When comparing MinnowBoard Max vs Rock64, the Slant community recommends Rock64 for most people. In the question“What are the best single-board computers?” Rock64 is ranked 11th while MinnowBoard Max is ranked 25th.
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Pro Completely open source
MinnowBoard is a non-profit backed by Intel. meaning it gets advice for its architecture by Intel. But all hardware and software parts, including all drivers are completely free and open source.
Pro USB 3.0 available
The MinnowBoard Max has 2 USB ports, one of which is a USB 3.0.
Pro Great for hacking away
Other than releasing all drivers as open source, Intel has also made the schematics of the board available to download. This way, hackers can give it a try and build anything they want without restrictions.
Pro USB 3 Bus support
Pro Can have up to 4gb of low power RAM
Pro Gigabyte ethernet
Pro Beats Raspberry Pi on price and performance
Pro 4K/60h hdmi 2a
Pro Barrel power connector
More rugged connection. Less likely to be damaged.
Pro Extra Gpio pins
Pro Main header Pi 3 pin layout
Can use Pi shields.
Con Multi-USB hub almost a necessity
Because it has only two USB ports, one of which to be used for charging, a multi-USB hub is needed to connect a keyboard and mouse which are the absolute minimal external devices to be able to use and configure the MinnowBoard.
Con No official OS images have the kernel with GPIO enabled
Although this is not the board's fault per-se, no official OS image has enabled support for GPIO. But if the kernel is compiled from source, it can be compiled with GPIO and PWM enabled.
Con Lack of support, Unstable USB 3,
Only Android with TV UI is available. It is almost unusable with a touchscreen display.
Community is somewhat helpful but is very small. The board developers do not participate in community discussions. No regular Android build available. Lack of accessories and project guidelines.
Con Power connector is not MicroUSB or MiniUSB
Can't use power banks as a power source because of that.