If you’re in the market for a desktop replacement, a powerful mobile workstation or a high-end gaming laptop, Linux hardware specialist and Pop!_OS creator System76 has something in the pipeline that might be worth paying attention to. Especially if you’re a fan of gorgeous 4K OLED displays.
It’s called the Adder WS, and it can be configured with a ridiculous amount of storage, RAM, CPU and GPU processing power.
On the CPU side, System76 will load it up with either a six-core Intel Core i7-9750H (which is what drives my Oryx Pro laptop) or the 8-core i7-9980HK which represents the best mobile CPU Intel has to offer at the moment.
Handling graphics is Nvidia’s GeForce RTX 2070, which can kick out decent frames for AAA 4K gaming at lower quality settings, or 1080p gaming with all the dials maxed out. It’s also a solid choice for content creators. Crucial to performance, of course, will be the laptop’s thermal solution and cooling capabilities, which System76 says should enable the system’s full potential.
The Adder WS can also handle up to 64GB of system memory and a spacious 8TB of total storage.
There’s a ton of connectivity, too, including three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, Thunderbolt 3 port via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, three video ports (HDMI, DisplayPort 1.3 via USB-C 3.1 Gen 2, and mini DisplayPort 1.3), 2-in-1 audio jacks, and an SD card reader.
Ubuntu 18.04 LTS or System76’s own Pop!_OS can be pre-installed. (And, yes, it’ll even run Windows 10 quite well, and the company normally supports those customers with the necessary drivers.)
We’ll know the rest of the details on Monday, August 5th — including the price — when the System76 Adder WS laptop officially breaks cover. Then on August 8th the system will go up for sale.
Unfortunately Fortunately, I’m drooling all over my System76 Oryx Pro while typing out this news piece. Perhaps I’ll fry it and be “forced” to upgrade to the Adder WS. . .
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