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Server Upgraded to Raspberry Pi 3

Since December last year, both bendayo.com and junkocooper.com had been running on my Raspberry Pi 2 Model B server. Recently the Raspberry Pi Foundation released their newest model, the Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, and I decided to grab one as a replacement.

The main differences are:

  • A 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core ARMv8 CPU
  • 802.11n Wireless LAN
  • Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Of all the new features, I’m solely interested in the increased clock speed of the CPU. 300Mhz is a big jump – 25% faster than the Pi 2. Hopefully it will make the server more snappy when serving files, processing scripts, and performing daily backups.

The server is hard-wired into the network, so I’m looking forward to an update of raspi-config, the Pi configuration utility, that would allow Pi 3 users to disable the onboard wifi/bluetooth radios. I have no use for them and would prefer to reduce the RF noise near to my home studio.

I’ve noticed it runs a little hotter than the Pi 2, and I have it contained in a metal case. I’ll update the site if there are any cooling issues to be concerned about.

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