… for only $49 and with a fantastic hardware.
The segment of the mini PCs continues to grow at a astonishing pace! Currently we can find in the market several small equipment, super powerful, robust and with a level of performance comparable to (and in some cases superior) the desktop. In HTPC-Reviews we have closely watched this segment of mini PCs and have already presented the Raspberry Pi, FXi Cotton Candy, AllWinner A10 MK802, Chromebox and VIA Technologies, MintBox, Mele a1000, Diablotek U310, Cubox, and recently the D2 Plug projects.
Today we will meet the CubieBoard, similar to a Raspberry Pi mini PC, but ensures more performance.
The CubieBoard is one more mini-PC that has as main objective to provide a low cost platform for the realization of various projects, offering a very interesting and powerful hardware.
Although recently the Raspberry Pi Model B have been upgraded from 256 MB to 512 MB of RAM, the CubieBoard takes advantage since it offers 1 GB of RAM (DDR3). At processor level, the Raspberry PI integrates a ARM11 700MHz (reaching up to 1GHz through overclocking), unlike CubieBoard that brings the brand new ARM cortex-A8 1 GHz (native).
- 1Ghz ARM cortex-A8 , NEON, VFPv3, 512KB L2 cache
- Mali400, OpenGL ES GPU
- 1GB DDR3 @480MHz
- HDMI 1080p Output
- 10/100 Ethernet
- 4Gb Nand Flash
- 2 USB Host, 1 micro SD slot, 1 SATA, 1 IR
- 96 extend pin including I2C, SPI, RGB/LVDS, CSI/TS, FM-IN, ADC, CVBS, VGA, SPDIF-OUT, R-TP..
- Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, Arch ARM Linux, Puppy, Android and other Linux distributions
Another advantage of buying a CubieBoard mini PC is the possibility of acquiring one case (for only $4 at aliexpress.com) that protects the components of this mini PC.
As mentioned, the Cubieboard can run the Android platform or our favorite Linux distribution, which means we can turn our TV on an Android TV (via HDMI) or a NAS for example, since this offers a SATA interface and Ethernet.
With these features: Raspberry Pi or CubieBoard?