Everything you need to know before pre-ordering the Surface Studio

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6th-Gen Intel Processors, Nvidia GTX Graphics

For processing power, you can choose either a 6th generation Intel Core i5 or i7 chip. Memory provides three choices: 8GB, 16GB, or 32GB. Storage is what Microsoft is calling a Rapid Hybrid Drive (a combination of SATA and SSD), which is available in either 1TB or 2TB sizes. A pure solid state drive isn’t offered, which is one of the Surface Studio’s few disappointments.

When it comes to graphics, you’ve got two options. If you choose the i5 processor, your only choice is a Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 GPU. For the i7 processor, you get two choices — either the same Nvidia GeForce GTX 965M 2GB GDDR5 option, or the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 4GB GDDR5.

Unfortuantely, Nvidia’s GTX 1080 isn’t available. That’s probably not a big deal for professionals, as the GTX 980M is already quite fast, and handily outperforms what you’d normally see in an all-in-one computer. However, anyone hoping to go double-duty and play games on the Studio may feel let down.

Surface Studio

What kind of ports does it have?

The Studio comes with 4 USB 3.0 ports, and one of them is a high-power port for various charging purposes. There’s also a mini DisplayPort connection, and a full size SD card reader. For online connections, you have a Gigabit Ethernet Port.

If you’re curious about wireless connections, the Studio offers Wi-Fi (802.11ac) and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as the interesting addition of built-in Xbox Wireless. That means the Surface Studio will work your Xbox One wireless controller, no adapter needed.

Does it still use Windows 10 and Office?

Yes, absolutely. All your Windows 10 and Office data should work on the Studio. If you do your work in a professional space, note that the Surface Studio also includes a TPM chip for enterprise security solutions.

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