Asus have recently launched a product called the Tinker Board. It's supposedly a pin-compatible (but not software compatible) ARM based single-board computer. Its header layout and dimensions are supposedly identical to those of a Raspberry Pi model 3b.
The main benefits over the 3b are double the available RAM and approximately twice the CPU performance.
I'm curious if anybody has tried to use this product with a Pi-Top or a Pi-Top Ceed? We'd expect that some of the software features which are part of the Pi-Top OS would be missing - from what I can tell this only supports an Asus specific port of Rasbian. But would the rest of it work?
If it were possible to boot the device and have sound and display working that might be good enough for quite a lot of use-cases. Perhaps the Pi-top specific software could be side-loaded via Apt (just like we can do with Raspbian).
I wait for the Raspberry pi 4, the tinker board is getting a lot hotter than the Raspberry pi 3 model B.
Currently responding to this on a Pi Top using a Tinkerboard base! So far it works great, but I'm getting some heat. At the moment , using Warzone 2100 as my benchmark, I'm getting about 55 of heat
I bought a tinkerboard recently hoping it would be a good experimentation platform but...in v2 on pitop it seems to need 1 extra mm of space to fit the new (patented) heater on in order to connect to the rest of the platform - it literally need to be bent to fit
I also realized that software support might be a problem
was anyone successful at running pitop OS and connect it into v2? if so how did you do it? I don't want to resort to cutting things off in order to fit the model
are pitop hub drivers working fine on tinkerboard?
Pitop v2 doesn't use HDMI though.
It has an interesting cable I haven't seen before, although it might actually have a more common LVDS inside, I didn't check.
I tried plugging in RPI without pitop OS on it and it wouldn't detect the monitor either
I've succesfully swapped RPi3 to Asus Tinker board in my Pi-top v2.
Yes, tinkerboard is a little bit wider, and connector between pi-hub and GPIO header will not install easilly - but it is still possible! Un-tighten screws on hub and tinkerboard, then insert bridge to hub, but don't press on bridge, don't push it fully in hub's socket for now, and after this - carefully push hub in direction to tinkerboard and carefully press to bridge over GPIO pins. After some iterations, in my case, it works, and bridge slided to GPIO pins. Yes, not fully, there is still some gap (I think, this is because heatsink of bridge is blocked by SOC metal plate), but it works!
Yes, there is no battery indication out of the box, and probably overheating problems - but, I think, it is still good replace - tinkerboard is really faster than rpi3!
Dmitry: is it running TinkerOS? If so how did you modify the drivers to have HUB work?
What about the battery power duration for the Tinker board VS Raspberry pi 3?
Battery must be charged more frequently ?