Are you on the market for a beefy, general use or cluster computer, but do not want to break the bank or have a giant, power-hungry machine in your office? You might be thinking “nah, too many compromises, no way this is going to work”. Then think again, because you should never underestimate the power of the Raspberry Pi. Now, if you place 4 Raspberry Pi Compute Module 4 boards with the aid of a Turing Pi 2, there you have it!
The Turing Pi 2 (is of course, a second iteration) is a break in the trends of computing, due to its small size and enormous capabilities. Making use of the new Compute Module 4 from Raspberry Pi, it places up to four of them in order to provide as much or more computing power than its predecessor, which used seven Compute Modules 3+, downsizing an already small cluster! Right now, let us discuss the internals of the Turing Pi 2. Being a mini-ITX desktop cluster enables you to configure up to four Compute Module 4’s (CM4) with a maximum of 32 GB of RAM memory. Its mainboard includes connectors for Mini PCI Express, two SATA 3 ports, dual Gigabit Ethernet, an ATX power connector, HDMI output, and a DSI to which you can connect the official Raspberry Pi touchscreen, besides four USB ports (there is no confirmation that they are USB 3.0, but it is likely).
There is something you might be wondering if you own a Compute Module 4: they are not compatible with the Mini PCI Express, so how did they solve this issue? Simple, they designed an adaptor specifically for the CM4. They also considered the cooling issue we have been witnessing with the new Raspberry Pi modules. As they run hotter than hell (especially when we overclock them), a fan is necessary to cool each of the CM4 modules individually. A nice touch that will only increase the performance and the lifespan of your cluster.