The Raspberry Pi continues to be the perfect entry-level single-board computer, but what if you need a lot more performance without wanting to move to a larger board? DFI is set to offer just that later this year using an AMD Ryzen chip.
As Liliputing reports, DFI released details of its forthcoming GHF51 computer, which it classes as an “industrial motherboard.” Unlike the Raspberry Pi, which has always run ARM-based chips, the GHF51 uses an x86 AMD Ryzen Embedded R1000 processor complete with Radeon GPU.
The board measures just 84-by-55mm (the Raspberry Pi 4 is 88-by-58mm) but still manages to pack in a two HDMI 1.4 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, and a USB 3.1 Gen 2 Type C port. The spec also lists a mini PCIe slot, allowing for the addition of storage, and up to 8GB of single channel DDR4-3200 RAM can be soldered to the board.
In terms of performance, the 12-watt Ryzen processor will easily out-perform a Raspberry Pi while also unlocking access to a lot more software thanks to it being x86. Windows 10 and your favorite Linux distribution will be supported.
It looks as though the R1000 chip being used has two cores, four threads, and runs at 2.4GHz (max frequency 3.3GHz). The board can also take advantage of the included Radeon Vega graphics with three compute units while outputting at resolutions of up to 4096-by-2160.
The GHF51 is expected to arrive in Q3 this year, and while we don’t know what the price is yet, expect it to cost a lot more than the $35 Raspberry Pi 4.