About two weeks after its debut, the first benchmarks of the Raspberry Pi 3 model B+ arrived, the update of the famous dev board that guarantees a performance boost and a network connectivity much higher than its predecessor.
Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, which has a price of $35, is equipped with a 1.4 GHz Broadcom BCM2837B0 SoC, a chip that ensuring better performance thanks to the increase in the clock frequency (Pi 3 was stopped at 1.2 GHz), promises better efficiency and thermal management.
The first Raspberry P3 Model B+ benchmarks arrive from Phoronix and substantially confirm the optimizations announced by the Raspberry Foundation.
It starts with the Broadcom quad-core SoC temperatures, improved under load; the chart below shows a comparison with Raspberry Pi 3 and the same Model B3+ tested with an aftermarket heatsink.
In terms of network connectivity, Model B+ improvements are the most substantial; the introduction of Bluetooth 4.2, WiFi AC and Gigabit Ethernet for sure bring the device to another level, not only compared to previous versions, but also to competitors.
As far as the processor is concerned, the clock increase of 200 MHz makes everything feel and is appreciated in several of the benchmarks performed (link is here)
In conclusion, Raspberry Pi 3 model B+ is presented with a substantial upgrade compared to its predecessor, among other things, competitive with more expensive products such as ODROID-C2 ($46). For more details on the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ kit, you can head to the Amazon store.