When the Raspberry Pi four launched final June, it delivered a powerful quantity of computing energy for such a tiny bundle. However for those who nonetheless needed extra, Raspberry Pi heard you: Now you should purchase a Pi four with a whopping 8GB of RAM, the identical quantity in a Mac mini that prices greater than 10 occasions as a lot.
In comparison with its predecessor, the Raspberry four already features a quicker processor, 4K assist, and as much as 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM, an enormous soar over the 1GB max reminiscence within the Raspberry Pi three B+ and greater than sufficient for many higher-end DIY initiatives. However with 8GB of RAM, the sky’s the restrict. As Raspberry Pi famous in its press release, “In case you’re an influence consumer, desiring to compile and hyperlink giant items of software program or run heavy server workloads, otherwise you merely need to have the ability to have much more browser tabs open directly, that is undoubtedly the Raspberry Pi for you.”
Together with the additional RAM, Raspberry Pi made some adjustments to the inner design as effectively, shuffling the facility provide elements, eradicating a switch-mode energy provide from the right-hand facet of the board subsequent to the USB 2.zero sockets, and including a brand new switcher subsequent to the USB-C energy connector. The corporate says these minor adjustments precipitated a months-long delay on account of COVID-19 provide disruptions.
To make the most of the additional reminiscence, Raspberry Pi has additionally launched a beta of a 64-bit model of its working system picture constructed in opposition to the Debian arm64 port to permit customers “to map all 8GB into the handle area of a single course of.” Raspberry Pi says it should proceed to assist 32-bit and 64-bit variations of the working system pictures, now referred to as Raspberry Pi OS, which can be basically an identical, with “the identical set of purposes and the identical desktop surroundings.”
Customers can obtain the beta of the brand new OS within the Raspberry Pi forum, although there are a number of identified points, together with no video acceleration in VLC or Chromium. Raspberry Pi OS is simply installable on Pi four and Pi four gadgets.