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System76 Serval Professional Sandy Bridge

Michael Larabel

Published on 14 April 2011
Written by Michael Larabel
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This powerful notebook features eSATA, HDMI, DVI, four audio jacks, two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, Gigabit Ethernet, one IEEE-1394 mini Firewire port, an integrated MMC/SD/MS card reader, and a Kensington lock slot, This laptop also has extra features including an integrated 2.0MP web camera and fingerprint reader. Of course, being from System76, all of these components are designed to work under Ubuntu Linux.

The high-end System76 Serval Professional also has a wonderful 15.6-inch 1920 x 1080 HD display. Also worth noting is the THX TruStudio Pro audio. Though with all of these components, the notebook is not too light at about 6.8 lbs, but with such high-end hardware, it is more of desktop replacement system than being a portable travel notebook.

Some of the Linux benchmarks we have done from this Serval Professional "Sandy Bridge" notebook include:

Ubuntu 11.04: i686 vs. i686 PAE vs. x86_64
LLVM 2.9 Clang Performance On Intel's Sandy Bridge
Another Look At The Open-Source Nouveau With Fermi
VirtualBox 4.0 Acceleration Leaves Room For Improvement
GCC 4.6 Compiler Performance With AVX
GCC 4.6, LLVM/Clang 2.9, DragonEgg Five-System Benchmarks

Plus there is many more test results from the System76 Serval Professional on OpenBenchmarking.org. Also worth noting is that System76 has begun providing their vendor benchmark results on OpenBenchmarking.org for their new models. Some of the results they have provided in recent days include the System76 Leopard Extreme and System76 Wild Dog.

The price for this notebook with the aforementioned hardware is right around $2000 USD. More information on this notebook can be found at System76.com.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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