I get emails from people all the time asking me “which is better – the cc3d or the naze32.” So I decided to answer this question once and for all. This article will compare the cc3d vs naze32.

I own both the Naze32 and the OpenPilot CC3D and both have their advantages and disadvantages. Lets compare them.full_naze32_blue

To begin with, both the Naze and CC3D are high quality flight controllers and will come fully packaged and soldered well if you order them from their company website.

The CC3D and Naze32 have very similar features such as the same 32bit STM32 F103 processor. They are also both exactly the same size, coming in at 36 x 36 mm. However, they differ in the fact that the Naze32 has a MPU6050 acc/gyro whereas the CC3D has an MPU6000. Also the Naze32 uses a MicroUSB port whereas the CC3d utSKU153975-38ilises a MiniUSB port. In my opinion, I defiantly prefer the MicroUSB as I always have spare MicroUSB cable lying around (to charge my headphones or something). The only downside to the Naze is that it doesn’t have the 16MBit Flash Chip 25P16VP. It’s not really that much of an issue however and so I would recommend that you buy the Naze32.

Now, the Naze32 has two softwares that it can run – OpenPilot GCS or Baseflight. The Baseflight software was effortless to setup and run whereas I found the OpenPilot GCS much more complex as there are just so many different options.

You can also run Baseflight on the CC3D if you install “Cleanflight.” You then join this to your computer and the CC3D should run with no problem.

To Cut To The Chase – Which One You Should Buy

I think it is clear that I am more of a fan of the Naze32. This is because it’s more of a “plug-in and play” flight controller whereby it is easy to attach your radio and any other components that you need as the Naze has the standard plug pins. If you buy the CC3D you will need to do a little extra soldering. It is also much more effort to install cleanflight on the CC3D than it is with the Naze32.

With that being said, the CC3D is much cheaper, and you can still run cleanflight – you just need micro-connectors. Also it has a 16Mbit flash chip so that you can get the Blackbox on your multicopter.

It’s a win win situation – both of these flight controllers are great but I would personally go with the Naze 32.


  • I run both naze32 and cc3d both are running betaflight. So far both are plug and play. I am not sure what soldering you have to do on the cc3d. The cc3d I bought for 12.99 had no soldering to do. If naze did not come out with rev 6 I would not have gotten it because I use a serial protocol which would have require an inverter. Naze32 you have to solder pins. Cc3d you do not have to. With all that being said. It was confusing going from open pilot GCS to cleanflight but the learning curve is definitely worth it and becomes second nature and for whatever reason betaflight default pid’s fly good to great with some minor tweaking whereas GSC is very hard to get that good tune. Hardware is not really the issue it’s all in the firmware. My answer betaflight using cleanflight configurator. The processor are also in dispute. The rev 6 processor which is the latest has some noise issues that can be corrected. 6000 or 6050. some swear by either.

  • Huh. I have a CC3D with micro USB. And I really had no issue using LibrePilot to configure the board. Also, the basic tune provided by LibrePilot for my ZMR/QAV 250 clone was extremely stable and very flyable. Far easier and more plug and play than my Pixhawk. I can’t imagine it (Cleanflight/Naze32) being much easier, but maybe it is.

    Sounds like a perfect excuse to pick up a Naze32 today and build another quad to see what all the fuss is. :-D.

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