Buying new laptop

Hi all,
I am going back to Linux after a while :slight_smile:
And buying new laptop so need some quick help.

I found 2 Linux laptops, but can not decide which one.

  • Omnia Display | 2560 x 1600 | 16:10 | 90Hz
  • Intel Iris Xe Graphics G7 (96EUs) | Black casing
  • Intel Core i7-12700H (max. 4.70GHz 14-Cores, 20 Threads, 24MB Cache, 45W TDP)
  • 32 GB (2x 16GB) 3200MHz CL22 Samsung
  • 500 GB Samsung 980 PRO (NVMe PCIe 4.0)
  • without M.2 SSD 2
  • Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Series (802.11ax | 2,4 & 5 GHz | Bluetooth 5.2)
  • without Windows
  • without virtual Windows
  • Without USB-LAN-Adapter
  • 3 years warranty (Incl. parts, labour & shipping)

Next one is the same one but with additional dGPU : NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB | Silver casing

Do I need dGPU or not ? I am basic user, no games, learning atm for UI/UX designer and Front end developer.
But I am thinking "just in case" to have it.

What you think ? thanks :slight_smile:

If you don't play games the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB, there's no need for it.

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Thanks, yes, I dont play games. Sometimes I play, but that iGPU can handle :slight_smile:
I thought that additional dGPU will be helpful for graphic, better graphic content, etc.
But also having dGPU is worser for CPU, cooling.

If you do video editing (blender, Da vinci, etc.) I would purchase the nvidia card.


No, for now no. Like I said, I am learning for UI/UX design, but I think there I shouldn't work with video editing .
But maybe ,for future proof , I should go with the nvidia card ?
I hope that NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050 Ti 4GB is good supported by Linux :slight_smile: Also
manufacturer said that is possible to disable dGPU and use iGPU when you want

I think the card is supported by the 525 driver version.

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Good to see you back here Marko.

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Is this card good for gaming ??? I think its a low end gaming card. My older laptop with 1070 8GB is better in performance compared to the 3050 ti 4GB

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All latest drivers should work just fine for that card

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3050 is a midrange card 10-30 low end 50-60 mid end 70-90 high end


Thanks :slight_smile:

I dont need it for gaming :slight_smile:

Marko, do you do any CAD software or other intensive high resolution graphics manipulation?
I don't know if your UI/UX developer software is graphics heavy or not as I am not familiar.

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Atm I am using Figma, Framer, Adobe XD.

Looking more on Google, UI/UX requirements , apps and apps requirement, I should be more than fine with iGPU :slight_smile:
Dont know why I wanted dGPU , maybe just in case ..hehe

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There are lots of alternatives to Adobe XD,

Some of which you are already using, Framer.

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Yeah, good to know. As you can see, I am still using stupid Windows . that is why I am buying new laptop ( fully Linux oriented).
And my biggest doubts were , 14 or 16 inch laptop, with or without dGPU :smiley:

How long are you considering the laptop to last? Your needs may change over the years.

I would go with biggest screen size unless portability/weight is an issue. Also consider what battery comes with each and follow ChrisTitus Tech guide on making battery last.

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Actually I am looking this laptop
It is fully configurable, Linux by default (based on Ubuntu) light (1.5 kg)