For general use - the power to create!
The i7 8550U (four cores) provides eight processing threads at 4.0GHz.
The i5 8250U (four cores) provides eight processing threads at 3.4GHz.
For the small difference in cost, we recommend the i7 8550U for most users.
16GB to 32GB (dual-channel) is sufficient for most users.
SSD as OS drive is certainly nice... but not an absolute necessity (conventional HD is fine).
With a SSD, the machine boots quicker, apps open quicker, and navigating the OS is a little more "snappy".
Disk-streaming sample libraries is where SSD really shines.
M.2 SSDs sustain over 500MB/Sec (three times the speed of a conventional HD).
M.2 PCIe x4 SSDs sustain over 2500MB/Sec (five times the speed of a standard SSD).
On the PC, we now have complete "PCIe via Thunderbolt" support.
You must be running an up-to-date install of Win10 and have a motherboard that provides Thunderbolt-3 via USB-C port.
RME, MOTU, Presonus, and UA have full "PCIe via Thunderbolt" drivers actually available. Others are currently testing.
To use a Thunderbolt audio interface, you'll also need a Thunderbolt-3 (USB-C) to Thunderbolt adapter.
At this point, nearly all major audio software/hardware is working well with Windows 10 x64.
For most users, we now recommend Windows 10 x64 Pro.
"Pro" version has Group Policy Editor (easy to shut down OneDrive, Cortana, etc)... and can fully disable all automatic updates.
|video outputs||HDMI, Mini Display Port 1.3|
|clock-speed||i7 8550U @ 4.0GHz, i5 8250U @ 3.4GHz|
|cores||i7 8550U = 4 (8 processing threads), i5 8250U = 4 (8 processing threads)|
|configuration||dual-channel (32GB max)|
- Brand: Purrrfect Audio
- Product Code: Project Laptop
- Availability: In Stock