When comparing Orange Pi PC vs Rock64, the Slant community recommends Rock64 for most people. In the question“What are the best single-board computers?” Rock64 is ranked 10th while Orange Pi PC is ranked 14th.
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Pro Extremely cheap for what it promises
The Orange Pi PC is extremely cheap, especially compared to the SBCs it competes against.
Pro Great value for the price
Great little linux box for the price
Pro Supports almost all OSes supported by Raspberry
Orange Pi supports Raspbian, Ubuntu, Android and many more operating systems. It claims to support all OSes supported by Raspberry Pi and it seems to be true most of the time.
Pro Can have up to 4gb of low power RAM
Pro Gigabyte ethernet
Pro USB 3 Bus support
Pro Beats Raspberry Pi on price and performance
Pro Main header Pi 3 pin layout
Can use Pi shields.
Pro 4K/60h hdmi 2a
Pro Barrel power connector
More rugged connection. Less likely to be damaged.
Pro Extra Gpio pins
Con First Party OS support is practically non-existent
Con no wifi
Con Has some thermal throttling issues
The Orange Pi can get pretty hot, up to the point where it needs to shut down cores to keep it from locking up.
Con Has problems with slow microSD cards
Anything less than a class 10 TF/microSD card will probably not work with the Orange PI. Since the testing and production of the Orange Pi was rushed massively, as a result it cannot step down to be more compatible with slower SD cards. Although it should be mentioned that this is not that much of a problem since you can get class 10 microSD cards for pretty cheap nowadays.
Con No video connector natively
Must use RPIO equivalent to wire any video.
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.