|Item model number||Tinker board|
|Item Weight||2.39 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||2.13 x 1 x 3.37 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.13 x 1 x 3.37 inches|
|Computer Memory Type||DDR3 SDRAM|
|Flash Memory Size||2|
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ASUS SBC Tinker board RK3288 SoC 1.8GHz Quad Core CPU, 600MHz Mali-T764 GPU, 2GB
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||2.13 x 1 x 3.37 inches|
|Memory Storage Capacity||2 GB|
|Battery Energy Content||0.63 Watt Hours|
|Memory Slots Available||4|
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- High performance QuadCore ARM SOC 1.8GHz with 2GB of RAM -The Tinker board features the Rockchip RK3288 Soc with Mali - T764 GPU and 2GB of Dual Channel DDR3 memory
- Non shared GBit LAN, Shielded Wi-Fi with upgradable antenna support – Tinker board features a high speed non shared GBit LAN port for improved performance along with integrated shielded Wi-Fi for robust IOT & network connectivity
- Highly compatible PCB & Topology –Leveraging industry standard PCB & topology dimensions along with IO and connection placement, Tinker board offer extensive compatibility with SBC accessories & chassis.
- HD Audio & HD & UHD Video Support – Tinker board supports HD audio 192/24bit audio along with accelerated HD & UHD ( 4K ) video playback support* requires use of Rockchip video player in TinkerOS
- DIY Friendly Design – Tinkerboard features multiple DIY friendly use features including a color coded GPIO header, silkscreen PCB and color coded pull tabs
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The Tinker board is a single board computer designed for SBC hobbyists, makers & IOT enthusiasts. It features a quad core 1.8GHz SoC with 2GB DDR3 RAM, non shared Gbit LAN, Wi-Fi with upgradable IPEX antenna support & color coded GPIO connectivity. The PCB & topology leverages industry standard dimensions allowing for extensive compatibility with a wide range of accessories & chassis.
requires use of media player in TinkerOS
At a Glance
- High performance QuadCore ARM SoC 1.8GHz CPU & 600MHz GPU with 2GB of RAM
- Non shared GBit LAN, Shielded Wi-Fi with upgradable antenna support
- Highly compatible PCB & topology
- HD Audio & HD & UHD video support requires use of media player in TinkerOS
- DIY Friendly Design
Class Leading Performance
Tinker Board features an ARM-based RK3288 SoC and is equipped with 4 cores to enhance multithread application performance. It operates at frequencies of up to 1.8GHz, improving performance across all applications. This increase in CPU core count, along with an increase in processor frequency, helps to enable significantly faster performance in a wide range of applications, extending and enhancing project capabilities. As a result, typical PC tasks are faster and more responsive.
Tinker Board's GPU is based on the Mali-T764 GPU. It offers up 16 cores and a 600MHz clock speed. Tinker Board offers better GPU computing and GPU acceleration performance.
Tinker Board features Gigabit Ethernet, which offers significantly improved throughput versus competitor SBC that are equipped with 10/100 Ethernet.
SD Card Read/Write Speed
Tinker Board features SD 3.0 specification support, allowing for microSD card compatibility and significantly faster performance. Faster SD Card performance makes it a preferred solution for everyday computing or for application installation, file access and backup.
A Debian-based distribution ensures a smooth and functional experience, directly out of the box. Whether it's browsing the web, watching videos, or writing scripts, TinkerOS is a great starting point for your next project or build.
|CPU||Rockchip Quad-Core RK3288 processor|
|Memory||2GB Dual Channel DDR3|
|Graphic||ARM Mali-T764 GPU|
|Storage||Micro SD(TF) card slot|
|LAN||RTL GB LAN|
|Wireless Data Network||802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth V4.0 + EDR|
|Audio||RTL ALC4040 CODEC|
|USB Ports||4 x USB 2.0|
|Accessories||Passive heatsink, User manual|
The Tinker board is a single board computer designed for SBC hobbyists, makers & IOT enthusiasts. It features a quad core 1.8GHz SoC with 2GB RAM, non shared Gbit LAN, Wi-Fi with upgradable ipex antenna support & color coded GPIO connectivity. The PCB & topology leverages industry standard dimensions allowing for extensive compatibility with a wide range of accessories & chassis,
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The Tinkerboard is also capable of running Android, however running Android does not mean that it provides an environment anything like an Android phone, or tablet or TV, what it runs is a simple, very basic Android base with virtually no services you generally associate with Android. The product does not come with Play Services, it is not registered with the Play Store and the greater Android distribution makes no effort to provide the updates necessary to maintain it as a functional Android environment. What this means is applications need to be sideloaded APKs onto it, including Play Services, and updates even minor ones, because they are independent of and not part of the greater Android distribution mechanism are capable and likely to become destructive of the devices integrity. Also there is no support within Android for anything integrated onto the board other than basic functionality: audio, video, network, Bluetooth and basic USB input devices, so here again this board is far less effective at what it is trying to emulate than the real thing, meaning most obsolete phones or tablets, used without cell service are substantially more capable devices, in virtually every respect, than a Tinkerboard for running Android.
