Well, it’s been almost a year since we last talked about the raspberry pi 4. We hoped to see an 8GB variant in the market and finally, we got it. So what’s new on the Raspberry Pi 8GB variant?
Hardware-wise, nothings changed on the Raspberry Pi 8GB model other than the upgraded RAM. No performance boosts or changes here. It’s just your Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM. There is a slight change in its component layout, especially in its power distribution circuit, and this allows for the pi being able to handle a little bit more current. This is good news, as this means we should be able to add HDDs directly powered by the USB ports on the Pi. Good news for those of us who want to use the PI as a NAS or media server.
Double the RAM means double the fun for those of us running multiple programs from the pi. You get to cram more in and get more out from your Pi.
A new Pi, A new OS
With the introduction of the new Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB of RAM, we also have a new OS to go along with it. Well…not a new OS…but well sort of new.
The Raspbian OS we are all so familiar with when we first get our hands a Pi, now comes with a new face and ton of new features. Of course, I am talking about the new Raspberry Pi OS, which you can download from the official website here.
The new Raspberry Pi OS itself has a few new features and improvements like having built-in access to the MagPi store. So you can directly access the free online Raspberry Pi magazines without having to search the web, (Which I think is pretty cool)
Should you buy the new Raspberry Pi?
To answer that question, it depends on what you will be using it for. If you are going to be using the pi to make a game emulator on, or similar applications, you don’t really need to buy the new Pi. you can easily get away with the cheaper 4GB model. Besides the new Pi is pricey, probably the most expensive Raspberry Pi variant yet.
So unless you really need to get your hands on the newer and better Pi, you don’t have to buy it. I’d say you could handle most Pi based applications easily on the 4GB version. Then again. it’s really up to you.
It’s still fascinating to know that the Raspberry Pi is growing better every time, I cant wait to hear about the new applications and projects the DIY community has to offer with this new addition to the line-up.