A Faster New Raspberry Pi 3 is Now Available

Sheri Evans
March 14, 2018

For Pi users working with a wired Ethernet connection, this model comes with Power-over-Ethernet which hasn't been supported until now.

The computer is still very affordable, as the Raspberry Pi foundation has kept the price the same as the earlier Pi 3 Model B. The device is available right now from Raspberry Pi Foundation partners, including Amazon. It is not gigabit, but it should peak at 37.5MB/s so is more than enough to handle any 1080P file, and quite possibly the CPU should handle 4K media playback.

Now, with the release of the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+, we're seeing most powerful Pi yet. These include the new processor's improved power integrity, packaging, and heat spreader, and internal clocking and voltage rule tuning.

The Raspberry Pi Foundation on Wednesday announced that it's now selling the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+.

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The Pi Foundation will continue to sell the previous Pi 3 model, the Model B, for $35 as well because certain industrial customers still require it. Processing power will also improve in the plus model.

Gigabit Ethernet makes in appearance on the board, resulting in another leap in network performance from the 100Mbit/s on the older model. It must be noted that the Raspberry Pi 3B+ consumes "substantially more power than its predecessor", and thus a high-quality 2.5A power supply is recommended.

The Model B+ board also offers 1GB of LPDDR2 SDRAM memory and the latest wireless combo chip from Cypress Semiconductor, which provides dual-band 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz Wi-Fi according to IEEE802.11ac, as well as the Bluetooth 4.1 specification for BLE (Bluetooth Low Energy) communications, delivering significantly reduced wireless compliance testing and thereby improving both cost and time to market. It's a good thing though as it will work well with the existing Pi cases and accessories. Another bonus is the board's co-creator Eben Upton says that the processor should be less likely to throttle its performance under heavy load-thanks to a heatspreader on top of the CPU.

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