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Whether you’ve been following or are new to the world of Raspberry Pi you’ve landed here to potentially buy a Raspberry Pi 5 unit. And why not? The diminutive computers are improving generation on generation and they’re perfect for anyone with an interest in computing and the will to build a capable little system for a fraction of the cost of traditional desktops.
We’ll cover a few more details about the Pi 5 itself further down in this post. But if you’re looking to buy a Raspberry Pi 5, or pre-order we’ll kick off with that information first.
Where to buy Raspberry Pi 5 – preorder retailers
Raspberry Pi 5 pre-orders started shipping to priority customers (including those with subscriptions to MagPi and Hackspace) on Monday, October 23rd. Pre-orders are available still, but some stores are already showing as ‘sold out’ likely due to limited stock. Below, as of the time of writing, we’ve noted the availability across US and UK retailers.
Do note that shipping may take several weeks, so be sure to fully read retailer information before confirming your order. you may also be limited to a single order. The raspberry Pi 5 is a highly-anticipated device, and there are plenty of people looking to pick one up – we’ll keep this page up to date with any major changes in availability.
|Raspberry Pi 5 4GB
|Raspberry Pi 5 8GB
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|Pre-order – ships November
|Chicago Electronic Distributors
|Sold out – notify when available
|The Pi Hut
Where to buy Raspberry Pi 5 accessories
Raspberry Pi 5 accessories are available from retailers that stock the Raspberry Pi 5. You can also order them directly from retailers that stock the Raspberry Pi 5 itself. This includes cases, power supplies active coolers, or heatsinks. However, at the time of writing, there are only limited options for Pi 5 accessories – usually the official option and one more alternative.
As time goes on expect more options to arrive as third-party manufacturers design accessories to the Pi 5’s specs, and options will be available at the retailers above as well as the likes of Amazon. Just ensure you buy for the right model.
Raspberry Pi 5 overview
The Raspberry Pi 5 should be arriving before the end of October. The new model comes with an improved processor and chipset, as well as a VideoCore VII GPU. Stand-out features include an on-board power button, a new ‘RP1’ southbridge which was designed in-house and is purported to offer 2x the bandwidth for use of peripherals. We’ve covered the latest info on our main Raspberry Pi 5 hub page, but here’s the specs overview for ease of sticking here:
|Broadcom BCM2712 2.4GHz quad-core 64-bit Arm Cortex-A76 CPU with cryptography extensions, 512KB per-core L2 caches, and a 2MB shared L3 cache
|VideoCore VII GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
|Dual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output with HDR support
|4Kp60 HEVC decoder
|LPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (4GB and 8GB SKUs available at launch)
|Dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
|microSD card slot with support for high-speed SDR104 mode
|2 × USB 3.0 ports supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation, 2 × USB 2.0 ports
|Gigabit Ethernet with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT)
|2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
|PCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals (requires separate M.2 HAT or other adapter)
|5V/5A DC power via USB-C with Power Delivery support
|Raspberry Pi standard 40-pin header
|Real-time Clock (RTC)
|Powered from an external battery
Is the Raspberry Pi still made in the UK?
Raspberry Pi models have a legacy of UK design, conception, and construction. But not all units conceived by the Cambridge, England-based company are necessarily made in the UK. While some are made in the UK, from Sony’s Pencoed factory in Wales, Raspberry Pi units have also been reported to have been made in Japan and China. Undoubtedly this aids global availabilty and reach.
Why is Raspberry Pi sold out?
In short, supply and demand. The Raspberry Pi is a very popular home computing unit, and supply of parts and units can’t always keep up with the want of users to pick one up. The new Raspberry Pi 5 is hotly anticipated, and that will drive up demand particularly where availability is limited. For previous models, supply was impacted by global factors including the COVID-19 pandemic. While we’re not aware of specific issues impacting the launch of the Pi 5 – the height of demand is likely to be a key factor.
We love the ethos behind the Raspberry Pi lineage, and we’re excited to see the possibilities offered by the latest iteration come to life. We’ve already taken a look at some Pi 5 DIY uses for anyone looking for a project. And we’ve compared the Pi 5 vs the Orange Pi 5 too. We can’t wait to bring more Pi and Pi 5 information to you, and will seek to keep you informed on the very latest as we have it!