ARM SBCs. The choice is not that simple.

Considering an ARM based SBC (Single Board Computer)? If so, and before you part with your money, I suggest that you view Christopher Barnatt’s excellent Explaining Computers

Explaining Computers
Explaining Computers

website or his YouTube Channel where EC compares the Raspberry Pi 3, The ASUS Tinker Board and the Odroid XU4. The screeshots below are from EC’s Youtube video comparing the three boards.

Three SBCs
Three SBCs

EC comes up with some surprises. Yes, with an 8 core CPU, the Odroid XU4 performs best under the Sysbench tests, but in real life usage, the maturity of the Pi3 software and the better implementation of Linux on the Tinker Board will make you ponder your choice very carefully.

Sysbench
Sysbench

Of course, it does depend what you want the SBC for. If it is for desktop applications or multi-media then, surprisingly, the XU4 does not perform as expected. As always in life, your decision will not be a simple one.