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Orange Pi Win Plus Review: Allwinner A64 Powered Development Board

Product Introduction

Orange Pi Win Plus is a Development Board and a single board computer based on the All Winner A64 SoC, a successor of the previous Orange Pi Win with few changes in specification such as 2GB DDR3 RAM, External battery connector and 2Mb Spi Flash. This new SoC offers improved 64 bit quad core predecessor with above decent performance for the Buck, along with a wide selection of interfaces for developers and hobbyists, such as: LCD, HDMI, CSI, 40 Pins Header, Gigabit Ethernet LAN post, Four USB 2.0 Hosts, on-board WiFi with Bluetooth and more.

If you are planning to build a low cost NAS Device or workstation running Ubuntu or Debian OS, then this board mighty is a good and cheap solution for both DIY projects including product development. That said, for further information and price you are welcome to check Orange Pi official website and their Aliexpress store in the links posted below:

Buy It From Aliexpress

Orange Pi Official Website

Orange Pi Win Plus Development Board | Front

 

Orange Pi Win Plus Development Board | Rear

 

Orange Pi Win Plus Review focus:

  1. Product Introduction
  2. Main Highlights & Specifications.
  3. Product Package
  4. Package Content
  5. A Closer Look at the Orange Pi Zero Plus2
  6. Optional Accessories
  7. Software Support
  8. Power, CPU information, Stress Test, Temperature, Memory
  9. Final Words
  10. Pros / Cons

 

Orange Pi Win Plus Hardware specification
CPU H3 Quad-core Cortex-A7 H.265/HEVC 4K
GPU Mali400MP2 GPU @600MHz
Supports OpenGL ES 2.0
Memory (SDRAM) 1GB DDR3 (shared with GPU)
On-board Storage TF card (Max. 64GB) / MMC card slot , up to 2T on 2.5 SATA disk
8GB EMMC Flash
On-board Network 10/100/1000M Ethernet RJ45
On-board WiFi Realtek RTL8189ETV, IEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Video Input
  • A CSI input connector Camera:
  • Supports 8-bit YUV422 CMOS sensor interface
  • Supports CCIR656 protocol for NTSC and PAL
  • Supports SM pixel camera sensor
  • Supports video capture solution up to [email protected]
Audio Input MIC
Video Outputs
  • Supports HDMI output with HDCP
  • Supports HDMI CEC
  • Supports HDMI 30 function
  • Integrated CVBS
  • Supports simultaneous output of HDMI and CVBS
Audio Output 3.5 mm Jack and HDMI
Power Source DC input can supply power, but USB OTG input don’t supply power
USB 2.0 Ports Four USB 2.0 HOST, one USB 2.0 OTG
Buttons Power Button(SW4), Recovery Button(SW2), Uboot Button (SW3)
Low-level peripherals 40 Pins Header,compatible with Raspberry Pi B+
GPIO(1×3) pin UART, ground.
LED Power led & Status led
Other IR input
Supported OS Android, Ubuntu, Debian, Armbian

 

Package

Orange Pi Win Plus Board | Unboxing

Package Content

  • 1x One page quick guide
  • 1x WiFi Antenna (Wire type)
  • 1x orange pi win plus board

A Closer Look at the Orange Pi Zero Plus2

  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Top View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Rear View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Front View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Back View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Right View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Left View
  • Orange Pi Win Plus | Full View

 

Accessories

Additional Accessories are not included with the orange pi win plus board. If you are planning on buying the transparent case, It highly recommends buying a decent heat-sink for the A64 Chip with dimensions of 14x14x 14 mm (Max). In addition, to ensure decent cooling, It’s also very recommended buying a thermal pad for the pair of memory chips and apply them all with a sticky adhesive thermal paste. 

 

Orange Pi Win Plus | Optional Accessories

  • Orange Pi Win Plus Case | Full View

 

Case Design – Cons  & Pros

Although the case design was overall good with access to all interfaces,  and the board package includes a simple wire type antenna that worked pretty well inside the closed case, The case height should have to be designed higher for few reasons. For start, I was missing a hole for mounting an external WiFi antenna and also the bottom cover was designed in such way there wasn’t any extra space for adding thermal pads on both memory chips.

Orange Pi Zero Plus2 Inside Case

Software Support

In software support arena, the Pi Win Plus board currently supports the following main operating systems/ distributions:

  • Armbian
  • Android 6.0
  • Debian Jessie
  • Raspbian 
  • Ubuntu
  • DietPi

 

Personal Impression

After playing with few of the images in above list. The Android 6.0 image had few major problems. Audio through the HDMI port didn’t work, the keyboard also didn’t work and the image didn’t come pre-installed with google play store. The WiFi function didn’t work with in the  Ubuntu image didn’t That said, Debian Jessie image did work pretty well, and WiFi and Ethernet performance were good.

If you want to use this board as a “lightweight” Mini PC to surf the web, check emails and use LibreOffice suite than it will provide above decent performance, especially if you place heatsinks on all chips for optimal cooling. After talking to Xunlong company I was told that they will fix the Ubuntu and Android images, but couldn’t commit to a specific time frame when this issue will be resolved.

 

Debian Jessie | Xfce Desktop

Ubuntu | Xfce Desktop

 

Power, CPU Information, Stress Test, Temperature, Memory

 

Power

Depending on what apps are running in the background, with two occupied USB ports occupied for wireless keyboard and mouse the mode power consumption in idle mode with very light usage (Idle mode) ranged approximately between 4-5W. In more moderate usage Consumption jumped between 6.0-6.4W.

 

CPU Information

CPU Benchmark (Stress Test)

Test #1 – Consumption in Watts:

  • Number of threads Tested: 4, 20, 50
  • Before Test: 4.1-4.2W
  • During Test: 6-6.4W (Max)
Temperature

In the plastic case provided by Xunlong temperature measured was 53C. This temperature was measured in low system usage with Ubuntu Desktop Xenial without running any high apps. 

Memory Usage

Because Xfce is a very lightweight desktop environment, Memory and system resources consumption were relatively very low. Without loading any applications in the background. From a total of 2GB RAM, the OS utilized 308Mb I was left with 1.6G of free RAM.

 

Memory Benchmark

 

Memory usage (Ubuntu Desktop Xenial):

 

Final Words

Although I didn’t test all images this board supports, I have mixed feelings regarding Android and Ubuntu images that had problems. If you are looking for a cheap board to run Debian and other distributions such as Armbian, then this board will do it well.

 

Pros / Cons

 

Pros

  • 2GB RAM
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Good performance

 

 

Cons

  • No eMMC
  • Some images have issues.

 

 

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