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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Thu Aug 11 2016, 04:21AM
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Going to be buying a System76 laptop here in the near future. They sell Linux optimized laptops, desktop and servers. They are based out of Denver so I called them up and got to visit their office today. Got to see, use and touch many of the laptops they have and some that are still in prototype development stage. Very nice people and atmosphere. They even changed some of the hardware in some of the systems at my request so i could try those combos. The laptops are very simple and they dont try to restrict the user in any way. A few screw to remove the back panel and everything can be accessed. Hell even the BIOS batter is right there, not berried in the middle of the case and soldered on for example.

I plan on getting the 15" Gazelle for school, dont really need a high end GPU onbaord, will be getting it with the i7-6700HQ (4core 8 thread) proc and will upgrade the ram myself (save a bit of jaja) and get the NVMe m.2 SSD later. The main tech i was talking to said if there are any issues you can send it in for repairs (flat repair rate + cost of parts if over warrenty) and if you have to buy and replace a basic part like say the primay blower fan goes out they support legacy models for about 5 years. Will be getting this in the next month or so, may write a review here and let you all know what I think of it. With the imporved proc, increased warrenty, shipping and colorad tax it comes to about $1,054.00

Can't wait to be honest

System76 Gazelle Laptop
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‹«ÇÂÞ»›BeBop
Sat Aug 13 2016, 02:50AM

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Nice
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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Wed Aug 17 2016, 03:36AM
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Gonna place the order tomorrow
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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Thu Aug 18 2016, 08:31PM
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Picked up the 256Gb NVMe Samsung 950 Pro SSD and damn is it fast. For a synthetic test its about 1.4G/sec Write and 10.8G/sec Read. Laptop should be out of Assembly by tomorrow and shipped out. Should take 3 to 5 days to reach me. This NVMe drive will go into the Laptop. I will then later max out the memory with some Mushkin Enhanced Blackline SO-DIMM DDR3 1600Mhz CAS9 2x8Gig (16Gig Total). Should be a hell of a machine when its all done.

Also plan to write reviews. A first look, a look back in 4 months ( a semester worth of use) and a power-user review for other Distros, software, hardware hacking, etc

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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Thu Sep 01 2016, 01:29AM
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Got the system about 2 weeks ago and is going well. The review is done but not posted yet. Still doing some minor editing. I am very pleased with this system so far. The CPU in synthetic testing its on par with my slightly older Desktop Xeon X3470. Also, got the memory ordered for the laptop. What is in it now is DDR3 1600Mhz 1.35v 11-11-11-28 (4Gb) I am dropping in DDR3 1600 1.5v CAS 10 (2x8Gb). I wanted to get CAS 9 but its hard to find and usually overpriced if you do. DDR3L isn't a option. Not exactly what I wanted but I need the memory. I can't stick with 4Gb any longer. Have to keep doing too much garbage collection. I have tested the Memory that is in it already in terms of practical, synthetic and a few games. Since this system doesn't have a dedicated GPU and used the integrated HD 530 system memory is a HUGE factor, so we will see what difference that makes. Will post back later this weekend.

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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Sat Sep 03 2016, 02:04AM
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Here is some of the results to the memory upgrade. Will but some faster ones later. [link]
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‹«ÇÂÞ»›TalonSix
Thu Sep 29 2016, 06:43AM
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Cool Machines!!
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‹«ÇÂÞ»›NxCmp
Thu Sep 29 2016, 04:43PM
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CAS 9 timing 16Gig kit should be here Saturday, will run tests again, edit the Excel and repost.
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