The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ has arrived, bringing with it some welcome improvements, such as a faster processor and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities. This ebook explores the board’s new features, measures its performance against earlier models, and includes an interview with Pi co-creator Eben Upton, who shares his thoughts on the product’s evolution and plans for the future.
From the ebook:
The Raspberry Pi is the little computer that could.
Selling for just $35, the UK-made machine has become something of a phenomenon, selling close to 18 million boards since the first Pi was released in 2012.
Now, with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, we’re seeing most powerful Pi yet. The B+ takes the 2016 Pi 3 Model B and ups the processing power and Wi-Fi speeds, alongside some other minor tweaks—all of which are outlined in detail below.
First impressions of the B+ are great. On launch, using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ with the official Raspbian OS offers a noticeably better experience than using a Raspberry Pi 3 on day one, partly as a result of the B+’s extra power, but also due to improvements to the Raspbian OS in the intervening years.
In testing—listed at the bottom of the review—the boost to processing power was evident across the board—from better performance in benchmarks to the faster data transfer when copying from USB. Another bonus is the board’s co-creator Eben Upton says that the processor should be less likely to throttle its performance under heavy load—thanks to a heatspreader on top of the CPU. For me, the only tests that failed to show off the board’s capabilities measured wired and wireless connectivity—with the B+ not really distinguishing itself from the Raspberry Pi 3 despite its superior specs.