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System76 tease their new 'Kudu' laptop with the AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX

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Looking for a new high-end laptop for your Linux needs? System76, makers of Pop!_OS have teased their latest with the Kudu that blends together the worlds of AMD and NVIDIA.

"The Kudu laptop is for expert multitaskers. The rub-belly-pat-head types. The Mach 12 errand runners. The kind of thinker who can open 10 doors with 1 makeshift key.

Whatever your missions, get them done faster with the Kudu laptop. Between the H-class CPU and 3000-Series NVIDIA graphics, you’ll be the ultimate conductor in a multitasking concerto." — System76.

Starting at $1899, this is one laptop that sounds like it will handle close to anything you throw at it. With the choice of having it pre-installed with Pop!_OS 21.10, Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS.

They're only teasing it but they did at least give out the basic specifications, although they don't note what the base model will have in terms of RAM and things like that, we're just given vague details on the max support so far:

Processor

AMD Ryzen™ 9 5900HX: 3.3 up to 4.6 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads

Display

15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD Matte Finish, 144Hz

Graphics

NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060

Memory

Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz

Storage

2 x M.2 SSD(PCIe NVMe). Up to 4TB total.

Expansion

1× USB 3.2 Gen 1 Type-A, 1× USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A, 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C, 1× USB 2.0 Type-A

Input

Multitouch Clickpad, Multi-Color Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard

Networking

2.5 Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi 6, Bluetooth 5

Video Ports

1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.4, 1 × HDMI(w/HDCP), 1 × USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C w/ DisplayPort 1.4

Audio

Stereo Speakers, 1 × Headphone/Microphone Combo Jack, 1 × Microphone Jack

Dimensions

14.21″ × 10.16″ × 1.14″ (36.09 × 25.81 × 2.90 cm)

What do you think to this new model? No word on release date yet but they do say stock will be limited so you may want to head to the page and sign up to be notified.

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sarmad 6 Jan
What's the point of this laptop and how is it different from the Oryx Pro, which is similarly powerful but thinner? For some reason System76 thinks that Linux enthusiasts who are asking for an AMD laptop are asking for an AMD CPU rather than an AMD GPU. Can someone clarifies this to them that we are actually asking for an AMD GPU, not CPU?
Why can't I get a pure AMD Ryzen/Radeon Linux laptop? They always have to throw in NVIDIA.
I'm so bummed.
chowder 7 Jan
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Quoting: LoftyMight want to hold off on spending near 2K on a laptop when the next gen Intel and AMD are just around the corner. Not to mention APU/GPU refreshes.

Would be nice if these larger powered Linux Vendor laptops came with libre/coreboot to really set them aside from just buying from every other vendor and slapping (Arch) Linux on it.

System 76 laptops do come with coreboot look at one of their listing below. I've talked to the people over at system76 when I had my own business, and they are wonderful to deal with.

https://system76.com/laptops
KohlyKohl 7 Jan
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Quoting: LoftyMight want to hold off on spending near 2K on a laptop when the next gen Intel and AMD are just around the corner. Not to mention APU/GPU refreshes.

Would be nice if these larger powered Linux Vendor laptops came with libre/coreboot to really set them aside from just buying from every other vendor and slapping (Arch) Linux on it.

The next gen is always right around the corner with technology...
grigi 7 Jan
Quoting: rustybroomhandle
Quoting: damarrinIt's Kudu or Kudo?

Kudu. It's a type of antelope.

Those Kudu's are glorious antelope.

When in the Drakensberg they are all over the place, and it's quite discouraging to see how fast it can climb the mountain. It will do in a half a minute that takes us half an hour.
Hamish 7 Jan
Quoting: sgtnasty369Why can't I get a pure AMD Ryzen/Radeon Linux laptop? They always have to throw in NVIDIA.
I'm so bummed.

System76 already sells this as the Pangolin:
https://system76.com/laptops/pangolin
iiari 7 Jan
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Waiting for S76 to move to 16:10 or, better yet, 3:2 laptop screens....
emphy 7 Jan
Quoting: Purple Library GuyWell, no doubt the laptop is very nice. I'm not sold by the marketing, though--all that breathless stuff about multitasking. Studies suggest that people aren't as good at multitasking as they think they are, and that switching tasks has a cognitive and time cost, so you're better off concentrating on one thing for a while.

And this marketing also ignores that the user is not necessarily multi-tasking when the computer is doing so. Not only having the pc doing stuff in the background while working on something different, but also running multiple programs to do a single job.
JVargas 7 Jan
Everytime I see a new product of system76 I get frustrated when I check their videocard...
dtantono 7 Jan
Quoting: rustybroomhandle
Quoting: damarrinIt's Kudu or Kudo?

Kudu. It's a type of antelope.
Kudu means "should be" in Javanese.
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