I have several Raspberry Pi 3 lying around. They are generally used in my IoT projects. I also use them as desktop replacement from time to time. The little thing's power consumption is almost non existent. The official OS Raspbian just got updated and now you can browse the web using latest version Chromium which supports both HTML5 and flash content, play hardware accelerated h264 video..
You can also work on office documents via preinstalled Libre Office.There also lots of app you can install from repositories. Many great Linux apps we enjoy on our x86 systems also have Arm hard float builds that can be run Raspberry Pi. Such as Gimp, VLC media player, boinc, blender...
I also install Quake 3 Arena on it and play multiplayer. Suprisingly it renders the game very fluently. My sig rig can't run Quake 3 Arena atm due to compatibility issues... Battle for Wesnoth is another great Linux game that can be run on Raspberry Pi.
The cpu on it is an 64 bit Quad Core Arm Cortex A53 1.2Ghz and there is a 1GB LPDDR2 ram running at 450Mhz (900Mhz effective). I overclocked the thing to 1.3Ghz along with L2 cache and ram and it performs a little bit better overall.
So I installed Boinc last night. Because recently [email protected]
announced v8 work units will be available for Raspberry Pi. First it estimated the work unit completion time "32 hours" for all 4 units. After 16 hours I saw some were nearly completed. Not bad. Will be throwing two more Pies and cool them all with this single 140mm fan right there. I wonder if 16 Arm cores would outperform a modern Quad Core CPU.
Tell you what let's compare it, I'll share my avarage PPD here in a week and you tell me if it matches yours.
BTW: Without the fan temps skyrocket to 82 degrees celcius, fan cools them down to 57.