Need your Raspberry Pi Four to run a contemporary graphics card? This engineer’s engaged on it

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This intensive mod has connected 4 working PCIe slots to the low-cost pc.

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Fancy hooking a high-end graphics card to your Raspberry Pi Four? Properly it could be doable.

Whereas the $35 – $55 Raspberry Pi Four can run the 20 year-old Quake III at an honest clip, trendy video games and 3D graphics are past the capabilities of its onboard graphics.

Till lately, the prospect of the Pi Four dealing with trendy 3D graphics utilizing a robust discrete graphics card appeared distant.

Now Colin Riley, member of the technical workers at chip designer AMD, has taken a major step in the direction of attaching a working, discrete GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) to the low-cost developer board.

Riley, no stranger to dissembling Raspberry Pi boards, desoldered the USB three chipset on board the Pi Four to reveal the pins beneath — as a part of a bid so as to add a working PCIe interface, the kind utilized by trendy GPUs.

Figuring out which pins have been essential was tough, because of the datasheet for the Pi’s VL805 USB three controller being confidential, however Riley tracked down helpful info on-line that allowed him to determine the pins that matter.

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Subsequent he used a microscope to scrub, prolong and add solder to the pins so a PCIe riser card and PCIe swap card enabling 4 PCIe slots could possibly be connected to the board.

After a number of makes an attempt at booting the Pi, and what Riley calls some “skilled wiggling” of the PCIe slot, Riley bought the board in addition. Even after booting, no PCIe gadgets have been detected, main Riley to tweak the Compiled System Tree for the Pi so it acknowledged the 4 PCIe slots.

Utilizing these PCIe slots, Riley was capable of join up a number of VL805-based USB3 playing cards, which he says work “nice”.
Getting extra hardware working with the PCIe slots seems tough, although Riley is engaged on it.

A SATA controller based mostly on a JMicron JMB363 is detected accurately and though Riley says there’s at the moment no driver, he describes his progress as far as very promising.

Riley even tried a few GPUs, the Radeon HD 7990 GPU and an Nvidia GTX 1060, as you possibly can see under. Whereas he is had no success but, Riley is now experimenting with a customized configuration to permit the PCIe Base Deal with Register to have sufficient house to map a GPU to Pi’s reminiscence. 


Picture: Colin Riley /

In a later replace Riley says on Twitter that a  “working GPU is unlikely, however will nonetheless give it a go 🙂 For me I noticed another person saying there was a chance I simply needed to strive it! If it finally ends up working I am going to strive constructing some open supply video games as will want rebuilt for ARM”.

Even when Riley does get a GPU working with the Pi, a contemporary GPU will likely be bottlenecked by the utmost throughput of the interface, which is roughly equal to that of PCIe

The lately launched Raspberry Pi Four marks a major improve for the Pi, introducing a brand new CPU and GPU, upping the Pi’s reminiscence to 4GB, introducing USB for quick storage, and including assist for twin 4K shows.

To seek out out extra in regards to the Raspberry Pi Four, take a look at our evaluation, our gallery, or our interview with Upton in regards to the new board.

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