Raspberry Pi 3 photos: A closer look at the new board

Faster CPU

One of the major changes from the Raspberry Pi 3's predecessor - the Raspberry Pi 2 - is the move to upgrade the core Broadcom chip.

The Pi 3 sees the board move to a 1.2GHz quad-core 64-bit ARM cortex A53 CPU. Not only is the CPU faster than the Pi 2's 900MHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU, but it is based on an architecture that can do more in each processor cycle. A 400MHz VideoCore IV multimedia processor handles the Pi 3's graphics.

The new CPU core in the Raspberry Pi 3 performs 50-60 percent faster in 32-bit mode compared to the Raspberry Pi 2 and roughly ten times better than the original single-core Raspberry Pi in a multi-threaded CPU benchmark like SysBench. Compared to the original Pi, real world applications will see a performance increase of between 2.5x - for single-threaded applications - and more than 20x - for NEON-enabled video codecs.

Image: The Raspberry Pi Foundation

By Nick Heath

Nick Heath is chief reporter for TechRepublic. He writes about the technology that IT decision makers need to know about, and the latest happenings in the European tech scene.