Top 5 Single Board Computers 2017

Comments: 412

  • tham john
    tham john 2 days ago

    I made several projects with pi3 and zero and i confirm the stability and the be honest I do not know the others .

  • braian polariz
    braian polariz 3 days ago

    Can you please do a video on how to program a raspberry pi 3 perfecly? For example what to install to it for it to run perfectly...

  • Fábio Sosnoski
    Fábio Sosnoski 9 days ago +1

    I will build an AIO emulator with a Panda in the future. Maybe it can run anything up to Dreamcast/Gamecube at 720p. Intel Sticks have the same CPU it seems...

  • Tao Wang
    Tao Wang 10 days ago +2

    Would you please make reviews on Marvell Espressobin and Firefly RK339? Thanks!

  • Siskin's Bits and Bobs
    Siskin's Bits and Bobs 11 days ago +1

    I've been using a Pi Zero (not W) and I'm really taken with it. It has such a tiny footprint, for a powerful bit of kit. I plan to buy a Zero W, when I get round to it, because I think it will just make me find another use for a Raspberry.

  • I make cringy Minecraft Let's Plays

    Can you hook up a SATA dvd drive to the Banana Pro?

  • The Saucy Goblin Shark
    The Saucy Goblin Shark 16 days ago +1

    I agree

  • Dilawar Sumra
    Dilawar Sumra 17 days ago

    df robot is very crazy & mad...very expensive

  • Michael Kiddle
    Michael Kiddle 22 days ago

    I wonder what single board computers will be like twenty years from now

  • Regimantas Baublys
    Regimantas Baublys 25 days ago

    Orange pi zero looks beter than raspberry pi zero with quadcore allwinner h2 cpu wifi ethernet 512ram. Priced at 12eu including shiping :)

  • Maxime Bernard
    Maxime Bernard 28 days ago +1

    Take a look to the UDOO X86 Ultra
    And the UP Squared Pentium Quad Core

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  27 days ago

      I will be looking at an UDOO X86 Advanced in a couple of weeks time.

  • Wendyn70
    Wendyn70 29 days ago

    what about orange pi?

  • StealthyMonk
    StealthyMonk Month ago +1

    Thanks for the video Chris. Thumbed up.

  • Kenneth Tan
    Kenneth Tan Month ago

    As too me you are the perfect chap to ask this question: why are there no soc boards sporting a sata AND Usb3 port?
    I really would like to build a small portable system to back-up my memory cards on the go. USB 2 is way too slow for my purpose.

    • Kenneth Tan
      Kenneth Tan Month ago

      Thanx, looking forward to that review. Privcewise on the edge of what I want to spend for this option.
      No specs found on Power consumtion, because it needs to be battery powered.

      Any chance you can find an answer to the question why there are so few USB3 + Sata boards out there with SOC chips?

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      I've just been sent out an UDOO X86 Advanced Plus for review (probably coming up here in a video on 20th August, or maybe the 13th). Anyway, this has three full-size USB 3.0 ports, and a standard SATA port, and an M.2 slot for an SSD. So some serious SoC power!

  • Bradley Mathie
    Bradley Mathie Month ago

    Has dropped the ball, snubbed the hobbyist and chased the green.
    Very badly run group, Shame as the chip was great while it was available.

  • Gary Stinten
    Gary Stinten Month ago

    regarding gaming emulation, would clustering 2 of these together help in terms of performance and stability regarding ps2 as i'm looking for a board that is comfortable enough to emulate ps2 games


    Thanks for answering.

  • Curtis Newton
    Curtis Newton Month ago

    th pi zero has not been available for 2 years so FUCK IT

  • Curtis Newton
    Curtis Newton Month ago

    a NAS with only one drive ? come on

  • Are Jayem
    Are Jayem Month ago

    Looking to buy a few SBCs, I viewed this video. "Ah, the RasPi Zero W looks good." I visited and found a large, colorful graphic that says more about a progressive Liberal, fashionable socio-political ideology than just promoting their SBC products. I was unaware (until now) that it was so critically important for organizations to fawn so embarrassingly towards a particular segment of society.

    I entirely agree with our host's rating of RasPi items in #2 and #1 ranking. And I'm utterly disgusted with the Raspberry Pi Foundation's chosen promotion of a select mind-set. Not everybody holds the same opinions / attitudes as RPF. IMO, some RPF bigwig with hard-Left notions made it clear their website should gush with being pro-diverse, inclusive, egalitarian, and all the associated indoctrination claptrap.

