Inquiry Regarding Hardware Compatibility with Zorin OS

Dear Zorin OS Community,

I hope this message finds you all well. I am reaching out to seek your expertise and insights regarding the compatibility of Zorin OS with the hardware components I have planned for my upcoming PC build. I would greatly appreciate any information or advice you can provide to ensure a smooth and hassle-free experience.

Here is the hardware I have in mind:

Processor: Intel 13th GEN Core i9-13900KS

  • With its impressive capabilities, high clock speeds, and multiple cores, the Intel 13th GEN Core i9-13900KS processor seems to be an excellent choice for my requirements. I am particularly interested in its performance during intensive multitasking and resource-intensive applications.

RAM: Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 32GB DDR5-8000MT/s X2 (64GB)

  • To ensure smooth operation and seamless application switching, I am considering 64GB of Patriot Viper Xtreme 5 DDR5 RAM. I want to be well-prepared for any task that comes my way without experiencing any performance slowdowns.

Storage: PCIe 6.0 NVMe SSD – To Be Discussed (Targeting 64GT/s per lane data rate)

  • I am eagerly waiting for the release of PCIe 6.0 NVMe SSDs within the next few months. The aim is to leverage the incredible data transfer speeds they offer, enabling faster read and write operations and significantly enhancing overall system performance.

Graphics Card: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090

  • Although I am not a gamer, I appreciate high-quality visuals. I am considering the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 graphics card for its exceptional visual quality, which would enhance my computing experience during tasks such as running two monitors simultaneously, web browsing, and document creation.

Display: Dual Ultra HD (4K) Monitors with 240Hz Refresh Rate

  • I am looking to create an immersive and visually captivating setup with dual Ultra HD (4K) monitors featuring a refresh rate of 240Hz. These monitors would enhance my productivity and enable seamless multitasking across various applications.

Network: Telstra 1000mb/s 5G Gigabit Connection

  • Ensuring fast and reliable internet speeds is a priority for me. I plan to connect through a direct Ethernet connection that seamlessly integrates with Telstra's 1000mb/s 5G Gigabit connection. I am seeking compatibility with Gigabit Ethernet and adherence to the standard for (10/100/1000Mbps) for my PC's Ethernet port and network adapter.

Modem: D-link XR 65460

  • This modem, supporting up to 1000mb/s operation, is a suitable match for my network requirements.

Motherboard: Please Advise

  • I kindly ask for your expertise in identifying a motherboard that would fully support the listed hardware, including the PCIe 6.0 NVMe SSD. If any specific considerations or limitations need to be taken into account, I would greatly appreciate your guidance.

Operating System: Zorin OS

  • As a passionate user of Zorin OS, I am planning to install the latest version exclusively on my new system. I have found Zorin OS to offer superior performance and efficiency compared to other operating systems, aligning perfectly with my goals of fast web browsing, instantaneous responses, and exceptional multitasking capabilities.

I am grateful for any insights, advice, or potential challenges you can highlight regarding the compatibility of these hardware components with Zorin OS. Your knowledge and experience within the Zorin community would be immensely valuable to ensure a successful and seamless integration of these components.

Thank you all for your time and assistance. I am looking forward to your valuable input.


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Any hardware newer than the Kernel will likely not work. Wait for ZorinOS 17 to install for the hardware you have listed. You can always try to run it as a LiveCD to see, but it is more than likely not going to work fully as ZorinOS 16* is based on technology that is upwards of 5 years old sue to the kernel being 5* version and not the current which is 6*.

You can also install the newest kernel, but that depends on if you can even boot into the OS and see the terminal to do it.

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I agree with everything you said, except this line.
Zorin OS is using the 5.15.0-73 which is not 5 years old. It was released last year and ZorinGroup needed to port it from the Jammy repository in order to include it in Zorin OS.

Actually, now that I look, the 5 series kernel itself is not even five years old. Where did you get this idea from?

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"likely not going to work fully as ZorinOS 16* is based on technology that is upwards of 5 years old sue to the kernel being 5* version and not the current which is 6*."

That was the reference to the age of the technology and not the 5.xx.xx kernel.

I've purchased a new laptop recently from Walmart. Took out the Nvme drive and replaced it with a new one and began my Zorin installation! Woohoo! I don't have the same touchpad functionality nor does the webcam identified. No biggie. I try to hide my face anyway. :slight_smile:

I don't have a motherboard to reference but I think your cpu is probably a solid choice. I recently got the 13600k myself. No problems here. Good luck though when you get this all put together.

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