Pine64 Rockpro64 Announced: RockPro64 Specs, Release, and More

While the Raspberry Pi might rank as the most well-known single-board computer (SBC), loads of Raspberry Pi competitors exist. Notably, the Odroid XU4 is a worthy Raspberry Pi alternative. From Pine64 comes the RockPro64. It’s a brawny SBC which packs a performance punch and stellar specs. Learn more about the Pine64 RockPro64 specs, release, and more!

Pine64 RockPro64 Specs

The RockPro64 boasts a superb spec sheet. At its core, there’s a Rockchip RK3399 Hexa-core dual ARM Cortex A72 and quad-core ARM Cortex A53 64-bit processor. Plus, there’s a MALI T-860 quad-core GPU. It’s available with either 2GB or 4GB of DDR4, and there’s a PCIe x4 slot.

As for connectivity, you’ll find a USB 4.0 type C host, one USB 3.0 type A host, and two USB 2.0 ports. There’s Gigabit Ethernet and a PI-2 GPIO bus. For outputting video, there’s an HDMI 2.0.

Pine64 RockPro64 Specs:

  • Rockchip RK3399 Hexa-Core (dual ARM Cortex A72 and quad ARM Cortex A53) 64-Bit Processor and MALI T-860 Quad-Core GPU
  • 2GB or 4GB RAM
  • PI-2 GPIO bus
  • HDMI 2.0
  • PCIe x4

Pine64 RockPro64 Release

The ultra-powerful single-board computer is slated for a June 2018 release. It’s available on sites such as Ameridroid for pre-order. What sets this SBC apart is its incredible affordability and aggressive pricing. The RockPro64 price starts at $60 for the 2GB variant. Upgrading to the 4GB iteration merely slides the cost to $80. That’s super reasonable for a single-board computer this powerful. Yet, it’s still in the early stages of development, so Pine64 RockPro64 release adopters should be developers and hardcore tinkerers rather than beginners.

RockPro64 Price:M

  • $60 for 2GB model
  • $80 for 4GB model

While the Pine64 RockPro64 might not be the first SBC featuring an RK3399 SoC, it’s easily the most competitively priced, with many boards retailing for $200 or more. Therefore, the Pine64 RockPro64 is a top choice as a single-board computer and potential Raspberry Pi killer.

Your turn: Which SBCs are you using, and will you be adopting the RockPro64?

Moe Long

Moe Long is an editor, writer, and tech buff with a particular appreciation for Linux, Raspberry Pis, and retro gaming. When he's not hammering away at his keyboard, he enjoys running, reading, watching cinema, and listening to vinyl. You can read his writings on film and pop culture at and check out his thoughts on movies on the Celluloid Fiends podcast.

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