Gigabyte’s new Raspberry Pi rival is powered by a Apollo Lake CPU
Gigabyte is releasing its own single-board computer, like the Raspberry Pi. The new single-board computer stands out from the competition because it is based on the x86 chip rather than the ARM processor as in most other products. The heart of the Gigabyte GA-SBCAP3350 is the passively cooled soldered-in dual-core Intel Celeron N3350 clocked at 1.1 GHz and 2.4 GHz in Turbo. There’s a single-channel DDRL SO-DIMM slot that supports up to 8GB of DDR3L-1333/1600/1866 RAM (the maximum that the Celeron N3350 chip can handle). There are also two mini PCIe slots – first compatible with Wi-Fi network adapters and the other with mSATA SSDs.
The GA-SBCAP3350 is slightly larger than the Raspberry Pi 3; the former measures in at 146 x 102 mm, while the latter is 85 x 56 mm). The board outputs at 4K 30Hz via HDMI. In addition, there are two standard SATA 6 Gb / s sockets, as well as connectors for USB ports. There is also a place for the fan connector, which is not a standard in this type of product. There are two further USB 3.0 ports, HDMI and D-Sub video outputs, and RJ-45 jacks on the back panel. Gigabyte claims that its product is mainly intended for use in point of sale, but there’s no reason why this won’t make a great versatile board for the DIY tinkerer or as a small PC.
At the time of writing this article there’s no confirmed launch date or price for the GA-SBCAP3350 yet. But it would be interesting to see how Gigabyte sets the pricing for GA-SBCAP3350 when compared to the other Raspberry Pi alikes out there.