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    Understatement Gamer

    TUXEDO Polaris 15 - Gen3

    Ryzen 7 vs Core i7
    8 Cores | 16 Threads

    GeForce RTX 3060
    6 GB GDDR5 | 115 Watts

    WQHD IPS Display
    2560 x 1440 Pixels | 165 Hz

    Thunderbolt 4
    up to 40 Gbit/s

     

    More substance than appearance:
    Gaming the unobtrusive way

    The inner values count: The TUXEDO Polaris 15 follows this wisdom unlike many other gaming laptops and offers high-end performance in a subtle, yet elegant aluminum chassis at an affordable price.

    In its latest Generation 3, the 15.6 inch Linux gaming notebook combines NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 3060 in its fastest TGP configuration (max. 130 watts) with the latest high-end CPUs from AMD and Intel: So depending on your preference, make your choice between Intel's new Tiger Lake Core i7-11800H or AMD's Ryzen 7 5800H.

    On the Intel Core model, the lightning-fast, universal Thunderbolt 4 port does now find its way under the black aluminum hood of the Polaris 15 while the option for a high-resolution 165 Hz WQHD display with 2560 x 1440 pixels, remains unchanged from the Polaris 15 - Gen3's predecessor.

     

    Compact and lightweight
    aluminum chassis

    Blinking LEDs, RGB lighting all around or "gamery" design gimmicks do not belong to the 15.6 inch Linux gaming notebook's repertoire: The TUXEDO Polaris 15 relies on a classically decent understatement, but without opting for a staid or boring design.

    On the contrary: The matte black aluminum chassis gives the Polaris 15 a haptically as well as visually elegant appearance, allowing it to bring it into the office, meeting or lecture hall without attracting smirking looks.

    Thanks to the slim bezel design, the device achieves a very compact footprint of only 36 x 24.3 cm. The 720p webcam has been moved from below the screen to the more ergonomical position above the display to ensure a more comfortable camera angle during video calls in response to many customer requests.

    Despite its very portable form factor, a full-size membrane keyboard including number pad is embedded into the black aluminum base unit, whose keyboard backlight can be adjusted freely in any color and in four brightness levels.

     

    Thunderbolt 4 and SD card reader

    Depending on the selected CPU, the TUXEDO Polaris 15 is equipped with a fast USB-C 3.2 Gen2 port (AMD Ryzen) or even with the universal all-round port Thunderbolt 4 (Intel Core) at the back of the device.

    In addition to a maximum data transfer rate of 40 gigabits per second for blazingly fast data transfers and a charging power of 15 watts for peripherals, Thunderbolt 4 also allows connecting up to two 4K monitors via the integrated DisplayPort 1.4 signal.

    Regardless of the processor configuration, 3 additional USB ports (2x USB-A 3.2 Gen1, 1x USB-A 2.0) as well as an SD card reader are available for data exchange. The RJ45 LAN port, microphone input and headphone output, as well as the obligatory Kensington lock, round off the TUXEDO Polaris 15's connectivity portfolio.

    Polaris 15 left ports

    From left to right: Kensington Lock, USB 2.0 (Type-A), microphone in, headphone out

    Polaris 15 back ports

    From left to right: USB-C (Intel: Thunderbolt 4 | AMD: 3.2 Gen2), HDMI 2.1 (with HDCP 2.3), Gigabit Ethernet, power supply

    Polaris 15 right ports

    From left to right: Memory card reader (SD), 2x USB 3.2 Gen 1 (Type-A)

     

    AMD Ryzen vs Intel Tiger Lake:
    A hard decision to make

    The TUXEDO Polaris 15 faces the customer with a difficult choice:
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H or Intel Core i7-11800H?

    There has never been a harder decision between AMD and Intel, because the latter has not only succeeded with its new Core i7-11800H (8 cores | 16 threads) to surpass its predecessor, the Core i7-10870H, by a high margin, but even to largely catch up with AMD's highly decorated Ryzen APUs.

    Responsible for this are the new Tiger Lake architecture and the new, more efficient 10 nm SuperFin manufacturing process, which delivers a significantly improved performance-per-watt.

    However, the AMD Ryzen 7 5800H with its 8 cores / 16 threads does not have to hide behind the Intel counterpart at all: While the Core i7-11800H has a very slight lead in single-core workloads (e.g. gaming), the Ryzen 7 5800H takes the lead in multi-core workloads - depending on the TDP level - slightly to noticeably.

