Update - Hardware specification updated to include the Samsung G95NC, Apple MacBook Pro M3 Max and Framework Laptop 16.

I switch between three devices (one desktop and two laptops), which are primarily used for productivity, collaboration, software development, photo editing, video editing, virtual labs, gaming and game development.

My daily driver is a custom-built desktop PC. The full specification can be found below:

  • MSI MAG X570 Tomahawk WiFi
  • AMD Ryzen 9 3950X 3.5GHz Base / 4.7GHz Boost (16C/32T)
  • Noctua NH-D15 CPU Cooler
  • 64GB Corsair Vengeance LPX DDR4 PC4-28800C18 3600MHz RAM
  • 1TB Samsung 980 Pro M.2 PCI-e 4.0 NVM-e SSD
  • 1TB Samsung PM981 M.2 PCI-e 3.0 NVM-e SSD
  • NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3090 FE 24GB GDDR6X
  • EVGA SuperNova P2 1000W ‘80 Plus Platinum’ PSU
  • Fractal Torrent Compact

The AMD Ryzen 3950X, Samsung 980 Pro and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 are several years old, but still considered premium components, delivering high-performance across a range of workloads (e.g., multi-threading, ray-tracing gaming, machine learning, video editing, etc.)

When remote or travelling, my daily driver is an Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (OCT-2023). This laptop is also used to run Apple-specific software, such as Xcode and Final Cut Pro, as well as software that requires significant memory (local Large Language Models).

The full specification can be found below:

  • Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (OCT-2023)
  • Apple M3 Max (16-core - 12 Performance / 4 Efficiency)
  • 40-core GPU
  • 16-core Neural Engine
  • 128GB Unified Memory (400GB/s Memory Bandwidth)
  • 1TB SSD (7.4GB/s Read)
  • 3x Thunderbolt 4, HDMI 2.1, 3.5mm Headphone, SDXC Card Reader, MagSafe 3
  • 16.2-inch Liquid Retina XDR Display (3456x2234 @ 120Hz, 1600nits)

Finally, I use a Framework Laptop running (NixOS) for Linux-specific workloads (e.g., Linux Containers, Ethical Hacking, etc.) I am a believer in the “right to repair” and, therefore eager to support companies promoting this cause.

The full specification can be found below:

  • Framework Laptop 16 DIY Edition
  • AMD Ryzen 9 7940HS (8C/16T)
  • 64GB DDR5-5600 RAM
  • 4TB Western Digital Black SN850X NVMe (7.3GB/s Read)
  • AMD Radeon RX 7700S 8GB GDDR6
  • 16-inch IPS LCD Display (2560x1600 @ 165Hz)
  • 3x USB-C, 1 USB-C, 1x Card Reader, 1x HDMI

At home, the desktop PC and Apple Mac Studio connect to a 57-inch Super Ultra-Wide monitor, specifically the Samsung G95NC Odyssey Neo G9 240Hz Dual UHD Monitor.

The full specification of this massive monitor can be found below.

  • Model: Samsung G95NC Odyssey Neo G9
  • Panel Size: 57-inch
  • Panel Type: VA (Quantum Mini LED - 2,392 Zones)
  • Panel Curvature: 1000R
  • Aspect Ratio: 32:9
  • Resolution: 7680x2160
  • Refresh Rate: 240Hz
  • Variable Refresh Rate: AMD FreeSync Premium Pro
  • Response Time: 1ms (GTG)
  • High Dynamic Range: HDR10+ Gaming, VESA DisplayHDR 1000
  • Brightness: 420cd/㎡ (Typical), 1000cd/m2 (Peak)
  • Interface: 3x HDMI 2.1 (HDCP 2.2), 1x DisplayPort 2.1 (HDCP 2.2)

My workspace is kept fairly minimal, thanks to the exceptional Secret Lab Magnus Pro XL sit-to-stand desk. The monitor is mounted on an Ergotron HX with HD Pivot, which is a heavy duty monitor arm that can (just about) support the 15.4 kg weight of the Samsung G95NC Odyssey Neo G9.

My Setup

As you can see, for peripherals, I primarily use the Logitech MX Mechanical Mini, Logitech MX Master 3S and Insta360 Link. The keyboard and mouse were selected as they include “easy switch”, which makes it simple to toggle between multiple devices.

The photo also highlights my microphone setup, which is a Blue Yeti connected to the Blue Yeticaster that includes the Compass Boom Arm and Radius III Custom Shockmount. The microphone is primarily used for video conferencing, screencasting, webinars and podcasts.

Additional peripherals include speakers (AudioEngine A1), headphones (Razer BlackShark V2 and Apple AirPods Max), controller (8BitDo Pro 2), flight controller (Saitek X-55), steering wheel (Logitech G29), virtual reality headset (Apple Vision Pro and Meta Quest 3) and printer (Epson EcoTank ET-2810).

My Setup

As highlighted in the photo below, my desktop PC is mounted to the desk using the Secret Lab Premium PC Mount, with the PC case door exposed providing easy access to the components.

My Setup

Accompanying the desktop PC and monitor is an Original Prusa MINI+, which is an open-source 3D printer.

Finally, I use a Herman Miller Mirra 2 chair, which balances comfort and personalised ergonomics.

Home Server

Alongside my desktops and laptops, I have a small home server, which is connected to my Samsung S95B OLED TV (65-inch). The server manages local and cloud backups, server-side workloads, media streaming, and collaboration (video conferencing).

I selected an Apple Mac mini (NOV-2018) for the server, thanks to its excellent power efficiency (150W), high-performance I/O and small form factor. The Mac mini also offers flexible video conferencing capabilities covering Apple FaceTime, Zoom, Microsoft Teams, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, WhatsApp Video, etc.

  • Apple Mac mini (NOV-2018)
  • Intel Core i5-8500B 3.0GHz Base / 4.1GHz Boost (6C/6T)
  • 64GB Corsair Vengeance Series 2666MHz DDR4 RAM
  • 256GB PCI-e SSD
  • Intel UHD Graphics 630
  • 2x 500GB Samsung Portable T5 SSD (USB 3.1 Gen2)

The 1256GB of local SSD storage is split across multiple drives for resilience, with automated backups being completed by Carbon Copy Cloner and Cloud Storage via Microsoft OneDrive.

The only peripheral connected directly to the Mac mini is a Logitech Brio Ultra HD Pro webcam, which delivers phenomenal video quality (4K/30fps - HDR), a wide viewing angle (90-degree dFoV) and a surprisingly good stereo, dual omnidirectional integrated microphone.

To support my minimal (hidden-wire) entertainment setup, all of my AV equipment (Sony STR-DN1050 AV Receiver, Sony PlayStation 5, Logitech Harmony Hub) is located in a cupboard under the stairs, with the required cables fed through the wall to the TV. This can be a little inconvenient when looking to insert/change physical media, but thankfully the cupboard offers plenty of space and ventilation.