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Raspberry Pi 4 now comes with an 8 GB option

The Raspberry Pi 4 gets a boost with a new 8 GB model. (Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation).
The Raspberry Pi 4 gets a boost with a new 8 GB model. (Source: Raspberry Pi Foundation).
Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced the immediate availability of a new 8 GB variant of its popular Raspberry Pi 4 SBC. The new board will be its most expensive yet at US$75, but it will help to extend the usefulness and usability of the board in a wide range of applications.

The Raspberry Pi is riding the crest of a popularity wave right now on the back of the COVID-19 crisis. Part of its new-found popularity is because it has found a new audience looking for a cheap home desktop computer solution. However, even though the Raspberry Pi 4 is the most powerful SBC released by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, it has been limited to either just 2 GB or 4 GB RAM configurations.

I’ve been playing with a Pi 4 myself recently and can attest to its incredible versatility and usefulness, however, the 4 GB RAM ceiling does put a little damper on its performance as a desktop replacement running Raspbian. Although functional, multitasking or running multiple browser tabs can find it reaching a bottleneck pretty quickly. The new 8 GB variant of the Raspberry Pi freshly announced and already available for purchase is the solution to these problems.

Not only will users be able to make the ARM-based Raspberry Pi 4 a more than adequate little desktop computer, but it will be able to power even more ambitious DIY projects. The new 8 GB model is also the most expensive Pi to date, but even at US$75 it still offers plenty of 'bang for your buck'. If that is a little out of your reach, the 4 GB model is still serviceable as quick fix desktop for US$55 while the 2 GB variant will set you back just US$35.

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Sanjiv Sathiah, 2020-05-28 (Update: 2021-09-28)