Raspberry PI 4 Model B Specifications

The Raspberry PI 4 model B is the latest version available.

The specifications for the Raspberry PI 4 model B are as follows:

  • A Broadcom BCM2711, quad core Cortex-A72 (ARM V8) 64-bit SOC 1.5 ghz processor
  • 2gb, 4gb or 8gb LPDDR4-3200 SD-RAM
  • 2.4 ghz and 5 ghz ieee 802.11ac wireless, bluetooth 5.0, BLE
  • Gigabit ethernet
  • 2 USB 3.0 ports, 2 USB 2.0 ports
  • Raspberry PI standard 40 pin GPIO header
  • 2 x micro-hdmi ports
  • 2 lane MIPI DSI display port
  • 2 lane MIPI CSI camera port
  • 4-pole stereo audio and composite video port
  • H.265 (4kp60 decode), H.264 (1080p60 decode, 1080p30 encode)
  • OpenGL ES 3.0 graphics
  • Micro-SD card slot for loading the operating system and data storage
  • 5V DC via USB-connector (minimum 3A)
  • 5V DC via GPIO header (minimum 3A)
  • Power over ethernet enabled
  • Operating temperature (0 to 50 degrees centigrade)

(All information provided by https://www.raspberrypi.org/products/raspberry-pi-4-model-b/specifications/)

The Raspberry PI 4 comes with all of the above as standard and the only decision you need to make is whether to go for 2 gigabytes, 4 gigabytes or 8 gigabytes of RAM.

For usage as a desktop computer I currently recommend going for 4 gb of RAM. The 2 gb will limit your enjoyment of using the Raspberry PI and the 8 gb currently provides limited benefits over the 4 gb version.

The 8gb version will become a much more useful device when there are more 64-bit operating systems available for use with the Raspberry PI. Most of the operating systems that are available for the Raspberry PI at the moment are still 32-bit.

You can get a 64-bit version of the Raspberry PI operating system but there is a limited amount of software available and therefore I recommend sticking with the 32-bit operating systems for the time being.

As you are going to be using a 32-bit operating system you may as well stick with 4 gb of RAM as that is all that can be consumed by a 32-bit operating system.

For most of the tutorials on this site I will be using either the Raspberry PI 4 with 4gb of RAM although there will be tutorials for the Raspberry PI 3 and Raspberry PI Zero as well.

Raspberry PI 4B
ModelRAMCost
Raspberry PI 4B2 gb£34
Raspberry PI 4B4 gb£54
Raspberry PI 4B8gb£74