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Raspberry Pi Now Shipping with 512MB RAM; Still Only $35

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Fans of the tiny Raspberry Pi will be pleased to hear the new version of their Model B board now ships with 512MB of RAM (up from the previous 256MB).

The best part about the upgrade? The price point stays at $35 a board. From the official Raspberry Pi blog:

One of the most common suggestions we’ve heard since launch is that we should produce a more expensive “Model C” version of Raspberry Pi with extra RAM. This would be useful for people who want to use the Pi as a general-purpose computer, with multiple large applications running concurrently, and would enable some interesting embedded use cases (particularly using Java) which are slightly too heavyweight to fit comfortably in 256MB.

The downside of this suggestion for us is that we’re very attached to $35 as our highest price point. With this in mind, we’re pleased to announce that from today all Model B Raspberry Pis will ship with 512MB of RAM as standard. If you have an outstanding order with either distributor, you will receive the upgraded device in place of the 256MB version you ordered. Units should start arriving in customers’ hands today, and we will be making a firmware upgrade available in the next couple of days to enable access to the additional memory.

We’re excited to get our hands on a new board and try out Raspbmc with that extra RAM.

Model B now ships with 512MB of RAM [RaspberryPi]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 10/15/12

Comments (13)

  1. toucan

    is getting difficult to know when to buy one of these. i held off buying one until the newer updates, but now im worried that if i buy one now, theyll introduce a new hardware upgrade in a months time!

  2. steven


    they’re only $35, which for what they are is outstanding, if one was too upgrade by such an amount id just buy another one.

  3. karl

    I do not understand the appeal/point of these. Can someone please explain?

  4. Michael

    karl – at $35, this tiny computer appeals to people like do-it-yourself computer enthusiasts, Linux users, and the education sector especially in developing nations.

  5. r

    for $40 I can easily find a completes outdated system (old desktop or notebook) to experiment & tinker with. I’ve always failed to see the appeal/point of these boards too.

  6. MB

    These boards expose some options that would be difficult to expose on a desktop\laptop. The header allows connectivity to a breadboard where you can expand the computer with extra sensors and other components directly instead of trying to do the same thing with RS232, Bluetooth, Ethernet, etc. The size allows integration and embedding in places a larger device wouldn’t fit, like a car dash.

  7. 0xRiddle

    @all the people saying $35
    Does it really cost $35 in the USA ? In Europe it will cost you about $50-55 if buy from because of shipping , unfair currency conversion and VAT . VAT could be as high as 27% in Hungary .
    AFAIK there is no evil VAT in the US but they have sales tax which is really less than Europe ..

  8. Burned

    I was all excited about these. Then I learned they do not have a TV capture card. If I cant record TV, then to me it isn’t much of a HTPC

  9. rKiller

    Make a Raspberry pi with 24 GB ram like my PC LOL! XD

  10. Artur

    DAMN! I just bought mine a month ago!!!

  11. frosticus

    always out of stock when i check the website.

  12. Matt

    Can’t believe this! My raspberry Pi arrived last week and then they update it! I don’t think the extra RAM would vastly change it for my purposes but it’s still annoying!

  13. Mario

    I bought this 4 MONTHS AGO, yes I waited, now they updated, and only to find out RASPBMC is utter sheet and im going to sell it, no big $$$ loss but was pretty dissapointed at how slow and crap the menu is, playing files is ok, but just takeds too damm long.

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