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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:


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


15.6″ 1920×1080 FHD Matte Finish, 144Hz


NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060


Up to 64 GB DDR4 @ 3200 MHz


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


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


Multitouch Clickpad, Multi-Color Backlit US QWERTY Keyboard


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


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


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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Quoting: Fakeman_Pretendname
Quoting: Hamish
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:

That's still only an integrated CPU/GPU though - it's not that it uses an AMD Graphics card, it's that it doesn't have a graphics card.

Not to say the Ryzen Integrated GPU is useless by any means, but it's not as fast as the old Nvidia graphics card from my cheap, knackered 2015 laptop (though the processor is like 10x quicker, so perhaps it all balances out).

Separately, I'm still praying for someone to make a new laptop with proper physical mouse buttons under the touchpad.
The Pangolin is what I bought for my brother and the APU is fairly decent, performance wise. Seems everyone is having a hard time getting purely AMD gaming laptops though. Asus has one, but it isn't in stock anywhere...

Ha, the Pangolin's keyboard didn't work when I first got it, had to finish the set up with an external one...
I'd be interested to know how well the Pangolin runs various games actually. Lower benchmark numbers on the GPU doesn't necessarily mean it's going to be worse overall, particularly considering the vast increase in processor speed. I think I'm just a bit scared of integrated graphics cards, probably based on how they were 15 years ago :)
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