Where to buy a Raspberry Pi 5, pre-order, availability

This piece will help you pick up a diminutive Pi 5

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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.

RetailerRaspberry Pi 5 4GBRaspberry Pi 5 8GBLocationAvailability
Adafruit$60$80USSign up for notifications
CanaKit$60$80USPre-order – ships November
Chicago Electronic Distributors$60$80USSold out – notify when available
Micro Center$59$80USIn-store only
PiShop.us$60$80USPre-order available
Pimoroni£59.40£78.90UKPre-order available
SparkFun Electronics$60$80USPre-order available
The Pi Hut£49.42£65.83UKPre-order available
Vilros$60$80USSold out
Where to buy Raspberry Pi 5 links

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:

ComponentSpecification
CPUBroadcom 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
GPUVideoCore VII GPU supporting OpenGL ES 3.1, Vulkan 1.2
Display OutputDual 4Kp60 HDMI® display output with HDR support
Video Decoder4Kp60 HEVC decoder
MemoryLPDDR4X-4267 SDRAM (4GB and 8GB SKUs available at launch)
Wireless ConnectivityDual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0 / Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)
StoragemicroSD card slot with support for high-speed SDR104 mode
USB Ports2 × USB 3.0 ports supporting simultaneous 5Gbps operation, 2 × USB 2.0 ports
EthernetGigabit Ethernet with PoE+ support (requires separate PoE+ HAT)
Camera/Display Interfaces2 × 4-lane MIPI camera/display transceivers
Peripheral InterfacePCIe 2.0 x1 interface for fast peripherals (requires separate M.2 HAT or other adapter)
Power Supply5V/5A DC power via USB-C with Power Delivery support
GPIO HeaderRaspberry Pi standard 40-pin header
Real-time Clock (RTC)Powered from an external battery
Power ButtonIncluded
Raspberry Pi 5 detailed specs

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.

Kevin’s view

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!