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The Asus Tinker Board is a fast and powerful computer with all the great features of the Raspberry Pi but with more grunt under the hood. The Asus 90MB0QY1-M0EAY0 Tinker Board is a 8.5cm by 5.3cm single board computer that features a quad-core Arm Cortex A17 CPU running at 1.8GHz, ARM Mali-T764 GPU, and 2GB of DDR3 memory. There is hardware support for H.265 4K decoding instead of just 1080p, almost double the benchmark score in Geek bench than the Raspberry Pi 3 model B, which should equate to better 3D performance. This board has the exact same footprint and components layout as the Raspberry Pi 3 with an operating system based upon the same Debian distribution as the Pi OS which supports Kodi for around-the-home media streaming. This board could be a drop-in replacement for the Raspberry Pi in many circumstances. The Tinker Board has a fast on-board processor to increase its operational speed. It also features Wi-Fi and Bluetooth capabilities to enhance the functionality to allow connection to a variety of wireless networks, this includes a gigabit Ethernet, support for SDIO 3.0, and swappable antennas for the built-in 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi module.
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Tinker Board is a Single Board Computer (SBC) in an ultra-small form factor that offers class-leading performance while leveraging outstanding mechanical compatibility. The Tinker Board offers makers, IoT enthusiasts, hobbyists, PC DIY enthusiasts and others a reliable and extremely capable platform for building and tinkering their ideas into reality.
With its powerful and modern quad-core ARM-based processor — the Rockchip RK3288 — Tinker Board offers significantly improved performance versus other popular SBC boards. To provide the flexibility needed for different builds and projects, Tinker Board features 2GB of LPDDR3 dual-channel memory. Tinker Board is also equipped with an SD 3.0 interface that offers significantly faster read and write speeds to expandable microSD cards used for the OS, applications and file storage.
Robust GPU Performance & Functionality
Featuring a powerful but energy-efficient design, Tinker Board supports next-generation graphics and GPU computing API's. Powered by an ARM-based Mali-T764 GPU, Tinker Board's GPU and fixed-function processors allow for a wide range of uses, including high-quality media playback, gaming, computer vision, gesture recognition, image stabilization and processing, as well as computational photography and more. Multimedia enthusiasts will appreciate the fixed-function H.264 and H.265 playback support, including playback of HD and UHD video*.
*HD & UHD video playback at 30 fps on Tinker Board is currently only available via the included media player. Third-party video players and applications may not offer hardware acceleration, which will result in limited or unstable playback performance. Please refer to the FAQs for more information.
HD Audio Quality
Further improving on key areas found lacking on many SBC boards, Tinker Board is equipped with an HD codec that supports up to 24-bit/192kHz audio. Its integrated audio jack supports audio output and a microphone in, without an extension module.
Maker-Friendly, with IoT Connectivity
Tinker Board features standard maker connectivity options, including a 40-pin GPIO interface that allow for interfacing with a range inputs from buttons, switches, sensors, LEDs, and much more. Tinker Board is equipped with one DSI MIPI connection for displays and touchscreens. The secondary CSI MIPI connection is for connection to compatible cameras allowing for computer vision, and much more.
Tinker Board also features Gbit LAN for Internet and network connectivity. A dedicated bus resource designed for the LAN port ensures consistent Ethernet performance. The integrated Wi-Fi and Bluetooth controller on the Tinker Board is shielded with a metal cover to ensure minimal interference and improved radio performance. An integrated IPEX antenna header allows for easy antenna replacement or upgrades.
Tinker Board also features a full-size HDMI output. Additionally, it includes four USB 2.0 ports for extensive peripheral and accessory connectivity.
Enhanced DIY Design
Careful consideration went into the design and development of the Tinker Board to ensure that it provides a superior user experience for first-time builders or for seasoned hobbyists. Builders will appreciate the colour-coded GPIO header, which makes it easy to recognise respective pin headers.
The PCB dimensions and topology of the Tinker Board align with standard SBC boards, allowing support for a wide range of chassis and physical accessories. The PCB features silk-screening with a connection header and location callouts, for improved connection clarity. The onboard MIPI headers also feature colour-coded pull tabs.
Tinker Board also includes a heatsink, which helps improve heat dissipation under heavy loading or in hot ambient environments.
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Asus don't even have a link to it on their site - really bad
If you're buying this coming from a RPI background - prepare for poor s/w & community support
If you've never used RPi/Single board computers - be warned, this may be difficult to get everything up and running
Same form factor as RPI - so can reuse cases etc
I’ve settled on TinkerOS (Debian). It has sound support but few apps installed. You can install these yourself. It used the LXDE window system.
I did try Armbian (Ubuntu) and thought it was good but no sound. Today I’ve tried TinkerOS(Android). It’s very limited. No access to the Google Play Store. You can find online instructions to install the apks but they didn’t work correctly for me. Disappointing.
Overall my thoughts on this product are that it still merits 3 stars but certainly no more. I wouldn’t buy it again as the software support is so weak.
Next time I want another SBC, I’ll purchase a Raspberry Pi. Hopefully the RPi4 will have similar specs to the Tinkerboard.
(Update. 1. To my embarrassment the heat sink was in the box, tucked away in the packaging.
2. Read the forums and use mikerr's image. This OS version of Tinker OS resolves many problems of the original OS and runs well.)
The secret is to not use the inadequate micro USB socket to supply power but instead connect directly to the GPIO pins.
There is loads of info on the net to tell you which pins to use.
Also it needs 5.2 volts as a minimum, I bought the excellent Yeeco DC DC Buck Voltage Regulator Power regulator which enables you to adjest the voltage into the Tinker.
Once it's running the Tinker board is very responsive and fast using the Tinker OS for surfing and general desk top apps. Amazing for such a small board.
Oh one final point, it runs very hot especially when playing Youtube videos so I have fitted a small fan to the case.