defined radio. Ultimately my goal is to receive images from the GOES-R series of geostationary weather satellites. There are still a couple of pieces to the puzzle that need to fall into place before I try it but so far it shows a great deal of promise. I am pairing this Pi with an image from W3DJS, found here: https://forums.qrz.com/index.php?threads/w3djs-raspberry-pi-ham-radio-image-v2-0-released.680336/ that has every HAM related piece of software that runs on Linux known to exist. I also bought a heatsink case with cooling fans to keep it thermally happy. One of the first things I tried with this was to tune CubicSDR to a local FM station and had it running overnight. In the morning the music still sounded great and the Pi was barely warmer than ambiant. Both software and hardware worked well.

Powerful, great connectivity

This is a great upgrade from the 3B. Really nice bump in processing power and the number of UARTs (6) is great for connecting peripherals

Faster, Better, Hotter

I'm glad to finally be able to find and purchase the 4GB version of the new Pi4. The Pi4 4GB is definitely faster and more stable than the Pi3B+. I was unsure if it would be noticeable, but it is. It is also more stable. But, it's also way HOTTER! You simply cannot run it without a heat sink or fan. And, the little aluminum cubes with fins are not going to cut it. You either need a much larger heat sink, a fan, integrated fan, or a sink integrated into a metal case. For me, fans are simply not an option because of the environment in which I use the Pi; so I am using lots of bolt-on heat sink solutions. Many are available from SparkFun.

Very pleased.

Using with a HifiBerry DAC+ Pro for my music running Volumio. Noticeable improvement over Bluetooth input. Great out of the box and able to tweak through Volumio plug-ins. It was pretty much plug and play. Using a USB SSD for the music library and streaming Qobuz when I want to explore outside the familiar.

Does need heat management. I tried a heat sink case and on board sinks on the Pi. Without a fan it still gets warm, so I'm running a fan too.

Still messing around with the possibilities but very happy from day one.

Fun computer

I'm using this one to run my 7" touch screen and it's great.