Linux on Tiger Lake: System76 Lemur Pro and Galago Pro laptops updated with Tiger Lake CPUs
System76 is one of the few companies that sells laptops sporting the latest hardware with Linux installed out of the box. The retailer just refreshed its popular Lemur Pro and Galago Pro thin-and-lights with Intel’s new 11th Gen Tiger Lake CPUs.
The new Tiger Lake-equipped laptops come about 8 months after their last refresh, which introduced Comet Lake chips. Tiger Lake has shown itself to be a good upgrade from Comet Lake, primarily in the graphics department.
The new Galago Pro can be equipped with either an Intel Core 5-1135G7 or Core i7-1165G7, up to 64 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM (2x32 GB), and up to a 2 TB PCIe Gen4 SSD. Users can also opt for an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 for an extra US$150, though that configuration won’t ship until early December. Otherwise, the laptop will use Intel’s Iris Xe Graphics.
The Lemur Pro has the same CPU and PCIe Gen 4 SSD options but is limited to 40 GB of DDR4-3200 RAM as 8 GB is soldered to the motherboard. This also means the only dual-channel RAM option is 16 GB (2x8 GB). The Lemur Pro also lacks a discrete GPU option. However, it has an extra PCIe Gen 3 slot for another SSD up to 2 TB.
Like all other System76 laptops, both devices will come with System76’s custom Pop!_OS 20.10 or 20.04 LTS operating system pre-installed. Users can also opt for Ubuntu 20.04 LTS. However, Pop!_OS has proven to be a reliable and powerful Linux distro, and considering System76 tailors the OS to the hardware in the laptops it sells, that’s likely the better option.
The laptops don’t come cheap, though. The Galago Pro starts at $999 for a Core i5-1135G7, 8 GB of single-channel RAM, Intel Iris Xe Graphics, and a 500 GB PCIe Gen 3 SSD. The GTX 1650 adds $150, the Core i7-1165G7 adds another $200, and storage and RAM options can quickly get pricey. A fully decked out Galago Pro (Core i7-1165G7, GTX 1650, 64 GB RAM, 2 TB PCIe Gen 4 SSD) comes in just under $2300.
The Lemur Pro is similarly pricey. For the same base configuration as the Galago Pro, users will have to shell out $1200. Upping the CPU to a Core i7-1165G7, running 40 GB of RAM, and choosing two 2 TB NVMe SSDs jumps the price to $2621.
Both the Galago Pro and Lemur Pro can be purchased from System76.