Raspberry Pi 3 Model B vs. 3 B+: Which should you buy?

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Raspberry Pi Model 3B

$36 at Amazon



No Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Slower Ethernet speeds
The original Raspberry Pi 3B is still very capable. We know about these boards because we use these boards, and can offer all the guidance you need. The Raspberry Pi is a staff favorite when it comes to things like home automation or cool DIY projects. The Plus upgrade consists of a new spec for the processor that doesn’t really offer any advantage and some networking hardware changes to do — namely Gigabit Ethernet, PoE, and a new Du… The Plus update

Raspberry Pi Model 3B+

$38 at Amazon


Gigabit Ethernet
Power over Ethernet (PoE)
Dual-band 820.11ac Wi-Fi

A $2 price hike
The 3B+ does have a slightly faster revision of the Broadcom processor, but the real improvements are on the networking side. If you’re buying new, definitely spend the extra few dollars; but we wouldn’t rip out any model 3B board that is still working fine.