Raspberry Pi 5 - 8GB

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Notice: The Raspberry Pi 5 - 8GB has begun shipping!
SparkFun is proud to be an approved Raspberry Pi Reseller. Being an approved reseller means that we will be receiving stock of this popular new board as soon as the Raspberry Pi Foundation can build them. Orders will be fulfilled and shipped on a first-come, first-served basis, in the order they are received.

The next iteration of the Raspberry Pi single board computer featuring a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 processor running at 2.4GHz, Raspberry Pi 5 delivers a 2–3× increase in CPU performance relative to Raspberry Pi 4. Alongside a substantial uplift in graphics performance from an 800MHz VideoCore VII GPU; dual 4Kp60 display output over HDMI; and state-of-the-art camera support from a rearchitected Raspberry Pi Image Signal Processor, it provides a smooth desktop experience for consumers, and opens the door to new applications for industrial customers.

For the first time, this is a full-size Raspberry Pi computer using silicon built in-house at Raspberry Pi. The RP1 “southbridge” provides the bulk of the I/O capabilities for Raspberry Pi 5, and delivers a step change in peripheral performance and functionality. Aggregate USB bandwidth is more than doubled, yielding faster transfer speeds to external UAS drives and other high-speed peripherals; the dedicated two-lane 1Gbps MIPI camera and display interfaces present on earlier models have been replaced by a pair of four-lane 1.5Gbps MIPI transceivers, tripling total bandwidth, and supporting any combination of up to two cameras or displays; peak SD card performance is doubled, through support for the SDR104 high-speed mode; and for the first time the platform exposes a single-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface, providing support for high-bandwidth peripherals.

This module features 8GB of LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM.

  • Processor:

    • 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU
    • cryptography extensions
    • 512KB per-core L2 caches
    • 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 - 8GB
    • 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

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  • Member #1765383 / about 4 months ago / 7

    Hi! Just letting everyone know in the shipping department that we are all extremely grateful for the work you are all doing. Thanks and have a wonderful day!

  • D_C / about 3 months ago / 3

    In case anyone is wondering, they actively removed a bad review too. And several comments on this thread. They just don't care.

    • Hello D_C!

      If a comment breaks our Comment Guidelines, it will be removed from the site. Most hidden comments and reviews are in violation of our first two rules, Be nice to people and Don't Spam. This can include repeating or similar comments, posting on pages unrelated to the comment, or reviewing a product based on factors not involved in the product itself (shipping issues, delays, etc. are good examples). We will not be removing comments from pages that meet the comment's subject matter, are civil, and follow our Comment Guidelines.

      Hopefully, this clears up some confusion on the matter!

  • Member #1852933 / about 3 months ago / 2

    Really strange there's no stock and no updates to orders from over 2 months ago, when other retailers show multiple stock coming in since launch and immediate availability.

    • Hello 1852933!

      Simply put, we were not giving updates on Raspberry Pi 5 orders because we did not have much information to share and we have a very small Customer Service team that has been inundated with questions about the Raspberry Pi 5 and their order statuses. Just this week, we have begun to receive shipments from the Pi Foundation to fulfill a chunk of backorders for the Pi5 boards and our Pi5 kits.

      Starting next week and again in January and as we advance, you can expect Monthly Updates from us in the first week of each month. As a reseller of Pi boards, we cannot guarantee exact quantity numbers or ship dates, and some months, we may not have much to report on at all, but these emails will contain that information.

      Unfortunately, we cannot speak on how other retailers are receiving stock before us as we simply do not know the inner workings of their organizations.

      Hopefully, this clears up some confusion on the matter!

      • Member #1853657 / about 3 months ago / 2

        How long before we can expect all preorders to be fulfilled (rough estimate based on the volume you've received so far)? "Monthly Updates" doesn't inspire faith that people will be getting their orders anytime soon.

        A suggestion would be to let people know where in the queue they are and how many orders have been fulfilled so far. This will help people know if they want to remain waiting in a long line or if they need to look elsewhere for what they need. You've already collected money for goods that you have yet to deliver. You are ethically obligated to keep your customers updated, and the overwhelming silence on the status of things is unacceptable. Perhaps you took too many orders on, and are worried about refunding customers when they find out it might be years before their orders are fulfilled. In which case, maybe you shouldn't accept payments for things you can't deliver on? It's bad business, and many of us will be unlikely to purchase from SparkFun after this experience.

        I fully understand if it is impossible to give an exact date of when Pi 5s might go out. What I think is an acceptable compromise is to simple let people know how far in line they are, and how many have been shipped out thus far. This will allow customers to make informed decisions about their purchase, and will do a lot to gain some good will from those of us who are annoyed at how things have been handled so far.

      • D_C / about 3 months ago / 2

        Must we go through this again sir? Or will you continue or be uncivil?

      • Scurge / about 2 months ago / 1

        What wver happened to the monthly updates?

        • You should see it in your inbox now! If it didn't arrive correctly, we've updated our RPi5 Shipping Update Page with the same information.

          It will be safe to expect future updates near the end of the month now that we are receiving regular shipments from Raspberry Pi rather than the expected beginning of the month.

  • Member #1855395 / about 3 months ago / 2

    It would be great if we could get an occasional email update on preorders, maybe with a rough ship date based on order number range. Other vendors are doing this, so I know it’s possible to do. I expect more out of Spark Fun than just “don’t contact us about your Pi5 order status”

    • Scurge / about 3 months ago / 2

      Agreed. Some sort of updates would be nice, especially since i could have gotten one from Sparkfuns competition twice now...

      • Hello Scurge!

