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)
Graphics

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
eSATA
ExpressCard 34/54
FireWire 400
DisplayPort 1.2
DL-DVI
HDMI 1.4
Gigabit Ethernet
WiFi
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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  • justkuz - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    Wow...that thing is just horrid looking. Reply
  • CharonPDX - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    Putting the optical drive directly underneath the ports? Of all the stupid locations....

    As for it being generally monstrous, yeah, you try squishing 300W of desktop parts into a notebook...
    Reply
  • 8steve8 - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    who ok'd this thing? ivy bridge in a couple months... Reply
  • Johnmcl7 - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    These are six core processors and there won't be any of those as part of the Ivy Bridge launch, as mentioned in the article these are aimed at mobile workstation use where the applications are more likely to be optimised for the additional cores.

    John
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  • 8steve8 - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    yeah, but i wouldn't be surprised if 4 ivy cores usually beat out 6 sandy cores... just seems like an incredibly small market of those who need a laptop and "need" the 2 extra cores vs 4 better cores... Reply
  • Kristian Vättö - Thursday, February 09, 2012 - link

    Ivy Bridge won't do much for the CPU performance. The clock speeds are pretty much the same (100-200MHz bumps), we won't see +4GHz. Clock for clock performance seems to be up by around 10% if early benchmarks are to believe. That won't make IVB as fast as hex-core SNB-E given the clocks of SNB-E.

    The price tag should already tell you that these are laptops with very small market ;-)
    Reply
  • tayb - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    Why? Why do companies keep putting a toddler sized touchpad on these gigantic notebooks?

    It's ugly but that's to be expected with a notebook replacement. But the touchpad? Why so small????
    Reply
  • 8steve8 - Wednesday, February 08, 2012 - link

    i agree... but when you have the space for this laptop, then you have enough space for a mouse. Reply
  • aguilpa1 - Thursday, February 09, 2012 - link

    These make the Alienware m17x look like a prom queen in comparison. Reply
  • hingfingg - Thursday, February 16, 2012 - link

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