Do you have experience with what is the best performing high-end laptop that is fully functional with Qubes? Ram >= 32 GB. With standard IME without coreboot. I’m looking for something that will have very high build quality comparable to an Apple Macbook Pro.
Thinkpad L14 Gen 3 AMD works with 64GB RAM and has a fast CPU, though there are of course faster ones.
Chassis is mostly plastic though afaik. The T series from Thinkpad use higher quality materials, however there were no models with 64GB RAM last time I looked, and it is partially soldered. They did have a model with max 48GB RAM, but that was 32+16GB so it is slower because it isn’t dual channel.
If you’re interested, here’s my HCL: https://forum.qubes-os.org/t/amd-thinkpad-l14-gen-3-ryzen-7-pro-5875u/
True, I only mentioned models currently available from Lenovo, so you’d probably have to get this second hand. Keep in mind though that the T480 uses an 8th gen Intel CPU. Currently 6th gen and older are EOL and do no longer receive microcode updates for CPU vulnerabilities, so 8th gen probably goes EOL as well in 1-2 years.
True, but people are also getting the T430 and X230 recommended, which already have that issue.
You can get the 8th gen i5 or i7 T480 for around $200, if you upgrade it with 32 GB memory and NVMe the total is somewhere around $500, and you have a laptop that is slightly worse than a $2000 librem, if you don’t care about coreboot.
That is indeed a nice price. I just wanted to clarify the EOL issue for users who might not be aware of that. That the T430 and X230 are EOL has already been posted quite a few times in these forums(which is one of the reasons I didn’t buy one), but users might not be aware that 8th gen Intel will probaby end that soon.
Xen 4.14.5-15 update seems to fix that(now in current/stable repo), at least for some AMD models. For my AMD laptop suspend now works fine, I tried suspend 20 times in a row:
I can confirm from a performance perspective. Forget about the camera and the microphone, though. I was switching from a MacBook to the Librem 14. It was not just a disappointment, but a shock, the quality was that bad.
I’ll have a Thinkpad X1 Carbon 10 (12th gen intel) on the HCL sometime next week and will report any findings. Already anticipating issues with WiFi 6 / need to run latest kernel/firmware. 32GB is max, soldered. Not sure how I’ll manage as my desktop is 64 and my average util is ~40.
i have had my 14 for a bit longer over a year, only build issue i have had was the eth port was a bit to short, so i added some spacers to it,
i have a 2T 980 Pro and 64G ram in it and the preformance is good, but i only use it with qubes for all my banking/crypto/secure data needs
Speaking of coreboot-supported AMD no-PSP G505S laptop (more info here) - somebody reported it running fine with 32GB, however this was with 2 x 16GB DDR3 SO-DIMMs which are rare/expensive - and aren’t as fast as 2 x 8GB alternatives that could be found running at 1600MHz CL9