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.
Non-customizable features include Wi-Fi 6 + BT 5.1 connectivity + GbE NIC, 720p webcam, multi-color backlit keyboard, plus a decent selection of ports with 1x Thunderbolt 4, 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 1, mini DP 1.4 + HDMI video outputs, and 2-in-1 audio jacks. The 15.6-inch version weighs 4.39 lbs (1.99 kg), while the 17.3-inch version weighs 5.07 lbs (2.30 kg), and the battery is rated for 73 Wh on both sizes.
Prices are a bit spicy. The base configuration with a 15.6-inch screen, RTX 3070, 8 GB of RAM, 240 GB SSD and 1 year warranty is priced at $2,149. A full option configuration for the 17.3-inch version with 3 year warranty (without accessories) would bump the price up to $4,821.