Comparison Raspberry Pi vs. Cubieboard

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After playing around a lot with my 2 Raspberry Pis and being pretty satisfied with it, today I received my Cubieboard. Specification comparison:

Raspberry Pi Model-B
Developer: Raspberry Pi Foundation
Operating system: Linux
Power: 3.5 W (model B) via Micro-USB
CPU: ARM1176JZF-S (armv6k) @ 700 MHz
SoC: Broadcom BCM2835
GPU: VideoCore IV
RAM: 512 MByte (Model B rev 2)
Storage: SD card slot (SD or MicroSDHC card), USB
Graphics: Broadcom VideoCore IV
Video: Composite, HDMI
Audio: 3.5mm jack, HDMI
Network: 10/100 RJ45
Other: 2x USB
Dimensions: 85,60 x 53,98 x 17 mm
My benchmarks: 273 Whetstones / 1108 Dhrystones (tested with BOINC)
Cubieboard
Manufacturer: CubieTech
Operating system: Android preinstalled, Linux via MicroSDHC or SATA
Power: via Mini-USB or DC
CPU: ARM Cortex-A8 @ 1Ghz
SoC: Allwinner A10
GPU: ARM Mali-400
RAM: DRAM 1GB DDR3 @ 480MHz
Integrated storage: NAND 4GB
Video: HDMI
Audio: 3.5mm jack, HDMI
Network: 10/100 RJ45
Storage: MicroSDHC, SATA (+5v power), USB
Other: Infrared, 2x USB
Dimensions: 10cm x 6cm x 2cm
My benchmarks:  199 Whetstones / 2000 Dhrystones (tested with BOINC)

The advantage of the Pi is that it’s widely being used, so there is much more specialized software for it available, more information on the net, etc.
The advantage of the Cubieboard is clearly its better hardware; I especially like that it comes preinstalled with Android, and you can easily install Linux on a SDHC card or on an attached SATA hard drive – where the SATA slot is another advantage, of course.
If you need to decide – should you be after the faster mini-linux computer, get the Cubieboard. If you’re more after playing around with it and programming, get the Pi :)
BUT: If you’re after max. speed, you have to get the ODroid-X2!

There are other mini computers besides the Pi and Cubieboard, see below for links of all that are worth mentioning:

Pi vs. Cubie

You might also want to check out this site: http://tinyurl.com/sbccomparison – it contains a comparison table of this boards: Arduino, Raspberry Pi, CubieBoard, Gooseberry, APC Rock, OLinuXino, Hackberry A10
Also informative: Wiki articles “List of single-board computers” and “Comparison of single-board computers“.

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5 Responses to Comparison Raspberry Pi vs. Cubieboard

  1. Just gave your blog a plug on my blog. Great stuff! Keep up the good work!

    I reckon the internet needs a dedicated BOINC for ARM community site for consolidating all this BOINC work being done on these new ARM based devices.

    By the way, I suggest you give the ODROID-U2 a crack. I’ve got one and it’s quite the little cruncher. All your existing ARMv7l binaries compiled for the Cubieboard will work straight out on the ODROID-U2 – assuming you’re running some Linux variety.

    • Dunkel85 says:

      Uuuuh, nice! Thanks for the tip!!
      Ordered the X2 :)

      Also thx for the tip with the BoincDEV mailing list, let’s see what their status regarding Android atm is.

  2. Andrew Scheller says:

    There’s also the CuBox http://solid-run.com/ (which I haven’t played with) and the Bifferboard http://bifferos.co.uk/ (which I have played with). The bifferboard hardware looks pretty weak now, but when it was first released (2009) it was one of the first truly low-cost SBCs.

  3. MAB says:

    Thanks for your review. Helped me a lot in choosing between the Cubieboard and the ODroid-X2. I would prefer the ODroid-X2 for its better performance, unfortunately there is no S-ATA port :-/. So I’ll give the Cubieboard a try…

  4. leo says:

    I would like to see a comparision of pcDuino to respberry pi and cubieboard, cuz either of them can support arduino programming, but pcDuino can.

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