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Radxa releases Rock 5C and Rock 5C Lite to take on Raspberry Pi 5

The Rock 5C series starts at under $30. (Image source: Radxa)
The Rock 5C series starts at under $30. (Image source: Radxa)
Radxa is now selling two new single-board computers (SBCs) to rival the Raspberry 5. Available as the Rock 5C and Rock 5C Lite, the pair start at under $30 and $50, respectively, and can be configured with 16 GB of LPDDR4x RAM or 32 GB in the case of the more powerful Rock 5C.

Radxa has refreshed its Rock single-board computer (SBC) series once again, having introduced the Rock 5A Pink Edition earlier this year. Now, the company has presented the Rock 5C, an 85 x 56 mm board that visually resembles the Raspberry Pi 5. According to Radxa's product page, it has equipped the Rock 5C with a Rockchip RK3588S2 chipset that can be paired with 2 GB to 32 GB of LPDDR4x RAM.

Thus, the Rock 5C possesses four ARM Cortex-A76 CPU cores, four Cortex-A55 CPU cores and a Mali-G610 MP4 GPU that can encode and decode up to 8K videos. Please note that while the SoC can decode 8K videos at 60 FPS, it is limited to 30 FPS video encoding at the same resolution. Moreover, the Rockchip RK3588S2 includes an NPU that delivers up to 6 TOPS of theoretical AI performance. On top of that, Radxa has integrated plenty of I/O, which can be seen in the photo below.

(Image source: Radxa)
(Image source: Radxa)

Alternatively, Radxa offers the Rock 5C Lite with a weaker Rockchip RK3582 chipset that loses two Cortex-A76 CPU cores, lacks a GPU and has an NPU that is limited to 5 TOPS. Furthermore, the Rock 5C Lite can only be configured with 1 GB to 16 GB of RAM, albeit still LPDDR4x. Also, it is worth noting that Android support is only available on the Rock 5C; both the Rock 5C and Rock 5C Lite can run Radxa OS and Ubuntu, though. The Radxa 5C series is priced as follows, with shipments beginning April 10:

ROCK 5C Lite

  • 1 GB - $29.90
  • 2 GB - $34.90
  • 4 GB - $44.90
  • 8 GB - $64.90
  • 16 GB - $104.90


  • 2 GB - $49.90
  • 4 GB - $59.90
  • 8 GB - $79.90
  • 16 GB - $119.90
  • 32 GB - $199.90
(Image source: Radxa)
(Image source: Radxa)
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Alex Alderson, 2024-04- 3 (Update: 2024-04- 3)