Then there is the power issue, the Tinkerboard needs 2.5-3A@5-5.25VDC to boot and these numbers tend to be more towards the higher than the lower. Power is provided to the board via a micro USB connection which does, by design, only have the contact capacity to reliably support 1.8A and provide no more than 5V at the source point and usually less at the device end of a cable due to loss within that cable. So in order to power a Tinkerboard you need to provide current in excess of the rating of the connector provided and voltage at, at a minimum, the maximum allowed by the standard.
The Tinkerboard mimics the layout of the Raspberry Pi to a level unlike any other SBC and because of that can be installed in any enclosure made for a Raspberry Pi, differing only in the diameter of the audio jack which is slightly smaller on the Tinkerboard, this is a very nice aspect of this board. It's faster, has Gigabit Ethernet, the capability for an external antenna, theoretically better Audio and Video capabilities and a faster interface to the SD card, there is good in this board. The distribution, TinkerOS, is awful however and on my particular sample the network WiFi chip had a cold solder joint for the antenna connector so while boxing it up I removed the external antenna I installed and the connector came off the board with the cable, the final straw, since it rendered the board effectively unusable should some aspects of this boards flaws ever be resolved.
In the end, for me at least, the Tinkerboard required to much tinkering and not enough getting it to do anything I wanted it to do. Source was available for older releases at the time, although the download link was later removed, but the version of the kernel that did have source code did not have many basic things on the board working reliably yet, WiFi was unusable, video decoding was not enabled, hi-def audio was not working. The power problem makes the board essentially locked into a specialized power source, the extra features added to the GPIO bus, like CTS/DSR for the UART overlaid over GPIO pins means that many HATs will not work correctly even after you spend the time to dig around to try and find the mapping of these pins which is not the same as a what any procedure for any HAT is expecting them to be. The community for this board is very small and focused on very basic functional debugging so there is little to be gained there if you are trying to do anything more than getting the board to do anything beyond getting what is printed on the box to work. There is no real technical documentation that would be required to figure it out yourself, there is no source code for the kernel to compile additional modules, there is no modules, beyond basic functionality, included in the distribution. For me this board was a complete dead end, what I wanted from it was a board that could run a small TFT display, have gigabit Ethernet as well as WiFi working, powerable from an available USB port, run decent audio and video (over HDMI), and fit in an off the shelf Pi case what I got was a board that if I wanted source code, delivered gigabit Ethernet from my list, fit in a Pi case and nothing else. Instead I went with a Pi3 for this project and got everything, except gigabit Ethernet, on a way better supported platform, way better distribution, way better community resources, way better manufacture network, and can power it from virtually anywhere. I really wanted to love the Tinkerboard, I truly did, and I gave it way more than a casual chance at letting me love it. I got more working in 2 hours on a Pi3 than I was able to get working on a Tinkerboard in 2 weeks. Too much Tinkering required.
My single biggest issue was with Asus's Tinkerboard OS images. Both Android and DebIan images provided by Asus were unstable and performed very poorly. I also gave up on the board after many installed and lots of time spent trying to stabilize the board.
It was not until I discovered the Armbian project that things turned around for me. They now have a stable Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS ARMH7 Desktop Image, and Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS ARMH7 server image. Both work amazing with this board.
For people looking to add and IPEX extender... I had a little trouble figuring out what size connection to buy to fix the IPEX header on the board. Asus really did not make it easy for me to figure it out. After some forum discussions I ordered the following IPEX connector and it worked perfect.
