Was originally just gonna lurk here, but the emails going out for Batch 7 have got me excited so I thought I’d share my configuration.
I’m a student, so I’ll be using my FW for all the basic studenty-researchy-writey things alongside some extra-curricular/hobby type activities like running Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro (or Davinci Resolve instead), Ableton and a bit of streaming and playing minecraft. I also do some administrative stuff for a radio station that will involve audacity and teamviewer, too.
I’m replacing a nearly eight y/o Surface Pro, frankly an incredibly annoying machine with 4gb of ram, 100gb storage and one single USB-A port. I can’t describe how excited I am to upgrade from the least repairable laptop ever to the most. Anyway, here’s what I’ve ordered:
DIY Edition Ryzen 7
2 x USB-C
1 x USB-A
1 x HDMI
A simple USB-C cable, as, as an iPhone user, I’ve never actually owned one. Hoping my UGreen 65W GaN charger can keep up with Ryzen 7, I’ve heard a few things about issues at that wattage level and people being advised to buy 100W. We’ll see.
For RAM and storage, gonna try and budget myself to £150-160ish if I can. Was originally eying the Kingston 2x16 kit which for a while was just £104 on amazon, but now seems to have gone, so unless I buy it direct from Kingston I may get the slower and pricier Crucial kit instead. Undecided on storage yet but will likely go for a 1TB SK Hynix P31 Gold or maybe something faster like the Solidgm P44 Pro or SN850x if I can get a nice Black Friday deal.
If it continues on the 6 day cycle like it has for the most part Batch 8 will get their emails on the 21st and then we will get emails on the 27th.
Not sure if Thanksgiving in the US next week will factor into that at all though.
Well, according to the latest graph on this thread the notifications looks like they are going out on Nov 30, if you want to be accurate, which “could” be interpreted as a “disruption” by US Thanksgiving. I am all for a Nov 27th (the earlier the better), but if we are to bring a graph in the discussion we better be more precise… (Not that anything like this matters. I’m just killing time until I get my laptop. Sorry for the noise!).
ADDED: Also start of shipping at Dec 12th, which is (hopefully) plenty of time for delivery before Xmas!!!
Selected DIY edition:
CPU: AMD Ryzen 7 7840U
Ram: DDR5 5600 32GB (2 x 16GB)
Drive: WD BLACK SN850 NVMe M.2 2280 4TB (BYO)
Expansion Cards: 2x USB Type-C, 2x USB Type-A, HDMI, MicroSD
OS: Windows 11 Pro (BYO)
Primary laptop for general use (travel, light gaming, internet, office and etc). Will replace Microsoft Surface Pro 5 (2017, Intel Core i7 7660U, SSD 512 GB, 16 GB RAM, “unsupported” Win 11, “unsupported” Intel Iris Pro, noticeable fan noise on idle, user non replaceable parts and etc).