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Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« on: January 26, 2016, 03:46:53 PM »
We are selecting the components for the design

As we said in the previous article we are working on the creation of the crowdfunding campaign. Things are not so easy because we have to organize ourselves and this action requires to set many things but, we are on it and we feel that it could be started soon. To better understand everything, the crowdfunding campaign will provide the required resources to design the motherboard and to produce five prototypes that will be tested and used by our developers to write drivers and adapt the OS.
selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook

In the meantime we have continued the conversations with the hardware producer and we are in the process of selecting the components to be used in the motherboard. After that, this company is going to start with the motherboard design. This means that we have created a work-group that includes our hardware specialists and our partner company.

We expect to have more detailed news in a few weeks.

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2016, 02:47:56 PM »
What are the status in detail?

Notebook chassis:
Do we have an ODM? amigabill listed a few in his thread.
If not, maybe we could find someone in the plastics industry for producing our custom chassis?

Display
Do we have a supplier of the display?
A few would prefer a 4:3 display. But I think it's cheaper to get a 16:9 display.
If it fits, I would prefer a 13,3" display. Otherwise 15,6"?
Resolution 1920x1080?
Webcam would be nice to have

Mainboard
We already have a designer/ manufacture of the mainboard?

Connectors/ interfaces
mDP, USB3, WLAN, Bluetooth
Thunderbolt, Gb LAN, Express card, eSATA?

Graphic card
MXM
You could e. g. buy one over there:
http://www.zentrica.com/product/amd-radeon-r9-m270x-mxm/

EUROCOM is also selling notebooks with upgradeable  MXM graphic cards:
http://www.eurocom.com/ec/configure(2,331,0)ec
The smallest one I found, 15,6inch

Keyboard:
Nice to have: Backlit, numpad, mechanical keyboard

Battery:
As big/ powerful as possible

CPU
T4080 at 1,5GHz would be nice. T2080 is also okay

Edit: A M.2/M-Key (NVMe, 2280) slot would be cool
« Last Edit: January 30, 2016, 10:08:56 PM by Carlos »

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2016, 11:15:39 PM »
Hardly wait for the crowdfunding start :-)

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2016, 10:06:36 AM »
Regarding to SATA or NVMe SSDs, we should go for SATA.
Because in real world tests the difference are marginal and the fast NVMe SSD are getting hot. This means the NVMe are starting to throttle without additional cooling.

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2016, 10:30:44 AM »
And if we don't use MXM.
Maybe we could use four RAM slots instead of two?

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2016, 02:30:12 PM »
4 RAM slots? Wouldn't it be better to make sure we have 2 M.2 slots first. I think the ability to use 2 drives is more important then using 4 RAM dimms.

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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2016, 05:02:03 PM »
You mean two SSDs (SATA and M2)?

IMO, wate of money.
First, the Samsung SSD 950 Pro and Toshiba OCZ RD400 super fast SSDs on benchmark. But in real life there getting hot and then they will throttle. Even if they aren't throttle, the speed advantage over SATA is marginal.

Second, if I really need a second drive, I would use an external (USB, Thunderbolt) one.

If you would like to add more RAM, there is no external solution.

Anyway, what the majority wants.

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2016, 09:36:31 PM »
Casper, don't get me wrong. If two slots for SSDs or four RAM slots, I will buy it anyway ;)

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #9 on: June 18, 2016, 01:09:52 PM »
I wouldn't go for a standard 2.5" SATA SSD, but I would opt for 2 M.2 SSD slots that utilize SATA as interface instead of NVMe. That would be a nice, size/speed/cost compromise.

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« Reply #10 on: June 18, 2016, 11:26:45 PM »
Ah, okay. Only M2?
But I don't see any price or performance advantages over 2.5" SATA drives. Am I wrong?
Because the bottleneck of the performance are SATA.

Only advantage is space.

If we go M2, then PCIe, I hope. If cooling is not the problem.

P. S. Great game from Belgium! The Belgiums are the better Netherlands these days ;)

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #11 on: June 19, 2016, 11:14:41 AM »
Thanks. I'm not a big fan of football, but our national team has been doing quite well as of late :)

The choice I'd make for M.2 would mainly be a space saving measure. Space saved on drive spaced is space that can be used for a bigger battery/ more RAM slots ;)/ thinner laptop. We could always opt for an M.2 and a 2.5" drive combo as a compromise.

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Re: Selecting components for the GNU/Linux PowerPC Notebook
« Reply #12 on: June 19, 2016, 12:42:36 PM »
Good points :)

 

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