        Simply put, we were not giving updates on Raspberry Pi 5 orders because we did not have much information to share and we have a very small Customer Service team that has been inundated with questions about the Raspberry Pi 5 and their order statuses. Just this week, we have begun to receive shipments from the Pi Foundation to fulfill a chunk of backorders for the Pi5 boards and our Pi5 kits.

        Starting next week and again in January and as we advance, you can expect Monthly Updates from us in the first week of each month. As a reseller of Pi boards, we cannot guarantee exact quantity numbers or ship dates, and some months, we may not have much to report on at all, but these emails will contain that information.

        Unfortunately, we cannot speak on how other retailers are receiving stock before us as we simply do not know the inner workings of their organizations.

        Hopefully, I could shed a little light on the situation!

  • Member #1855395 / about 2 weeks ago * / 1

    I’m a verified purchaser and finally received my Pi5 I ordered Sep28. Why can’t I leave a review of this product? People need to be aware, and you are only showing cherry-picked favorable reviews to show.

  • Member #1855395 / about 3 months ago / 1

    SparkFun is removing negative reviews and comments not just here, but on YouTube also

    • Hello 1855395!

      If a comment breaks our Comment Guidelines, it will be removed from the site. Most hidden comments and reviews are in violation of our first two rules, Be nice to people and Don't Spam. This can include repeat or similar comments, posting on pages unrelated to the comment, or reviewing a product based on factors that are not involved in the product itself (shipping issues, delays, etc. are good examples). We will not be removing comments from pages that meet the comment's subject matter, are civil, and follow our Comment Guidelines. And yes, this all goes for YouTube, as well.

      However, we have a Forum if you want to discuss this issue further with your peers.

      Hopefully, this clears up some confusion on the matter!

      • Member #1855395 / about 3 months ago / 1

        Just ship me my pre-order from launch day and we can go out separate ways. I want nothing more to do with SparkFun after this transaction.

Customer Reviews

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No idea

I have no clue how good this product is since you sent it by FedEx and it will take over a month before it is delivered. If at all.

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Rasbperry Pi 5 is a powerhouse

I swapped my RPi 4 out for the 5. This one isn't even breaking a sweat. My last one had trouble with a few processes. Very happy with my purchase!

Great performance, but beware the micro HDMI ports!

Overall the device is a great upgrade from any of the prior Pi models.

However, be aware that using a micro HDMI to HDMI adapter will put enough stress on the port to cause damage. HDMI port 2 on mine failed after four days of using an adapter, so I would highly recommend using a cable like the official one, as it takes a lot of the stress off the port due to how it's designed.

It's the Pi we've come to love, but faster

I've been playing with the Pi 5 running Ubuntu for a while as a desktop PC. I have several times forgotten I wasn't running on an actual computer. The main issues have just been many packages not being available for ARM. It has handled 50+ Firefox tabs no problem, and the only place I have lagged it so far was when using KiCad with a large schematic. Most of my usage was before I put on a passive heat sink (an old one from a 486 I think), and I haven't noticed a difference (other than the temperature numbers being more comfortable) since, so I'd recommend something even for light usage. I haven't gotten my official Pi heat sink so I can't comment on that.

Fastest Pi Yet, but some flaws

This Pi 5 is very fast especially if you add a NVMe card via the PCIe bus. This is getting up there with speeds of many low end PC's with a lot less power. However, two draw backs. First is you will need either the active cooler or a good heatsink. The Pi Active Cooler is a good choice here. The other problem is it requires the new Linux release of Bookworm (Linux Kernel 6 with Wayland) The Linux community did a good job getting many of the standard programs set up in Bookworm, but you might find some applications do not work with this release.

FYI

I cannot get the Raspberry Pi 5 to boot off of USB 3 and use Logitech unifying dongle for keyboard and mouse. The results are the USB 3 boot Drive is super slow in the keyboard is glitching. If I boot off the SD card and use the unifying keyboard it works fine or if I don't use the unifying keyboard and boot off the USB 3 it works fine or if I boot off the USB to and use the unifying dongle I think it works I can't remember I'm not sure. Other than that it seems super awesome. And this may just be a user for all I know!

The best little SBC gets better

Took a long time to get it after preorder within 24 hours of announcement, but this SBC is worth it, very good execution and improvements across the board, be sure to get the official power supply to avoid under volt issues with regular USB-C psi. Also the active cooler works well to keep the unit from throttling with auto fan ramp based on usage.

RPI 5

This is the fastest Raspberry Pi that i own. It will replace all the old PC's that i'm using in my workshop for 3D printing and hobby use. I will use also for machine learning development.

great little board

Kind of bummed with only one PCI Lane, but it's better than nothing. At this point the board needs more than one USBC port

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this may give low end x86 boxes a run for their money...

After using it for a few days, I'm impressed. I have mine running on a SSD but so far, it's doing well for a tiny PC. Can stream video while browsing social media on two monitors.

I won't need the big desktop as much anymore. :)

Way better than RPi4!

I have several other RPi units, but the workload I had on my RPi4 was just getting too much for it. I swapped in a new RPi5 (8GB, official power adapter, and active cooler), and all my problems went away. Everything is smooth and responsive, with plenty of performance to spare.

It's powerful, but the software needs work.

I quite like the Pi5. Especially the power button, and dedicated fan plug. I'm excited for HATs that take advantage of the PCI connector. That said, the RPI OS image for it is lacking. It barely plays YouTube, you can't set resolution scaling, and some of the setup is a little clunky. This is pretty common when new SBcs come out, and I know it will get fixed as drivers mature, which is why I still gave it a 5 star rating.

For the average user, or people expecting a decent desktop experience I'd recommend waiting a while before grabbing one. For anyone experienced with Linux/SBCs it's no more annoying than when the RPI4 first launched.