Raspberry Pi 5 officially announced: and it’s a beast! | spcilvly

The wait is over: the Raspberry Pi 5 has been officially presented!

The new model of this successful single board computer has been in the works for a long time. The Raspberry Pi 4 was launched (appropriately) 4 years ago and has sold over 14 million units to date. Awesome!

But now comes a super-sized successor, and what a successor it is!

Official video

The Raspberry Pi 5 is said to be 2 to 3 times faster than the Raspberry Pi 4, offers greatly improved graphics performance, and uses “in-house designed silicon” by the Raspberry Pi company, a first.

Raspberry Pi 5 Specifications


Broadcom BCM2712 ARM Cortex A76 (quad-core 2.4 GHz)


Video core VII @ 800 Mhz
with 4K HEVC decoder




2×Micro HDMI
2×USB 3.0
2×USB 2.0
micro SD
Gigabit Ethernet
USB-C (power)


bluetooth 5.0
PCI-E 2.0 interface
Power button


From £60/$60

Raspberry Pi 5 specifications include a 16-nanometer Broadcom BCM2712, a 64-bit quad-core Arm Cortex-A76 chip running at 2.4 GHz, with cryptography extensions, 512 KB per core L2 caches, and an L3 cache 2 MB shared.

There’s a VideoCore VII GPU with support for OpenGL ES 3.1 and Vulkan 1.2 and a 4K 60fps HEVC decoder; 4 GB or 8 GB of LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (twice the memory bandwidth of the Pi 4).

Gigabit Ethernet is standard, but it also supports PoE+ (via a separate HAT), a great addition. They also have dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 5.0.

The Raspberry Pi 5 has 2 micro HDMI ports, each capable of driving a 4K display at up to 60 fps. There’s also HDR support where/if available, another first.

Other goodies include a revamped Raspberry Pi image signal processor (to offer “next-generation” camera support); faster USB bandwidth and SD card performance; and – at last – a power button on the dashboard itself.

And for those who long to use SSD with their Pi natively, there’s a single-lane PCI Express 2.0 interface. Raspberry Pi will offer adapter boards for “convert between this connector and a subset of the M.2 standard, allowing users to connect NVMe SSDs and other M.2 format accessories.”

The new design of the Raspberry Pi 5 means that new cases will be needed and for best performance a new 25W USB-C power adapter is required. Using a 15W USB-C power adapter will limit USB current down to 600 mA”.

It is also recommended to use a case with active cooling, as the new model is more powerful and can run hotter (plus, cooler = better overall performance).

He Raspberry Pi 5 is available for pre-order starting today from approved resellers and begins shipping at the end of October. The 4GB model is priced at £60/$60 and the 8GB edition at £80/$80, although please note these are RRP/MSRP and third party resellers etc may vary in price.

Check out the Raspberry Pi website for more details on the new model.

We hope that Ubuntu support for the new model is not far behind!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *