System76 have today revealed a refreshed Oryx Pro laptop. The first to come from System76 that features both their System76 Open Firmware, System76 Embedded Controller Firmware and NVIDIA together. This was hinted at recently, when System76 engineer Jeremy Soller had mentioned they were working on it on Twitter.
Quite an exciting development, having a top Linux hardware vendor bring open source firmware that's built from coreboot and the EDK boot-loader to more models and with an NVIDIA GPU too so there's plenty of power involved. System76 said it "means that users get lightning fast boot times, enhanced security, and firmware updates accessible through their operating system" plus "open source firmware gives a look inside the code, so users can keep track of what’s happening with their data".
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The System76 Embedded Controller Firmware is important too, available under the GPL3 that they told us "grants you access and control over important functionality, such as your keyboard, fans, and battery". All together, it's an exciting push for more control across more hardware. System76 just keep on impressing.
Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
10th Gen Intel® Core i7-10875H, 2.3 up to 5.1 GHz – 16 MB cache – 8 cores – 16 threads
15.6" or 17.3" FHD (1920x1080) 144 Hz refresh rate, Matte Finish
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, 2070, or 2080 Super
(NVIDIA driver currently unavailable on Windows)
Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4 @ 3200 MHz, 8GB DDR4 as standard
2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), Up to 4 TB total
USB 3.2 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 3 x USB 3.2 (1 x powered USB, AC/DC), SD Card Reader
Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chicklet US QWERTY Keyboard
Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth
1 x HDMI (w/HDCP), 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.4), 1 x Thunderbolt 3
2-in-1 Audio Jack (Microphone / S/PDIF Optical output), 2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Stereo Speakers
1.0M HD Video Camera
Disabled ME, Kensington® Lock
Embedded 3 cell Polymer battery pack 73Wh
180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz
Dependent on display size (Height × Width × Depth):
15.6": 0.78" x 14.07" x 9.37" (19.81 x 357.38 x 238.00 mm)
17.3": 0.78" x 15.60" x 10.43" (19.81 x 396.24 x 264.92 mm)
With NVIDIA's expanded PRIME support on Linux now, the Pop!_OS Linux distribution from System76 allows the ability to easily toggle between Intel and NVIDIA giving the best of both worlds when you need it. For a laptop, it's a bit of a beast and for gaming that looks pretty ideal.