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System76 releases Ryzen based laptop

by on12 June 2020

First time for Linux maker

Linux computer maker/seller System76 is offering its first AMD-powered laptop.

While System76  has been offering AMD processors in its Thelio desktop computers, the company has not bothered with sticking them in laptops.

From today, you can buy a "Serval WS" powered by AMD but what is odd is that System76 is not offering mobile Ryzen chips in this laptop, but instead, desktop-class processors.

This makes the 15-inch portable Linux workstation quite chunky and heavy as a result. The Serval WS comes with either the 3rd Gen Ryzen 3600, 3700X, or 3900 CPU. The latter is equipped with 12 Cores and 24 Threads, making this laptop perfect for taking on heavy computational loads. Having this kind of desktop-calibre power in a laptop body helps if you need to run complex simulations at your desk or quickly render 3D scenes while on the road.

The laptop starts from $1300 with the following specs

Operating System

Pop!_OS 20.04 LTS (64-bit) or Ubuntu 20.04 LTS (64-bit)


Ryzen 5 3600: 3.6 up to 4.2 GHz - 6 Cores - 12 Threads

Ryzen 7 3700X: 3.6 up to 4.4 GHz - 8 Cores - 16 Threads

Ryzen 9 PRO 3900: 3.1 up to 4.3 GHz - 12 Cores - 24 Threads


15.6-inch FHD (1920x1080) Matte Finished, 120 Hz


NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, RTX 2070


Up to 64GB dual-channel DDR4


2 x M.2 (SATA or PCIe NVMe), 1 x 2.5-inch 7mm height drive, Up to 8 TB total


2 x USB 3.2 Gen 2, 1 x USB 3.2 Gen 2 (Type-C), 1 x USB 2.0, SD Card Reader


Multitouch Touchpad, Multi-Color Backlit Chiclet US QWERTY Keyboard


Gigabit Ethernet, Intel Wireless Wi-Fi 6 AX + Bluetooth

Video Ports

HDMI (w/HDCP), Mini DisplayPort (1.4), USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type C w/ DisplayPort (1.4)


2-in-1 Audio Jack (Headphone / Microphone), Microphone Jack, Stereo Speakers


1.0M HD Video Camera


Kensington Lock


Removable 6 cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack 62Wh


Dependent on Graphics:

GTX 1660 Ti: 180 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz

RTX 2070: 230 Watts, AC-in 100~240V, 50~60Hz


(Height × Width × Depth): 1.28" x 14.21" x 10.16" (32.51 mm x 360.934 mm x 258.06 mm)


5.95 lbs (2.70 kg) Base weight. Varies on configuration



Last modified on 12 June 2020
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