The New Rock Pi 5 Is So Fast It Could Replace a Desktop PC! Reborn OS Arch Linux
Computer Ive done one other video on the Rock pie 5. So far, and in that video we took a look at Ubuntu and Android running on it, but uh ever since this chip, the rk3588 has been released to the public Ive been waiting on an Arch Linux distro, and we finally have it here with reborn OS. Now. Ive been messing around with this for the last week or so and uh. It actually works absolutely amazingly, plus we have full GPU acceleration throughout with this operating system, which really does help out with performance. So, if youre not familiar with the rock pie 5, this is a newer singleboard computer to the market with a very powerful little arm chip. This is known as The Rock Chip rk3588 weve got eight cores. It runs it up to 2.4 gigahertz, but I think one of the best things that this CPU has going for it is the GPU, especially with the newest updates to the Valley. Pan, Frost, drivers or otherwise known as firmware, were getting some amazing performance out of this GPU known as the Mali g610 MP4 when it comes to desktop style operating systems. Now, for my test here, Im going to be using a passively cooled heatsink, this is actually a heat sink from the odroid xu4. It does fit on the Rock pie 5 quite nicely and Im going to go with a 256 gigabyte, nvme SSD to run my operating system from if youre interested in learning more about the rock pie, 5 and reborn OS.
I will leave links for both in the description along with a link to my original video, but I want to give you a quick rundown here on the specs before we get into testing weve mentioned weve got that RK 3588 SOC 8 cores up to 2.4 gigahertz. The Mali g610 MP4 GPU, this version of The Rock Pi 5, actually has 16 gigabytes of LP ddr4 Ram weve got an nvme drive here. This will also boot from USB micro, OSD or emmc. Its really up to you and for this test here were going to be running reborn OS, which is based on Arch Linux, okay. So since this is the first time were taking a look at reborn OS, I did want to go over the install just a few little things here. I thought it was really awesome what they have set up here. Weve got an online installer and an offline installer and on the rock 5 you can actually install this to a Micro SD card and it will automatically transfer over to the nvme drive but Ive just flashed it directly to the nvme drive using an adapter Im going To do the online installer looks very familiar to other Linux installations were just going to go ahead and choose our location keyboard and, from here weve got several options for our desktop go with gnome. If you want to xfce weve got a mate lxde. I have been messing around with budgie, but I think for this one Im going to choose the gnome desktop and with this installation, weve got an advanced section which comes in really handy for installing applications we know were going to use down the road, so uh weve Got the backend system we can use a little drop down here, display setup Weyland directly on the install front end system.
We can install docker network manager, applet alternative, app stores. We can go with flat pack right out of the box, Leisure and entertainment browsers. So Im going to go with Firefox and chromium and I really did think this was pretty awesome that way we could choose exactly how we want to set this up and as soon as we get into it, we can just start using the operating system. We dont even have to hit up terminal to install any of this stuff gaming just check out arcade here few different games you could install and so on, and so on. I mean theres a ton of stuff that we can do with this even go with office. So we can go with the full office suite here, which would be Libra office were going to go fresh and once youve selected. Everything that you know you want to install were just going to go ahead and hit next set up our username and password and well just click next, its going to go ahead and install to that nvme Drive thats, where Im installing mine to and well be good To go itll reboot itself and well go directly into the operating system. Okay, so the installation is finished. I went with the gnome desktop. Originally I was going to go with budgie, but I just went right back to gnome here: Ive installed the g610 GPU drivers or the firmware there specifically for the GPU, and this thing is really Snappy.
