I am looking for a powerful laptop/or "schleptop" portable.
64GB RAM, dual channel (currently development environment, particularly GWT requirements, occasionally gives trouble if running other things in 32GB).
I'd prefer 12-16 threads (our software and IDE extensions are well threaded, 8 threads are a limitation for the latter at times).
Because of business practices and recent security/performance issues, I would like to try out an AMD Ryzen CPU.
- 256GB solid state storage. A hybrid SSD/platter hard drive is fine as long as total storage is 1TB minimum.
Not so important:
Graphics. Preferably not internal Intel graphics. Internal AMD graphics would be fine, but I think you cannot get this with more than 4 cores/8 threads. So the best option is likely relatively low grade discrete mobile graphics from AMD or nVIDIA.
I can connect to HD televisions or monitors, so the screen size/quality is not very important.
I'd prefer having a built in DVD drive, but it is not essential.
Battery life - heavy duty jobs would be done on mains, so not high on the list.
17" footprint preferred.
I understand this will cost me - as portability/smaller form factors usually do. I am hoping it is possible within £2500/$3000. I like not having to take a separate keyboard along and to be able to use it while travelling, however a small form factor PC is also an acceptable solution if it fits in aircraft cabin luggage.
While it runs slightly against my lack of screen/graphics requirements, I am willing to try a "gaming laptop", assuming these are expected to handle moderate CPU use. For example, I noticed that ASUS has one with a Ryzen 7 1700 CPU, which might be feasible except it appears to have a 32GB RAM limit.
I can wait a couple of months in case somebody knows something is on the horizon, which I don't know about. Thank you for any ideas.