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Milk-V Offers a Trio of RISC-V Raspberry Pi Alternatives

Chinese startup Milk-V appears to be building a new computer product line with RISC-V, starting with three boards. The $9 Milk-V Duo is similar to the Raspberry Pi Pico. There’s also a Raspberry Pi-style quad-core board and a micro-ATX system called the current masterpiece, the Milk-V Pioneer.

Milk V Pioneer

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Pioneer at its finest It comes in a micro ATX form factor and is the most “PC” looking board in the lineup. The Pioneer’s larger size allows it to deliver more power than other boards, giving it great expansion potential.

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Milk-V pioneer specification
SoCs Sophon SG2042
row 1 – cell 0 64 T head XuanTie C920 64-bit CPU (2 GHz)
RAM 4x slots
row 3 – cell 0 Up to 128GB DDR4 3200MHz
USB 8x USB 3.2, USB headers
depository 3 x PCIe x16 slots (PCIe 3.0 x8)
row 6 – cell 0 5 x SATA
row 7 – cell 0 Micro SD
Expansion 2 x PCIe x16
Power 24P ATX power connector

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If you don’t want to spec your own Pioneer, the Pioneer Box comes with 32-128 GB of RAM, a 1 TB NVMe SSD, an Intel X520-DA2 network card, and two 10Gbps SFP ports. The GPU role is on the AMD R5 230. It’s not a GPU on the list of best GPUs, but it does the job well enough. Power is provided by an MSI A350 350W PSU.

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