Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Science | By Eileen Rhodes

Get the Best Raspberry Pi 3 Performance with the Model B+

Get the Best Raspberry Pi 3 Performance with the Model B+

The 3 B+ on the other hand, upgrades to the LAN7515 for Gigabit over USB 2.0 connectivity.

"Today's launch of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ is our response to that success, aimed at perfecting the board for a wide range of applications". There's dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and support for Bluetooth 4.2 and Bluetooth Low Energy.

What is most impressive is that the new Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ will retail for the same price as the old model of just £35.

"Once again, Raspberry Pi continues to evolve, boosting its processing and communications performance", said Lindsley Ruth, chief executive officer at Electrocomponents.

TechRepublic's Nick Heath got his hand on Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ and found out that this model of Raspberry is the fastest among all the Raspberry model available now. "The wireless circuitry is encapsulated under a metal shield", writes Upton.

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The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ still has a full-sized HDMI port, four USB ports, and an audio jack.

Alongside a 200MHz increase in peak CPU clock frequency, the new Raspberry Pi 3B B+ is three times faster when it comes to wired and wireless network throughput.

Around 19 million Raspberry Pi units have been sold over the past six years, with the Raspberry Pi 3 accounting for around half of those. It's certainly a nice aesthetic touch, but has also allowed the board to be FCC certified as a radio module, a move that should reduce future conformance testing costs.

The new computer also gets Power-over-Ethernet support, improved PXE network and USB mass-storage booting, and improved thermal management. The Raspberry Pi Foundation is planning to launch a PoE HAT soon that generates the necessary 5V power from the 48V PoE supply. Since then we've had many challengers to the Raspberry Pi, and it's fair to say on performance the Pi is falling behind.

In short, the upgraded Pi promises more speed and power. While the 3 Model B+ doesn't represent a drastic change over its predecessor, it does make some improvements where they count most.

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