This single-board computer is powered by an Intel Atom Cherry Trail processor, meaning it will run Windows 10 as well as a wide-range of Linux distributions.
If you’re in the market for a single-board computer much like the Raspberry Pi 4, but want it to run Windows, Radxa will soon have an option for you and it only costs $39.
As CNX Software reports, the Radxa Rock Pi X single-board computer uses an Intel Atom x5-Z8300 Cherry Trail processor, which means it should work with Windows 10 as well as the huge range of x86 Linux distributions out there. However, you may want to pay a little more than the $39 model price for some more RAM and wireless connectivity.
The Rock Pi X will ship in two versions called Model A and Model B. Model A is the cheaper of the two and starts at $39, but you don’t get WiFi connectivity or Bluetooth. It’s also limited to 1GB of RAM. There is a Model A with 2GB of RAM for $49 or 4GB of RAM for $65, and all three boards have Gigabit Ethernet.
If wireless is important, then the Model B Rock Pi X includes 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.2. It starts at $49 for the version with 1GB of RAM, with the 2GB version costing $59 and the 4GB version costs $75. Even at that price it’s a very cheap, if under-powered board for Windows 10. Linux will definitely run more smoothly, though, depending on the distribution and desktop environment chosen.
It’s important to note that on the 1GB versions of this board you’d be limited to Windows 10 32-bit because the 64-bit version requires a minimum of 2GB of RAM.
The Atom x5-Z8300 is a quad-core chip that runs at 1.44GHz with a Turbo boost up to 1.84GHz when required. Storage can be added to the board via MicroSD card or the eMMC flash socket and video output is by way of a HDMI 1.4 port allowing for up to 4K resolution at 30Hz. There’s also a USB 3.0 port, two USB 2.0 ports, and a USB Type-C Port.
We don’t know when the Rock Pi X boards will be released as they have only just appeared as product listings on HackerBoards.com. So for now, we should just expect them soon, which gives you a bit more time to save up for the preferable 4GB version of either board.