Originally Posted by bigjdubb
It should be a heck of a lot more powerful than a Pi, but since it will only be available in China it probably doesn't matter much.
I always question the power of a PI. Comparing it is like comparing AMD to Intel. 1ghz != 1ghz . It all devolves down to trading instruction sets between the two. If calculating X is 10 cycles on A and 15 on B, B can have 20% higher clock and still be slower. When looking at a PI, quad core 1.5ghz rivals my work laptop i5-8365U Quad 1.6GHz (8 thread). Can only boost on single core @4.1 GHz . This CPU was launched Q2 2019... less than a year ago.
So, how powerful is a PI4 vs my 6 month old laptop... i have no idea. On my previous laptop, i remember transcoding video on a PI2 2x faster by using a codec that used the onboard h264 processor. I couldn't get intels QT or VT (whatever their encoding thing is) to work or get the results that i got on my PI2. At the same time, if it was over 720p , it would fail on the PI2 because of memory limitations. If it was not for that, i probably would have created a PI farm for transcoding tons of video. We ended up creating a cloud based solution with Azure Batch which worked out awesomely. At the same time, i refuse to run a GUI on a PI because the performance is pitiful. So, once again... who knows.
When talking about DIY enthusiasts, who are those people? Are they just people who like to build computers? Its not the same as a person wanting to make their own ball launching contraption for their pet right? Those are the DIY people IMO. People who want to strap an auto targeting nerf gun onto a remote control care are going to use a PI and not a computer. People who need a computer for whatever DIY project probably want something more reliable and willing to pay $50 more.
But yes, i hope this is competition in general and not people stealing stuff. Competition is always great.