When trying to buy a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B from the official raspberrypi.org products page (using the "or buy for business" link underneath the large "Buy now" button), I get sent to this specific product on the UK Farnell Element14 site.

The product description is RASPBERRYPI3-MODB-1GB - Evaluation Board, Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, Quad Core 1.2GHz CPU, 1GB RAM, WiFi/BLE, 40 GPIO Pins.

Why is the RPI described as being an evaluation board, and what does that mean exactly? Is there a "regular" board floating around?

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    Farnell just call any populated circuit board an 'evaluation board'. That is the correct Pi3 item.
    – CoderMike
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 7:27
  • They probably don't have the category "single-board computers", so I believe "Evaluation Board" is a misnomer since this belongs to the category "Microprocessor development board" and I believe that very few if any use Raspi for developing the on board microprocessor.
    – Stowoda
    Commented Oct 11, 2017 at 9:28

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There aren't different grades of Raspberry Pi, just different models. What many online resellers are doing (including this one) is labelling the board as an "evaluation board" when sold all by itself, instead of a bundle or kit when it ships with a case, power supply, SD card and whatnot.

  • I am not aware of there being more than one model of Raspberry Pi 3 Model B. Did you meant that there are different bundles sold by resellers?
    – Silviu G
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 10:37
  • @SilviuG There are different models of the Raspberry Pi: model 3B, model 2B, model 1A, model 1B. There are also different bundles sold.
    – tlhIngan
    Commented Nov 10, 2017 at 18:19
  • My question was explicitly about Raspberry Pi 3 Model B as specified in the previous comment, but I get your point. Thanks!
    – Silviu G
    Commented Nov 11, 2017 at 9:43

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