EEVblog #883 – Orange Pi One vs Raspberry Pi 2

Dave takes a look at the Orange Pi One $10 single board 4 ARM Cortex A7 processor computer and compares it to the Raspberry Pi 2.
Coving the install of the ARMbian flavour of Debian.
Beware the security bug!
And what is the power/watt efficiency between the two?

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  1. Christian Adams (Morlac)

    Hey Dave,
    what about the version of linux-kernel you get in the downloadable images? How recent is it?
    And maybe more important: what about updates for the installed kernel?
    The last time I tried with an Arch-Linux image a while ago it was not possible to update the kernel .. there I think is major advantage on the Pi-Side with it’s mostly mainlined kernel ..

    Best Regards

  2. Keith Wyse, Scottish Borders

    Hey Dave;
    I’ll see your RPi2 and OPi1 and raise you 4 Odroid C2 SBC. $40 each but worth it!
    That’s 64-bit 2GHz ARM Cortex A53 quad cores. With 2 GB memory, and GB ethernet.
    Schmokin’ !!
    They’ve just been delivered, so I haven’t plugged them in yet, but will let you know how I get on.

  3. Yes, bang for buck, there are faster and better boards than the RPi.

    But software support in general is lousy – Allwinner is not known for their recent software or even software updates. (Given in general these boards come out every month, what you found is probably the ONLY recent software release for it – ever.)

    Also, the GPU of the Allwinner is not open-source at all – it’s NDA’d. Broadcom has opened the driver and specifications of their VideoCore IV used on the RPi.

    In general, if you’re building a server that you will never update, the other boards are great. If you want to run something long term with the latest software, the RPi has way better software support and will have future software support.

    Oh, and the Allwinner Linux kernel I believe is actually OLDER than the Android kernel release – go figure. The phones running Allwinner processors will have a more recent kernel than these boards – Allwinner has not provided anything more recent for their Linux distribution (see software updates above).

    That’s really why people stick with RPi – the software support is there, even though it’s not as powerful

    Edit: Heat is an issue with quad-cores. I’m surprised the thermal throttler is not active to keep it cool – it’s running close to its thermal maximum and should be throttling itself to a lower clock speed in order to keep itself from overheating. In general, I’ve seen you can keep 2 cores at 100%, and the other 2 at 50% utilization and keep it just under overheating…

  4. I am happy to see more micro controllers and single board PCs covered. Props!


  5. Why did you compare it the old RPi 2, when the RPi 3 is out and costs the same price as the 2, hmmm strange that innit?

  6. Hi,

    I think it needs the 5V DC jack because you can’t suck 2A out of a usb port.


    PS: 1.2 Pronouncing Debian

    The official pronunciation of Debian is ‘deb ee n’. The name comes from the
    names of the creator of Debian, Ian Murdock, and his wife, Debra.

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