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Gemini Lake based Odroid-H2 hacker board on sale starting at $111

Nov 20, 2018 — by Eric Brown 3,649 views

Hardkernel launched its Odroid-H2 SBC starting at $111 without RAM or flash. The open spec SBC runs Ubuntu 18.10 on Intel Gemini Lake, and offers 2x SATA 3.0, 2x GbE, HDMI and DP, 4x USB, and an M.2 slot for NVMe.

Last month when Hardkernel announced its Intel Gemini Lake based Odroid-H2 SBC with an estimated price of “higher than $100,” we predicted it would be closer to a $150 price. The world’s first open-spec Gemini Lake hacker board is now on sale for $111, but that’s without RAM (up to 32GB) or eMMC.

Odroid-H2 (left) and Intel Gemini Lake block diagram
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The dual-channel DDR4-PC19200 RAM is available only in 4GB ($36) or 8GB ($65) modules, so you’ll need to shop elsewhere if you want to find 16GB parts to fill out the maximum 32GB. eMMC modules go for $12.90 (8GB), $16.90 (16GB), and all the way up to $65.90 for 128GB, so a minimal configuration would cost $159.90.

Even if you end up paying $200 or more for your desired configuration, the price is a bargain for an x86 board, especially considering this is the fastest open spec x86 hacker board around. The previous performance leader — Aaeon’s UP Squared — which offers a slower Apollo Lake processor, starts at $229 for a quad-core Pentium with 4GB RAM and 32GB eMMC.

Odroid-H2, front and back
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The Odroid-H2 is supported with the latest Ubuntu 18.10 release running on a quad-core Celeron J4105 clocked at 2.3GHz. The SoC offers 4MB cache, 700MHz Intel UHD Graphics 600, and a reasonably tight 10W TDP.


In addition to the empty DDR4 and eMMC slots, the 110 x 110 x 43mm SBC provides dual SATA 3.0 ports and an M.2 slot that supports PCIe x4 and NVMe storage. Dual 4K@60 displays are provided via the HDMI 2.0 and DP 1.2 ports, and there are dual audio jacks and an SPDIF audio output.

Odroid-H2 detail view (see captions below)
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The SBC is further equipped with 2x GbE, 2x USB 3.0, and 2x USB 2.0 ports. There’s also a 20-pin GPIO connector with 2x UART, 2x I2C, and power signals.

Captions for detail view above
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The Odroid-H2 is equipped with a 14-20V DC input with PMIC. Power consumption ranges from 4W (idle) to 14W (CPU stress) to 22W (CPU/CPU stress). You also get an RTC with optional backup battery.

Other features include LEDs, power and reset buttons, and a heatsink. We still don’t see a temperature range, but Hardkernel previously said the board can run smoothly at 2.3GHz even at 70°C.

Odroid-H2 Case 4 (left) and Odroid-H2 block diagram
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Several optional enclosures are available, ranging from $6.90 to $12.90 for a case 4 model that makes room for an optional cooling fan (see image above). Other accessories include a WiFi module, cameras, joysticks, sensors, and more.

Further information

The Odroid-H2 is available for order starting at $111 with no RAM or flash, with shipments beginning Nov. 27. Schematics will be posted in December. More information may be found on Hardkernel’s Odroid-H2 shopping page and Wiki.

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7 responses to “Gemini Lake based Odroid-H2 hacker board on sale starting at $111”

  1. zorcher says:

    Price is good, but cases is … just ugly. It can be ideally fit the home server role – low power + 2 x HDD.

    It comparable with GIGABYTE Brix (GB-BLCE-4105) pros: Wi-Fi, nicer case; cons: higher price tag (150, newegg sale 120), possible fan problem.

  2. e97 says:

    Wow never seen that before. Thanks for pointing it out. At the same price point (~$120) the GIGABYTE Brix (GB-BLCE-4105) is a no-brainer. newegg is even throwing in a 120GB SSD for free lol

  3. Bohdan Lechnowsky says: is also selling this and the accessories including 16GB DDR4 modules and M2 SSDs at competitive prices with quick and inexpensive worldwide shipping.

    NOTE: I believe the Gigabyte Brix only has one SODIMM slot.

  4. Jonathan Scott says:

    That Brix is a great package, but having two SATA ports, dual Ethernet, and GPIO opens up a wide range of industrial and hobbyist applications for the H2 that other fanless, low power designs aren’t able to offer at this price point.

  5. zorcher says:

    2 Bohdan Lechnowsky – check specs at Gigabyte site: GB-BLCE-4105 – 2 x SO-DIMM, GB-BLCE-4105C – 1 x SO-DIMM .

  6. bob says:

    This is not Arm board so i wont buy that. Also hardkernel print a fedora support, i’m sorry there is no fedora support from hardkernel with fedora project, they dont help them in any way.

    Really we expect much more that with mini pc standart boart, what more than an itx ? ddr4… cpu intel… a vulgaris pc computerus !

  7. bob says:

    i wont buy that… no arm cpu

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