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Cyber Security Major Laptop Suggestions

Looking for suggestions for a laptop at college.

My college has recommended:

i7 or i5 with vPro enabled

16 GB of ram

SSD

 

Things I’m looking for in addition:

500 GB or more of storage

5+ hours of battery life

1060 or 1070 would be nice but not necessary as it won’t be my main driver taking my rig down for my room.

 

No real price range, but I don’t want to spend more than is necessary. Would just like some recommendations, nothing too wild. Hoping to keep it under $2k USD.

| CPU: Intel i7 8700k | GPU: Asus Strix GTX 1080 | RAM: 16 GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB | Storage: Samsung 250 GB SSD and WD 1 TB | MOBO: Asus Strix Z370E | Case: Fractal Design Define R6 TG | PSU: EVGA 650W G3 80+ Gold | Peripherals: Corsair Strafe brown and Corsair M65Pro |

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Why do you need vPro? Does your college want to manage your laptop?

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My main Rig (Hybrid Windows 10/Arch Linux):

OS: Arch Linux w/ XFCE DE (Kernel 5.10.7 VFIO) as host OS, windows 10 as guest

CPU: Ryzen 9 3900X w/PBO on (6c 12t for host, 6c 12t for guest)

Cooler: Noctua NH-D15

Mobo: Asus X470-F Gaming

RAM: 32GB G-Skill Ripjaws V @ 3200MHz (12GB for host, 20GB for guest)

GPU: Guest: EVGA RTX 3070 FTW3 ULTRA Host: 2x Radeon HD 8470

PSU: EVGA G2 650W

SSDs: Guest: Samsung 850 evo 120 GB, Samsung 860 evo 1TB Host: Samsung 970 evo 500GB NVME

HDD: Guest: WD Caviar Blue 1 TB

Case: Fractal Design Define R5 Black w/ Tempered Glass Side Panel Upgrade

Other: White LED strip to illuminate the interior. Extra fractal intake fan for positive pressure.

 

unRAID server (Plex, Windows 10 VM, NAS, Duplicati, game servers):

OS: unRAID 6.8.3

CPU: Ryzen R7 2700x @ Stock

Cooler: Noctua NH-U9S

Mobo: Asus Prime X470-Pro

RAM: 16GB G-Skill Ripjaws V + 16GB Hyperx Fury Black @ stock

GPU: EVGA GTX 1080 FTW2

PSU: EVGA G3 850W

SSD: Samsung 970 evo NVME 250GB, Samsung 860 evo SATA 1TB 

HDDs: 4x HGST Dekstar NAS 4TB @ 7200RPM (3 data, 1 parity)

Case: Sillverstone GD08B

Other: Added 3x Noctua NF-F12 intake, 2x Noctua NF-A8 exhaust, Inatek 5 port USB 3.0 expansion card with usb 3.0 front panel header

Details: 12GB ram, GTX 1080, USB card passed through to windows 10 VM. VM's OS drive is the SATA SSD. Rest of resources are for Plex, Duplicati, Spaghettidetective, Nextcloud, and game servers.

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1 hour ago, UnleashedPride said:

1060 or 1070

If you really need such powerful GPU together with vPro CPU, you can consider 17 inch workstation laptops, but they are expensive.

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23 hours ago, sazrocks said:

Why do you need vPro? Does your college want to manage your laptop?

I don’t know. I asked for requirements and they said preferably with vPro enabled but it seems like it’s not absolutely necessary.

 

22 hours ago, ZM Fong said:

If you really need such powerful GPU together with vPro CPU, you can consider 17 inch workstation laptops, but they are expensive.

I don’t NEED a 1060 or 1070, I was just saying if it came with one of those it’d be nice, I won’t be doing much for gaming on this. They didn’t give any requirements that it would need a dedicated GPU, that was just a throw in if the laptop had it that I’m neutral on that being there or not. Integrated graphics is enough.

| CPU: Intel i7 8700k | GPU: Asus Strix GTX 1080 | RAM: 16 GB G.Skill TridentZ RGB | Storage: Samsung 250 GB SSD and WD 1 TB | MOBO: Asus Strix Z370E | Case: Fractal Design Define R6 TG | PSU: EVGA 650W G3 80+ Gold | Peripherals: Corsair Strafe brown and Corsair M65Pro |

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Look for business laptops then, they have optional 8350U/8650U CPU with vPro.

 

Thinkpad T480/T580/T480s

Thinkpad X series

or the downgraded Thinkpad L series if you don't want to spend much.

 

Latitude 7290/7390/7490 and Elitebook 830/840/850 G5 also good but they are usually more expensive. Latitude 5290/5490/5590 also OK.

 

Make sure they have IPS display

Check out my laptop reviews here

 

My daily driver: Lenovo Legion 5i 15

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