Asus recently launched the Tinker Board, a mini PC similar to the Raspberry Pi.

These types of devices are popular among DIY enthusiasts due to their ability to interface with electronics via general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins.

This makes them suitable for anything from robotics to homemade gadgets.

The Tinker Board features a similar layout to the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, with four USB 2.0 ports and an array of GPIO pins.

The Asus board boasts more power than the Raspberry Pi 3, thanks to its faster processor and 2GB of RAM.

While both devices use a micro-USB power input, the Tinker Board uses more power than the Raspberry Pi – with a maximum power consumption of 5W compared to the Raspberry Pi 3’s maximum of 4W.

The specifications and performance of the Asus Tinker Board and Raspberry Pi 3 Model B are detailed below.

Specifications and Performance

Specifications Asus Tinker Board Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
Processor Cortex-A17 Quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A53 Quad-core 1.2GHz
Connectivity Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Gigabit LAN Wi-Fi 802.11n, Bluetooth 4.1, 10/100Mbit/s Ethernet
USB 4x USB 2.0 4x USB 2.0
Audio 1x 3.5mm jack 1x 3.5mm jack
Display 1x HDMI supports 4K 1x HDMI supports Full HD
Storage MicroSD card slot MicroSD card slot
Internal Headers 1x 40-pin header 1x 40-pin header
Price £55 R629

Tinker Board CPU Memory

Tinker Board Storage

Pricing and Availability

The Tinker Board is priced at £55 and is currently not available in South Africa.

The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is priced at R629 and is available from a number of local retailers, including dedicated stores such as PiShop or PiFactory.

The more expensive Asus Tinker Board provides DIY enthusiasts with a powerful SoC and has several advantages over the Raspberry Pi, including 4K support.

The mini computer could be a useful product for hackers requiring a more powerful device.

Asus Tinker Board

Raspberry Pi 3 Model B 1