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System76 announce their 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS laptop

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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:

Operating System

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

Video Ports

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


Kensington® Lock


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

According to System76 press the AMD Ryzen powered Serval WS will be available today, June 11. You can see more and order from The direct page for the Serval WS is here.

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.

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Purple Library Guy 11 Jun, 2020
I've noticed that when it comes to computer things where there are different options, it doesn't matter what it is, the general consensus can be that A is smoother and less buggy than B, but there will always be a couple of people whose experience is the opposite. It's like the way no matter how awesome the restaurant is, there will always be those couple of one-star reviews from people who apparently went to the Twilight Zone version.

Last edited by Purple Library Guy on 11 June 2020 at 7:01 pm UTC
sarmad 11 Jun, 2020
That certainly is a small and nice looking desktop machine.
Kercus 12 Jun, 2020
Quoting: ShmerlWell, picking Nvidia for graphics is a major no go for a Linux laptop. Pretty bad move on their part.

Let them make a proper AMD laptop.

Nvidia graphic seems to be the only good option for graphic when still Linux game maker like Aspyr don't support AMD graphics on some of their games, like Civilization VI
Shmerl 12 Jun, 2020
Quoting: K3rcusNvidia graphic seems to be the only good option for graphic when still Linux game maker like Aspyr don't support AMD graphics on some of their games, like Civilization VI

That hasn't been the case for years already. Some older games might say that since they were developed when Vulkan didn't exit, and Mesa didn't have OpenGL compliance. But it doesn't mean they actually don't work today.

Last edited by Shmerl on 12 June 2020 at 1:33 am UTC
jarhead_h 12 Jun, 2020
"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."

I feel like I'm beating my head against a wall. I want to buy an all AMD linux laptop with hardware killswitches. Purism only does Intel. Even for graphics, so nevermind about the killswitches. System76 is now using AMD CPU's.... and why exactly do we not have an option for a 5700XT?

So, with that being the case, I'm just going to buy one of these when the price is back down around $500 and save some cash(it will probably ship with Fedora32 by the time I buy one, and if not it's an easy install, plus the touchscreen will work with Inkscape):
Lenovo Flex 14 2-in-1 Convertible Laptop, 14 Inch FHD Touchscreen Display, AMD Ryzen 5 3500U Processor, 12GB DDR4 RAM, 256GB NVMe SSD, Windows 10, 81SS000DUS, Black, Pen Included

Last edited by jarhead_h on 12 June 2020 at 4:07 am UTC
Arehandoro 12 Jun, 2020
Calling that monstruosity portable or even laptop (Whose gonna put that heavy heater on its lap?) it sure is a game of irony :D

Glad to see an AMD CPU on it though. As many have stated, an nvidia gpu makes it less of an option as well. In any case, I hope it sells well enough so System 76 can continue adding AMD in their products.
finaldest 13 Jun, 2020
I will check this out and see if they ship to UK. I really need a high end reliable laptop that just works under Linux. If it has decent Cooling,CPU and GFX then I am all in if the price is reasonable.

I may just get rid of my Acer Predator AMD/Vega Laptop as its been a complete letdown under Linux due to AMD's horrible driver stack of which I have been waiting over 1 year for a fix. I get constant no AC power issues and GPU crashes with it so its impossible to game with under Linux. Will NEVER buy Acer products again, Ever.

I got this laptop because AMD was supposed to be better than NVIDIA. Please dont believe the hype.
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