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posted by martyb on Monday January 10, @02:37PM   Printer-friendly

ROCK5 Model B RK3588 single board computer is up for pre-order for $79 and up

Some will say "finally!" After years of waiting for [the] Rockchip RK3588 processor, ROCKPi Trading Limited/Radxa got some samples for their ROCK5 Model B single board computer and has started to take pre-orders with discounted prices starting at $79 through distributors.

But let's check out the specifications first, with the octa-core Cortex-A76/A55 Pico-ITX SBC shipping with up to 16GB RAM, M.2 NVMe storage, 2.5GbE, optional WiFi 6E, 8K video output via HDMI or USB-C ports, 4K HDMI input, and more.

[...] So how much does the board cost exactly? Those are the standard prices:

  • $129 with 4GB RAM
  • $149 with 8GB RAM
  • $189 with 16GB RAM

This is getting quite close to Intel hardware, but ROCK5 Model B has some features not found in most platforms at that price including HDMI input, MIPI CSI camera interfaces, GPIO header, and 2.5GbE.

But as mentioned in the introduction you can get the board for as low as $79 by pre-ordering the board. To get this price, you'll need to pay a $5 deposit (called R3 code "Radxa ROCK5 Redeem") to reserve the board, and then you'll be able to get a $50 discount on the prices above, meaning $79 for the 4GB version, $99 with 8 GB RAM, and $139 for the model with 16GB RAM. This is only valid for one board, and the R3 code is refundable at any time before shipping if you decide you don't want to[sic] board anymore.

Beware the VAT.

Previously:
Rockchip RK3588 Datasheet Available, SBCs Coming "Soon"
CNX Software: Year 2021 in Review


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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @11:30PM (3 children)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday January 10, @11:30PM (#1211648)

    With ARM it is still important to check the video core, in this case Mali G610MC4 GPU [wikipedia.org]. And with that info, what kind of support exists for Linux or the BSDs? I can see in the Mesa git that Panfrost driver supports Txxx (Midgard) and Gxx (Bifrost), but not clear if also Gxxx (Valhall 3rd gen, some Gxx are Vallhall 1st and 2nd). Random pages mention reverse engineering for Valhall is planned or started. Oh well, cross fingers and patience.

  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Monday January 10, @11:45PM (1 child)

    They switched it to this newer Valhall one, one of the newest Mali GPUs available [anandtech.com], after one of their previous announcements. This led to insane GPU uplift over the RK3399 [cnx-software.com].

    https://www.cnx-software.com/2020/12/01/rockchip-rk3568-processor-to-power-edge-computing-and-nvr-applications/ [cnx-software.com]

    Those who follow RK3588 leaks history may remember the processor was first unveiled with an Arm “Natt” GPU, and in our recent story update, it got an upgrade to an Arm “Odin” GPU. Those are yet to be released Arm Mali “Valhall” GPUs, but a slide in the presentation show Natt is the successor of the mid-range Mali-G52, while “Odin” GPU are parts of the high-performance GPU such as Mali-G72…

    The G610 is above mid-range, a lower core count version of the premium G710:

    At the high-end, the Mali-G710 is a direct successor to the Mali-G78 and is a relatively straightforward generational improvement in terms of what it’s aiming for: the highest possible performance that Arm’s architects can achieve in a Mali GPU. The Mali-G610 is a branding exercise that differentiates the same microarchitecture as the G710 at lower core counts, aiming to aid partners to better differentiate flagship products from the “premium” segment.

    You probably already saw the stories on Phoronix:

    Arm Mali "Valhall" Reverse-Engineering Started [phoronix.com]
    Mesa Begins Trek Bringing Up Arm Mali "Valhall" Graphics [phoronix.com]

    I think you can be cautiously optimistic about this.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @04:33AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday January 11, @04:33AM (#1211707)

    Yeah, I got bit by that once. Wasn't expecting it, coming from non-ARM systems.