My thoughts on Tuxedo Sirius 16: new Linux Gaming Laptop (2023)

My thoughts on Tuxedo Sirius 16: AMD synergy, Linux gaming’s potential, and the revolution of portable gaming.
Sid Metcalfe

Cartesian Mathematics Foundation


November 25, 2023


I recently had the chance to test out the Tuxedo Sirius 16. I’ve been on the hunt for a solid Linux gaming laptop for a while - this laptop boasts an all-AMD configuration, balancing performance with portability.



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Embracing a Linux Powered Gaming Future with Tuxedo Sirius 16

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Linux has long been the underdog when it comes to mainstream gaming, often overshadowed by the ubiquitous presence of Windows. But with the Tuxedo Sirius 16, it seems we’re witnessing a significant shift. Personally, I’m intrigued by this all-AMD machine—a move that distinctly marks Tuxedo’s commitment to Linux gaming.

For starters, the combination of a Ryzen 7 7840HS and RX 7600M XT GPU is noteworthy. This duo promises a solid gaming performance that is remarkable for a Linux laptop. I appreciate the effort to strike a balance between power and portability with the machine’s 16-inch frame, which doesn’t verge into the cumbersome territory of beefier gaming laptops. It’s clear that not everyone is after a desktop replacement, and the Sirius 16 seems to neatly fill that gap.

I’m particularly excited about AMD’s GPU support in the Linux ecosystem, buoyed by the success of the Steam Deck. AMD’s strides in GPU support can’t be overlooked, especially considering that it’s the backbone of Valve’s foray into portable PC gaming. Even though the Sirius 16’s GPU isn’t top of the line, ongoing support improvements bode well for its future performance.

Despite this, the limitations of the RX 7600M XT cannot be ignored. Gamers with a thirst for the highest settings in AAA titles may find it lacking. Yet, for many, the trade-off for an open-source operating system might be worth the compromise in raw performance.

The MUX switch technology included is a welcome sight, allowing users to shift between integrated and discrete graphics effortlessly—ideal for balancing game time with battery life. However, the benefits of this feature depend heavily on Linux distros catching up in terms of driver support.

Let’s not forget the option to pack up to 96GB of DDR5 RAM and 8TB of SSD storage. While likely overkill for most users, the flexibly to push the machine’s specs to these heights can’t be understated, especially for professionals who might want to repurpose the laptop for intensive tasks beyond gaming.

Shipping with Tuxedo OS adds a layer of user-friendliness to the Linux gaming ecosystem, especially for those who might be hesitant to leave the comfort of more established operating systems. And with options to switch to other familiar Ubuntu-based distros, Tuxedo is lowering barriers to entry, which I find essential for Linux’s growth in this space.

Indeed, the price point—starting at around $1,860—is steep when competing with similarly specced Windows machines. But the promise of a Linux gaming laptop may justify the cost for enthusiasts and open-source advocates.

It’s thrilling to see the boundaries of Linux gaming being pushed, and the Tuxedo Sirius 16 is at the forefront of this charge. Sure, there are compromises, but the potential for a robust, Linux-powered gaming future is undeniable. The Sirius 16 isn’t just a laptop; for many of us, it’s a statement of support for increased diversity in gaming platforms, and I’m here for it.

Hardware Harmony: The Benefits of an All-AMD Configuration

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Recognizing the synergy in an all-AMD setup, I can’t help but be intrigued by the Tuxedo Sirius 16. It’s clear that this gaming laptop may signal a shift in how we think about Linux on the desktop, especially for the gaming community. With a Ryzen 7 7840HS CPU and RX 7600M XT GPU, the Sirius 16 seems to strike a balance between power and portability—a sweet spot for many users. From my experience, AMD’s ongoing commitment to open source with their graphics drivers has historically made them a friendlier choice for Linux. This rings especially true now with the advancements pumped out through the Steam Deck’s success.

Yet, I recognize there are trade-offs. While the RX 7600M XT is a competent GPU, it isn’t the absolute pinnacle of performance. Still, for the 16-inch form factor, it packs a punch. It’s just that some hardcore gamers wanting to push ultra settings at high resolutions may find the offering a tad modest for their tastes.

Another upside is the laptop’s thinness—just 2.2 cm. In my book, that’s remarkably sleek for a gaming-capable machine. No, it won’t rival the raw grunt of a thicker laptop with a desktop-class GPU, but it’s a win for mobility. Plus, let’s not overlook that MUX switch, which promises smooth toggling between integrated and discrete graphics.

Then there’s the RAM—up to 96GB of DDR5, which to me is dazzling yet admittedly overkilling for most applications. Similarly, the potential for up to 8TB of SSD storage through dual M.2 slots is incredible, perhaps even future-proof, but will no doubt push the price up high, beyond what many might consider reasonable.

Software support is another critical piece, and Tuxedo seems to have this base covered by offering their own Tuxedo OS while also providing familiar options like Ubuntu. For those interested in exploring further, we have reflections on the use of other Linux Laptops as we get into 2024. This flexibility implies that getting up and running with your preferred Linux flavor should be less of a hassle. And for international buyers, availability isn’t a concern, thanks to Tuxedo’s shipping policy.

In essence, the Tuxedo Sirius 16 looks like a carefully considered machine, designed with the Linux gamer in mind. The cohesive AMD hardware bundle, aligned with the needs of Linux’s blossoming gaming ecosystem, strikes a chord with me. It’s not just about gaming either; the specs suggest this laptop would fare well with content creation, software development, and everyday multitasking.

In conclusion, the Tuxedo Sirius 16 doesn’t just represent a new Linux gaming laptop on the market—it embodies a step forward in recognizing Linux’s potential in the gaming sphere. It might not have the raw horsepower of its Windows counterparts, but the harmonious AMD configuration, thoughtful design features, and the nod to Linux gaming accessibility position it as a compelling option for those yearning to veer off the beaten path. It may not be the end-all machine some are pining for, but it’s a solid step in the right direction, and that’s something worth paying attention to.