Users have been pestering Linux hardware vendor and Pop!_OS distribution maker System76 for some time to make an AMD powered laptop, even in our comments we've seen plenty of calls for it and so they listened. Today they announced the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS.
System76 say it has desktop-level power in a portable housing, making it "uniquely positioned for a wide variety of uses". They're not really overstating that either. The new Serval WS will come with either the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3600, 3700X, or 3900 CPU making all models quite a power-house and good for gaming too.
Have a look at some images provided by System76, including a sweet interior shot - click for a gallery:
"Our twelfth generation Serval WS breaks new ground with AMD Ryzen desktop CPUs in a laptop starting at only $1,299," says Carl Richell, Founder and CEO. "As such, it's the perfect companion for professionals requiring desktop performance while mobile."
Not only does it have a top processor, it's not short on the graphics side either. They didn't go with AMD for graphics though, sticking with NVIDIA instead giving the choice of either an NVIDIA GTX 1660 Ti or an RTX 2070. On top of that you can kit it out with a huge amount of hard drive space with up to 4TB NVMe.
Here's the full specs they sent over:
Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 5 3600: 3.6 up to 4.2 GHz - 6 Cores - 12 Threads
3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 7 3700X: 3.6 up to 4.4 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads
3rd Gen AMD® Ryzen™ 9 PRO 3900: 3.1 up to 4.3 GHz - 12 Cores - 24 Threads
15.6” FHD (1920x1080) Matte Finished, 120 Hz
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2070
8GB DDR4 2933Mhz as standard, upgradeable to 64GB dual-channel DDR4
2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), 1 x 2.5" 7mm height drive, Up to 8 TB total
2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C), 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader
Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard
Gigabit Ethernet, Intel® Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth
HDMI (w/HDCP), Mini DisplayPort (1.4), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C w/ DisplayPort (1.4)
2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Microphone Jack, Stereo Speakers
1.0M HD Video Camera
Removable 6 cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 62Wh
Dependent on Graphics:
GTX 1660 Ti: 180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz
RTX 2070: 230 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz
(Height × Width × Depth):
1.28" x 14.21" x 10.16" (32.51 mm x 360.934 mm x 258.06 mm)
5.95 lbs (2.70 kg)
Base weight. Varies on configuration
Fantastic to see System76 continue to expand. Over the last 2 or so years they've really become quite a force to be reckoned with in the Linux hardware and software space. Starting off from humble beginnings offering somewhat generic devices although with their full Linux tailored support, they moved onto their very fancy custom-built Thelio desktop line. From there they progressed even further into more open source with things like Coreboot and open firmware on the Lemur Pro from this year. This is another great step to offer more choice to consumers.
On another related note, System76 are hiring! They need a Software Engineer to work on their Linux distribution Pop!_OS. Seems you need to be US-based but you can do it remotely. Have a look on their jobs page.