Original Link: http://www.anandtech.com/show/5522/more-sandy-bridge-e-laptops-eurocom-panther-40-and-maingear-titan-17

Clevo was the first in line to release Sandy Bridge E based laptop a couple of days ago, which naturally means that all the usual suspects that use Clevo's chassis are coming out of the woodworks as well; say hello to the Eurocom Panther 4.0 and Maingear Titan 17

Eurocom Panther 4.0


Specifications of Eurocom Panther 4.0
Screen 17.3" LED Backlit (Options for glossy/matte and 120Hz 3D)
Resolution 1920x1080
Processor Intel Core i7-3930K (6/12, 3.2GHz/3.8GHz, 12MB L3) or
Intel Core i7-3960X (6/12, 3.3GHz/3.9GHz, 15MB L3)

NVIDIA: GTX 580M, 560M; Quadro 5010M, 4000M, 3000M (Options for SLI)
AMD: HD 6990M, 6970M (Options for CrossFire)

Memory Up to 64GB (4x16GB) DDR3-1866
Storage Up to 3x1TB (Options for SSD or hybrid drives)
Optical Drive DVD-RW, BD-RW, or fourth hard drive
Connectivity 3x USB 3.0
2x USB 2.0
ExpressCard 34/54
FireWire 400
DisplayPort 1.2
HDMI 1.4
Gigabit Ethernet
Audio in/out
Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.8" x 11.4" x 2.5"
Weight 12.1lb
Price N/A
Availability March 15, 2012

Specification wise, the Panter 4.0 is similar to Clevo's P270WM. The biggest difference is that Eurocom offers more graphics choices and the possibility for a fourth hard drive instead of an optical drive. Eurocom also supports 16GB SO-DIMMs, though pricing for such modules is extremely high right now. There is also an option for 120Hz 3D display which is something that the Clevo does not currently list. Unfortunately Eurocom has not revealed pricing so it's hard to say if Panther 4.0 is a better buy than Clevo P270WM, which is priced at $3122. If the past is any indicator, Eurocom will likely have a price premium as they like to target the Mobile Workstation market, which requires additional testing/validation on their end.

Maingear Titan 17

Specifications of Maingear Titan 17
Screen 17.3" LED Backlit (Option for 120Hz 3D)
Resolution 1920x1080
Processor Intel Core i7-3930K (6/12, 3.2GHz/3.8GHz, 12MB L3) or
Intel Core i7-3960X (6/12, 3.3GHz/3.9GHz, 15MB L3)
Graphics NVIDIA GTX 580M with 2GB GDDR5 (Optional SLI)
NVIDIA Quadro 5010M with 4GB GDDR5
Memory Up to 32GB (4x8GB) DDR3-1866
Storage Up to 3x1TB (Options for SSD or hybrid)
Optical Drive DVD-RW (Option for BD-RW)
Ports 2x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0, eSATA, ExpressCard 34/54, SDXC-card reader, FireWire 400, DisplayPort 1.2, DVI, HDMI 1.4, Gigabit Ethernet, WiFi, audio in/out
Dimensions (WxDxH) 16.5" x 11.3" x 2.4"
Weight 12.1lb
Price Starts from $3499
Availability March 10, 2012

The Titan 17 follows the same pattern as Panther 4.0 and P270WM. Compared to Panther 4.0, there are fewer graphics options but the 3D display is still available, although Titan 17 loses one USB 3.0 when compared with the Clevo and Eurocom (which is probably just an error on their spec sheet, since all three notebooks use the same chassis). Price wise, Titan 17 is a couple hundreds more expensive than a similarly configured Clevo P270WM. Of course, things like support and warranty are important when buying such an expensive system, so while Clevo is cheaper it isn't necessarily a better buy.

We are working to get one of these behemoths in for review to see how they fare in actual use. If you need the most performance you can pack into a notebook, these SNB-E based offerings should fit the bill. Hopefully the issues with overloading the power brick on the X7200 have been addressed with this round of updates.

Sources: Eurocom and Maingear

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