Radxa Unveils "Desktop-Level" Rock 5 Model B, Powered by a Rockchip RK3588 Eight-Core SoC

Built into a pico-ITX form factor, this compact board packs up to 16GB of RAM, an eight-core processor with NPU, and even an HDMI input.

Radxa has announced the impending launch of a new single-board computer, claimed to offer "desktop-level" performance thanks to a Rockchip RK3588 system-on-chip: the Rock 5 Model B.

Designed around the pico-ITX form factor, measuring just 100×72mm (around 3.94×2.8"), the Rock 5 Model B is based around the Rockchip RK3588 system-on-chip — giving it eight processing cores, split between four low-power Arm Cortex-A55 cores running at up to 1.8GHz and four high-performance Cortex-A76 cores running at up to 2.4GHz, an Arm Mali G610MC4 graphics processor, a neural network coprocessor, and 8k video codecs.

To this the company has added 4GB, 8GB, or 16GB of LPDDR4x memory, Wi-Fi 6E and Bluetooth 5.2 radios, and 2.5-gigabit Ethernet with Power over Ethernet (PoE) support. There are two HDMI 2.1 outputs supporting 8k resolutions at 60 frames per second, plus USB Type-C with DisplayPort support for a third 8k output — albeit at a reduced 30 frames per second. Interestingly, the board also includes an HDMI input with support for 4k resolutions at 60 frames per second.

Elsewhere on the board is a PCI Express 3.0 M.2 slot, designed for an optional high-speed Non-Volatile Memory Express (NVMe) storage device, and three USB 3.0 ports. Those who don't need Wi-Fi or Bluetooth connectivity, meanwhile, can remove the module from the top of the board to expose an M.2 E-key slot for additional hardware. Naturally, there's also a Raspberry Pi-style general-purpose input/output (GPIO) header to the top of the board.

Radxa has confirmed a planned second-quarter 2022 launch for all three models of the board, with pricing set at $129 for the 4GB model, $149 fr the 8GB, and $189 for the range-topping 16GB variant. Those willing to pre-book, however, can pay $5 now to receive a code good for a $50 discount on any model — bringing the prices down to $79, $99, and $139 respectively.

More information on the board, as well as links to resellers for the discount code, are now available on the Radxa forum.

Gareth Halfacree
Freelance journalist, technical author, hacker, tinkerer, erstwhile sysadmin. For hire: freelance@halfacree.co.uk.
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