  • rwprime1
    rwprime1 Month ago

    Around three minutes into the video, you mention running a 2 1/2 inch SATA drive off of this board - Do know for a fact if you can run a 2 1/2 SATA SSD with one of those SATA (pwr/data) connectors to USB that used to come free when you upgraded an HDD to an SSD - I've often wondered if I could hang one off my Pi 3b. I just ordered one of those connector / adapters to have on hand. Also, I just happen to have a powered Anker 4 port USB hub. I wonder if it will work and if I'll need that powered hub in the loop. Appreciate your answers (or anyone's). Off hand, I think it should work and w/o the powered hub. Thanks.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Yes, you can certainly run an SSD off a Pi using one of the USB-to-SATA adapters you mention. I did the very same thing in my BerryBoot video here:

  • Bruce S
    Bruce S Month ago +1

    I generally enjoy your videos, but this one goes a step beyond. I've been considering entering the SBC world, and you've given me the advice I most need to move forward with that. I hope soon to buy one or two of the boards on this list, and see just what I can do with them. Thank you.

    • Bruce S
      Bruce S 22 days ago

      BTW, I now have a Raspberry Pi 3, which arrived yesterday. It didn't take much time or effort to get it set up and running, using a 32GB microSD I got for free and feeding through my KVM switch. I've also finished making those old hard drives Complete Safe, so I have time for the Pi. It amazes me what this can do, for so little money, using so little power, with no moving parts.

    • Bruce S
      Bruce S Month ago

      You're welcome. ISTR you talking in one video about the difficulties involved in securely erasing flash memory, as in SSDs or USB sticks. Am I imagining that, or can you tell me which video that was? I'm going through old drives (have e-shredded five HDs and disassembled three of them), but also have some flash storage devices too small to be worth keeping.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Thanks for your kind feedback. These boards are indeed great to experiment with. Using one very much changes your view of computing.

  • Broken Piston
    Broken Piston Month ago

    hello, i have a lcd screen out of a tablet is there any way to conect it to a any single board computer

  • Jboycs
    Jboycs Month ago

    I've got 2 x pi3's. They work great. They probably all do but there is alot of info out there for Raspberry's. Only thing I don't like is corrupting the SD because I can't be bothered shutting it down properly.

  • hippopothomas1980
    hippopothomas1980 Month ago +1

    do UDOO please

  • Oliver Wood
    Oliver Wood Month ago

    I've just ordered an Rpi3 will be my first SBC and is intended for general light-weight computing activities including web coding in Notepadqq. I may also investigate HQ audio functions with a DAC hat too. SBCs seem to be a very cost effective solution for general computing, surfing and streaming activities?

    • Oliver Wood
      Oliver Wood Month ago

      ExplainingComputers Had the RPi3 for a day now, ordered complete starter package from Pimoroni...very impressed with it, performance is surprisingly good!

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Yes, SBCs are very cost effective for lightweight computing activities, and the Pi 3 running Raspbian Pixel and the Chromium browser is very hard to beat. Enjoy yours! :)

  • Glenn Billings
    Glenn Billings Month ago +1

    Other than the Latte Panda, is there another SBC that runs Windows 10?

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      There are two others that I know of -- the UDOO X86, and the UP Board. I hope to review the former here soon, and to compare it with the LattePanda.

  • Billy Knight
    Billy Knight Month ago +1

    yes you can buy a decent 50 dollar tablet, but in terms of desktop functionilty Android does not compare to raspbian or any other form of Linux,

  • Helper Soumik
    Helper Soumik Month ago

    can i run Windows 7,8 or 10 on raspberry pi 3 please response

    • Helper Soumik
      Helper Soumik Month ago

      ok thank you and your are so cool and reply instantly

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      No, you cannot run Windows on a Raspberry Pi. Well, technically it may be possible via emulation (like I ran Windows 3.1 on a Pi a few years ago: ) But a Pi has an ARM processor, not an x86 processor, so you cannot credibly use it as a Windows machine. Sorry!

  • Jonathan Warner
    Jonathan Warner Month ago +1

    I so wish someone would make a good SBC with two gigabit Ethernet ports on it to turn into the ultimate low powered router.

  • at munshi
    at munshi Month ago

    what about orange pi

  • Jere Forsyth
    Jere Forsyth Month ago +1


  • Michael Hujsak
    Michael Hujsak Month ago

    Any chance you have a spreadsheet with this breakdown?

  • Perry McClusky
    Perry McClusky Month ago +2

    I've recently become interested in single board computers and from my own personal perspective, you have my top most interesting SBCs on your list. Considering its support, I agree that the Raspberry Pi 3 should be #1 on the list also.

