What's curious is, despite AMD processors having more power, etc. sometimes even for less money, System 76's new AMD replacements for many of their earlier Intel machines have fewer features than the original versions. My machine was replaced shortly after I bought it with one that is 15" instead 17" (you used to have a choice between the two), moved the USB type C port from the left side to the rear (which is a less convenient location, which is odd since type C is gradually replacing type A), deleted the Thunderbolt port (even Jay LaCroix, of LearnLinuxTV on Boob Tube, probably System 76's biggest fanboy, lamented the deletion of Thunderbolt on several of System 76's newest replacement models), despite what the specs say, appear to have replaced the SD port with a microSD port (based on the illustration), and eliminated one of the 2.5" drive bays.MurphCID wrote: ↑Wed Jul 15, 2020 3:34 pmIt was a thought. There are some powerful AMD systems coming.Lady Fitzgerald wrote: ↑Tue Jul 14, 2020 10:31 amThanks for the suggestion but it's too small and wimpy for my needs (and desires). If it wasn't for the stupid use of an NVIDIA graphics card, the System 76 I have now would be nearly perfect.
edit: I found elsewhere that the SD card reader is, in fact, a microSD card reader.
The previous 330W PSU has been replaced with either a 180W or a 230W, depending on what graphics card you choose; you do not get a choice otherwise. Adding insult to injury, the previous 82Ah battery has been replaced with a 62Ah battery. The previous machine was notorious for having dismal battery charge life so, if even the newer machine draws less power, why not keep the previous battery to increase the amount of time one could run on the battery? I'm glad I bought a spare charger and battery when I bought my machine.
I couldn't find out more because only a quick start guide was available. I couldn't find a more detailed one like the one my "older" machine (it's only three months old, for crying out loud) and even that manual was out of date and inaccurate in places.
What's sad is it appears Lenovo is going to be our best hope for getting Linux compatible machines. However, I'm soured on Lenovo because they downgraded my last machine I bought from them from the previous machine I had bought from them and DRMed the machine to not accept aftermarket batteries which left me up the creek without a paddle (nor the canoe), meaning I was SOL since Lenovo no longer sold the battery. Added to that, Lenovo has an unsavory history for putting malware on their computers.
What's a girl to do? At least I can build my own desktop.