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    Latest Orange Pi Board Feature Comparison

    Latest Orange Pi Board Feature Comparison

    Orange Pi recently release 3 new boards that target different markets. We made a comparison table to highlight the differences of the new models so you can choose the right board for your needs.

    The first board is the Orange Pi Lite and it is like a Orange Pi One with WiFi instead of Ethernet. Like the Orange Pi One, this board is smaller than the typical Raspberry Pi boards but still packed with features. It includes onboard IR and microphone making it ideal of wireless installations.

    The second board is the Orange Pi PC Plus. It is derived from the Orange Pi PC and adds onboard WiFi and 8GB of eMMC. You can flash the eMMC with your software and have a completely ready-to-go solution without the pesky reliability issues of having an SD card.

    The third board is the Orange Pi Plus 2E. After receiving feedback from the community, Orange Pi created this board to allow for full bandwidth USB ports and removed the USB bridged SATA interface. The 2GB of RAM in this model really makes a difference running desktop applications and memory intensive programs.

    We will have all of these models available for sale shortly.

    CPU Performance Review of SBCs

    CPU Performance Review of SBCs

    We previously provided a hardware review of the boards we currently carry and now the numbers are in. Using standard images from our download section, we put all of the boards in a head to head test. Special thanks to Phoronix and Armbian for creating the tools and images that makes this possible.

    We will have software reviews in the next two weeks and some accessories and how to get up and running.


    This is the only benchmark where the ODROID-XU4 does not win with its hefty Out-of-Order A15 cores. The Banana Pi M3 stays relatively close to the ODROID-XU4 in most of the benchmarks. The Raspberry Pi 3 and ODROID-C2 A53 In-Order cores will be more responsive in single threaded scenarios than the Banana Pi M3. Raspberry Pi 3 is handy-capped by Raspbian's ARMv6 instruction set and would perform better using ARMv8 instuction set.

    The ODROID-XU4 and Banana Pi M3 again lead the pack by more than 50%. They do cost more than 2x on average and the performance reflects their price points.

    Audio encoding demonstrates the importance of Out-of-Order cores on single threaded performance. The ability to reschedule instructions vastly improves the throughput in the system. The ODROID-XU4 is alone in this respect among these boards.

    You can find the entire test result set here.

    This concludes the performance review of these boards. We will have GPU and IO performance reviews in a few weeks as well. As a reminder, this is purely for out of the box performance purposes and does not reflect the whole ecosystem surrounding each board. Also, price comes into play as the Orange Pi One is only $10 and demonstrates very competent performance and the most performance per dollar. The Raspberry Pi boards have an ecosystem several times the size of any of the other boards and is invaluable in some respects. We will be going over some of these aspects of the board in future reviews.

    You can purchase all of these boards from this website or our store on Amazon. We thank you for your patronage and we hope to continue to bring you more of the latest products and information.

    The Battle of the Raspberries and the Oranges

    The Battle of the Raspberries and the Oranges

    We put all of the Raspberry Pi boards and Orange Pi boards through their paces to give you an idea of how these single board computers perform. We did not include the Raspberry Pi Zero because it does not belong in this league.

    Raspberry Pi 3 > Orange Pi PC > Orange Pi Plus > Orange Pi One > Raspberry Pi 2

    Please note: Orange Pi is not as user friendly as Raspberry Pi. Do not simply consider performance along when choosing your single board computer. You must also consider your use case, software compatibility, compatible accessories, learning curve, and requirements.

    Special thanks to Phoronix and Armbian for providing the tools that make this comparison possible!

    Raspberry Pi 3, Banana Pi M3, Orange Pi Plus 2, ODROID C2 Spec Comparison

    Raspberry Pi 3, Banana Pi M3, Orange Pi Plus 2, ODROID C2 Spec Comparison

     SBC Comparison ODROID Raspberry Pi Orange Pi Banana Pi

    Not sure of which SBC to buy? We created a comparison chart of many SBC boards on the market.

    This is a best effort comparison and should not be used as a review. Some specs may not be accurate and does not reflect software support. If you notice a mistake, please let us know and we will correct it.

    We will have a software, OS, and performance review after we get back from ELC in San Diego. 

    Orange Pi One, A Better Raspberry Pi Zero

    Orange Pi One, A Better Raspberry Pi Zero

    Orange Pi One in stock! These boards are more than 10 times faster than the Raspberry Pi Zero. It has a regular USB port and full size HDMI port so you don't have to mess with adapters. Optional free heatsink! Barrel plug power supply sold separately!