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Raspberry Pi™ 3 Model B 1GB Project Board By Raspberry Pi (RASPBERRYPI-MODB-1GB) MCM Part #83-17300

5 stars 7 ratings and 5 reviews

It's here! The Raspberry Pi 3 Model B is the latest generation of single-board computers from the Raspberry Pi Foundation. Upgrades over the Raspberry Pi 2 include a faster 1.2GHz ARMv8 64bit processor and built-in WiFi and Bluetooth functionality.

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Not only is the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B the fastest Raspberry Pi to date, it's the first one with built-in WiFi (802.11B/G/N) and Bluetooth Low Energy1 connectivity allowing you to get connected right out of the box.

The Pi 3 is powered by an all-new BCM2837 1.2GHz Quad-Core ARMv8 64bit2 processor that is noticeably quicker and more usable than previous generations. Webpages render faster and programs are much more snappy, making the experience feel like a modern machine than a $35 computer.

Other upgrades include improved power management which allow the Pi 3 to power hungry USB gadgets like hard drives and cameras. Of course, this increased capacity means that you'll need a power supply that's up to the task. We recommend a 5V USB power supply capable of putting out at least 2.4A. If you're looking for one, our 28-19338 5.25V 2.4A supply has been heavily tested to be compatible with the Pi 3.

Another slight upgrade is to the microSD card port. The spring loaded pop-in, pop-out port has been replaced with a simpler (and more reliable) manual side-in, slide-out version. This will be a welcome change to anyone who's popped-out the microSD card accidentally!

Upgrades above aside, the rest of the Pi 3 is very similar to previous generations. RAM stays the same at 1GB, Ethernet is 10/100 and the GPU is the same tried-and-true VideoCore IV. As for physical changes, the Pi 3 keeps the same footprint, mounting holes, and all port types and locations as previous versions. The only physical difference is the addition of a ceramic WiFi / BLE antenna and the location of the status LEDs (which have switched sides.) All cases that worked for the Pi B+ and Pi 2 are compatible (although you may want to drill new holes to see the status LEDs.)

Technical Specifications:

  • Processor: 1.2GHz Quad Core BCM2837 ARMv8 64bit Processor
  • Connectivity: Built-in WiFi (802.11B/G/N) and Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
  • RAM: 1GB
  • GPU: VideoCore IV
  • USB: 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • Ethernet: 10/100 Ethernet Port
  • Video Output: Full-Size HDMI and Composite
  • Sound: L/R Stereo Line-out
  • Operating System: microSD card to load and store OS
  • Digital Interfaces: 1 x CSI Camera Port and 1 x DSI Display Port
  • GPIO: 40 General Purpose Input / Output Pins
  • Power: Requires 5V 2.4A USB Power Supply (28-19338 recommended.)

Links and Downloads:

Additional Information:

1. Bluetooth functionally is not available at launch. It will eventually be enabled by connecting your Pi to the internet and using the following terminal commands:

  • sudo apt-get update
  • sudo apt-get upgrade
  • sudo rpi-update

2. Current Operating Systems operate in 32bit ARMv7 mode.

Part Numbers
MCM Part #:83-17300
Raspberry Pi Part #:RASPBERRYPI-MODB-1GB
Package Specifications & Dimensions
Weight:0.15 lbs.
RoHS Comp:Yes
Warranty:365 days
Need to Return?
Length:4.75 in.
Width:3 in.
Height:1.25 in.
Shipping Information
Extra Shipping Charge:No
Drop Ship:No

Product Reviews Top

  • by ejohnfel

    on 2/20/2017

    Really Awesome...

    Overall: 5 out of 5

    I've been buying Raspberry Pi's since the early days of the Model B. The RPi foundation has steadily improved both the feature set and quality of the boards. I have also purchased and used a large number of competitor boards and honestly, the RPi's are the best supported and most stable. The Pi 3 is really the best board from them to date.

  • by pimtrain

    on 3/28/2016

    Fantastic device

    Overall: 5 out of 5

    This was an excellent purchase to get started with for some of my tinkering projects. Using a library to communicate with sensors over the GPIO pins was a breeze. The fact that wifi (and bluetooth) are built into this board is even better and makes for a much nicer experience since I only need a power source once it's set up and it can still communicate to my home server :D

    One note of warning - I did have an issue with my initial order whereby I got some smoke out of the board when starting it up (not sure if it was the SD card or the Pi, but the card works fine in my tower, so ...).
    Anyway, keep an eye on your board in case it decides to do the same thing when you set it up ;)
    And don't panic, the replacement board that MCM sent me worked flawlessly!

  • by karsenhettinger

    on 3/17/2016


    Overall: 5 out of 5

    Very nice product, I would definitely advise everyone to buy this over every other model.

  • by tsuyoitora

    on 3/17/2016

    Excellent Product

    Overall: 5 out of 5

    I have been wanting to learn how to use Linux for a little while now and my friend showed me these raspberry pis. He let me mess around with his a little bit and it made me want to get one. When I finally went to order one it turned out that the new Raspberry Pi 3 came out, so I picked up that one.

    Great device for the price. For something that comes with a quad core processor, wifi, bluetooth, 4 USB ports, and Ethernet port, HDMI video output and so many expansion possibilities it is definitely worth the money.

    I bought a case for mine because I am protective about my technology. I also bought a 32GB micro SD card from Walmart and picked up a new 5V micro USB charger while I was at it for power. It works great and came quickly and safely packaged. I am overall pleased with my whole experience so far.

  • by rive0108

    on 3/4/2016

    Awesome little micro pc

    Overall: 5 out of 5

    Overclocked it to a stable 1.35Ghz, and tweaked it

    Some basic setup:

    (OS Update/Software/firmware):

    sudo apt-get update

    sudo apt-get upgrade

    Enable Audio Out (Analog headphone jack/speaker):

    sudo modprobe snd_bcm2835
    sudo amixer cset numid=3 1

    Enable Bluetooth:

    sudo apt-get install blueman

    Install Antivirus:

    sudu apt-get install clamav

    sudo apt-get install clamtk

    sudo /etc/init.d/clamav-freshclam stop

    sudo freshcam –v

    sudo /etc/init.d/clamav-freshclam start

    sudo clamscan -r

    Install (HP)USB/WIFI Printer:

    sudo apt-get install hplip
    sudo hp-setup -i

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