When it comes to news about single board computers, the Raspberry Pi tends to hog the headlines. Regular Liliputing readers know there are loads of capable alternatives out there, but how do you keep them all straight?


An exhaustive listing would be a good place to start — one that runs down, say, six dozen or so of the most popular Raspberry Pi competitors. Maybe even this one that was compiled by the SBC fanatics at Hackerboards.com. It lists 81 boards in all, including the Raspberry Pi 2, the $14 Pi Zero, and the Raspberry Pi 3.

But let’s not get sidetracked — the Hackerboards list is loaded with other options. Some of them you’ve read about right here, like the $9 Chip, and assortment of Odroid boards, and Intel’s Arduino-compatible Galileo. Others you (and we) may not have, so it’s great to see them all laid out in one convenient table for our perusal.

Once you’re done checking out the list, feel free to offer up your opinion on which SBCs you think are the best. To give you a little extra incentive to vote, Hackerboards is giving away four of the boards on their list, so head on over and cast your ballot!

The only thing better than finding a full-featured, inexpensive dev board to power your next project is having someone give you one for free, after all!

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18 replies on “70+ Raspberry Pi alternatives in one convenient list”

  1. I was looking for a board that could be used as a Ceph OSD node. SATA port + gigE + ideally 1GB of RAM per 1TB of disk (so 8GB… yeah that’s the sticking point). Best I can do is 2GB :/

    1. Have you found something? Looking for board for the same task 😉

      1. In the end I went with a cheap x86 server, but not before trying the bananapi (original, A20 based) and the Orange Pi Plus 2E with some eSATA adapters. Turns out recent versions of Ceph dropped support for 32bit ARM and also getting modern kernels on these things can be tricky but is getting better.

        I thought this might be suitable: https://www.kickstarter.com/pr

        Though by the time I discovered that I’d already ordered my server. As cheap as ARM is I’ve got 12 bays for £95 with x86 and it’s hard to beat £8 per 3.5″ HDD bay.

          1. Sure, it’s this from BargainHardware: https://www.bargainhardware.co….

            Spec it with one CPU and 16GB of RAM to get £95. The PSU’s 80plus gold rated from seasonic, the chassis’s easy to work with, my one issue is the RAID card’s a bit of a pain to use and can’t read more than 2TB on any one drive (so my 3TB doesn’t have the full space recognised). Thing is a more recent RAID card costs more than the entire server combined 😛

  2. I’d really like a good x86 powered Pi board. There is the UP board that runs on a Z8350, but I want to run Linux, and I refuse to do it on an Atom (yes the UEFI issue is behind us, but Linux is not stable on Atoms).

    I’d love a Pentium N3xxx SOC on a Pi-sized board, with a daughter-board to add M.2 optionally.

    1. Same here. Super bonus would be SATA and a case for a 2.5″ HDD.

    2. Just curious whats stability issues with linux on atom? I ran A D525 for two years then a DN2800MT for another two serving as a mindlna, samba, ssh, nzbget, and GPSd server, and never had one issue other then being atom slow.

      1. The latest version of the Linux kernel has some big bugs with Bay Trail, and Cherry Trail Atoms. Lots of people are reporting complete system freezes.

  3. Snickerdoodle is one board I didn’t knew about, it seems nice and solid for industrial grade applications (Rasberry is nice to develop, not so nice in a factory floor) but, for industrial usage, I’m very impressed by PixiePro. 802.11ac is a big plus on an already dense 2,4ghz industry floor, plus UHS-I SD readers: will it boot a Qt kiosk under 5 secs? That would be awesome.

    1. I copied and pasted it into a google sheet. Shazam – extendable, sortable, etc.

      1. If you don’t min, would you please share the location of that google sheet?

        1. Ah, realized you can highlight the table, right click and select export selection as -> excel and paste it into a spread sheet nice and neat. It’s weird that they would go through all the trouble of putting this table together then post it only as a pdf lol.

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