For a lot of people the Raspberry Pi opened the door to a cheap but quite powerful Single Board Computer (SBC). Its success also revealed that there’s a huge market for these kind of devices. The result (as everybody knows): wherever there’s success, there’re competitors.
Although the new Raspberry PI has almost the same hardware under the hood, I just couldn’t resist to compare it with its predecessor on the test bench.
As expected, the outcome of the tests doesn’t show a performance difference between the old and the new version…. but although there is no difference in performance, power consumption is another story. During benchmarking, the Pi’s were connected to a bench top power supply to monitor their power consumption. This is the result.
I just benchmarked another board: the Cubietruck. It’s one of my favourite boards because you can easily hook up an SSD to it. To see if that makes any difference in performance, I ran all test with and without an SSD attached. Here are the results:
Currently, the standard Banane Pi Lubuntu image doesn’t come with a ssh server installed. Lacking this package it is impossible to boot your Banana pi out of the box in headless mode. I took the latest Lunbuntu image (version 3.0), did a quick updated and installed some extra packages to allow you to boot up without a screen or keyboard attached, as an extra I added an new user with sudo privileges. Enjoy…