Top 5 New SBCs 2020

Top new single board computer countdown. Can you predict which SBCs are on the ExplainingComputers list of the best launches of the past 12 months?

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00:00 Introduction
01:03 5th
04:13 4th
06:35 3rd
08:45 2nd
10:28 Winner!
13:05 New SBCs Coming Soon
14:58 Best entry-level SBC

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  1. TheL0wner on May 4, 2021 at 12:08 am

    i want a small pentium class sbc that can run dos natively.

  2. Chrysippus on May 4, 2021 at 12:09 am

    I can’t wait till AMD gets some love by SBC manufacturers.

  3. Mehmet Göksu on May 4, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Am i the only one here who searched for Fifa Sbc‘s?

  4. Etop Owertwon on May 4, 2021 at 12:10 am

    Needs more nvidia (Nano 2GB, Xavier NX) and raspberry (compute module 4, RPi 400 [which didn’t make it in time] and now will compete against models of next year)

  5. hanzala patel on May 4, 2021 at 12:13 am

    What about nvidia jetson Xavier

  6. jordan secrist on May 4, 2021 at 12:13 am

    I’m surprised they don’t have a low power x86 board with tb3 yet. Would be the perfect little connect to everything board.

  7. Hugh Nelmes on May 4, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Thankyou for that. Will you be reviewing the Chuwi Larkbox?

  8. Shang Tsung on May 4, 2021 at 12:17 am

    Thank you for the reviews. The Latte Panda in a Titan case does look like a very interesting speciment. However, one thing that I have not observed with this board is whether there is a space for external antennas to be connected?

  9. Eden A on May 4, 2021 at 12:19 am

    It might be a bit of a boring topic to some, but could you do a video on the vertical mouse you use currently? It seems different to the joystick style one you used in your RSI-focussed video some years ago. I’m looking at replacing my standard mouse with something more ergonomic, to prevent RSI (since I’m spending so much time using it in lockdown!).

  10. Nicholas Roberts on May 4, 2021 at 12:20 am

    Can the Tinker Edge R & Tinker Edge T be considered/used as general purpose desktop computing devices ?

    Is my impression correct that these are on the verge of overtaking micro/mini ATX desktop configurations in terms of price and basic capability for those dealing with budget computing ?

    I see, from the Asus website, that they are certified by Microsoft for Azure, so I presume that means they are at least capable of running the client side of a networked Corporate Windows package ?

    Have they got an Intel processor emulation capability built-in to the hardware . . (Or does Azure incorporate same in software ?) ?

    The question then arises, how about running bog-standard, full-flavour Windows 10 ?

    These don’t seem "Flights-of-fantasy" questions anymore given that Microsoft are reported as currently developing ARM capable Azure.

  11. Phat Pham on May 4, 2021 at 12:20 am

    when the sbc is faster than your main computer….

  12. Troy Fletcher on May 4, 2021 at 12:22 am

    I wasn’t sold until you got to the magnetic case.

  13. uiop uiop on May 4, 2021 at 12:22 am

    raspberrypi rapper name idea: 6ixty4our bit ARM

  14. Rick Riffel on May 4, 2021 at 12:23 am

    What do you think of an old smart phone, without its SIM card, being put to use similar to an SBC? If it has a good operating system (Android, Windows, etc), a good CPU and RAM, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, it could make a good laptop computer, or even a desktop. Connected without wires to all its peripherals.

  15. TwistedMe13 on May 4, 2021 at 12:24 am

    Speaking of new 2020 boards, how about the Raspberry CM4? It’s not quite an SBC (a it technically needs a breakout board for the I/O.) but it’s a major step from the old CM3/3+ Raspberry Compute Modules.

  16. Andriy Yurchenko on May 4, 2021 at 12:25 am

    Honestly, positions 4 and 1 are too pricey. SBC with price higher than hundred dollars must be placed to ‘pricey’ SBC list.

  17. Sdlion on May 4, 2021 at 12:27 am

    There’s a SMC on this list that their cases have power button?
    Most of us are hobbist but I think there’s some market value for the family that don’t need a comparatively big tower on their tiny desks and just use the computer to check their emails and watch youtube…… and they need a power button.

  18. xfdccd sr2dctd on May 4, 2021 at 12:28 am

    your rate for pi4 is too high considering the poor video performance it has.

  19. Michael Rofe on May 4, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Great video Chris! Always learning here on Explaining Computers!

    Could you review RISC-V please?

  20. Iurii Baranov on May 4, 2021 at 12:29 am

    Билл Гейтс в области ARM

  21. Antonio on May 4, 2021 at 12:30 am

    The odyssey is awesome for a pfsense box. Got it running for six months now, and works like a charm.
    It made for an excellent "lab" computer too, with the integrated arduino and paired with an analog discovery for electronics.
    There are, indeed, cheaper boards for any of those tasks, but not many that can do all of them. Lovely little PC.
    The only downside, apart from the price, is power: mine could not run on a full size HD. As long as you are powering it externally, or just using 2.5" HDs or SSDs it’ll be fine.

  22. Bruce Hoult on May 4, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I hope you will review the following announced SBCs in the coming year: Microchip Icicle, SiFive HiFive Unmatched, RIOS Lab PicoRio

  23. D Johnson on May 4, 2021 at 12:33 am

    It appears windows 10 iot is free.

