Is MSI Leopard GP66 11UH or ASUS ROG Strix G17 Linux (Ubuntu) friendly?


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Actually, I wanted to order a Thinkpad, but due to considerable delivery difficulties, I have to rearrange. I have the offer to get an MSI Leopard GP66 11UH or ASUS ROG Strix G17 (both FreeDos) tomorrow. Does anyone have experience which model is better suited for Linux (preferably Ubuntu)?

The one without nVidia
There are several variants in both models, both have Nvidia graphics which can be a pain to set up the MSI has I7 processors which are normally fine, the ROG has either Ryzen 7 or Ryzen 9 processors, the R7 should be fine but the R9 is new I don't know if the Linux drivers will be up o date enough [perhaps another member will know], neither spec tell us which make of wi-fi is used so that may cause problems [we have had several members with Wi-Fi problems with the MSI]
At the end of the day, choosing a box is no different to choosing a distribution, it is what suits you best.
The MSI-Options are:
1. MSI Leopard GP66 11UH-673 - 15,6" FHD IPS 144Hz, Intel Core i7-11800H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA RTX 3080, WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
2. MSI GP66 Leopard 11UH-414 + MSI Gaming Headset H991 - 15,6" QHD IPS 165Hz, Intel i7-11800H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, GeForce RTX 3080, WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
3. MSI Katana GF76 12UGS-087 - 17,3" FHD 144Hz Display, Intel Core i7-12700H, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD, NVIDIA RTX 3070Ti, WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
As i said above,
Ryzen 9 works great in Linux.

lshw -c cpu
description: CPU
product: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core Processor
vendor: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD]
physical id: 15
bus info: cpu@0
version: AMD Ryzen 9 3900X 12-Core Processor
serial: Unknown
slot: AM4
size: 4422MHz
capacity: 4672MHz
width: 64 bits
clock: 100MHz
capabilities: lm fpu fpu_exception wp vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt pdpe1gb rdtscp x86-64 constant_tsc rep_good nopl nonstop_tsc cpuid extd_apicid aperfmperf rapl pni pclmulqdq monitor ssse3 fma cx16 sse4_1 sse4_2 movbe popcnt aes xsave avx f16c rdrand lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm extapic cr8_legacy abm sse4a misalignsse 3dnowprefetch osvw ibs skinit wdt tce topoext perfctr_core perfctr_nb bpext perfctr_llc mwaitx cpb cat_l3 cdp_l3 hw_pstate ssbd mba ibpb stibp vmmcall fsgsbase bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 cqm rdt_a rdseed adx smap clflushopt clwb sha_ni xsaveopt xsavec xgetbv1 xsaves cqm_llc cqm_occup_llc cqm_mbm_total cqm_mbm_local clzero irperf xsaveerptr rdpru wbnoinvd arat npt lbrv svm_lock nrip_save tsc_scale vmcb_clean flushbyasid decodeassists pausefilter pfthreshold avic v_vmsave_vmload vgif v_spec_ctrl umip rdpid overflow_recov succor smca sme sev sev_es cpufreq
configuration: cores=12 enabledcores=12 threads=24

uname -a
5.17.3-200.fc35.x86_64 #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Apr 4 14:10:07 UTC 2022 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

If anything, I think Linux is a little ahead of Microsoft with AMD instruction sets.
I could post the output of "cpuid", But it's over 16,400 lines long. The moderators might not appreciate it.
I grabbed one of these on sale for like $700 (a bit less, as I recall):

There's literally nothing to install extra to make it work. With the Intel drivers, everything I need is in the kernel.

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