  • I am BrotherBob
    I am BrotherBob Month ago

    I wonder if his list will change by dec 31'st 2017.... ????

  • Ash Gupta
    Ash Gupta Month ago

    For me, when it comes to SBCs, the community and support for a product are more important than specs. (Which is why I would also put the Raspberry Pi 3 at the top of my list.)

  • 1sonyzz
    1sonyzz Month ago

    for the price of latte panda enhanced u can buy 10'' windows 10 tablet - linx 1010 which has 32gb built in storage, or more via micro sd xc port, intel atom z3735f quadcore 1.8ghz 2gb of ddr3 ram, intel hd graphics and other features - and it can run games like fallout 3 or half life 2, when i bought mine with detachable keyboard, the price was the same 150 us dollars, you get 2gb less ram, and 32gb less storage than latte panda but you dont need to have keyboard or mouse, or screen, or speakers because its one unit :)

  • Simon K
    Simon K Month ago

    Which one is suggested to be used as an android tv box. ( 2GB RAM / 32 GB )

  • AnalKarl der vierte

    I absolutely agree with the Raspberry Pi 3 being the best out of the batch. I bought one because of your advice and I think it is the best bang for the buck. It protects my Windows PC from all kinds of bad things that can happen to a PC when you browse on the darker parts of the internet since it has no digital connection to it. I have been thinking about an Orange Pi, but these things seem to break after a while or are already shipped with damaged ports.

    • AnalKarl der vierte
      AnalKarl der vierte Month ago

      The best "bang for the buck" as the kids say.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      There is a lot to be said for an approach of "if in doubt, browser -- or experiment -- on a Pi". They are really great for that.

  • Eugenio Negron
    Eugenio Negron Month ago

    does or will the Lattepanda come without windows ?

  • pancudowny
    pancudowny Month ago

    I can't recall if you've done a video on "stick" computers... Perhaps that's what you should next do a Top-5 video about.

  • custume
    custume Month ago

    Is there any single board with 2 or more lan connections ??

    • custume
      custume Month ago

      well thank you so much for the answer, well my idea is to create a dedicated firewall with Linux.
      Right now I have a Pentium 3 with 512mb memory doing firewall, it uses a 20Gb disk and 3 lan cards (because I like a sub Vlan (3º card), so basically im looking to build one but using the less power possible, yes I know I can use a juniper or something similar but why buy if we can make it and even learn something.

      Thank you so much, best regards

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Not that I'm aware of. You would have to go to a mini-ITX board.

  • Killy
    Killy Month ago

    Are any on these capable of running liquid sky? My dream is a high end gaming pc on a single board. I would really appreciate the help.

  • Stefan Gies
    Stefan Gies Month ago

    More baout old computers:

  • rchandraonline
    rchandraonline Month ago +1

    some good choices.

    My only lament so far with my Pi3 is it will not run FlightGear (fgfs, even though it's available in Raspbian). It gets killed due to OOM (guess 1GB isn't enough). I haven't fiddled yet with seeing if enabling more swap would help.

  • Marcos Aranda
    Marcos Aranda Month ago +1

    I prefer the Orange Pi 2E! it's cheaper than the raspberry pi but have 2gb off DDR3 and better cpu and gpu

  • Joshua Wagner
    Joshua Wagner Month ago

    no love for the odroid line, from hardkernel, for shame

  • Diamond mad2604
    Diamond mad2604 Month ago

    yha pi ftw

  • Louisa Pijnacker - Oort

    get a haircut hippie

  • myozone
    myozone Month ago +1

  • Muranaman
    Muranaman Month ago

    I wonder if you want to do the same for 'stick-pcs' ?
    Intel had a stick pc for $100USD-149.
    Android has many $35-$90 stick pcs.

    The difference between this, and a stick pc, is a stick pc is a sort of pc, you plug into a HDMI port of a TV (or PC monitor).
    It doesn't have all the feats, but can be a great alternative to read emails, browse web pages, or play basic games.

    I'd also love to see some overclocking tests and gaming benchmarks done with an IR camera, to prevent chips or capacitors to pop; and see if some of these cheap pcs can be overclocked to run some heavier games?

  • Lucian Andrei
    Lucian Andrei Month ago +1

    lattepanda vs UP Board...i believe UP Board is much better.

  • gilneral
    gilneral Month ago +1

    Always a pleasure to learn with such educated gentleman.

  • Михаил Хлыстунов

    May be, it will be interesting for you: Russian SBC. Cost about 60$.

  • Usdai Wahya
    Usdai Wahya Month ago

    What are your thoughts on he what odroid is offering in their single boards?

