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System76’s Oryx Pro Laptop Targets AI Developers

System76 is known for its innovative creations. You might have also heard about their OS (Pop!_OS), which is indeed a beautiful Linux distro as we stated in our hands-on review of Pop OS.

Now, System76 has come up with a new Linux laptop called Oryx Pro. Unlike its previous ultrabook Galago Pro, Oryx is exclusively marketed as a device for AI and Machine Learning developers.

The base model starts at $1599 which comes baked in with a GTX 1060 coupled with an i7-8750H processor. However, you can configure and purchase an Oryx Pro as per your requirements. You can scale up the specs to a GTX 1070 coupled with the same 8th gen processor along with 32 GB of DDR4 RAM (2400 Mhz).

System76 Oryx Pro: Key Configurations Explained

Oryx Pro Linux Laptop

When you order the laptop from their official site, you get the ability to choose whether you want to have Ubuntu/Pop OS installed out of the box. We do recommend you first to check out what Pop OS has to offer before making a decision.

Next, you get the option to choose your preferred GPU i.e. – either the GTX 1060 (6GB VRAM) or the GTX 1070 (8 GB VRAM). In my opinion, the GTX 1070 could be an overkill if you are not opting for a 4K display. Yes, you also get the choice to select the screen size and the resolution according to the GPU selected. We’ll talk about that in the later section of the article.

Depending on the number of tasks you juggle with (or what applications do you use), System76 lets you bump up your RAM up to 32 Gigs @2400 MHz.

The processor offered here is the i7-8750H with a base clock speed of 4.1 GHz which is pretty impressive.

With a minimum of 8 GB (2400 Mhz) RAM, the Oryx Pro is indeed an excellent laptop for gaming as well. To help you with that, allow us to suggest the best Linux games available on Steam (now that Steam’s summer sale is near!)

System76 Oryx Pro: Storage & Display Options

Oryx Pro Linux Laptop

The Oryx Pro features a 250 GB M.2 SSD as the minimum offering. You may opt for a bigger storage option in the M.2 standard for up to 2 TB with different Read/Write speeds (As per your preference).

In addition to that, you can add a 2.5” drive (HDD/SSD) if you require.

For the display, you get an option to choose between a 15.6-inch IPS display or a 17.3-inch IPS display. However, if you choose to go with the GTX 1070 as your GPU, then you will get the ability to add a 4K HiDPI 15.6-inch display to your configuration.

Availability and price

Oryx Pro is available for order now. You can configure it to the maximum based on your liking and need. The basic model with 8GB of RAM and 6GB of graphics starts at $1599 and the price will go up as you opt for the higher configuration. More details can be found on the link here.

What do you think?

While this might be a great product, it does come on the expensive side of premium laptops available. If you want a sleek Linux-powered laptop with all the great specs to work on projects that require heavy resources, you should add it to your bucket list.

However, if you’re looking to get a system with a latest and greatest specification, I’ll always recommend you to assemble a desktop which will be a cheaper alternative.

Oryx Pro is an impressive laptop targetted at a specific group of software developers. There’s nothing to complain here – except for the price perhaps. What do you think?

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  • Just a small correction: 4.1GHz is the Turbo-boost clock freq when onely 1 core is utilized. 3.9GHz is the Turbo-boost clock freq when 6 cores are utilized. 2.2GHz is the base clock freq.

  • yes PopOS is awesome but their hardware just can’t beat Lenovo in terms of price/quality.
    I just throw PopOS on a LenovoX1 Extreme. You’ll have better support and Docking Stations. And System76 cant beat Lenovo’s keyboards.

  • While these laptops and desktops ARE awesome!?…they’re still a bit out of reach for me. I’m in the process of saving up for a few of them, (I’d like a nice laptop and a really powerful desktop!) but for now?…I’ll have to settle for using the Lenovo ThinkPad T-470’s and T-480’s…which are quite nice running the Pop-OS Linux soperating system!….now if I could just figure out the intricacies of C++….Python….and Java! LoL!

  • I have the previous model of Oryx-Pro and like it very much. I’ve hooked it to a 27inch screen and a pair of speakers and use it as my desktop. My experience with System76 support has been excellent too.

    16GB Ram – i7-6700HQ @ 2.60 GHz – GTXC 970 –Gnome desktop – Pop OS 18.04.

  • I read on some or other promotional post by System76 that this new Oryx Pro features switchable graphics.

    I’m wondering if that means the Optimus chip, or if they’ve found some workaround, because of Nvidia’s refusal to support Optimus.