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Comparison of 81 open-spec, hacker friendly SBCs

The table on this page accompanies our 2016 Hacker SBC Survey, which polls the popularity of 81 sub-$200 open-spec, hacker friendly single board computers.

Click the first link below to view a table comparing the specs of all 81 hacker SBCs in our 2016 Hacker SBC Survey. The table’s footnotes are repeated farther below, for your convenience.

Vote now, before it’s too late!
Click here for a table comparing the specs of all 81 hacker SBCs:
2016 Hacker SBCs Comparison Table
Click here for a page with brief descriptions of all 81 SBCs in our survey:
Catalog of 81 open-spec, hacker friendly SBCs
Click here to jump to our quick survey at
2016 and Hacker SBC Survey

Voting ends on June 17th

Footnotes to the table

  • Price — Based on lowest price found at publication date, rounded to dollar, and based on standard default (typically lowest) RAM, flash, and processor option listed first in chart and blurbs. Does not include options or pertain to higher end optional SKUs. Price ranges can be found in the brief SBC descriptions in our survey articles.
  • Vendor — Primary vendor and, if promoted by vendor, a separate manufacturer. May not include all entities involved, or necessarily name of sponsored open source project/website.
  • Processor/Cores — Clock rates may be max. limits. References to A7, A9, A53 (64-bit) etc. refer to ARM Cortex SoCs.
  • 3D GPU — Only listed if GPU has 3D acceleration.
  • MCU — Only listed if user-accessible; may not include minor MCU coprocessors.
  • RAM — The first value listed is the default configuration, matched with price.
  • Storage — This column does not include microSD slot, which is available on all.
  • LAN — Refers to Ethernet; “Fast” = 10/100Mbps; “GbE” = 10/100/1000Mbps.
  • Wireless — Lists only WiFi and Bluetooth, although some have others (see brief descriptions in our survey articles).
  • HDMI or DP out — Refers to real-world, coastline DDI, HDMI and/or DisplayPort; others may also be present (e.g. LVDS, RGB, MIPI-DSI, VGA).
  • USB ports — Refers to coastline, real-world ports only. Includes micro- and mini-USB, including power-only models, but does not include onboard USB interfaces
  • Expansion — Lists support for major expansion interfaces such as mini-PCIe, Arduino, Pi 40 (40-pin Raspberry Pi expansion), BeagleBone (BBone, dual 50x), (40- and 60-pin), Grove, or MikroBus; “other” refers to a custom expansion interface, differentiated from “headers,” referring to individual interfaces.
  • OSes — Linux-based OSes preloaded on device, available for download, or available from linked 3rd party site; Linux means any full featured Linux (Ubuntu, Fedora, Yocto Project, Debian, etc.); OpenWrt includes lightweight, OpenWrt Linux-based Linino.