There are tons of single-board (SBC) options. The Raspberry Pi is arguably the most popular SBC on the market with loads of official and third-party community support. However, options such as the Odroid XU4 prove excellent Raspberry Pi alternatives. The ASUS Tinker Board is a solid maker board with tons of uses. Learn more about getting started with the ASUS Tinker Board with an ASUS Tinker Board review and tutorial!

ASUS Tinker Board Specs

The ASUS Tinker Board comes in two variants: The vanilla ASUS Tinker Board and ASUS Tinker Board S. Its base model comes equipped with a Rockchip RK3288 Cortex-A17 quad-core system on a chip (SoC) processor. You’ll see quad-core processing as high as 1.6GHz, and single core processing up to 1.8GHz. There’s an ARM Mali-T674 GPU with 4K support over HDMI. Onboard, there’s a decent 2Gb of DDR3 RAM.

For connectivity, the ASUS Tinker Board offers 802.11 b.g.n wireless and Bluetooth 4.0. There’s a microSD card slot, and four USB 2.0 ports. You’ll find a 15-pin MIPI CSI slot as a camera interface, and a 40-pin GPIO header. For power, the ASUS Tinker Board uses a micro USB port and it’s compatible with a variety of operating systems (OSes).

Upgrading to the ASUS Tinker Board S adds 16GB of eMMC, a smart audio jack, HDMI-CEC support, and better power management. 

ASUS Tinker Board specs:

  • Rockchip RK3288 Cortex-A17 quad-core SoC
  • ARM Mali-T764 GPU
  • Up to 4K video support
  • 2GB DDR3
  • 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4 x USB 2.0 ports
  • 1 x 15-pin MIPI CSI slot
  • 1 x 40-pin GPIO header
  • micro USB port for power
  • Compatible with many OSes including Debian Linux

ASUS Tinker Board S specs (same as ASUS Tinker Board plus): 

  • 16GB eMMC
  • Improved power management
  • Smart audio jack

Getting Started With the ASUS Tinker Board: What You’ll Need

Spinning up ASUS Tinker Board projects is pretty simple. For a basic configuration, you’ll only need the ASUS Tinker Board, a microSD card, micro USB power supply, optional but recommended case, input peripherals, and an operating system image.

What you’ll need:

  • ASUS Tinker Board SBC
  • microSD card
  • ASUS Tinker Board OS image
  • micro USB power supply
  • Case (optional, recommended)

Total Cost: For the ASUS Tinker Board, you can snag the board alone for around $57. Then, you can get a kit complete with case, cooling fan, and power supply for $20. That/s around $80 for the Tinker Board. The ASUS Tinker Board S retails for $85, bringing its cost to around $105. Unless you require HDMI-CEC and an eMMC module, the ASUS Tinker Board delivers virtually the same experience as a much lower price.