     If your primary use case is gaming, the Intel Core i7-11800H is the best choice - very closely followed by the Ryzen 7 5800H. If your focus lies primarly on content creation though, the AMD APU benefits from its higher power efficiency in terms of multi-core performance - at least on low to medium TDP settings.

    At higher powerlimits the Core i7 is even able to fully close the performance gap. The Intel CPU benefits from liquid metal between the die and heat sink as maximally effective thermal interface material, which cannot be applied on the Ryzen 7 5800H due to safety reasons in terms of its different chip layout on the mainboard.

    So it's your choice between these two high end CPUs.
    Which one will you opt for?

     

    GeForce RTX 3060 with
    maximum performance

    For high-end graphical performance, the Understatement Gamer is equipped with the powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

    Thanks to the highest possible TGP (Total Graphics Power) rating of 115 watts, the Polaris 15 provides the maxium tier version of the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060.

    Due to NVIDIA's Dynamic Boost technology, the GPU can even increase its power limit up to 130 watts in certain workload situations automatically for best possible graphics performance.

      In combination with the 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM, the entry level high-end GPU offers the best price-performance ratio and enough reserves for high-resolution gaming on the razor-sharp WQHD display.

     

    Better performance. Better cooling.

    In order to constantly ensure highest graphics performance, the TUXEDO Polaris 15's cooling system has been upgraded while the chassis' height has been extended by only 3 mm.

    This results in an improved balance of almost unchanged high portability but noticably better cooling performance: With a height of 23 mm and a weight of only around 2 kg, the Polaris 15 remains a still fairly thin and light gaming notebook while the slightly increased case volume ensures bigger heatsinks and fans.

    What remains unchanged though, is the discreet and elegant design of the Polaris 15's black aluminum chassis, which also allows using the Linux gaming notebook in the office, meeting room or lecture hall.

     

    Full-HD or WQHD:
    Take a look for yourself!

    In the new generation, the TUXEDO Polaris 15 provides two different display options to choose from: In addition to a Full HD IPS display with up to 240 Hz refresh rate, a WQHD screen with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels and a frame rate of 165 Hz is now also available.

    The significantly sharper image of the new WQHD display shows its strengths especially in everyday use: Text, high-resolution images or graphics look very sharp-edged and high in detail, texts are comfortably readable even in small font sizes without straining the eyes.

    The difference is also noticeable in games but not quite as big. So the decision whether WQHD or Full HD is up to personal preference: While the GeForce RTX 3060 has enough reserves for high-resolution gaming, 1080p gamers benefit from maximum frame rates to fully take advantage of the display's high refresh rate.

     

    Up to 6 hours of battery life

    Speaking of battery life: The TUXEDO Polaris 15 features an internally screwed 62 Wh lithium-polymer battery that enables the Linux gaming laptop to run for up to 6 hours (idle) away from the power socket.

    Under more realistic working conditions with WiFi on, office usage and medium display brightness (~150 nits), around 5 hours can be reached until the Polaris 15 finally gets thirsty for the 180 watts power supply again.

     


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    Technical Details

    Display / Monitor

    Modern displays with IPS panels have bright areas along the frame as a normal characteristic. This has hardly any influence on everyday operation, not least because the displays are optimized for daylight operation. It can only be minimized, but not completely avoided, regardless of the manufacturer and for manufacturing reasons. Details on pixel error classes can be found here.

     

    2K Full-HD IPS 144 Hz / 240 Hz
    15,6", 16:9, matte / non-glare
    Viewing angle: 89°/89°/89°/89°
    Resolution: 1920 x 1080 Pixel
    sRGB: 95 %
    Brightness: 300 nits
    Contrast: 800:1

     

    3K WQHD IPS 165 Hz 
    15,6", 16:9, matte / non-glar
    Viewing angle: 89°/89°/89°/89°
    Resolution: 2560 x 1440 Pixel
    sRGB: 100 %
    Brightness: 350 nits
    Contrast: 800:1

     

    Display models used:
    Full-HD 144 Hz: Panda LM156LF1F02, BOE NV156FHM-N4G (3RA3), BOE NV156FHM-N4K, LG LP156WFG-SPF2, LP156WFG-SPB3
    Full-HD 240 Hz: Sharp LQ156M1JW03, BOE NE156FHM-NZ1
    WQHD 165 Hz: BOE NE156QHM-NY2

     

    All display models largely correspond according to their technical properties in terms of brightness, contrast and color gamut.

