So with the intel 6 cores being out (fucking finally) and ryzen chips being better on mobile (whetherits the laptop APU’s or desktop chips in a laptop), we’re starting to see better and better performance come out. With that, GPU’s are getting more spread out in both power TDP wise, and somehow not making shit explode.
For me, personally, a laptop is only as good as its output. Capabilityi is in its tooling, and at the moment I find that my previous desires for an HP X360 with a ryzen 7 have mostly died. I’ve invested in my thinkpad X230T, some games have gotten intel GPU updates to at least be able to run, and now with a dock and 16GB of ram its a wonderful machine that I can do my art on and have no complaints. All in all I have very few reasons to actually acquirce that spectre, especially as I have other things I want money for atm.
But… As it stands I want something to replace my desktops. It could be a desktop, but the more I look into the future of my career at the moment I’m going to be spending less and less time at home, annoyingly enough. For many, admittedly, that X230T is probably fine. However I’m beginning to accept that something with a Vega chip in it an a ryzen 8 core that doesn’t have BS gpu switching just isn’t going to happen and nvidia is starting to cough from the corner of the room awkwardly. And I’ll be honest in saying… A 1060 or 1070 isn’t sounding bad if I really needed it. However TB3 is still there and my RX580 is still a good card.
So while my ideal ITX machine is still in mind, and space saving is still on the table, I have to admit theres some convincing machines out there that I find rather attractive. And the more I get into the loop of researching better jobs the more this stuff appears to be more obtainable sooner.
Ya got lotsa choices in just these 3 machines, and linux can either be made to work or will work out of the box.
Of course theres S76, but they’re more focused on open hardware atm. And while I’d love to have an oryx pro, the arbitrary price increase is a bit much. Though, they aren’t off the list either as they are equally as attractive.
However, I still see many machines out there that are incompatible, or are compatible but have no GPU capability, or are compatible, but the APU dies in a short while from heat.
I’ve been out of the loop for a bit, and I really don’t feel like watching 8 youtube videos in a row and reading a bunch of BS articles to find out what hardware is coming out. That MSI GS65 stealth is looking like an ok candidate to me, and honestly I just need to choose somethhing as a goal and work towards it.
So. From where we are now, do I wait on the next hardware wave, or, do I choose something thats out now / build myi itx machine? Is ryzen 3 supposed to happen soon? 6 core ryzen APU laptops?