Exactly when these new computers both designed and manufactured by System76 will become available for purchase is anyone’s guess. Quite frankly, based on the System76’s blog post, it seems they are still at very early stages. With that said, it will be interesting to see what is born inside that factory in Colorado.
lshw (Hardware Lister) command gives a comprehensive report about all hardware in your system. This displays detailed information about manufacturer, serial number of the system, motherboard, CPU, RAM, PCI cards, disks, network card etc.,
The Utilite can have the processor configured up to 1.2GHz, up to 4GB of DDR3 RAM, up to a 512GB mSATA SSD, up to a 128GB Micro-SD SDXC, and two display ports — HDMI 1.4 and DVI-D — up to 1920×1200 resolution at 60Hz. The specs of the GPU aren’t listed, but rather what is listed is what it supports: OpenGL ES 1.1 and 2.0, OpenVG 1.1 and OpenCL EP, multi-stream 1080p H.264, VC1, RV10, and DivX HW decoding. What seems static on the Utilite, at least, is Bluetooth 3.0, two Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11b/g/n WiFi, stereo line-out and in, four USB 2.0 ports, a micro-USB OTG connector, and two RS232 serial ports.
The MinnowBoard Max will go on sale early in the third quarter. Two versions will be offered initially: a $99 entry-level model, with a 1.46GHz single-core E3815 SoC and 1GB RAM; and a $129 model, equipped with a 1.33GHz dual-core E3825 SoC and 2GB RAM. Additional details will soon be available at Minnowboard.org as well as at CircuitCo’s MinnowBoard product page.
What we see is a hardware architecture that’s both simple and powerful. With longtime game designer Mark Cerny leading the way, lending his software-minded expertise to Ootori and the rest of the hardware engineering team, Sony abandoned the overly complex Cell microprocessor that drove the PlayStation 3, building the PS4 around an “x86″ chip similar to the processors that have driven most of our personal computers for the last three decades. The idea was to make it that much easier for developers to build games for the new console, to create the things that will ultimately capture our attention.
“We believe it’s not enough just to put the radios together and put them in software. To get the most powerful, flexible, dynamic system, you want to tie all the video and photo processing together with the radio processing,” says Michael Doerr, the company’s founder and chief technology officer. “And we have a unique processor that can do that, but it’s a question of getting to the right performance and power trade-off.”
If you just look at the hardware specs, there’s no comparison, and MK802 II provides much better value than the Raspberry Pi with a much faster CPU, more RAM, internal storage and more. Only the GPU processing power may be subject to debate, but I don’t really have data to make a proper comparison. So if you just want to run the device as a media player for example, I’d just go with MK802 II since you’ll get a smoother experience and more video codecs are supported. The only caveat is that you’ll have to use Android (and see the status bar during video playback), as although Linux video support is available, it’s not ready for prime time, and never will.