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The original Pi had two main issues: its relatively low 700MHz clock speed and its smallish 256MB cache of RAM. Since its release factory-backed overclocking to 1GHz has become a reality and the RAM issue has now been addressed with this new second-gen Raspberry Pi with 512MB of memory.
This UK-manufactured board also includes a couple of welcome mounting holes for easier installation. We tested this out with our 3D printed case and it slotted in perfectly. The 512MB RAM does make a difference particularly booting into the LXDE desktop. By the time you go from the original stock 700MHz/256MB Raspberry Pi with the Debian Squeeze OS to an overclocked 1GHz/512MB version with floating point Debian Wheezy you’re getting a bench tested performance boost of approximately 39% – not a bad effort.
However booting from a command prompt to the desktop is improved by 178% on the first go and 60% thereafter. It’s still down by about 15% on the speed you can get out of an MK802 mini stick and it lacks a GPU but with H.264 video acceleration it’s still impressive.