ASUS has also joined the Raspberry Pi alternatives with its own SBC (Single Board Computer). And it does so with its ASUS Tinker Board model, a board with higher performance, and somewhat more expensive, than the Pi. Something that could be interesting for those makers who are looking for higher performance for their DIY projects and can’t find it on the Raspi.
However, it also has many similarities with the Raspberry Pi, as the ASUS Tinker Board is also an SBC for assembling your mini PC with which to have a complete computer at a great price and a small size…
ASUS is one of the most prestigious brands of motherboards. ASUSTek Computer is a Taiwanese firm based in Taipei that has become a reference in the hardware industry. It stands out for its innovation and quality.
All this can also be noticed in its ASUS Tinker Board, since ASUS speciality is precisely motherboards. Therefore, if the alternative SBC boards do not convince you too much in terms of reliability, with ASUS you can find a great guarantee and security.
That it is one of the world’s leading motherboard suppliers and one of the best rated in the industry is no coincidence…
Is the ASUS Tinker Board worth it?
To answer that question you first have to analyze its technical characteristics. Then they can be compared with the current Raspberry Pi boards to find out if it is really worth paying a little more or not.
Both the Raspi and the Tinkerboard are similar in many aspects, like the HDMI, or the microUSB for power. It also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack, and 40 GPIO pins. Even ASUS’ own design and format of the SBC seems to mimic the Raspberry Pi.
In the table below you can see a comparison of the details of a Raspberry Pi 3 and an ASUS Tinker Board:
|Junta de Tinker de ASUS||Raspberry Pi 3|
|SoC||Rockchip RK3288-C QuadCore 1.8 Ghz||Broadcom BCM2837 QuadCore 1.2 Ghz|
|Puntuación de benchmark||3925||2092|
|RAM||2 GB||1 GB|
|Display||HDMI 4K (código H.264)||HDMI HD|
|NIC||1 Gb LAN||100 Mb LAN|
|WiFi||802.11 b/g/n Antena intercambiable||802.11 b/g/n|
|Bluetooth||4.0 + EDR||4.1 LE|
|Operating Systems||Linux, etc.||Windows IoT, Linux, etc.|
By the way, there are two models of ASUS Tinker Board. One is the base model and the other is the S model. With the S model you have a little more performance, since it uses DDR3 RAM instead of the LDDR3 memory of the base. Also, it uses another version of the SoC with a slightly more powerful GPU, since it uses the Mali T764 instead of the T760. However, it has less eMMC memory integrated, only 16GB versus 64GB. Otherwise it is identical…
As you can see, the ASUS Tinker Board can outperform the Raspberry Pi in many ways. It especially excels in its performance, which is almost double that of the Raspberry Pi and that is quite considerable. However, you will have to pay more than double for the ASUS than for the Pi.
In addition, you can now afford the Raspberry Pi 4, which outperforms the 3 compared to the previous table. Therefore, the difference in performance dissipates even more… Even the Pi 4 is considerably cheaper than the Tinker Board models.
Add to that the great community behind the Raspberry Pi and the amount of projects, add-ons and tutorials you have at your fingertips. Something that for the ASUS is not like that.
That said, in the market you have several alternatives to choose from:
- ASUS Tinker Board
- ASUS Tinkerboard complete kit: heatsink, case, adapter.
- Raspberry Pi 3 Model B
- Raspberry Pi 4 Model B
The decision of which one to buy is yours, depending on your needs…