This modular, DIY-friendly laptop is updated with 12th Gen Intel CPUs

The Framework laptop gets its first major upgrade today.
Zoom / The Framework laptop gets its first major upgrade today.

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We were fans of the Laptop Framework When we reviewed it last year. This was partly because its modular design prioritizes repair and upgradeability when most other laptops don’t. But we also liked it because you didn’t need to make huge trade-offs to get that repairability — the Framework laptop is lightweight and has a high-quality screen, keyboard, and touchpad, which helps it stay ahead of the competition with the big, slim box and — light laptops like the XPS 13 From Dell and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon.

An upgradeable laptop is only useful if you really can Development The Framework, though, makes that possible starting today: The company is introducing a new version of the Framework Laptop motherboard that uses 12th-generation Intel processors. The new 12th-generation laptop starts at $1,049 for a base model equipped with a Core i5, or $819 for the Build Kit with no memory or storage space. These products will be Available for pre-order starting todayShipping will start in July.

Uses 12th generation Core . processors Intel’s latest Alder Lake CPU architecture, which combines high-performance P cores and high-efficiency electronic cores to maximize performance under heavy load and reduce power usage when the computer is mostly idle. The Core i5-1240P CPU includes four P cores and eight E cores, which is a significant increase in core counts over 11th-generation quad-core CPUs. The Core i7-1260P upgrade has the same CPU core count with boosted clock speeds and a slight increase in integrated GPU performance, while the higher-end Core i7-1280P option gives you six cores and eight cores.

The rest of the Laptop Framework remains mostly the same, although there are some additional upgrades you should be aware of. One is a 2.5Gbps Ethernet expansion card, the first wired LAN module available for a laptop. The card is based on Realtek’s RTL8156 chipset and will be available “later this year”.

The company is also releasing a redesigned version of its upper case made with a new CNC machining process that is “dramatically improved”[es] hardness. “The new top cover will be the default option for all Framework laptops from now on, although you can buy a new cover for your existing laptop for $89.

For owners of current Framework laptops, a 12th-generation motherboard with the i5-1240P starts at $449, while an “upgrade kit” that includes both the motherboard and the redesigned top cover starts at $538. This is the same price you would pay for both components individually; There is no discount for buying both the board and the top cover together. The i7-1260P motherboard will run you $699 ($788 for an upgrade kit), and the i7-1280P motherboard costs $1,049 ($1138 for an upgrade kit). It will cost you to get two extra P-axles in the i7-1280P.

You can either buy a new Framework laptop with a 12th generation CPU installed, or buy a motherboard or upgrade kit that will upgrade an existing laptop.
Zoom / You can either buy a new Framework laptop with a 12th generation CPU installed, or buy a motherboard or upgrade kit that will upgrade an existing laptop.

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The Laptop Framework Edition 11 is also kept as an entry-level option until it goes on sale, starting at $679 for the DIY Core i5-1135G7-based version and $899 for a bundled system. The company created New product comparison page To make it easier to know what you get.

While many of the Framework’s PCs run Windows, the company boasts that the 12th generation version of its laptop “continues to[s] To focus on strong Linux support. The Framework recommends Fedora 36 because it “works great out of the box” and fully supports the new Framework Laptop CPUs, its Wi-Fi card, and fingerprint reader. You have to be careful about installing other Linux distributions – you need a version Linux kernel 5.17.6 or later to support Alder Lake’s hybrid CPU architecture, notable actively maintained distributions like Ubuntu 22.04 don’t include an out-of-the-box kernel version This issue will disappear for most Linux distributions within the next few months, but for now You may need to manually upgrade the kernel to get the best possible Linux experience on the Framework Laptop.

If you already own a Framework laptop and want to upgrade, the company recently Publish 3D Printable Case Templates For laptop motherboard. This makes it possible to turn your old 11th generation motherboard into a mini desktop computer.

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