Searching for a Ryzen 9, 16 cores, small laptop

The new 7945HX CPU from AMD is currently the most powerful. I’d love to have one of them, to replace the now aging 6 core Xeon that I’ve been using for more than 5 years. So, I’ve been searching for a laptop with that CPU.

Absolutely all of the laptops I found with this CPU also embed a very powerful RTX 40×0 series GPU, that I have no use: I don’t play games, and I don’t do AI. I just want something that builds Debian packages fast (like Ceph, that takes more than 1h to build for me…). The more cores I get, the faster all OpenStack unit tests are running too (stestr does a moderately good job at spreading the tests to all cores). That’d be ok if I had to pay more for a GPU that I don’t need, and I would have deal with the annoyance of the NVidia driver, if only I could find something with a correct size. But I can only find 16″ or bigger laptops, that wont fit in my scooter back case (most of the time, these laptops have an 17 inch screen: that’s a way too big).

Currently, I found:

  • Lenovo Legion Pro 5: screen is 16.8″
  • Dell Alienware m6: super heavy, 16″
  • Asus ROG Zephyrus Duo 16: 16″
  • MSI alpha (16 and 17): also 16″

If one of the readers of this post find a smaller laptop with a 7945HX CPU, please let me know! Even better if I can get rid of the expensive NVidia GPU.