Eurocom has released one of the world’s first laptops featuring two NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080/1070 GPUs, along with one of Intel’s latest Core i7 CPUs for good measure. The Sky E9E2 machine is designed primarily for gamers, but it can also be equipped with up to 64 GB DRAM, up to 6 TB of storage and even optional 120 Hz display panels. Given the high-performance goals of the system, it not only costs a lot but also comes in a thick chassis designed to fit 17.3" screens as well.

The Eurocom Sky X9E2 notebook is based on the Intel Z170 PCH and supports socketed Skylake-S processors (Intel Core i7-6700K, i5-6600K and i7-6700 options are available) that can be overclocked. The machine can fit up to four SO-DIMMs for a total of 64 GB of DDR4 memory, although maximum XMP support isn't directly listed. For graphics, the X9E2 uses one or two NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070/1080 graphics processors in an MXM form-factor, which have 120-190 W TDP per card, but the system promises to deliver desktop-class performance in mobile form-factor. Installing a rather hot GPU into modern gaming laptop chassis should not be a problem in general, but Eurocom’s Sky X9E2 is among the first machines to integrate up to two Pascal graphics processors with a potential total TDP of <380 W. To cool the CPU as well as the GPU(s), the portable PC uses a sophisticated cooling system with multiple heat pipes as well as three huge blower fans.

For storage, the Eurocom Sky X9E2 can integrate up to two 2.5”/9.5mm SSDs or HDDs (in consumer land, that's 4 TB of storage) as well as up to two M.2-2280 NVMe SSDs (another two more terabytes). In addition, the laptop has 6-in-1 card reader as well as two Thunderbolt 3.0 ports (which automatically suggests support for two USB Type-C ports with 10 Gbps transfer rate) and five USB 3.0 connectors. For connectivity, the Sky X9E2 has two Killer Networking E2400 GbE controllers as well as one M.2-2230 Wi-Fi 802.11ac with Bluetooth controller.

When it comes to display options, end-users can choose between an IPS FHD panel, an AHVA FHD panel with 120 Hz refresh rate as well as an IPS UHD panel. Optionally, the machine also supports NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology. Moreover, the laptop has several display outputs (HDMI 2.0, DisplayPort 1.2 and Thunderbolt 3) in a bid to support NVIDIA’s SurroundView capability. For audio the PC has Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 chip with 7.1-channel audio outputs as well as integrated 2 W speakers and a 2.5 W subwoofer.

The Sky X9E2 desktop replacement comes with either a 330 W or 660 W PSU (the latter is required when its spec is maxed out and the system is equipped with two GPUs), an 8 cell Li-Ion 89 Wh battery (battery life from zero to some depending on configuration), weighs 5.5 kilograms (12.1 lbs) and is 47.2 mm (1.88 inch) thick. The starting price of the DTR machine from Eurocom is $2499, and can push much nearer five digits when maxed out.

Source: Eurocom

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  • eSyr - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Look for thinkpad W700, precision m6x00. Reply
  • ddriver - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    This kind of ugly has nothing to do with the bulk, but with the awfully dated "kids from the 70s think its cool" design.

    There is an easy remedy to this atrocity - soften flat surfaces and sharp corners, remove the unnecessary "details", fix the fugly logo.

    The guy who designed this poor thing was either hired by a relative, or by someone who has no clue of design aesthetics.
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  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    It's design reminds me a lot of 90's era Compaq Presario laptops that had a center screen style hinge. But really, it's very similar to Pentium 4 Toshiba Satellites like the S205. The "shoulders" to either side of the screen hinge which presumably contain the speakers are really, really similar looking. While appearance preferences are widely varied between buyers, I don't find Eurocom's borrowing of those bygone design queues appealing at all.

    As an aside, the company's logo looks tacky and outdated too.
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  • close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Well finally something I can agree with you on :). A clean look like the professional lines from HP or Dell is a much better choice if you ask me. But aesthetics are really subjective and these guys aren't asking me because I'm not their target audience.

    Most gaming laptops (DTRs) are designed to look like kitschy toys because that's what the customer drools at.
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  • ddriver - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    "because that's what the customer drools at" - you aren't much different, maybe a different flavor, but pretty much the same product. Depending on how far you manage to go intellectually, you may find yourself agreeing more and more with me. This is not an insult though, I know first hand how hard it is to break free from the cesspool of mediocrity, conformism and consumerism. Reply
  • lunarmit - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    Wow, Dell and HP are not very attractive IMO. I have one from work, and it's hideous. It mightbe "professional" but I wouldnt want something like that for me. Compared to the Alienwares from a few years ago, this is pretty toned down and strikes a good balance to me. Reply
  • Agent Smith - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    +1 Reply
  • Michael Bay - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    I understand the difficulty, but can`t we do without those exagerrated edges? Reply
  • jabbadap - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    It's made by clevo, they are usually very ugly.
    http://www.clevo.com.tw/clevo_prodetail.asp?id=950...
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  • Notmyusualid - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    That is the Elephant in the room regarding Desktop Replacement PCs in general.

    It seems so odd, the most expensive computers are usually the uglist.

    I'm sat on pins waiting for a pascal notebook, but I'll wait & see what Alienware do with it, (they are usually the least-offensive designs in this segment), and thus I'm on my second one.
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