One step forward

Dear pi rocker,

We are very glad to tell that ROCK Pi X, the very first x86 sbc from us, it finally finishes the training and steps outside world for the community review. Currently the status is as below:

  • Windows 10 is running fine with eMMC
  • Ubuntu 20.04 is running fine with eMMC
  • uSD card booting is not supported
  • You can install OS to USB driver/USB HDD as well
  • HDMI/Audio/Mic/USB/uSD card is working fine under Windows
  • Need trivial fix for Ubuntu 20.04 configuration panel audio setting
  • AP6255 works under Windows with driver installation, for Ubuntu we need to add wifi/bt firmware
  • wifi/bt performance is not the best now, we are in the process of tuning it
  • PoE HAT works
  • 40P GPIO is not tested under Windows(any ideas how?)
  • Testing I2C/SPI under Linux is on the todo list, buses are exported

We are not planning big changes for the massive production, so if you are an open source software developer or you have some project ideas with ROCK Pi X, you can start a new topic, describing your project ideas. If people like your ideas and give hearts :heart: for you topics. We will send out the samples, the more like, the sooner the samples will be sent.

Currently we have only 4GB model B samples available.

If you want to evaluate ROCK Pi X for commercial projects, you can contact us or send PM to @radxa to learn more about the samples.

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Nice product, I hope you can make 8gb version one day for game server (I’ve tried on rpi 4/4Gb but no way to have stable and functionnaly windows serveur jvm).

Any plan for Manjaro Linux ?
4gb Model would be enough for most of the light weight server requirement which we can expect from the CPU.

Great work Radxa team.

Thanks :smiley:

Finally!

We have been waiting on it for too long now.

Seems that I’m not able to send PMs yet (or dont know how to do it) so I have used your contact form to query about the free hardware sample. I hope you will receive it.

I believe that Rock Pi X will be a perfect match for the kiosk/thin client systems we are developing. With upcoming video hardware decoding in the Firefox browser under Linux it should be a blast for the digital signage purposes as well.

All the best,
Tomasz

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@spikerguy Since, it’s an x86 board. It will support Manjaro Linux out of the box.

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Great to see this news.
Nice work. 4GB is great. I wonder what the clockspeeds are, and how BIOS looks like.
I’d love to do testing for you. And make a review video after all tests. And of course more video’s.

This is the perfect Armbian build machine for me. Now using the AtomicPi. The 2GB is a bit of a limit. And it’s clocked at 1.7Ghz while 1.9Ghz should be possible with this SoC.
Greetings,
NicoD

Z8350 is limited to 4GB max memory size.

Nice work. 4GB is great. I wonder what the clockspeeds are, and how BIOS looks like.

The clock speed is 1.92GHz turbo peak and 1.44GHz stable, the BIOS is pretty common AMI bios, the cool thing is you can access the BIOS via UART.

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I would be interested to test how to utilize this as a tv receiver and recorder, with ssd card. How can I get my hands on it?

I would like to apply for a sample. Although not a software developer, I could contribute by other means like testing and reviewing, while waiting for the final product.

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All that is very promising !

I have some questions, you don’t talk about the Gigabit Ethernet connexion, is this ok under linux and under windows ? it’s not in the list of the things that are ok under windows.
About how to test the GPIO under windows, it’s a good question, is this possible ? maybe the serial connexion with UART tx and rx. I remember Microsoft has developped Windows on things for Raspberry pi and it’s possible to use GPIO with it, but certainly because Microsoft has developped some tools to do it, because the Raspberry pi was popular, so finaly it’s not certain that we can do it easily.

I use windows 10 on a raspberry pi 3 with Windows on Arm with 1 Go only, we can already do interesting things even if there are of course some limitations, so with a X86 processor and 4Go, it can only be better, and offer more possibilities.

Will it be possible to boot on uSD, or is this impossible ? To my mind it’s not a true probleme if eMMC is ok, but It could be interesting just to have different OS via different uSD cards, because if we make a eMMC for Windows, we couldn’t change as easily for Linux.

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Hi all.

Very interesting too with a sample.
You say in the main page description that rock pi x support dual screen.
That is always supported ? I only seen one HDMI port and have you tested dual display?

Thanks for sll

A previous revision also had a DP port, but @jack mentioned it was removed as cherrytrail is not capable of handling dual display. However ark.intel.com reports 2 displays supported. Could someone explain this further?

Will it have PXE support? Is there gonna be an official case?

Also, what’s the MSRP (hackerboards says $69)?

Intel Cherrytrail is indeed capable of dual display, but not DP. It supports eDP instead, from our testing, routing eDP to DP port doesn’t work somehow and besides the gpu is not really that powerful to handle two 1080p. So we just dropped the DP port.

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Sounds great! I would love to have a sample board to test and review! I’ve made OSs for other boards such as the Raspberry Pi (3) and Atomic Pi and this board looks like another great board to test and of course recommend if it is working well :slight_smile: How about ethernet though? Is it 100 Mbps, gigabit, 2.5 gig? Which ethernet chipset is used for it? Does it come with the EMMc or is that a module which must be added?

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@jack I’m not a software developer, but building a NAS with Rock Pi 4, I have enough experience and additional hardware to showcase the Rock Pi X for NAS usage, and make a meaningful comparison with Rock Pi 4B in NAS role. Thus, I would like to apply for a sample, if this scenario interests Radxa.

Hi team. I didnt about Rock Pi until today when i heard the news about RockPi 4. Its very interesting that you are building something on X86 with small form factor. I have been using Raspberry pi for my sons projects. Would be excited if there is an option for hardware sample as well. If this has an 8Gb version or option to expand it would be great.

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Would I be able to run the x86 image of OPNsense (based on FreeBSD) on this?

I think the answer is yes :slight_smile:

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