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VP2015
Level 7

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020

re: Ultra 2020 compared to the Ultra 2019

They always say the new model is the fastest one yet, but how much practical difference in performance?

Has anyone found any specifics on CPU performance & memory?

I found this comparison chart:2019 Roku models compared.png

https://developer.roku.com/docs/specs/hardware.md

Though undated, it includes the 2019 Ultra 4670X.

All of the standalone Rokus have the same ARM Cortex A53 CPU (though clock speed isn't stated) and same graphics API.

The Ultra 4670X has 2GB RAM, compared to 1GB (or less) for the others.

Maybe they'll update it to include the 2020 model soon. But I doubt that the 2020  Ultra offers much performance improvement over the 2019 Ultra, especially if using the ethernet connection.

DennisE
Level 7

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020

The one difference I found  between the 2019 4670R and the 2020 4800R (available 10/15-25) is you get a regular HDMI input with a HDMI cable vs HDMI Micro SD input without a cable.

Both are now $99.

I have not received my 2019 ROKU Ultra yet because it is on back order from Best Buy and Amazon.

 

poppy192
Level 8

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020

There were two updates since 2019 on Roku Ultra:  one in March and one in July 2020.  

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020


@DennisE wrote:

The one difference I found  between the 2019 4670R and the 2020 4800R (available 10/15-25) is you get a regular HDMI input with a HDMI cable vs HDMI Micro SD input without a cable.


There are additional differences with the 4800. It now supports Dolby Vision and the upcoming AC-4 audio codec. The audio codec will support a new version of lossy Dolby Atmos It is an improvement over the EAC-3 version. They also added Bluetooth for audio streaming from a connected device. Yes, they removed the SD card slot. But I also see they upgraded the USB connection to USB 3.0. 

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
poppy192
Level 8

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020

Oh, my gosh!  You are so smart. Way over my head. But...I did stop at Best Buy today before I got your reply and there is a new addition coming on the 15th so I will wait for it. Hoping Prime Day will offer it below the $99.00. Thanks!  

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wildsprite
Level 10

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020


@atc98092 wrote:

 

There are additional differences with the 4800. It now supports Dolby Vision and the upcoming AC-4 audio codec. The audio codec will support a new version of lossy Dolby Atmos It is an improvement over the EAC-3 version. They also added Bluetooth for audio streaming from a connected device. Yes, they removed the SD card slot. But I also see they upgraded the USB connection to USB 3.0. 

yes but that USB 3.0 likely has nothing to do with channel memory. I still want to know how much channel memory it has. I don't think it is unreasonable for me to want Roku to be up front about this.


 

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atc98092
Level 21

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020


@wildsprite wrote:

@atc98092 wrote:

 

There are additional differences with the 4800. It now supports Dolby Vision and the upcoming AC-4 audio codec. The audio codec will support a new version of lossy Dolby Atmos It is an improvement over the EAC-3 version. They also added Bluetooth for audio streaming from a connected device. Yes, they removed the SD card slot. But I also see they upgraded the USB connection to USB 3.0. 

yes but that USB 3.0 likely has nothing to do with channel memory. I still want to know how much channel memory it has. I don't think it is unreasonable for me to want Roku to be up front about this.


 


No, the USB port has nothing to do with that. It's only used for playing media from a USB device.

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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MARC-FL
Level 7

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020

2019 Roku Ultra vs 2018 and earlier Roku Ultra

They also removed the optical audio port found on the 2018 and earlier versions and replaced the micro-SD slot with a USB port.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/2019-roku-ultra-vs-2018-roku-ultra-user-speed-test-unboxing/

Does anyone know if you can disable (turn off) the wifi on the new 2020 version?  On the older ultra's, you could not turn off wifi.

atc98092
Level 21

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020


@MARC-FL wrote:

2019 Roku Ultra vs 2018 and earlier Roku Ultra

They also removed the optical audio port found on the 2018 and earlier versions and replaced the micro-SD slot with a USB port.

https://www.cordcuttersnews.com/2019-roku-ultra-vs-2018-roku-ultra-user-speed-test-unboxing/

Does anyone know if you can disable (turn off) the wifi on the new 2020 version?  On the older ultra's, you could not turn off wifi.


The original Ultra 4640 was the only one with an optical output. They removed it from all newer models. The SD card slot was available on all Ultra versions until this new one.

Highly unlikely WiFi can be completely turned off. Since the included remote requires WiFi functionality, it's a necessary function. For users that would prefer to use the wired connection along with an IR remote, My Sharp Roku TV uses an IR remote and is hard wired. When I check the hidden WiFi menu, there is no option to disable it. But it also shows zero signal output. 

Dan
Ultra (4640), Ultra (4670), Ultra (4800), Premiere (3920), Insignia 720p Roku TV, Sharp 4K Roku TV, Nvidia Shield, Windows 10 Pro x64 running Serviio and Plex on a wired Gigabit network.
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boogernose
Level 18

Re: Roku Ultra 2019 versus 2020