First 64 bit Raspberry Pi 3 released and here are the complete specs and pricing

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A new version of the Raspberry PI 3 has released and it is amazing. It is 10x the performance of Raspberry Pi 1. Here are the complete specs for new 64-bit credit card size computer.

Fig.01: Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B - 64 Bit ARMv8 with 1G RAM and WiFi
Fig.01: Raspberry Pi 3 – Model B – 64 Bit ARMv8 with 1G RAM and WiFi


The Raspberry Pi 3 Specs

  1. SoC – BCM2837
  2. CPU – 64-bit 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU
  3. RAM – 1GB SDRAM @ 400 MHz
  4. Storage – Micro-SD
  5. Wireless (Wifi) + Bluetooth – Integrated 802.11n wireless LAN and Bluetooth 4.1. The wifi is IEEE 802.11b/g/n, supports both 20 MHz and 40 MHz channels, and a maximum transmit and receive rate of 150 Mbps. It also supports Infrastructure mode, Wi-Fi Direct and soft-AP mode. And the wifi security includes WPA, WPA2 (802.11i), AES/TKIP, IEEE 802.1X and WAPI.
  6. Ethernet – 10/100 Mbps
  7. Video – Yes – VideoCore IV 3D
  8. Audio – Yes
  9. USB 2.0 – 4 ports
  10. GPIO – 40
  11. Power – 2.5 Amps
  12. Operating system support – Linux and Unix or Windows 10 IoT

But it still doesn’t have SATA, USB3 and Gigabit Ethernet

First RPi3 just costs around $35 (see below) and does come with wifi, ethernet, and a 64 bit quad-core CPU. It is fully supported by Linux and mostly by FreeBSD and other Unix-like systems too. There are other options available if you need performance computer. The RPi3 has awesome community support. So it a good deal for what it is.

Raspberry Pi 3 pricing

The biggest update is a 64 bit Quad Core Broadcom BCM2837 CPU for faster operations. The addition of a BCM43143 WiFi chip BUILT-IN to your Raspberry Pi means no more WiFi adapters. You can use Linux or Unix-like system such as FreeBSD on the Raspberry Pi 3. The price for one Raspberry Pi 3 is listed:

  • $35 USD (US)
  • £30.00 (UK)
  • INR 3000 (India)


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.


10 comment

  1. Power is listed as 2.5 Amps. This is not a unit of power. If I knew the voltage at the 2.5 amp draw I could calculate the power. i.e. 12v x 2.5A = 30W

    1. I run this Pi from any USB port off 5V to the micro USB power input. Maybe the 2.5A is an absolute max? The jack plug input needs 7-11V I think to feed a regulator chip.

  2. Having 64 Bit Processor with less than 4 GB Ram is a WASTE!
    This is because, with a 32 bit processor, the maximum RAM address is
    0xFFFFFFFF (Basically it can handle up to four Gigabytes of RAM)
    But, 64 bit can handle 0xFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF (Basically It would take a LONG time to replace!)
    Also, with 64 bit, when you set a variable, the pointer is 64 bits long, so it WASTES a lot of the RAM in the RPi. I highly recommend thet you stick with 32 bit for now.

  3. What is the point of having a 64bit processor when you only have 1GB of RAM? I thought that 64bit processors were only worth having if you had >4GB of RAM…

    1. Definitely hope there are discounts or may be this pricing has been rounded off… Though 35 USD comes to approximately 2388/- and can be rounded off to 2500/- and not 3k!

      1. That’s the price the distributor chose for previous generation Pi also. I think they’ll stick to it. That price is flat, inclusive of taxes.

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