    For technical production reasons, the measured values always vary slightly from panel to panel. More information

     

    Display opening angle: ~ 145°

     

    Chassis

    Dimensions: width: 35 cm; height: 2.29 cm; depth: 24.3 cm
    Weight: approx. 2.1 kg with battery

     

    Chassis materials:
    Display lid and base unit made of aluminum
    Display frame and bottom panel made of plastic

     

    Keyboard

    Full sized keyboard with number pad.
    Multicolor (RGB) backlit keyboard, means that the writing on the keys have backlight! Brightness can be controlled and deactivated by special keys.
    TUX super-key on all layouts!
    Big precision clickpad with integrated buttons and multi-gesture- & scroll-function

     

    Battery & power supply

    62 Wh battery, 4 cells lithium-polymer
    Changeable (screwed inside)
    180 Watt power supply (150 x 74 x 25 mm | 583 g incl. EU power cable)

    Power plug:
    Type: Coaxial
    Inner diameter: 2.5mm
    Outer diameter: 5.5mm
    Length: 11mm



    Battery life: (with our optimizations)
    up to 6 hours at min. display-brightness, without Wifi & Bluetooth, without keyboard backlit, in idle mode
    up to 5 hours at medium brightness with Wifi, at office work

     

    We're testing battery time always in idle mode, at minimal display brightness, with keyboard backlight deactivated, WIFI & Bluetooth disabled and without any further connected devices (USB, LAN, HDMI, VGA etc. unplugged!).
    This way you get an information of maximal possible battery life. Starting from this you can manage your individual battery life depending on your demands and to influence it e.g. is keyboard backlight unnecessary during daylight. Bluetooth is also only needed to be turned on, if there's a Bluetooth device connected. Full display brightness as well is hardly always necessary.

     

    Main processor

    • AMD Ryzen 7 5800H
      (8x 3,2 - 4,4 GHz Octa-Core, 16 Threads, 16 MB L3-Cache, 45 W TDP)
    • Intel Core i7-11800H
      (8x 2,3 - 4,6 GHz Octa-Core, 16 Threads, 24 MB Intel Smart-Cache, 45 W TDP)

     

    Graphics card

    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 | 6 GB GDDR6 VRAM | 115 W TGP (+15 W Dynamic Boost)

     

    Energy efficient CPU integrated Graphics:
    AMD Radeon™ RX Vega 8 Graphics (AMD Ryzen 7 5800H)
    Intel UHD Graphics 630 (Intel Core i7-10870H)

     

    HDMI and USB-C (DisplayPort) are unchangably hardwired with the NVIDIA GPU for best performance!

     

    The notebook display can be switched to be driven by the NVIDIA GPU directly in the BIOS for best performance.
    Please note that this causes the NVIDIA GPU to be permanently active (instead of automatically switching to the processor's more power-efficient iGPU during low load) and leads to increased power consumption and lower battery runtimes.

     

    Memory

    Typ: DDR4 SO-DIMM (up to 3200 MHz)
    Manufacturer and speed see configurator
    Default and maximum see configurator
    Performant Dual Channel mode (2 slots)

     

    Mass storage (SSD / HDD)

    Two slots for super fast SSDs in space-saving M.2 form factor

     

    With AMD Ryzen:
    2x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI-Express 3.0 x4

     

    With Intel Core:
    1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI Express 4.0 x4
    1x M.2 2280 SSD via PCI Express 3.0 x4

     

    Communication / Network

    Wired/LAN: 2,5 Gigabit LAN (Realtek RTL8125BG Ethernet, 10/100/1000/2500 Mbit/s)

    Wireless/WIFI:
    Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX200 Series:
    Interface: M.2 2230
    Wireless LAN / WLAN standards: 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n/ax
    DualBand 2,4 / 5 GHz
    Communication channels: 2x2
    Transfer rate: 300 Mbit/s (2.4GHz WIFI) / 2,4Gbps (5GHz WIFI)

    Bluetooth:
    Integrated in above Intel Dual Band Wi-Fi AX200 Series
    Version: Dual Mode Bluetooth 5.2

     

    Webcam / Laptop camera

    HD Webcam / camera including microphone

     

    Sound / Audio

    High Definition Audio
    2 speakers: 2x 2W
    Integrated microphone

     

