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Which Raspberry Pi 4 is right for me?

The new Raspberry Pi 4 is the first version of the popular Raspberry Pi Model B range to come in different RAM configurations, including the mighty 4GB powerhouse.

Whilst choice is a wonderful thing, it might be a little confusing for new users to decide which version to buy, or what the differences are. In this article we aim to help you to make an informed purchase and get the best value for money.

In order of price high to low (at the time of writing), let's take a look at the current line up of Raspberry Pi 4 boards.Raspberry Pi 4 Model B

Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB version 1.5GHz)

This is the current King Kong of Raspberry Pi, sporting a whopping 4GB of RAM and a powerful 1.5GHz processor. It's also the most expensive Raspberry Pi 4 in the family.


Like all Raspberry Pi 4 versions, the 4GB option comes with the same great set of features - USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual micro-HDMI (4K), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C power and much more.

The only difference between this version and the other Raspberry Pi 4 options is the amount of RAM. 4GB is a huge amount of memory, catering for the most demanding projects and applications.

New users, users with less-demanding projects, or those not using a display (headless) could save money opting for a lower memory version without losing any functionality. However, buying the 4GB model could be seen as a way of future-proofing yourself as you progress to more advanced projects with the Raspberry Pi.

Raspberry Pi 4 (2GB version 1.5GHz)

The 2GB version of the Raspberry Pi 4 is the sweet spot between price and features. It's priced, as you'd expect, between the 1GB and 4GB versions.

The 2GB of RAM is still sufficient to run game emulators and other intensive applications, however won't quite have the grunt that the 4GB board offers. If you don't see a need for 4GB of RAM, save yourself some money and grab this all-round performer - after all, it's still double the RAM of the previous Raspberry Pi 3B+.

In terms of features, you'll get the same great functionality as the other Raspberry Pi 4 boards (USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual micro-HDMI (4K), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C power + more) as well as the new 1.5GHz processor.

Raspberry Pi 4 (1GB version 1.5GHz)

The 1GB board is the cheapest option in the Raspberry Pi 4 line up.
It's a great way to grab all of the exciting new features that the Raspberry 4 offers (USB 3.0, Gigabit Ethernet, dual micro-HDMI (4K), dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 5.0, USB-C power + more) whilst spending as little of your hard-earned cash as possible.

The 1GB of RAM is still sufficient for graphical applications, web browsing and emulation, however performance won't reach the levels of the 2GB and 4GB variants. The processor is the same powerful 1.5GHz chip found on the other Raspberry Pi 4 models.

A fantastic affordable option for new users or as an upgrade from a Raspberry Pi 3. 

Take your pick

The Raspberry Pi hasn't been released in different RAM flavours previously, however we hope this article helps to explain the differences between them - and crucially - how to avoid spending more than you need to for your particular needs/projects.

Don't forget that in terms of operating systems, peripherals, software and the GPIO, these Raspberry Pis will all work in the exact same way.

It's also worth mentioning that this article covers just the Raspberry Pi 4. The Raspberry Pi 4 can be considered both the perfect beginner board whilst also being a powerful option for experienced users - however there's also the previous Raspberry Pi 3, ultra-affordable Raspberry Pi Zero and the slim Model A+ available.



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