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Tuxedo Launches Liquid-Cooled Linux Laptop

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Tuxedo may not be a household name for many of us, but it is one of the well-known suppliers of high-performance Linux-based laptops from Germany. Earlier this year, the company introduced its Stellaris 15 Gen4 notebook aimed at performance-demanding users with an optional external liquid-cooling system. To great surprise, Tuxedo only offered the machine with Windows, but this week the company finally began to offer it with Linux, reports Phoronix

The Tuxedo Stellaris 15 Gen4 is a very powerful desktop replacement gaming laptop designed by Clevo. It comes packing up to Intel's Intel Core i9-12900H processor mated with two DDR5 memory modules and two PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 SSDs as well as Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti graphics chip. The machine uses a 15.6-inch display with a 2560x1440 resolution and 240Hz refresh rate to maximize the gaming experience.

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Given the heat generated by Intel's Core i9-12900H and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3080 Ti GPU, as well as performance constraints caused by overheating, we are not surprised that Tuxedo (or rather Clevo), decided to offer it with an optional Tuxedo Aquaris liquid cooling system. When used on the road, the Stellaris 15 Gen4 can work fully autonomously using its 93Wh battery and without any external liquid cooling. But once in desktop mode, you can plug in the liquid cooling to amplify cooling and therefore maximize performance.

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Tuxedo initially only offered its Stellaris 15 Gen4 with Windows because of software issues. The machine was designed by Clevo with Windows in mind, so the base software only supported Microsoft's operating systems. As a result, the company had to develop its own Tuxedo Control Center for Linux to allow users to adjust fan speed for the liquid cooling radiator as well as alter the addressable RGB LEDs.

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Tuxedo's Stellaris 15 Gen4 starts at €2599 (with a Core i7-12700H and Nvidia's GeForce RTX 3060M), whereas you'll have to buy the Aquaris liquid cooling block separately for €199.

Anton Shilov
Anton Shilov

Anton Shilov is a Freelance News Writer at Tom’s Hardware US. Over the past couple of decades, he has covered everything from CPUs and GPUs to supercomputers and from modern process technologies and latest fab tools to high-tech industry trends.

  • ScrewySqrl
    this feels ... excessive!
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  • sygreenblum
    It probably feels that way because it is.
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  • USAFRet
    ScrewySqrl said:
    this feels ... excessive!
    Just add an eGPU, and you're golden!
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  • Phaaze88
    What the- :pfff:
    We're just moving further and further away from the purpose of a laptop...
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  • Mandark
    Phaaze88 said:
    What the- :pfff:
    We're just moving further and further away from the purpose of a laptop...
    Maybe this is like Batman’s laptop you know where he can throw it in his jet car and fight crime. And fight heat buildup at the same time
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  • Phaaze88
    Mandark said:
    Maybe this is like Batman’s laptop you know where he can throw it in his jet car and fight crime. And fight heat buildup at the same time
    His suit's likely got some built in heat resistance and thus wouldn't even notice that.
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  • jkflipflop98
    This is actually a pretty neat idea. Heat is the limiting factor to your gaming performance in a laptop. Having an external water cooler you can hook up when playing is brilliant.

    You aren't going to be gaming on the go as the battery is only going to last 15 minutes under load. The only time you're going to game is when you're sitting at a desk with a wall plug handy. Just replace Trash O/S with Windows11 and you're set.
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  • Phaaze88
    jkflipflop98 said:
    Heat is the limiting factor to your gaming performance in a laptop.
    Before that, it's the cramped space; air just can't flow in and out easily, and people need to be told like every month that cpu and gpu thermals getting into the 80s and 90s(celsius) is normal for these devices.
    Even after being told that, some go about trying to fix a problem that doesn't exist... and sometimes making it worse in the process.
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