The Raspberry Pi 4 arrives in an 8 GB version of RAM!
The Raspberry Pi foundation announced today the release of a version with 8 GB of RAM for the Raspberry Pi 4, resulting in the arrival of a 64-bit version for the Raspbian OS, which will also change its name .
This new version should be available today at Amazon.See availability at Amazon.com
An increase in RAM to 8 GB.
First news, the Raspberry Pi 4 which was currently available in three models with a different amount of RAM (1 GB, 2 GB and 4 GB) will now be available in 4 models, with the arrival of an 8 GB version.
The foundation said the idea had been in the air for a long time, with the BCM2711 chip at the heart of the Raspberry Pi being capable of handling up to 16 GB of RAM (perhaps a future version?).
In addition, some modifications have been made to the internal power supply circuit of the Raspberry Pi in order to be able to manage the current peaks of the new RAM. These modifications are purely internal and do not a priori change anything for the user.
An increased price for the 8 GB version.
Who says more RAM necessarily says a higher price. The foundation has therefore announced that the 8 GB version of the Pi 4 will be sold at $ 75, which means that we will probably find it around 80 € in France.
Concretely, who will be interested?
From a practical point of view, the processor remaining unchanged the increase in RAM should not particularly increase the raw power of the Raspberry Pi. On the other hand, the increase in RAM should allow users with a high consumption of RAM to run more apps at the same time.
This 8 GB version should therefore mainly address two profiles, those who use the Raspberry Pi as a desktop computer, and who can, for example, open more tabs in their browser. And those who use the Raspberry Pi as a web server, or other, whose memory consumption can quickly increase with the number of users.
The operating system goes 64-bit.
Note, the new version of the system is still in beta and may have bugs, it can be found here.
With the arrival of an 8 GB version, changes had to be made to the Raspbian operating system. The main change is the arrival of a 64-bit version of the OS.
the 32-bit version is kept and will be compatible with all versions of the Raspberry Pi, but limits the amount of RAM in a single process to 3 GB. In practice this is often enough, since programs frequently use several processes, which allows them to use all 8 GB.
However, some advanced users may need to use the 8 GB of memory for a single process. This will now be possible with the 64-bit version of Raspbian, which should a priori only be compatible with version 4 (and perhaps 3) of the Raspberry Pi.
Finally, note that if you want to use now the 8GB of RAM the new Raspberry Pi, but you do not want to use the beta version of Raspbian you can use Ubuntu, which offers a 64-bit version for Raspberry Pi since long time !
Finally, the Raspbian system will change its name!
Latest news that saddens us a bit, the Raspbian operating system will change its name and will now be called Raspberry Pi OS .
The foundation justifies this choice by the desire to make it easier for beginners to find the recommended OS for the Raspberry Pi. This choice therefore seems consistent with the desire to simplify the handling of the Raspberry Pi always put forward by the foundation.
To see if this will not have the opposite effect, creating several names for the same product, which, we must note, has so far always been the case for projects having made a similar choice…
Those who have been following us for a long time know that this site started its life under the name of “Raspbian France” and it is therefore with a bit of nostalgia that we see the name “Raspbian” disappear.