The Kubuntu Focus provides a compelling combination of optimized cloud-compatible software, Stay-Focused enterprise support, and high-performance hardware.
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|CPU||Core i7-9750H 6c/12t 4.5GHz Turbo|
|GPU||Up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8 GB GDDR6 with PhysX and CUDA|
|Display||Full HD 16.1” matte 1080p IPS 144Hz. Up to 3 external 4K
|Memory||Up to 64GB Dual Channel DDR4 2666 MHz|
|Webcam||Full-HD 720P cam and mic with physical shutter installed|
|Touchpad||Two button, Glass Synaptics, pressure sensitive, with multi-gesture and scroll|
|Warranty||Up to Two year limited hardware with software support|
|Chassis||Metal surfaces, Plastic bottom, 380 x 252 x 20mm, 2kg|
|Cooling||One CPU and two GPU fans with heat pipes. Nearly silent in light loads such as web browsing|
|Expansion||User expandable SSD, NVMe, and RAM|
|Contribute||Two percent of gross purchase price is donated to the Kubuntu Foundation|
The numerous ports and expandability are refreshing in a time where many laptops have components soldered to the motherboard and offer only a few USB-C ports.
Approved upgrades of storage and memory are supported under warranty. The full owners manual is in the box. Open the case with a single standard screwdriver.
|Feature||KFocus||Laptop B||Laptop C|
|Built your way, shipped next day?||Yes||2-4 week lead time||Limited in store stock, 2-4 weeks otherwise|
|Live Remote Desktop support?||Yes||No, Web Forum||Yes|
|Courtesy laptop cross-shipped?||Yes||Same-day service||Yes, from store|
|Full Disk Encryption?||Free||No||Yes, user enabled FileVault|
|YubiKey security option?||Yes||No||No|
|User expandable and serviceable?||Yes||Not declared||Glued shut, soldered RAM and SSD|
|Native *Ubuntu 18.04.4?||Yes||Yes||No, MacOS BSD|
|Ready-to-run workflows you need?||Yes||No||No|
|Relative TensorFlow Training Speed?||20x faster||10x faster||1x|
|Purchase Price||$1,795||$2,663 [1,854]||$2,709|
 Comparison current 2020-03-20 and gathered directly from each retailers web order page
 Base Kbuntu Focus, i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, RTX 2060 GPU, 250GB NVMe, 1yr Warranty
 Dell Precision 5540, i7-9750H, 16GB RAM, T2000 GPU, 256GB NVMe, 1yr on-site service
 MacBook Pro 16, i7-9750H, 16GB Ram, AMD 5500M GPU, 512GB NVME (250GB n/a), 1yr warranty, 2 adaptors
 List price is shown first with limited-time sales price in brackets
Results for popular benchmarks are provided for comparison.
If you find a serious deviation, please let us know and we
will investigate. All tests are run with the power plugged-in.
The CPU is set to
Performance mode using the
CPU frequency widget included in the system tray.
See this comparison chart. Even the RTX 2060 model exceed Titan X desktop performance.
|RTX 2080||RTX 2070||RTX 2060|
We found the CPU performance to be ~20% better than the i7-9750H average in both single and multi-core scores. This is probably due to superior cooling compared to many laptops that use slimmer chassis. A summary of all results are presented below followed by detailed sections.
|Gfxbench GL: Car Chase / T-Rex FPS||GPU||251 00972|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0, Ultra-Normal-8x||GPU||2037|
|Unigine Heaven 4.0, Medium-normal-2x||GPU||3369|
|Unigine Super, Extreme 1080p, 144Hz||GPU||2991|
|Unigine Super, High 1080p, 144Hz||GPU||7625|
|Unigine Super, Medium 1080p, 144Hz||GPU||10157|
|Unigine Super, Low 720p, 144Hz||GPU||19180|
Basemark Vulkan shows 30/46/520 min/avg/max FPS and scored 4632. Basemark OGL shows 12/50/129 min/avg/max FPS and scored 4964.
A typical GeekBench 4 run shows scores of 5,845 (single-core) and 23,751 (multi-score). Intel security firmware patches decrease scores versus an unpatched system by less than 2%.
A typical Geekbench 5.0.4 run shows scores of 1,209 (single-core) and 5,717 (multi-core). Compared to a similarly equipped MBP we see an advantage of 31.1% in single core and 11.5% in multi-core. This competes extremely well with the i9-9880H 8-core model as well.
Car Chase: 251 FPS; T-Rex@1080p: 972 FPS in
Tests run with both a 144Hz and 60Hz panel setting and found no significant difference except in medium settings, where the 144MHz refresh resulted in a 12% boost in performance. The GPU never exceeded 70C. More aggressive cooling settings using Nvidia Settings could provide additional performance at the cost of additional fan noise.
|Setting||Score||FPS min, avg, max||C min, max|
|Extreme 1080p, 144Hz||2991||018.64 022.37 025.26||42.0 70.0|
|Extreme 1080p, 60Hz||2983||017.85 022.32 025.39||46.0 70.0|
|High 1080p, 144Hz||7625||047.20 057.04 067.62||39.0 68.0|
|High 1080p, 60Hz||7622||045.40 057.01 068.08||38.0 68.0|
|Medium 1080p, 144Hz||10157||059.98 075.97 093.74||39.0 69.0|
|Medium 1080p, 60Hz||9371||054.32 070.09 086.14||42.0 69.0|
|Low 720p, 144Hz||19180||82.54 143.46 203.89||42.0 70.0|
|Low 720p, 60Hz||19297||085.25 144.34 199.41||39.0 70.0|
Results are 80.9 frames per second (FPS) average, 9.5 FPS minimum, and 144.7 FPS maximum. Score is 2037. The GPU maintained a maximum temperature of 68C.
Results are 133.8 FPS average, 10.4 FPS minimum and 234.5 FPS maximum. Score is 3369. The GPU again maintained a maximum temperature of 68C.
The Focus is optimized to make the most of its premium hardware. A partial list is provided below.
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