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"2pcs IPEX U.fl/IPEX to RP-SMA Female Pigtail 15cm for Mini PCIe Wifi MHF4 MHFIV (Hirose U.FL 0.81mm) compatiable with 7260NGW Intel WIFI wireless board"
You are going to love having the power of this board, and its fast Gigabit ethernet.
Netflix playback. Every image I have tried including Android, will not do Netflix play back. Browsers and their functionality are limited. WindeVine plugin not available on Chromium. No such luck with Firefox. I had this idea to turn some old dumb monitors into "Smart Steaming TVs".
Check out armbian.com they have images for many SBCs.
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Update: Heating issues solved after adding a small cooling fan over the CPU heatsink. Now Iam using it as a regular PC and running approx 10-12 hours a day without any issue.
I've had the opportunity to use this for a few months now, as I bought it back in January.
I spent about a week researching various SBCs before deciding on which one to buy, and ended up settling on this with a budget of about $200 max.
I purchased the following items for a build:
- ASUS Tinkerboard ($74.99)
- Zebra Fan Top UPGRADE Kit for ASUS Tinker Board ($7.50) <- Also came with a top piece for a Tinkerboard Case
- Smraza Case for Raspberry Pi 3 ($14.99)
- NorthPada Raspberry Pi 3 Model Power Supply 5V 3A ($14)
- SanDisk Ultra 32GB SDHC Class 10 Card ($20)
- StarTech 8' Cat6 Cable ($6)
Everything above was around ~$150 with taxes/shipping. Some stuff shipped at different times, so I had to wait for certain parts, but the important stuff arrived on the same day. I was missing the Cat6 cable and the Tinkerboard fan, but I installed those later, as I had some older network cables in a toolbox.
I mounted the heatsink onto the board, and then opened the Raspberry Pi case so I could assemble the board. I ended up having to modify the case a bit by cutting a few pieces. It still fits, however you can still tell this case is not meant for a Tinkerboard, but it is a cheap and relatively easy solution if you don't want to fork out extra money for the Tinkerboard cases, which at the time of purchase, they were significantly more expensive.
Once I had the board inside the case, I mounted the RPI fan on the top of the case and wired it to the appropriate gpio pins. (Yes, the fan the RPI case came with is compatible with the Tinkerboard and works fine. I'll elaborate on this more further down.)
I grabbed the infamous TinkerOS from ASUS' site and burned it to my SD card using Etcher, and then booted it.
The OS itself is nice, as it runs a modified version of Debian, however since I'm lazy, I decided to look for other OS images, as I wanted something more minimal.
I stumbled across a great unofficial site for Tinkerboards: https://tinkerboarding.co.uk/ , they have various Guides, OS images, and an active community in their forums. Definitely recommend checking that out if you are purchasing this product.
I downloaded a copy of Armbian (based on Ubuntu) that runs on Tinkerboards, and this was exactly what I was looking for, a minimal OS with next to nothing running on it that I can build from the ground up for my development projects.
After waiting all weekend, I got the rest of my parts the following Monday.
To my delight, the Tinkerboard Fan came with a top piece for a Tinkerboard Case that you mount the fan on. It didn't fit with the RPI case as the screw holes didn't align with it, however this was quickly solved with a marker and a drill.
After drilling some holes in the top piece, I mounted the Tinkerboard Fan on, and put the new top piece on the rest of the RPI case, and connected it to the GPIO pins.
To date, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.
Okay, so before I even purchased this SBC, I saw some reviews on YouTube, and other places as well that said this board gets quite hot.
I haven't had it get excessively hot so far.
Generally it idles around 28C, and if I remember correctly, I don't think it went above 35C while compiling a program maxing out all cores for about 10 minutes.
I think as long as you have the heatsink on properly, and a good fan/ventilation, you probably won't experience this issue. Obviously ambient room temperature is going to effect this as well. Temperatures may also effect the board's performance, so keep this in mind when purchasing, as you probably don't want to stick this in a hot room with no ventilation if you intend on making use of the CPU extensively.
It seems to be able to run Android decently fast, although I haven't tried the Android images extensively.
All of the linux distros I've tried run relatively fast given the hardware constraints, and I'm pleased with the level of performance it gives.
If you're looking for a faster alternative to a Raspberry PI, I would highly recommend giving this product a try.