Raspberry Pi 5 Unveiled – Quick Look at Specs and New Accessories

Raspberry Pi 5 Board
Raspberry Pi 5

The Raspberry Pi 5 was unveiled today, and it’s a decent update, especially if you’re looking for speed improvements over the Raspberry Pi 4.

What Hasn’t Changed

  • Same GPIO – The standard Raspberry Pi 40-Pin header
  • Same Size – only the size of a credit card!
  • Gig Ethernet, Dual-Band WiFi, 2x USB 2.0 and 2x USB 3.0 (now faster), Dual HDMI Outputs

Raspberry Pi 5 Pros (versus Pi 4)

  • 2-3x Faster – Speed updates across the board! Upgraded CPU, GPU, microSD card speed & more
  • More Efficient Power Consumption – With identical workloads, the RPi 5 consumes less power and gets less hot than the Pi 4.
  • Power Button
  • Dedicated Cooling (Fan) Pins
  • Added HDR Support to HDMI outputs
  • Faster, Dual Camera/Display Interfaces
  • UART / ARM Debug Connector
  • Real-Time Clock (Requires a battery to be plugged into a new battery connector)
  • PoE Pins are in new location requiring new PoE Hat
  • PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for ultra-fast peripherals (this requires a separate M.2 HAT (not yet released) or other adapter)


  • If you’re going to make use of the new speed improvements, you’ll probably need some sort of active cooling.
  • Composite audio/video removed however there are two solder pads for composite video
  • Price – $60 for 4GB and $80 for 8GB — But they plan on releasing 1GB and 2GB models which should bring the price point for those versions below $40

    New Accessories

    New Official Case – $10

    Raspberry Pi 5 Official Case With Active Cooling
    Raspberry Pi 5 Official Case With Active Cooling

    Battery for RTC – $5

    Raspberry Pi 5 External Battery For Real-Time Clock
    Raspberry Pi 5 External Battery For Real-Time Clock

    Active cooler for uncased setups – $5

    Raspberry Pi 5 Active Cooling Accessory
    Raspberry Pi 5 Active Cooler

    27W USB-C power adapter – $12

    With this power supply connected, the pi operates in a 5V, 5A (25W) operating mode, which allots more power to peripherals.

    PoE+ Hat – Expected 2024

    M.2 Hat – Expected 2024

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