Weve got full video acceleration across the board and everything is working really well. We get this little Welcome Center here, uh once you boot it up, we can disable it if we want to Im just going to close it down for now, Ive got a bunch of applications that I installed from the software Center. So if you did want to, you know not have to use terminal, youve got the add and remove software. Remember were on Arch here, so this looks very familiar to something like this steam decks desktop operating system thats. One way that I can kind of explain it to a lot of people out there right now. The very first thing I wanted to take a look at was just some video playback from YouTube. Since weve got full acceleration, we should be getting some really great performance here. Well, just head right over here, and one thing you might notice is we dont have the weird hitching going on when were moving these windows around, like you, see on some of these arm boards, with uh kind of hacked up, GPU drivers and well go ahead and Find a nice little demo here, 4K 60fps and Ill tell you Ive not had great luck at 4K, just yet, but 1440p plays really well. I only had five drop frames and thats really from the initial load in here, but we are at 1440p on the Monitor and the video itself at 60fps and the rk3588 is actually rated for 8K 60fps playback, but its really going to come down to Firmware and Drivers that allow us to do up to 8K Id say 4K 60 is definitely in the realm right now.
So the next thing I wanted to test was just a little 3D game now this is kind of one that I like to test on these arm chips. Its known as super tux car, you can download it from the software Center and in the past, on the same exact chip with different boards and different firmware. I didnt get great performance out of it due to uh. You know the GPU driver not being ready, but since we have that g610 GPU driver here installed, this is running at full. Speed were at 60 FPS with this game here and I know its not a super high end game, but its really cool to see this game here running at full speed on an ARM device. I know its not going to blow anybodys mind, but if you go ahead and lets say test this on a Raspberry Pi or another arm board with like an rk3’9 youll, see exactly what Im talking about runs at about 30 FPS lots of choppiness going on. But with this setup here were at full speed with super tux car so that Mali g610 firmware we have installed here, is really working out very well on this little system and of course we have to take a look at a little bit of PS2 emulation. So Im using ether sx2 you can head over to the website and download a development build. Unfortunately, I dont think these are going to be updated anymore, but uh they do have a Linux desktop variant that works on arm chips.
Remember, ether sx2 only supports arm, and if we head up here to settings, I did have to swap around a little bit with some of these games, but uh for the renderer we can go to Vulcan for the first game were going to be, testing were going To go to 3x, which is going to be 1080p, its an easier one to emulate, then well. Uh have to work our way down when we get up, but even with the harder to emulate. Games 1.5 x still looks good and its perfectly playable on this chip. Ive also got my Xbox controller set up so lets go ahead and get into some Crash Bandicoot, first one at 1080p, so the Wrath of Cortex is an easier one to emulate. Doesnt matter, if youre on arm or x86 – and I suspected wed – be able to go up to 1080 with this on the arcade 3588, not having any issues here were running at 16 is looking great. I also wanted to test out some harder to emulate games. So next up weve got a Ratchet and Clank, and with this one I actually had to take it down to 1.5 x to get a really nice frame rate out of it, and originally I had it at 2x, but I did have some slow downs when there Was lots of particles on screen, theres uh other settings that we can mess around with also like GPU palette conversion, and things like that were basically just in safe mode right now, trying to see what these things can do, and I mean this is running on an Arm chip, its not that bad and the final one here is Gran, Turismo 4 were at 2x resolution and with all of this I tested with the Vulcan back in some of these games May perform better with opengl but uh.
We just left it right there with Vulcan and PS2. Emulation on the arcade. 3588 is really awesome. So, overall, when it comes to reborn OS on the Rock Pi, 5 Ive had a really great time with it. I kind of wanted to experiment with a few different desktops and things like that. But you know what I found is you know either budgie or gnome works out really well and reborn is actually available for x86, its not just specifically designed for arms. So if you did want to test this on an x86 platform like a PC or your laptop, you could always do that Ill. Leave a link to the website in the description, but overall were seeing some amazing performance out of These Arm based singleboard computers and for a lot of people. I do think that this could replace their main desktop if you just use it for web browsing YouTube. Video playback, maybe some light photo editing. Then youd be good to go with a low powered board like this, but its still not mainstream. For you know AAA gaming or anything like that, but uh for a lot of people out there. I think they could definitely get by with something like this now, if youre interested in learning more about the rock pie, 5 and reborn os Ill leave. Some links in the description and I plan on testing this operating system out a bit more on the board. If theres anything else, you want to see running on this board with reborn OS.
Just let me know what it is in the comments below and I can throw it in the next one but thats going to wrap it up for this video.