I really hope we aren’t stuck with Intel with the 16 there as that would be a hard “no” from me. I want a good HS Phoenix or a decent Dragon Range + middle range dGPU as options for the 16. Ideally not Nvidia, or not JUST Nvidia as that would add tons to the cost and cripple compatibility with all our current and future Linux users. I don’t know what kind of good 8x PCI GPUs exist or WILL exist by the time the 16 is ready to be fully unveiled (I know that 16x cards can go 8x, but ideally the card I want won’t really need more than 8x anyway, or a ton of power to draw).
A companion post will appear in the Framework 13 section about my concerns there about the APU ambiguity (U or HS). My overall feeling is that there isn’t enough information on either of these models to justify a smart purchase. I desperately need an upgrade to my 11th gen Framework, and I don’t even know what I’m getting into either way by purchasing a 13 AMD board now or waiting for more 16 specs.
I ‘think’ everyone would be fine with a R9 7940hs, no brainer there, intel is pure crap lately I had the luxery to switch through 5000h, 6000hs, 12gen and 13gen laptops for work, cant miss the 6900hs enough!!!
however amd only released the 7600M XT so far that is pretty low range comparing to 6800m and the specs are not good for productivity either, the R&D/research/dev community would very much need CUDA for development with high end specs.
I have a i9+175w 4080 right now(hate the battery life and doesnt run at 175 without embarresing jet engine sound effects) and I’m actually very excited to switch to the FW16 for a better batterylife with amd as long as i can get a 140/+w 4080/90. I dont need that much for gaming but defo for rendering models stuff at work.
AMD is improving on ROCm support, but its still clunky, maybe next year when they release a 7950M XT or something ill be tempted. But my previous 165w 6850mxt wasnt really powerful outside gaming.
i think it would probably be set up so u could swap out stuff from your 13 inch if you wanted too so chances are the only changes that would happen is that u can fit more in it now which opens up a lot of oppurtunites like adding a extra spot for more ram or storage