author: Sandy Macdonald

All Mod Cons!

Pi 4 is dramatically faster all-round, with a new 1.5GHz, 64-bit, quad-core, ARM Cortex-A72 CPU driving 2x faster performance, up to 4GB LPDDR4 RAM, Videocore VI enabling 4K video and dual displays, gigabit ethernet, USB 3.0, and more! It's now USB-C powered too, drawing up to 3A at 5V.

The new ARM Cortex-A72, increased RAM, and 2x faster micro-SD performance, really open up what you can do with the Raspberry Pi. Add in the significantly faster IO—gigabit ethernet and USB 3.0—and the Pi becomes a very capable mini server, NAS, or media centre.

The step up to Videocore VI means that you can now output 4K video at 60 frames per second, or dual 4K at 24 frames per second through the Pi 4's two micro-HDMI ports. Ideal for media centre builds.

True gigabit ethernet, uncoupled from the USB as it was in previous generations, gives 3-4x faster wired networking, while the Pi 4's two USB 3.0 ports (there's also two USB 2.0 ports) are around 10x as fast as the Pi 3 B+'s USB 2.0. Plug in an SSD and a network cable and BOOM! you've got a super-speedy NAS!


Fan SHIM, The Coolest Pi 4 Accessory!

The new Pi 4 can run pretty hot, depending on what you're doing. CPU throttling will kick in at just over 80°C, limiting the speed at which you can do stuff, until the temperature drops back down.

Our new Fan SHIM is a no-solder, 30mm CPU fan, with RGB LED and tactile switch. It just slots down onto the GPIO pins of your Pi, using our nifty friction-fit header and draws power from the Pi. The RGB LED is great for visual feedback to show when the fan is active (it's so quiet you probably won't notice it's on). The tactile switch can be programmed to toggle the fan on and off.