Rock64: Cheap and rock solid // Review


#1

Originally published at: https://www.mickmake.com/post/rock64-cheap-rock-solid-review

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It’s been a while since the Rock64 was released into the wild for hackers, but 8 months on, how good is this board looking? Let’s find out.


#2

The RockPro64 is the one I’m really looking forward to. RK3399, Mali-T860 (supporting full OpenCL - mining/hashcat!), PCIe, USB-C, NVMe possible! 40 GPIOs.

I wish it was smaller.


#3

It certainly is. There seems to be more support for it generally as compared to the AllWinners.
But not sure how speedy it’d be as a miner.


#4

Talking about the RockPro64, is it worth buying? Would you recommend that one or the rock64 or even other makers for a NAS and torrenting and amule server and maybe a VPN


#5

The RockPro64 certainly looks promising, but as for whether it’d be worth buying… I’m not sure yet. I’d really need to have it in my hands to know.


#6

Hi Mick,
so any recommendations for best value SBC to run OpenMediaVault with few Docker containers ?
There are right now lots of new rk3399 SBCs, which run also OpenMediaVault and have 4x PCIExpress lines, but probably Rock64 is still best value - for 45$ you get 4GB version, which will run super duper fine with some HDD/SDD over usb 3.0 OpenMediaVault and few containers for home use like PlexServer, Motion, VPN + home assistant. Let me know what you think, I am really interested what is your opinion :slight_smile:
I took into consideration also:

  1. NanoPi M4 --> but you have to pay 100$ for 4GB version
  2. NanoPi NEO4 --> only 45$ for rk3399 board, but only 1GB ram - will run OpenMediaVault - but there is not enough RAM for other containers like PLEXServer --> anyway probably no need for fast rk3399 in NAS :slight_smile:
  3. ROCK64Pro ~100$
  4. odroid-h2 = not in production yet = might be interesting with intel J4105 CPU and 2xDDR4 slots (possible 32gb) - but TDP is much higher - CPU TDP 10W --> probably whole board will take much more power :slight_smile: