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System76 sent word of their brand new Thelio Spark starter desktop, giving Linux fans a new option to purchase along with various improvements to the Thelio desktop line.

Along with the new entry they also improved various aspects of the design of the Thelio which includes new I/O ports on the top of certain entries including USB-A, headphone jack, mic jack, and USB-C ports. Plus they brought over the thermal management from the Thelio Mega to the rest of the units so all of them now have ducted CPU cool air intake separated from GPU intake and optional extra GPU cooling.

For the Spark, they said it's aimed at "everyday users" for the likes of web browing, emails, office work and 1080p gaming. Here's the configurations you can pick for the Spark:


  • 6-core 12th Gen Intel i5-12400 CPU
  • 16GB DDR4 RAM (3200MHz)
  • 1TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD storage
  • Integrated graphics


  • 10-core 12th Gen Intel i5-12600K CPU
  • 32GB DDR4 RAM (3200MHz)
  • 2TB PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD storage
  • AMD Radeon RX 7600 graphics


Up to:

  • A 10-core Intel i5-12600K CPU
  • 64GB DDR4 RAM
  • 32TB of storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 Ti graphics

This new option pricing starts at $999 for the regular price but the debut is on sale at $899.

See more on the System76 website. They also made a band called THELIOHEAD.

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Do I miss something or are these pretty overpriced? I can get the same setup at nearly half the price. And the configurator doesn't tell me anything about the mainboard, ports / connectors, fans, energy consumption, noise, dimensions, ...
Who is buying something like that?

Also @Liam: you just copy-pasted their i5-125400 CPU.
Liam Dawe Oct 13
Quoting: Deleted_UserAlso @Liam: you just copy-pasted their i5-125400 CPU.
Thanks, they listed this incorrectly in a number of places. It's actually a i5-12400. Have let them know.

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