Giveaway Week – A80 Optimusboard Development Board

Together with Rockchip RK3288, Allwinner A80 is one of the most powerful Chinese ARM processors for mini PCs or development board, and today I’m starting a giveaway for A80 OptimusBoard development board based on Allwinner octa core big.LITTLE processor.

Top of A80 OptimusBoard (Click to Enlarge)
Top of A80 OptimusBoard (Click to Enlarge)

When I got the board last year, it was indeed powerful as shown in benchmarks. But unfortunately after Allwinner provided me with a new firmware supposed to fix some NTFS write performance issues, I quickly discovered it also had some stability issues whose reasons were not clear, and Merrii Technology support is not very good to say the least, at least for hobbyists, and even now there’s no operating system for download on the board page. Luckily PcDuino Arches (previously known as PCDuino8) is basically the same, and you can download some Lubuntu & Android images on Linksprite website instead. The firmware has not been updated since 2014 however.

A80 OptimusBoard with Power Supply and Debug Cable (Click to Enlarge)
A80 OptimusBoard with Power Supply and Debug Cable (Click to Enlarge)

To enter the draw simply leave a comment below.

Other rules are as follows:

  • Only one entry per contest. I will filter out entries with the same IP and/or email address.
  • Contests are open for 48 hours starting at 10am (Bangkok time) every day. Comments will be closed after 48 hours.
  • Winners will be selected with random.org, and announced in the comments section of each giveaway.
  • I’ll contact the winner by email, and I’ll expect an answer within 24 hours, or I’ll pick another winner.
  • Shipping
    • Free EMS for winners with a shipping address in Thailand
    • $15 for registered airmail small packet for the rest of the world payable via Paypal within 48 hours once the contest (for a given product) is complete.
    • If Paypal is not available in your country, you can still play, and I’ll cover the cost of sending the parcel by Sea and Land (SAL) if you win.
  • I’ll post all 7 prizes at the same time, around the 11th of November
  • I’ll make sure we have 7 different winners, so if you have already won a device during this giveaway week, I’ll draw another person.

Good luck!

A80 OptimusBoard development board is still available for purchase for $140 on up on eBay, Aliexpress, and GeekBuying.

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Anis
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Anis

hello
i’m in
good luck evryone

jeff
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jeff

why not, I’ll throw my name in the hat. Thanks! By the way, I like reading your reviews.

Tomasz
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Tomasz

Hi,
I can really use this board 🙂

Beq
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Beq

Allwinner did a good jod for A10, but now they seem not be able to compete with Rockchip now.

Yohanes Nugroho
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Never had an 8 core board before. So I am In.

Gabriel Tanase
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Gabriel Tanase

i’m in

Paul Philip
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Paul Philip

Hi I am in

Marc LALLIER
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Marc LALLIER

I’m in

memeka
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memeka

yay!

Rob Hart
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Rob Hart

Too lovely, thanks again.

R. D.
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R. D.

Sounds like a challenge, I’m in.

Nitin Bhaskar
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Nitin Bhaskar

Count me in!!!

Peter van der Walt
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Ooooh now thats the one i have been eyeing for the giveaway! Holding thumbs!

Luke
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Luke

Why not.. would love to enter

James
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James

Ill take one thanks 🙂

Bamvor
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Bamvor

i’m in

sky770
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sky770

Looking cool..
Hoping the wagon in 3…2….1… 🙂

Kiran
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Kiran

Truly,
Would like to have it.
Best of luck everyone.

Peter
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Peter

Please pick me.

Ohmohm
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I’m in. Thanks.

NoBlockNet
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Great!

ben
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ben

me please

Shaun
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Shaun

Board looks great, would love to give it a shot!

daesh
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daesh

i win…

Kleer Kut
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Kleer Kut

That board with Lubuntu would be an awesome low power PC! Sweet deal!

Walter
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Walter

I’m in.

Jordon Wu
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Jordon Wu

like this

ni4ata
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ni4ata

i’m in

bberic
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bberic

great

MigSu
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MigSu

thanks for this giveaway!

Bazsi
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Bazsi

I’m in

Mike
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Mike

I Am in too, like it

Robert
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Robert

I’ll take it ?

Jiri
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Jiri

i’m in

Steve
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Steve

I really wish they would update their firmware more often

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Miklós Mácza

Thank you!

Jorge
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Jorge

I’m in

Andrzej
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Andrzej

I’m in.

Stephen Fleming
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Stephen Fleming

I’m in to.

Victor
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Victor

how lucky am I? =)

Wojciech Lubicz-Lapinski
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Wojciech Lubicz-Lapinski

Please – me 🙂

xUnit
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xUnit

I’m in!

arrhenius
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arrhenius

im in

Yuriy
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Yuriy

I’m in.

Member

Here’s how I earn $140+/hour. Jkjk. Thanks for all the great content.

moras86
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One more time, I’m in.

errepunto
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errepunto

I’m in.

Koxx
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Koxx

Hi, I am in too !

Member

This is the one! I feel it!

maurer
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maurer

me 2