  24. ZXKIM81 on May 4, 2021 at 12:33 am

    i miss Mr Scissors and Stanley the knife nice review Chris

  25. LThould on May 4, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Interesting video, thank you Chris. One potential topic for a future video is the difference between GPIO and Arduino. The Seeed Studio Odyssey would be a great SBC to demonstrate the differences, advantages and disadvantages of these different systems since it has both. Also, another suggestion – I would be interested to know how new SBCs handle Stellarium. This is a wonderful open source astronomy program and is challenging for an SBC to run (my Raspberry Pi 3B+ only manages 1-2 fps).

  26. Andrew Cislak on May 4, 2021 at 12:35 am

    The new raspberry pi compute module looks interesting!

  27. L is for Lucas on May 4, 2021 at 12:35 am

    Hi, I have a couple of questions along the lines of wearable computers. First up, I’m wondering if there are any SBC you know of with specs equal or better than the banana pi zero? Presently using a Vufine+ so I need HDMI.

    My second question is where might I start my journey on using microdisplays (LCOS,OLED,LCD) with small and low powered SOM or SBC…. My end goal is a power efficient wearable media player. Thanks so much

  28. Metalistforlife on May 4, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Stopping by because I missed Mr. Scissors hehe

  29. 30 Minute Villager movies on May 4, 2021 at 12:36 am

    Best SBC computer Intel nuc without a case

  30. Cameron Donaldson on May 4, 2021 at 12:37 am

    Thanks Chris for your very informative and entertaining videos.

    I have recently purchased the Odyssey with blue case and am very impressed. Though no fault of the SBC, the only thing I don’t like is the fan noise. I will see if I can find a quieter fan.

  31. Devil_Travels on May 4, 2021 at 12:38 am

    The Odyssey look interesting. M.2 1tb module almost affordable for that board.

  32. Nikola M on May 4, 2021 at 12:39 am

    I know they aren’t really meant for that, but if i would want to make 2 in 1 monitor pc only for web surfing, would you recommend used laptop or one of theese? (i guess theese would be better becouse they will be quieter)

  33. Shamantha on May 4, 2021 at 12:39 am


  34. Gavin Palmer on May 4, 2021 at 12:42 am

    I was worried the Pi 8GB wouldn’t make it on the list… but I’m glad to see it did!

  35. MintJustin on May 4, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I’m enjoying the ODROID H2+. It’s by far the best SBC for NAS. Plenty of storage options, M.2 NVME, 2xSATA with full power for 3.5" HDD, eMMC AND 2×2.5GBE NICs. It’s a bit of a hassle to get the NIC to work because of the propriety driver and need of latest kernel for Linux (Windows is super simple, only needs to download and install driver) but other than that it’s really is great. I’m upgrading my home network to support 10 GBit and this little thing comes along nicely.

  36. Vincent Huijts on May 4, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Single board beasts

  37. Abhishek Rajpurohit on May 4, 2021 at 12:44 am

    Only because of you i get to know the amazing world of single board computers…and …linux operating systems………thank you very much…..😃😃😃😃🤗

  38. Insidious DrNine on May 4, 2021 at 12:49 am Case "designed in China" so you know it is quality stuff.

  39. Fantasy Engineered. on May 4, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Woa!!! looky@ those ”cores” nice….rock pi 4c…Oh droid..look here..well,what have we here? the rasberry pie…Mmm,Mmm…good…the Odyssey.ah good1…& much more,inc…:)

  40. matteusbeus on May 4, 2021 at 12:50 am

    I gather you can get an M.2 to PCIe for the x86j4105 and then get a graphics accelerator running on it.

  41. Tech Gamer - channel deleted on May 4, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Where udoo bolt gone uncle

  42. WRXS on May 4, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Great revue Chris, I have many of the SBC’s you evaluate on your channel. I for one have the LattePanda on my list of general do all SBC’s. Also my testing is in no way to be compared with yours. The Windows O/S was probably the clincher for myself. Regards, Richard from Canada..

  43. Warrentheo on May 4, 2021 at 12:53 am

    Minor nit-pick… What is on the bottom of the Odyssey? Number 1 pick, and don’t even see half the board ¯_(ツ)_/¯

  44. Pranav sreedhar on May 4, 2021 at 12:54 am

    hi chris.. can you do a review of RISC-V based boards as of 2020. I would love it if you could do a review of Sipeed MAIX lineup or even the Grove AI HAT for the Raspberry pi. Not too many people have cover RISC-V and I think you will do a good job at it! Thank you as always!

  45. Whoblue579 Beta on May 4, 2021 at 12:55 am

    am I the only one to notice the USB Cs at 0:18

  46. Gacheru Mburu on May 4, 2021 at 12:55 am


  47. maxpolaris99 on May 4, 2021 at 12:57 am

    RockPi 4c easy Boot from SSD ?

  48. John L on May 4, 2021 at 12:58 am

    Perfect timing!

    I hoped you would do a build again soon {(and still do)) but this was great for the media center complement for the home entertainment center. I just bought number one from amazon. That should give me the ability to watch videos less interesting than yours at faster playback speeds. Essential for documentaries.

    Love your channel

  49. yt3dkraft on May 4, 2021 at 1:05 am

    What about LattePanda Alpha 864s and NVidia Jetson Xavier NX?
    For me THESE are the real winners of 2020.

  50. Roma Ringo on May 4, 2021 at 1:08 am

    why SBCs dont use standart memory so-dimm ?

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