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Single Board Computers
#1
Hello,

Recently I have been interested in buying a ASUS Tinker Board as it is superior to the Raspberry Pi from what I have heard. After researching, I also came across another single board computer called the Odroid XU4. They're both roughly the same price.

Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of the tinker board in comparison the Odroid XU4. This would really help me decide which board to buy.
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#2
It depends on your use case.
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#3
Pros Odroid:
Samsung made
$61.00 is a very good price.
Usb 3.0
emmc memory removable
Power Connection uses barrel not microSD connector
I read some where that it dual boots, which nice.
Huge Ubuntu supported community
User Manual very nicely done.
https://magazine.odroid.com/wp-content/u...manual.pdf
https://magazine.odroid.com/odroid-xu4

Cons Asus:
power supply uses microSD connection, which may give some problems to certain users.
Only Usb 2.0
emmc not removable
No dual boot.  But you can easily change microsSD chips.


Looks like a nice little computer system.
I'm still researching it.  So far haven't seen anything negative yet.
For me asus is doing everything I want to do.  Odroid would be fun to play around with though.

Oh no, not good. Video issues with many video devices.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68BDV-rU2uE
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#4
> Samsung made

Main chip yes, while board come from Hardkernel

>Usb 3.0

Just a note that everything goes via this USB

>Power Connection uses barrel

That is the main advantage but you need to use (stock) cca. 4A PSU otherwise it won't boot.

>Huge Ubuntu supported community

Ubuntu does not support any of those boards. 

Cons Asus:
> power supply uses microSD connection, which may give some problems to certain users.

microSD microUSB way of powering is the most problematic one https://forum.armbian.com/topic/4767-pow...-micro-usb
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#5
No onboard wifi/bluetooth.  Not good.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PX_Oy-lSix8

You would have to buy the emmc/wifi/bluetooth and use up half of your usb or use a usb port extender.
I don't use wifi/bluetooth so $61 is still a good deal. This is why it costs less.

The fan is noisy. Not good.
Maybe not be a good one to buy after watching this. We know full well how display problems can be. Stay with the tinkerboad.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68BDV-rU2uE
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#6
There is no fan at XU4Q and it works just fine. happy 19
Armbian. Lightweight Debian Stretch or Ubuntu Bionic for Tinker Board.
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#7
I desperately tried (trying) to sell my TB. It has been a blind mistake to purchase it.
I believe BeagleBone is rather preferable.
Light blue words might be a link. Have you try to click on them? Big Grin
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#8
(01-01-2019, 05:00 AM)Im4Tinker Wrote: I desperately tried (trying) to sell my TB. It has been a blind mistake to purchase it.
I believe BeagleBone is rather preferable.

That is very shocking!  Why beaglebone? It's 1Ghz? LOL
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#9
(01-01-2019, 06:28 AM)Jay Smith Wrote: Why beaglebone?  It's 1Ghz?
My main purpose doesn't need much crunching calculation, nor high video performances. I started with SBC because I'd expect to set up a small home automation.
Flexibility is the keyword, therefore should pick up any distro. I was challenged to buy a RPi, but as many here saw the TB performance more intriguing. But I found that experiences gathered by RPi staff are giving better chances, rather than TB. Just to mention that any of my web search for answers, are using raspberry keyword.
Light blue words might be a link. Have you try to click on them? Big Grin
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#10
So to summarise everyone's opinion, I should go for the Odroid XU4? LOL
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