  • MattS_RANTZ49
    MattS_RANTZ49 Month ago

    I agree on number 1 SBC Raspberry Pi 3. I did three projects with three boards. My first became a Retro Gaming Console, Second I built a working PI Tablet, and Last and final project Raspberry Pi Super Computer and it works. :)

  • Ma So
    Ma So Month ago +1

    Also odroid c2 and xu4 are great, excelent temperatures and stability, but with OS armbian. And have in standard radiator/cooler!!

  • Asger Vestbjerg
    Asger Vestbjerg Month ago

    YES I agree, Thanks for Sharing

  • Novaspirit Tech
    Novaspirit Tech Month ago

    awesome video!!!

  • Cristiano
    Cristiano Month ago

    What about the UDOO? =)

  • Günther Thomsen
    Günther Thomsen Month ago

    I realize it's a short list, but I miss the TI BeagleBone {black, blue, green}. For real-time control its hard to beat.

  • Günther Thomsen
    Günther Thomsen Month ago

    Er, why do call them 'single board computers'? Clearly there is only a single board, but the same is true for most computers these days (or the last 30 years or so). Show me a laptop or a home computer of yesteryear or any of the all-in-one or 'legacy-free' PCs with more than one board. I've seen them called 'open frame' computers before and IMHO that's more descriptive.

    • Günther Thomsen
      Günther Thomsen Month ago

      Never mind -- descriptive or not, 'single board computer' is a popular, if not even the dominant, label of these machines.

  • Yash Pal Goyal
    Yash Pal Goyal Month ago

    Hello explaining computers!! Waiting for a review of Udoo SCB (single computer or say Makers board) from you restlessly! Do this deserve a space in your top 5-6 SCBs??
    Please update us!!

  • Lee Vuitton
    Lee Vuitton Month ago +1

    Isn't technology amazing? Getting an entire computer on to a tiny little board. I still can't get my head round it!

  • hellterminator
    hellterminator 2 months ago

    No love for Orange Pis?

  • Cacalari Bus
    Cacalari Bus 2 months ago

    3:40 - are you sure the sata port has any speed? Because I think it has not at all.

    • Cacalari Bus
      Cacalari Bus Month ago

      yep, seems to run fine, no problem so far. Miss some kernel features but did yet compile one on myself. ssh -X password: EC hehe ;)

    • ikickss
      ikickss Month ago

      It's connected to an internal USB bridge, so it's no faster than USB 2.0 speed. And this guy is suggesting making a NAS out of it.....

      As far as I know there are no "hobbiest" SBC board that implements SATA properly at this time.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      Enjoy your Tinker Board -- hardware certainly better than the Pi. But the Pi currently wins on software (though TinkerOS 1.8 is pretty good).

    • Cacalari Bus
      Cacalari Bus 2 months ago

      And .. yeah well, I just ordered the tinker board.. for $40 however. When the OS is stable - it's better than the rasp after all because of the hardware capabilities.

  • Cacalari Bus
    Cacalari Bus 2 months ago

    3:40 - are you sure the sata port has any speed? Because I think it has not at all.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  Month ago

      As you inply, it will not be a standard speed SATA port (probably running at USB 2.0 speeds). But it is still handy to be able to connect a SATA drive directly.

  • Ryan Peacock
    Ryan Peacock 2 months ago

    u forgot about a big player sir , the UDOO x 86 boards i got mine yesterday its great!

    DAVID GREGORY KERR 2 months ago

    What about the Gigabyte F2A88 based systems with the FM2+ socket motherboard that can take the AMD A10 series of SOC APU chips and can take up to 128GB of SAMSUNG S2GB DDR3 RAM, I am watching you on a system that is a SOC based system but has a graphics card that is not really needed installed and should not have been installed.

  • James Logan
    James Logan 2 months ago

    I like how you say asus correctly.

  • welde landia
    welde landia 2 months ago

    Just found your channel, great videos. Subscribed

  • Robert pendergast
    Robert pendergast 2 months ago

    Hi, I have a general question:
    Did you decide you liked Mint or Mate better than Raspian Jessie on your RPi 3?

  • PapaEmotive
    PapaEmotive 2 months ago

    can you do a video on lattepanda vs. minnowboard turbot vs. upbaord up. would love to see all three single board computers that i know of that can run windows compared.

  • Paul Turner
    Paul Turner 2 months ago

    Forget #3, I don't think that Intel can be relied on for a long term IoT platform...

