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Ivy Bridge is here! We are shipping out the first set of laptops equipped with new Ivy Bridge CPU and +Ubuntu 12.04 LTS today! The Intel i7-3610QM 2.3 GHz is available to order with the new Pangolin Performance and Lemur Ultra laptop at the same price as the previous generation i7. Better graphics, improved power efficiency and the best Ubuntu release to date are available now!
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I invested in a Gazelle earlier this year (no regrets, by the way, I love it) and it looks like Ivy is allowing you to ship a machine with similar performance figures for about $300 less than this Gazelle. That's just astonishing. Well done!
I just ordered a Pangolin less than a week ago, if I'd known they'd still be the same price with the new specs, I would have waited... I made a note on my order page, but I'll also ask here: can I amend my order since it hasn't shipped yet?
+Rob Camp Surprise! Your order was upgraded at no cost:) Other customers who ordered the 2nd generation i7 that haven't shipped yet, were upgraded to the 3rd generation Ivy Bridge CPU as well. Login to your system76 account if you have any questions.
Well that's just freakin' awesome! You guys are trying really hard for the recommendations, aren't you?
I can sense my second system76 laptop order coming soon...
I want the Professional line to come out, like, now. If you see high volumes of traffic on your laptops page its not a small scale DDOS, its just me being excited, lol.
+System76 The laoptops looks great, but $150 for shipping is way out of line. Will your hardware be availible at stores like Amazon?
When will laptops with Nvidia graphics and 1920x1080 displays be available? I have friends who want System76 laptops, but not having awesome graphics makes it a no-go.
+Alex Lowe That's how I feel too. That's one of the things that makes me hesitate on getting a System76 laptop.
+John Catral The worst part is showing them my spiffy last-gen Gazelle and then having to say "yeah, you can't get this anymore, and they don't offer any laptops like it..." It's very disappointing, especially when you can get the same hardware platform but with Windows for about the same price.
+Tom Slominski--do you mean now as in today? I'm not seeing them yet...I'm really chomping at the bit here (no pun intended). I've been waiting to replace my 5-year-old Pangolin performance with a professional model for about a year now. Finally I have the $$$ set I just need the new S76 professional models to materialize! :)
p.s. I contacted S76 directly, and they said "We're still looking at releasing the rest of our line in the next couple of weeks. Our 'first set of laptops' are indeed what was currently out there. The two models do have the proper chipset to support the Ivy Bridge CPU and the graphics statement was in reference to the Intel HD 4000 GPU."

So...looks like it could still be up to 2 weeks from now before the new professional laptop lineup appears on their website.
+Arthur Gillard Now as in the end of April/ end of May, like you said now :) I've been collecting money for one for like 10 months now :)
You guys know what the specs are for the professional models?
Ability to replace CD/DVD with an extra hard drive, nVidia graphics, i5 and i7 processors...
I'm confused. Wikipedia says " Launch of the dual-core mobile CPUs will be delayed until June 2012 to allow more time to sell surplus inventory of previous generation Sandy Bridge CPUs, which accumulated due to slower than expected computer sales." So if I was gonna get a dual-core processor in my Professional line laptop (assuming that's possible) I'd have to wait until June?
+Tom Slominski--I think +System76 must have missed your comment. I looked into this a little bit just now and I think what's going on is that there are 2 versions of the Ivy Bridge CPU, a higher-end quad-core version and a lower-end dual-core version.

From what I can surmise, it looks like the dual-cores are delayed until June, but the higher-performing (and more expensive) quad-cores are available now and showing up in more high-end systems.

from CNET, "The only laptops available right now [early May] with Intel's new third-generation Core i-series CPUs (also known as Ivy Bridge) are those that use high-end quad-core Core i7 processors. That means the vast majority of mainstream laptops won't get updated CPUs until the dual-core versions of Ivy Bridge are released, probably sometime in June." []

Looking at the specs for the current Pangolin performance, I see +System76 is offering either 2nd Generation Intel Core i5-2450M Processor (2.50GHz 3MB L3 Cache - 2 Cores plus Hyperthreading)
or (for an extra $115), 3rd Generation Intel Core i7-3610QM Processor (2.30GHz 6MB L3 Cache - 4 Cores plus Hyperthreading)


So if I am understanding correctly, the 2nd gen dual-core is probably still Sandy Bridge at this point, and the 3rd gen quad-core is Ivy Bridge.
+Arthur Gillard Thanks! That makes sense. I'll see if I can afford it after I add the price of shipping to this, if not I'll just have to wait until July. :)
You're welcome, +Tom Slominski --hey, July is not that far away, and you've already been waiting 10 months... :)
+Arthur Gillard yes, but I think I'm going to Poland for a few weeks around then so not getting my laptop by then would create all sorts of crazyness :P
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