After the release of the Raspberry Pi AI Kit, we tested four PIPs: X1001, X1004, X1011, and M901. X1001, X1004, X1005 and M901 etc. all support the hailo-8 ai ​​accelerator, but X1011 does not.

It should be noted that X1004 and X1005 uses ASMedia ASM1182e PCIe switch, it can't support PCIe Gen 3 speed, so even though we forced to enable PCIe Gen 3.0 setting in Raspberry Pi 5, it is limited by ASMedia ASM1182e PCIe switch, and speed is still PCIe Gen 2.0 5Gbps speed. when you use an hailo-8 ai accelerator, Raspberry Pi Fundation highly recommends using PCIe 3.0 to achieve best performance with your AI Kit.

Our tentative conclusions are as follows:

  • If you need to use hailo-8 ai accelerator with high performance, it is recommended to use X1015/X1002/X1003/M901/ the official M.2 HAT+ etc. When choosing these PIP boards, you should focus on whether there is a conflict between the camera cable and the PIP board installation, and enable PCIe3.0 to use hailo-8 ai accelerator. At the same time, you need to prepare an SD card as the system disk.
  • If you don't care about the high performance brought by PCIe 3.0, then you can consider using X1004, so that you can use any socket of X1004 to install NVME SSD as the system disk, and another socket to install hailo-8 ai accelerator, so as to have both.
Model Compatible with Position NVMe M2 SSD Length Support Matching Case Matching Cooler Support NVMe Boot Support PCIe 3.0 Support Hailo-8 AI Accelerator
X1000 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Not tested
X1001 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2260/2280 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Yes
X1002 Raspberry Pi 5 Bottom 2230/2242/2260/2280 P580 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Not tested
X1003 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 P579 / P425 Official Cooler / H501 Only Yes - Not tested
X1004 Raspberry Pi 5 Top Dual ssd: 2280 P579-V2 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes (Requires EEPROM 2024/05/17 version and above) NO Yes
X1015 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2260/2280 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Yes
X1005 Raspberry Pi 5 Bottom Dual ssd: 2230/2242/2260/2280 No matching case yet Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes (Requires EEPROM 2024/05/17 version and above) NO Yes
X1011 Raspberry Pi 5 Bottom 4 ssds: 2230/2242/2260/2280 X1011-C1 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes (eeprom 2024/05/17 and later VER) NO NO
M901 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2260/2280 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Yes
Q100 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2242 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Not tested
Q200 Raspberry Pi 5 Top Dual ssd: 2280 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 NO - Not tested
M300 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242 P579 Official Cooler / Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Not tested
M400 Raspberry Pi 5 Top 2230/2242/2280 P579 Official Cooler/ Argon THRML Cooler / H505/H501 Yes - Not tested