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Rock Pi 4
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While we all wait for the Raspberry Pi4 which, if it exists won't be announced until Pi Day   (14th March)
A possible contender for best SBC ever, has come up, and almost immediately gone down in my estimations.

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the Rock Pi 4,  visible at  http://rockpi.org/

Looks like a total beast of a machine, a Raspberry config but based on a Rockchip 3399..... that's a beast...

At first glance I was salivating, I'm already falling in love with my T4 and Neo4 from Friendlyarm, and a $39 RK3399 equiped chip with full ports is a bargain. 
But nothing about the company behind the launch of this newcomer inspires me, its touted in the press releases as costing $39 up...nope, after a few days of being unable to find a retail supplier, it turns out the base price is closer to 68euros, excluding postage, or heat sinks that almost certainly will be needed for an RK3399.

So its going to be around twice the price of a 3B+, but  you will get about twice the power in theory, the hexacore RK3999 is extremely fast and smooth to use, and the GPU is also wonderful, though I have fears about the drivers not being fully implemented yet.

In short this is a sexy beast, but it looks like they announced it a couple of weeks too early. The sites are basic , the retail is non existent, and no idea what the final cost is going to be. And who knows how effective performance really is until we see an OS running.

Its locked itself into its own drawer of shame, but I'll check back in a month or so to see if they've got the price, the supply, and most important the software under control
Brian Beuken
Lecturer in Game Programming at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Author of The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's 



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#2
So checking back on progress, there's still no effective way to get hold of one of these unless you are a wholesaler.. retail distribution seems to be locked to a few sellers only stocking a limited range at a high premium. You'll only get this for $39 if you live in China. The OS's is also still at a very early stage and I don't think from reading the forums they have all the GPU drivers in places yet. So for now its still not really ready for us.

It'd be great if I could get a freebie to try out...hint hint??
Brian Beuken
Lecturer in Game Programming at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Author of The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's 



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#3
Ah no I may be wrong...
https://wiki.radxa.com/Rockpi4/Debian

They do seem to have a version of Debian with OpenGLES2.0 on it, at least.....I'm back to salivating again, but still the only supplier I can find in Europe who will ship wants 80euros for it (2GB version) and thats without Heatsink or USBC power unit.. So it breaks my 100euro spend limit.
I really only need the base 1GB no wifi/bt model, but its not just not available.

I hope that the supply situation improves.
Brian Beuken
Lecturer in Game Programming at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Author of The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's 



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#4
and I have to correct my self again....

https://www.reichelt.nl/Computer-met-n-b...d94b17a538

Reichelt in NL do indeed have the 1GB model A's listed, though not all available, at around 55 they have the 1GB B model at 65..hmmmm
Brian Beuken
Lecturer in Game Programming at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Author of The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's 



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#5
Very happy to report one of these babies is on its way to me now, I'd better start writing some proper OpenGLES3.2 demos to try out these new boards and put them through their paces.
Brian Beuken
Lecturer in Game Programming at Breda University of Applied Sciences.
Author of The Fundamentals of C/C++ Game Programming: Using Target-based Development on SBC's 



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