Best Single-Board Computers Under $200

Inforce Computing has introduced the new Inforce 6410Plus Single Board Computer powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor (APQ8064). Inforce 6410Plus is the next generation enhanced version of the time-tested Inforce 6410 SBC. The plug-and-play Inforce 6410Plus SBC provides product developers instant access to the rich I/O and connectivity of the well proven and quad-core processing power of the Snapdragon 600 SoC. New features, such as a short profile of just 16mm, GPS, support for dual-MIPI-DSI displays, and dual-MIPI-CSI cameras provide an ideal choice for embedded Android and Linux based applications. All of these new features are available at the same SBC price of $143 (board only) as that of the previous generation product.

This x86 box looks like a good fit for docker containers using RancherOS Linux that runs Docker directly on the kernel

RancherOS can be run from the ISO, so it runs in RAM with persisting state stored on disk if desired

RancherOS is a 20 mb Linux distro purpose built for running containers. In RancherOS everything, from system services to the console run as Docker containers. This makes upgrading and managing the OS as easy as using the Docker CLI.

In RancherOS, the Docker daemon runs as PID 1, the first process the kernel starts when it boots. We call this instance of Docker “System Docker,” as it is responsible for initiating system services, such as udev, DHCP and the console. Each of these system services run as containers. System Docker takes the place of the init system, such as sysvinit or systemd, in other Linux distributions.

Another way in which RancherOS is designed specifically for running Docker is that it always runs the latest version of Docker. This allows users to take advantage of the latest Docker capabilities and bug fixes.


This might sound like a stupid question but what kind of box do you put a SBC in? Every rig needs a home.

Personally I plan on trying a £75 Cubietruck in this £10.50 case which supports an internal drive, so no trailing cables.

Reasons for this are;

  • 2GB ram which I think might be important
  • Open Firmware (no spying)
  • Sata support for fast drive access
  • All in one case that looks nice
  • Fanless/ silent
  • Recommended hardware for running Freedombox which gives me handy access via a web gui to things like Owncloud.

I’m planning to offer some pre-configured SD cards for Cubietruck, running Freedombox software soon.




The Graperain Samsung S5P6818 single board computer is almost one third of the G6818 development board size, but with better performance than the G6818 development board. It nearly covers all the peripheral function of the development board, as well as onboard VGA, USB WIFI/BT two in one module, etc. Software: G6818 arm linux sbc is completely compatible with G6818 development board, it’s unnecessary to make any modification. Hardware: G4418 SBC is completely compatible with G6818 SBC, it’s only needed to change the SoC to upgrade A9 Quad Core to A53 Octa Core, convenient for clients to upgrade their products. It only 79$.


The Z-turn board from MYIR should be listed. Featuring with:

  • 667MHz Xilinx XC7Z010/020 Dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Processor with Xilinx 7-series FPGA logic
  • 1GB DDR3 SDRAM (2 x 512MB, 32-bit), 16MB QSPI Flash
  • USB_UART, USB2.0 OTG, 1 x 10/100/1000Mbps Ethernet, CAN, HDMI, TF, …
  • Onboard Three-axis Acceleration Sensor and Temperature Sensor
  • Ready-to-Run Linux Single Board Computer
  • Optional Camera and WiFi Modules, IO Extension Cape

I find it so amusing that while the blockchain world are all going crazy for more powerful and more power hungry miners, we are trying to find the less consuming and cheapest solution out there.

I really pity those who can’t see that the future of decentralization is MaidSafe haha


Yes and lets add rugged and open or foss equivalent hardware and verifable hardwardware for the mesh. Id love it if this thread started talking cases and batteries and solar cells and the whole bill of materials for: Autonomous SAFE Wireless Mesh Node- some nodes some fast point to point repreaters or both. At some point these things might be printable. When Onlive did their little magic box for boring through the net at great distance for real time game streaming their unit costs $10 to make and more than half of it was the cost of the plastic case. That was the magic of a custom ASIC on cost and performance, so maybe its custom FPGA stuff like what MS and Google have gone to for their server chips but hardware architecture is itself is flashable software and reconfigurable on the fly (advantage for hardware verifiability?) but so simple and cheap you could print it. MAID Safe’s parnters in Malaysia may be up to this task.

Keep in mind that if it has a PCI slot, as some of them do, then you can use a pci-SSD … which can be even faster than SATA.

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For a few years I have maintained this wiki page - chasing not sub-200-dollar but sub-150-dollar boards, optimal for running Debian as a server (FreedomBox, specifically):


This looks promising

Once bugs are ironed out


I’m shooting for something that does POE + SATA, not shure anything exists at the cheaper end with those.

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Really helpful list, thanks for pointing it out. Too bad they dont have RSS for those wiki pages.

Yeah, Debian wiki seems to have trouble with its RSS feed for several years - issue is tracked at

For POE + SATA needs (and no other requirements, so I apply my own preferences of OSHW compliance, industrial level components, etc.), I recommend +


This board would run 32bit Debian?

Thoughts on 32 or 64 bit hardware/OS for the sole purpose of single vault/ single HDD use? (i.e A64-OLinuXino looks good)

Looks like POE is always external with these boards?

Yes, its best to aim for 64 bit now. 32 bit is not going to be in the prime supported place any more it seems. So 32 bit systems will be supported “when there is time” basis and so I feel its time to only look at 64 bit hardware for anything new. That goes for OSs and SAFE.

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What Im wondering is what kind of case do you buy for these tiny computers? I mean ok you buy the wee board, external hard drive, whatever other goodies it needs, but like any other computer you need a box to put it all in. So what kind of case do you use for a computer so small and where do you get it?

Raspberry Pi for example had lots of plastic cases you can buy


Usually there is a third party case for them. Different ones for the different boards