The Raspberry Pi 5 has arrived, and it’s out to prove something. This latest model is leaving its predecessors in the dust, boasting speeds that are two to three times faster. With options for 4GB or 8GB of RAM currently available, it seems the Raspberry Pi Foundation has big plans in store, as markings on the circuit board hint at potential cheaper versions with 1- and 2GB capacities down the line.
What sets the Raspberry Pi 5 apart is the addition of a new RP1 I/O controller alongside the SoC. This new chip, developed by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, takes charge of various essential functions, such as managing the SD card slot, USB interfaces, MIPI camera and displays, Gigabit Ethernet connection, and GPIOs. However, one quirk to note is that the Raspberry Pi 5 requires a specific 5V voltage supply of 5A to deliver its full 25 watts potential—a detail that power supply units must meet to ensure optimal performance.
In terms of cooling, it’s a hot topic—literally. While the Raspberry Pi 5 can run hot when not housed properly, the system has built-in safeguards that kick in to prevent overheating. That said, using a cooler is advisable, especially if you’re opting for a housed setup. For those seeking expanded I/O performance, connecting an SSD via USB or a soon-to-be-released PCIe HAT is recommended to amp up capabilities.
The performance comparison between the Raspberry Pi 4 and 5 speaks volumes. From disk read speeds to random write operations, the Raspberry Pi 5 consistently outshines its predecessor, showcasing notable improvements across the board. This boost in performance is not only beneficial for everyday users but also caters to more demanding tasks with ease, as verified by the overall rating that edges higher with the Model 5.
Alongside the hardware upgrades, the Raspberry Pi Foundation has revamped its Raspberry Pi OS distribution for the Model 5. Installing the updated OS remains straightforward, with familiar steps to follow using the Raspberry Pi Imager. Once up and running, users can delve into the new Raspberry Pi Configuration program to fine-tune settings and kickstart their Raspberry Pi experience on the right foot.
With the Raspberry Pi 5 and its revamped OS, the Raspberry Pi Foundation is hitting the mark. From smoother desktop experiences with heavy-duty programs like Firefox, Chromium, and VS Code to improved hardware capabilities, the Raspberry Pi 5 is a step up in the game, showcasing the Foundation’s commitment to innovation and user experience.