I got my FW13 (ADM 7840u) one week ago. I’m using it with Linux, and I’m dissatisfied with battery life.
I did a side-by-side comparison with my previous DELL XPS 9305 (intel 1165g7), and with the same test conditions (light browsing/yt video playing) it uses less than half the power the framework does.
Maybe Linux is better optimized for older hardware, maybe DELL is just better at optimizing the whole package, including peripherals, than FW (plus, it uses LPDDR). I dunno.
Point is, the moment I unplug my FW, I get battery anxiety, which is something I haven’t experienced in a while with my Dell.
I have already shared my frustration with support, done some troubleshooting and tried some stuff, to no avail. Temperatures are also at least 10C higher than on the Dell, especially at light/medium loads.
Now to the point: I love the FW concept and don’t wanna go back to soldered stuff, so I definitely want to keep this laptop. But I want to try it out with an 11th gen board/cpu that should make the comparison with the Dell easier, and hopefully provide the same/similar great battery experience.
My return window is wide open, and I’d like to order an 1185G7 assembly, test it during my current 30-day window, and then keep whichever board gives better results.
Here come the questions: how are things looking for the i7 11th on the FW 13?
Do new boards come with a fix for the RTC battery thing?
What does powertop say? How are the temps?
What’s the maximum amount of RAM I could use with the 11th gen board + 1165g7/1185g7?
I had to replace my Dell only because the 16GB soldered RAM had become a bottleneck. I was otherwise satisfied with its single-core performance. I use my laptop for coding and compiling, mostly. Otherwise it’s media consumption and browsing, no video editing, no gaming. And comparing the Dell’s 1165G7 with the FW’s 7840u, the difference was marginal (maybe 10%?). Not a deal breaker for me, would much rather take double the battery life if that means giving up 10% perf gain.
P.S. here you can see what I’m talking about