System76 Announces Return Of Oryx Pro Linux Laptop With A Crucial Upgrade
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.)
Be warned, however, that System76 encourages potential customers to be speedy about it, admitting that “stock may be limited.”
The 8th-generation Oryx Pro can be configured with an Nvidia RTX 3070 or 3080 (Max-Q designs), which both provide more than enough gaming performance to compliment its 1080p 144Hz display, and certainly enough compute power for a range of AI, data science and graphics workloads.
It can also be loaded with up to 64GB of dual-channel DDR4 RAM and up to 4TB of storage capacity.
Here are some of the crucial specs:
- Operating System: Pop!_OS 21.04 (64-bit), Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit), or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)
- Firmware: System76 Open Firmware (coreboot, EDK2, System76 Firmware Apps and System76 Open Source Embedded Controller Firmware
- Processor: 11th Gen Intel® Core i7-11800H, up to 4.6 GHz – 24 MB cache – 8 cores – 16 threads
- Display: 15.6″ or 17.3″ FHD (1920×1080) 144 Hz refresh rate, Matte Finish
- Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q or 3080 Max-Q
- Memory: Up to 64 GB dual-channel DDR4
- Storage: 2x M.2 SSD (1 x PCIe Gen4x4 and 1 x PCIe Gen3x4 or SATA), Up to 4 TB total
- Expansion: 1 x Thunderbolt™ 4, 3 x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (1 x powered USB, Type A)
- Video Ports: 1 x HDMI (w/HDCP), 1 x Mini DisplayPort (1.4), 1 x Thunderbolt™ 4
- Battery: Embedded 3 cell Polymer battery pack 73Wh
For more info and to see if it’s actually still available when you’re reading this post, head over to System76.com.
If you’re looking for an incredibly similar Linux laptop but with a 240Hz display, check out my review of the Juno Computers Neptune 15 here at Forbes.