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The ODROID GPIO pins operate at 1.8V which means that it cannot support most accessories and sensors on the market which operate at 3.3V or 5V. But this can be fixed for the XU4 with the XU4 Shifter Shield which adapts them for voltages used in the market. It comes at an extra cost of $18 though. See More
It's clearly not a budget option for building a home NAS, but if you want performance and more importantly, scalability, then you'll reap the benefits of the extra upfront costs many times over as you upgrade the memory, add peripherals via USB-C and put that 7th Generation Core i3 processor to work. See More
The ability to harness the power of a standard 2.5" SATA III drive and an M.2 NVMe drive with four PCI Express 3.0 lanes means that sequential read rates in excess of 3GB/sec if both are SSDs. Add to that hardware RAID support and it's hard to imagine a more powerful digital storage platform anywhere near this size. See More
Once you've got a few Raspberry Pi/ODROID/Arduino builds under your belt, it's hard to ignore the high time cost involved in arriving at a finished product from such raw ingredients. Time being the one resource we can never acquire more of, I opted for a NUC kit for my most recent HTPC build and will never go back to its more primitive competition. This is an adult's machine, ready to be put to use in whatever manner you require, powered by one of the most mature processor designs yet made by man. See More
Peter J. Mello's Experience