  • John Paul Aguilar Rios
    John Paul Aguilar Rios 2 months ago

    i need some help on reprogram acer aspire one because i accidently push F12 now i got lock out by HITACHI

  • eyreland
    eyreland 2 months ago

    For Western Europe, your Top5 list is not terrible ... but is a consensus view never the less. All of these boards do have design and use flaws, and personally I would not prefer any of them.

  • Brian C
    Brian C 2 months ago

    Check out dietpi...for SBC minimal for MANY SBC's out there
    I have been messing with Orange Pi PC and Orange Pi Zero lately...they will run octopi for my 3D printer but the wifi is a bit squiffy...but works (I prefer wired)
    I do however run a TOR relay and a very effective VPN (using openvpn) on my phones into my home network with a RPi B single core 512

  • Mr Saint
    Mr Saint 2 months ago

    what are the uses of thesr?

  • Stefan Gies
    Stefan Gies 2 months ago

    If you want to review some more single-board computer, so please look at

  • pirucreek
    pirucreek 2 months ago

    XU4 I have never used it but in my research that is what I put at #1. Heard C2 is good.

  • FanMae Hu
    FanMae Hu 2 months ago +1


  • e r
    e r 2 months ago +1

    no mention of the ODROID XU4 or C2?!

  • Antonius Kelvin Kurniawan
    Antonius Kelvin Kurniawan 2 months ago +1

    Yeah. I do agree. Raspberry pi is the OG SBC, which sets the standard for the other
    Although, i'm still waiting for someone to make a stable version of android for the raspberry pi 3 😄

  • Michael O'Leary
    Michael O'Leary 2 months ago

    if not 3gig + who care its garbage no gaming
    i used 3gig in early 90s why u not got better ?? all idiots

  • Abdullah Mostafa
    Abdullah Mostafa 2 months ago

    Can you make a video on the new Chip Pro?

  • Golden Grenadier
    Golden Grenadier 2 months ago

    bring out the PowerPC single board computers.

  • Gerold Blossey
    Gerold Blossey 2 months ago

    I agree with your choices. Keep up the good work.

  • Estêvão Bhering
    Estêvão Bhering 2 months ago

    Ever thought about including sponsored links for the products depicted on your videos in the description?

    Your CHIP v Raspberry Pi Zero helped me settling on the Pi Zero for a younger brother's birthday gift. It would be nice knowing you are getting some kickbacks from all the informed purchases being made thanks to you..

  • Kriss Zet89
    Kriss Zet89 2 months ago

    what about Pine64 ??

  • Mark Paul
    Mark Paul 2 months ago

    what about the UP Board? ETA Prime did a head to head with the latte panda and called it the better board mostly because of faster onboard memory and a more traditional bios.

  • cyrixblack
    cyrixblack 2 months ago

    is that your hair or is that a wig?

    do you cut your own hair?

  • Steve Taylor
    Steve Taylor 2 months ago +1

    I thought, maybe the Tinker board would've scored closer to the top of the list, but I've heard (possibly from you?) that Asus isn't really giving that device proper support, and so it doesn't have the community support that other boards have. But yes, this is a very decent list. Thanks for another great video.

  • James Kitching
    James Kitching 2 months ago

    I would replace the Banana Pro with CHIP and at 6th I would put the Nanopi 2 Fire. You should check out nanopi although the support isn't great

  • vincy gamer brakes
    vincy gamer brakes 2 months ago

    well done

  • Ganymede
    Ganymede 2 months ago

    The best computer of all-time is Flopotron.

  • LegionsOfAnon
    LegionsOfAnon 2 months ago

    Really wish these SBC makers would realize these boards are hamstrung with tiny working sets. It seems really goofy to me to tout how powerful the CPU/GPUs are and sticking them with a piddly 1GB of RAM.

    • ExplainingComputers
      ExplainingComputers  2 months ago

      Totally agree. And partly that is why I like the TinkerBoard (2GB) and LattePanda Enhanced (4GB).

  • Qamar Waqar
    Qamar Waqar 2 months ago +1

    thank you for making this video, fantastic video

  • AZOffRoadster
    AZOffRoadster 2 months ago

    On the very low end, I've been playing with an ESP8266 module (NodeMCU) using the Arduino IDE. A lot of functionality for $4 to $8 and a minuscule power budget.

  • goshfather
    goshfather 2 months ago

    Raspberry Pi Woooooooo!!!

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    This serves as a good video to watch while my new SSD is formatting and soon to replace my 11 year old HDD

  • Tom Servo
    Tom Servo 2 months ago

    no odroid-c2 from hardkernel $46 and more powerful than pi 3 (and is gpio pi3 compatible)

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