    Ports

    1x USB-C (AMD: 3.2 Gen2 | Intel: Thunderbolt 4) (both incl. DisplayPort 1.4 und GSYNC compatible)
    2x USB-A 3.2 Gen1
    1x USB-A 2.0
    1x HDMI 2.1 (with HDCP 2.3)
    1x Headphone-out
    1x Mic-in
    1x RJ45 Port 2.5 Gbit (LAN)
    1x Card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)
    1x DC-in

     

    Card reader

    Card reader (SD/SDHC/SDXC)

     

    Security

    - Kensington-Lock mounting
    - Intel Management Engine (Intel ME) can be disabled directly via the BIOS
    - Webcam & audio (only on Intel CPUs) can be deactivated directly via the BIOS
    - WLAN & Bluetooth can be deactivated directly via the BIOS

     

    Cooling System & Fan

    Temperature controlled silent fan
    At low system workload/stress there is less heat emerging. The cooling system fans have to spin accordingly fast or slow or even turn themselves off completely. But the device doesn't produce any disturbing noises even at full load, no high frequency sounds or clatter, just air swooshing.

    Custom fan control with the TUXEDO Control Center
    With the TUXEDO Control Center you are able to control the behavior of the fans at yourself. This means that you get the ability to make your device as silent as possible. You are able to set the device almost passive cooled, without any fan noise most of the time!

     

     

    Model-ID: AMD: POLARIS15A02 / Intel: POLARIS15I02



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    System & Service

    Operating systems

    We install Ubuntu and TUXEDO_OS (based on Ubuntu with Budgie Desktop) in the latest 64-bit version.

    With our fully automatic installation WebFAI you can easily perform a Linux installation exactly as we at TUXEDO Computers do it in our production! You can choose from all distributions that we also offer in our configurator. Depending on the distribution you have the choice between different desktop interfaces. More backgrounds and a video demo as well as detailed instructions can be found here.

     

    For advanced users and selected devices we also offer openSUSE 15 with Xfce, Gnome or KDE plasma. Of course fully configured and installed with all available updates and device drivers.

    For "self-installers" and everyone who is interested, we have set up a database with downloads, instructions, tips & tricks and offer a customization script called "tuxedo.sh", which makes our customizations automatically under openSUSE and Ubuntu: Help & Support Section | tuxedo.sh

     

    Encrypted Installation

    On request we install your Linux system completely encrypted. The pre-installation as dualboot with Windows is technically not possible.
    Further details as well as a detailed introduction to encryption can be found here.

     

    Windows on request

    If you don't want or can't do without Windows, we install the desired Windows version next to Linux or alone. Please understand that a dual-boot installation can take 1-2 working days longer even though the process is fully automatic. Please also note that we provide you with a correct Windows license incl. license sticker and installation DVD!

     

    Windows Drivers

    The corresponding Windows drivers are already included as standard with every device, regardless of whether it is with or without Windows or operating system installation. Alternatively you are free to download alle Windows-Drivers from here.

     

    BIOS

    With all our notebooks you have the possibility to protect your privacy already on BIOS level. For this purpose the following functions can be completely deactivated:

    • On Intel CPUs: Intel Management Engine (IntelME)
    • Webcam
    • On Intel CPUs: Audio (Microphone & Sound)
    • WLAN & Bluetooth

    In addition, our Premium BIOS allows chipset-specific settings and definitions for components via various profiles in order to operate the device optimally depending on its use. The profiles can be found in the BIOS menu under:

    Advanced > Advanced Chipset Control > Performance Profile Select.

    Further information can be found here in our manual.

     

    Warranty

    2 years pick up and return (12 months on wearing parts like battery & power supply)

    Optional: Up to 5 years pick up and return (12 months on wearing parts like battery & power supply)

     

    All devices have a maintenance-friendly design. Depending on the model, the essential hardware components such as processor, drive, hard disks, RAM, WIFI modules etc. can be accessed via maintenance flaps or removable floor trays. Furthermore the battery is replaceable if not stated differently. Of course even after expiration of your warranty period we're offering replacement parts and service for many years!

     

    For warranty cases we'll provide you with free return label after getting in touch with us. Warranty handling is done via our technical support. Please note our warranty conditions

     

    Package Contents

    1x TUXEDO Book preinstalled & configured
    1x Power supply
    1x Power cord
    1x Recharchable battery
    1x First steps manual incl. short technical manual
    1x WebFAI USB drive (www.webfai.de) for Linux recovery
    1x Drivers for Windows downloadable
    1x For the installation of own SSDs or HDDs necessary screws
    1x TUXEDO Computers fan package consisting of two posters, two pens and additional, seasonal goodies :)



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