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System76 releases the Kudu featuring AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX

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If you're in the market for a laptop that combines AMD with NVIDIA, you're in luck with the release of the Kudu from System76. As teased back in early January, it's now available to buy starting at $1,799.

Quite the powerhouse really with the rather good Ryzen 9 5900HX, backed up by some pretty good NVIDIA graphics too. This is a laptop for serious enthusiasts who need some power on the go. Buying from System76 would be a good idea if you want top-class Linux support too, since Linux is their dedication. It also comes with your choice of either Ubuntu or their own Pop!_OS.

From the short and sweet press release: "The new Kudu laptop combines the latest in AMD mobile computing with discrete NVIDIA graphics," says Ben Shpurker, Product Manager at System76. "This combination makes it the perfect machine for creating on the go."


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
Base model: 8GB DDR4 3200Mhz


2 x M.2 SSD(PCIe NVMe). Up to 4TB total.
Base model: 240GB M.2 SSD


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? Worth the monies? Let us know in the comments. If you need power, and you need to be flexible on your working / gaming, it should handle an incredible amount thrown at it.

You can buy it from the official website.

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pete910 Feb 1, 2022
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Realy? No radeon card option !

Also not the prettiest design of lappy. Daft price tag to boot

I'll just skip the screen res as thats just a joke today, Hell my 200 quid phone has better than that!
iiari Feb 1, 2022
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Love S76 laptops, own two, but these days, I scan the specs, see a 16:9 aspect ratio, and move on to the next story....

Especially with the Framework laptop out there whispering sweet nothings to me with its perfect 3000x2000 3:2 display, near 10 hr battery life, and Linux friendly disposition, I'm trying to hold out for S76 to give me a 3:2 or 16:10 screen and 10 hr battery life. I'm happy to forgo the modularity, but I can't hold out forever!
dziadulewicz Feb 1, 2022
Nvidia ONLY once again! So i'll skip this one and will definitely not even recommend.

Sorry but i'm not sorry for saying this
Kithop Feb 1, 2022
I'd been waiting and hoping for an all-AMD or even Intel CPU + AMD dGPU option from System76; there aren't a lot of options out there for laptops with Radeon dGPUs. I ended up going for one of the Asus ROG Strix 'AMD Advantage' laptops (same 5900HX CPU paired with a 12GB (!) RX 6800M instead), and while it's not perfect (the USB-C -> DisplayPort adapter I have doesn't seem to work under Wayland, but the HDMI port is fine), with an up-to-date system it works well enough for my needs, and no dealing with nVidia's binary blob drivers. Just the latest Mesa + kernel (5.17-rc2 as of writing). No hardware MUX though, and a whole lot of adding 'DRI_PRIME=1' to shortcuts to force the dGPU.

That said, 2.5Gbps Ethernet as standard on this is interesting, as well as having essentially two DP outputs - I wonder if it supports MST for daisy-chaining displays off that USB-C? i.e., could you set up your dual-external-monitor setup on a docking station and run everything through that USB-C port?

Also, big fan of having the full numpad on there - that's one thing I miss on this Asus laptop. I don't even mind that the whole thing looks a heck of a lot chunkier.

Hopefully this leads to a future all-AMD option from them!
Kimyrielle Feb 1, 2022
I don't understand gaming laptops. They are a -lot- more expensive than a comparable desktop PC, while still limited to a small screen and small keyboard. And yet they're so heavy that they can't really be considered a mobile device.

Seems to be the worst of both worlds to me. I don't do business trips anymore, but even for these I'd just stick to a lightweight business laptop, plus a Switch or Deck for the quick game while waiting at the airport.
kemra102 Feb 1, 2022
Nice to see some Ryzen love, but no Radeon card is a miss for me. Though just dropping the NVidia and using the onboard graphics would be OK with me for most purposes anyway.

Plus until System76 offer UK keyboards I'll never buy one anyway (I've typed on them my whole life, you're not getting me to change at this point).

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slaapliedje Feb 1, 2022
Quoting: pete910Realy? No radeon card option !

Also not the prettiest design of lappy. Daft price tag to boot

I'll just skip the screen res as thats just a joke today, Hell my 200 quid phone has better than that!

1) I agree. Seems silly that it is so hard to get an AMD laptop that has both the APU and GPU be Radeon... I just find it odd...
2) Yeah, that is one FAT laptop... even my thick Thinkpad P52 looks more stylish... I haven't looked at the price, afraid to.
3) The resolution... I'm kind of on the fence about. On the one had, I have a 15.6" screen that is 4k. Problem is, not all applications really support some scaling, so they look shit next to other applications. 1080 is probably the appropriate resolution for a gaming laptop and for UI elements to all look consistent. Though most I think is for performance...

Phones can have that resolution because... why not? But I bet most people don't run them at the high resolution as it eats battery.
PublicNuisance Feb 1, 2022
The lack of Coreboot and my dislike of Nvidia GPUs means this is a pass for me. If I were to get a System76 laptop at the moment I would go with the Galaga Pro.
Floyd Feb 1, 2022
What are with all these AMD CPU/Nvidia GPU laptops?
There are so few laptops with dedicated AMD GPUs
pete910 Feb 1, 2022
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Quoting: slaapliedjePhones can have that resolution because... why not? But I bet most people don't run them at the high resolution as it eats battery.

Can't say I've come across a phone thats not using the default res of the screen they have nor a way to change it to be honest.
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