The Raspberry Pi 5 has been announced! Four years after the 4, it benefits from a significant improvement in its performance, as well as some welcome new features.
Since its launch in 2012, the Raspberry Pi has remained the benchmark in the world of hacking thanks to a card including all the essential components of a PC, sold at a rock-bottom price: $35 excluding tax.
Four years after the announcement of the Raspberry Pi 4, its successor, the Raspberry Pi 5, was revealed. He once again asserts himself as a “ all-in-one computer » with performances 2 to 3 times higher than those of the previous generation. Behind this substantial increase in performance, we find an SoC (System on Chip) designed in-house with Broadcom which aims to offer the best possible performance.
Changes in detail
The Raspberry Pi 5 is equipped witha 64-bit quad-core Broadcom BCM2712 ARM Cortex-A76 SoC that runs at a speed of 2.4 GHz, and a VideoCore VII GPU at 800 MHz. These features allow a notable improvement in graphics performance, with support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2 technologies. Additionally, this mini PC offers dual 4K60 display output via HDMI and supports a wider range of cameras thanks to its new image signal processor.
The small PCB has also optimized its USB 3.0 connections, which, although theoretically having the same 5 Gbps speed as the previous generation, work faster thanks to a dedicated Southbridge chip. This optimization more than doubles overall USB bandwidth. Additionally, the Raspberry Pi 5 introduces four-way 1.5Gbps MIPI transceivers, tripling the total bandwidth and supporting a combination of dual cameras or displays.
Regarding storage, the performance of the SD slot has been greatly improved, with double the maximum performance compared to the previous generation thanks to support for SDR104 high-speed mode. Additionally, a single-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface is now available, providing support for high-bandwidth devices.
Prices and versions
The Raspberry Pi 5 will be available in two flavors, with a choice of 4GB or 8GB LPDDR4X-4267 RAM. To fully exploit the capabilities of this new platform, users will need to install the latest version of the Raspberry Pi operating system, named Bookworm, which will be launched in mid-October. Raspberry Pi OS is the recommended operating system, but you can install whatever you want, including Android, Windows 11 ARM, and many GNU/Linux distributions.
In terms of connectivity, the Raspberry Pi 5 does not support Wi-Fi 6, thus limiting itself to Wi-Fi 5 (dual-band 802.11ac). On the other hand, it is equipped witha Real Time Clock (RTC)a first for the range, powered by an external battery.
For those interested, the Raspberry Pi 5 is already available for pre-order, with an official release planned for the end of October. The 4 GB model will be priced at $60 (approximately 57 euros excluding VAT), while the 8 GB version will be sold for 80 dollars (approximately 76 euros excluding VAT).
- Broadcom BCM2712 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU, with cryptography extensions, 512KB per-core L2 caches and a 2MB shared L3 cache
- VideoCore VII GPU, supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
- Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output with HDR support
- 4Kp60 HEVC decoder
- LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (4GB and 8GB SKUs available at launch)
- Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi®
- Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
- microSD card slot, with support for high-speed SDR104 mode
- 2 × USB 3.0 ports, supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation
- 2 × USB 2.0 ports
- Gigabit Ethernet, with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT)
- 2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
- PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals (requires separate M.2 HAT or other adapter)
- 5V/5A DC power via USB-C, with Power Delivery support
- Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin header
- Real-time clock (RTC), powered from external battery
- Power button