ASUS Tinker Board to Compete Against Raspberry Pi 3

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ASUS Tinker Board

Motherboard giant ASUS is taking aim directly against Raspberry PI 3 for dominance in the DIY computing market with their newly announced Tinker Board. Equipped with a Rockchip RK3288 System-on-chip running at 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM, ASUS claims a superior performance over the Raspberry PI 3 Model B which utilizes a Broadcoam BCM2837 1.2GHz SoC paired with 1GB of system RAM. Head-to-head, ASUS claims a Geekbench score of 3925 vs 2092 which is almost twice as fast. ASUS also beefed up all other onboard hardware in comparison to the Raspberry PI 3 including Gigabit NIC vs 100M LAN as well as HD audio support for 192KHz/24-bit sample rate vs 48KHz/16-bit. Like Raspeberry PI, it also officially supports Debian Linux and adds KODI support.


The ASUS Tinker board measures 8.5cm x 5.6cm with a 40-pin GPIO header and similar layout to a Raspberry PI.  There are four USB 2.0 ports, a 3.5mm audio jack connection and an HDMI 2.0 port supporting 4K displays. In terms of pricing, it is currently available for £55.00 with VAT included. In comparison, a Raspberry PI 3 Model B can be had for £33.98 with VAT. That is not a bad value considering the performance, but ultimately the DIY market is not like a gaming or desktop PC so brute force will not necessarily guarantee success and adoption. The ASUS Tinker Board will be launched in North America soon on January 30, 2017.

ASUS Tinker Board


  • Quad core 1.8GHz ARM Cortex-A17 CPU
  • 2GB Dual channel LPDDR3 memory
  • Gigabit LAN and Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR connectivity
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • 4x USB 2.0 ports
  • 40-pin Internal header with 28 GPIO pins
  • Contact points for PWM and S/PDIF signals
  • 1x 3.5mm Audio jack connection
  • CSI port for camera connection
  • DSI port supporting HD resolution
  • 1x HDMI 2.0 port to support 4K resolution
  • Micro SD port supports UHS-I
  • Supports Debian OS with KODI
  • Power supply: 5V/ 2A Micro USB (not included)


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