Raspberry Pi 4 now comes with an 8 GB option
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.