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System76 Announces Return Of Oryx Pro Linux Laptop With A Crucial Upgrade

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The Oryx Pro was the first dedicated Linux laptop I owned since switching my desktop computing experience to the FOSS side of the fence, and it’s been inspiring to watch it evolve throughout the last 3 years. It’s transformed from a chunky, generic chassis to a sleeker powerhouse with a fantastic keyboard, smarter port layout, and System76’s lauded Open Firmware with Coreboot. But thanks to the ongoing chip shortage, it’s been tough to snag the current generation Oryx Pro.

Fortunately, there’s good news on two fronts: The Oryx Pro just got updated to Intel’s 11th-generation Core i7-11800H — which packs a noticeable performance and power efficiency boost — and it’s actually available to purchase right now. (Provided you have about $2,149 to spare, which is the laptops base price.)

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System76 readies high-end Oryx Pro Linux laptops with Tiger Lake

  • System76 readies high-end Oryx Pro Linux laptops with Tiger Lake-H processor and Nvidia RTX dGPU options

    System76 is introducing its first high-end Linux-based customizable laptop dubbed the Oryx Pro. This model packs powerful components in a relatively slim case (238-265 mm profile) and offers the signature open source firmware with GPLv3 license code that grants users total control over the iGPU, GPU, keyboard, cooling system and battery.

    The Oryx Pro is powered by the Intel Core i7-11800H 8-core / 16-thread processor with integrated 32 EU UHD Xe graphics, which can be coupled with up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM plus up to 4 TB of NVMe PCIe 4.0 SSD storage via two M.2 slots. Users can opt for a15.6-inch or 17.3-inch display with FHD resolution, 144 Hz refresh rate and matte coating. There is also a choice between the Nvidia RTX 3070 and 3080 dGPUs. System76 mentions that these are the Max-Q versions, but does not specify the exact wattage, unfortunately. Nevertheless, there is a MUX switch, so the dGPU can be exploited to its full capacity. As far as the operating system is concerned, users can choose among the proprietary Pop!_OS 21.04 or 20.04 versions and the Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. Accessories include an external DVD-RW drive, mechanical switches for the keyboard (shipping in November), plus carrying bags for each size.

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