Today, we get new announcements of development boards from ODROID and available on Hardkernel. The ODROID-H3 and ODROID-H3+ are two new platforms based on quad-core Intel Jasper Lake CPUs. This is an update to the boards that we reviewed before they disappeared a few months ago.
ODROID-H3 and ODROID-H3+ offer Intel Jasper Lake 2.5GbE Development Boards
The ODROID-H3 and ODROID-H3+ seem very similar except for the version of Jasper Lake CPU onboard. The ODROID-H3 has an Intel Celeron N5105. The ODROID-H3+ has the Intel Pentium N6005.
On the bottom, we get two DDR4 SODIMM. There is also a M.2 (PCIe Gen3) slot on the bottom for a SSD along with two top-side SATA ports.
Networking is again provided via Realtek RTL8125B NICs. Both NICs provide up to 2.5GbE speeds.
Previously we took a look at the ODROID-H2+ with H2 Net Card for Cheap 6x 2.5GbE.
These older platforms are built upon the Intel Celeron J4115 (Gemini Lake) processors. While one needs to add RAM and storage, the most fun addition was the networking card. The H2 Net Card offered four more 2.5GbE ports for a total of six.
While these were good platforms, the lack of a simple and nice case was challenging. We ordered a few cases and each time the result was underwhelming.
The ODROID-H2 was $119. The ODROID-H3 is $129 and the ODROID-H3+ is $165. For a N5105 device, that is starting to get closer to the lower-cost platforms like the Two Fanless Intel Celeron N5105 4x 2.5GbE options we reviewed. Here is the video on those and there is a huge forum thread about them.
Our big challenge with the new ODROID is really the pricing. If one adds a basic $20 case and other bits for a barebones, the N5105 is likely in the same price range as the N5105 4x 2.5GbE boxes that can sell for under $158 but with extra NICs and more assembly done. Of course, if you do not need the NICs nor a case, then the ODROID can be less expensive.
On the N6005 side, we found that this generally runs warmer, so we prefer the N5105 over the N6005. The $129 to $165 jump is a decent one for a relatively minor jump in CPU performance.
Overall, these look like very interesting new solutions, but if we do get one to review, we are probably not going to buy a cluster of them like the last time we reviewed the ODROID-H series.