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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  • Michael Bay - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Why does it have to be so ugly. Reply
  • kaidenshi - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    It's difficult to make a bulky laptop look pretty. The lid reminds me of the Nvidia Shield TV with those lines and angles, I wonder if that's intentional? Reply
  • close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Because no matter what some "dreamers" want to believe, we're still a long way from being able to cool desktop class performance parts in a confined laptop chassis.

    I personally find the "mobile gaming rig" nonsensical. You pay a heck of a lot more for a device that's not as powerful as an equivalent and much cheaper desktop, it's not as quiet or flexible (upgrade, OC), it is not as comfortable to use unless you connect gaming mouse, keyboard and a proper LCD (17" for gaming is so '90s) just to get some sort of mobility. Meaning once in a while you can move it to the next room with the caveat that the gaming experience will be very laptopy and cramped until you put it back to home-base.
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  • baka_toroi - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    @close: You're really not taking into account alternative lifestyles. I don't think this is aimed for people with their own apartment working a 9 to 5 job. Think about gamers who are constantly on the move and who have plenty of money to spare. Reply
  • close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    @bakaa_toroi, I completely understand special needs as I'm typing this comment on a laptop that has a much steeper price tag. But the difference is that my laptop (just like the W700 - retired, by the way - and the Dell Precision) is that they cater to a completely different market where comfort isn't necessarily a priority, results are. They are a job tool, not a hobby and outside of that comfortable use they will offer most of what a desktop may offer. Which is why my custom HP Zbook G3 build cost ~6500E.

    Just because you can afford it doesn't make a seriously compromised device good. It just makes it your only option but a crappy one nonetheless. Nobody ever said "oh, I wish I could have a 6Kg laptop to lug around for the occasional game on a 17" screen, with a few hours of autonomy, mediocre keyboard (no mouse), and if possible one that makes my ears bleed in full load".
    The problem isn't just that it's expensive, plenty of expensive things out there deliver a good experience. It's that it's expensive and it's a jack of all trades but master of none.

    When you are constantly on the move how useful is a machine that weighs ~6Kg (without accessories) and can provide relatively short periods of battery gaming at a time? You always have to have a desk for it since the weight and temps exclude it from being a LAPtop. So you can't use it on the plane, in a train, or while waiting for them.

    The worst part about it is that it provides a profoundly flawed gaming experience since the screen is is so small and the keyboard and ergonomics are questionable. I'm sure that you can find a number of people to buy this but then again I'm sure you can use an iPad as a phone if you really wanted to.

    I'm not saying people shouldn't buy it, just that it's crap and people buy it only because they have no other options or for bragging rights. This is the niche of niches.
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  • ipkpjersi - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    How in the hell can you say that it's crap when you haven't used it? Holy shit, you talk out of your ass so much it's actually insane. As for compromised performance and not the same performance as desktops, no, you are absolutely wrong and again have no idea what you are talking about: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NC2blnl0WTE

    The amount of bullshit you are spewing is simply insane. Such arrogance from someone who is simply put, wrong, is astonishing.
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  • close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Unless Eurocom invented the 17" LCD that's actually a 24- 27" I will call BS on your comment. Or maybe they invented the silent 60mm fans ;).
    I wasn't born yesterday kid, I don't need a youtube video to tell me what it's like to carry around a 6Kg laptop, how one sounds in full load, that a 17: LCD is a joke as far as diagonal goes and that you get the same level of performance from a desktop half the price.

    Drool away.
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  • close - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Ammendment: You probably pay closer to a third the price if you're looking at the high end configs.

    You pay "close to 5 digits" for a device that towards the high end is a chore to move around (5.5Kg and a "featherweight" 660W PSU) and worse, you get a tiny screen, mediocre keyboard, mouse and speakers (meaning you'll still have to attach your own) and because of the cooling onstraints it will always be behind what you can achieve with the very same components in the much cheaper desktop. So if you think this is not a horribly compromised gaming machine I can already stop wondering how come so many kids these days call their years old mid range PC with a 20" TN screen a "gaming PC".
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  • ipkpjersi - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Right, I'm a kid because I have a differing opinion than you on the internet, and don't actually try and pass my opinion off as fact like you do. No possible way that I own a house.

    You said the performance of THIS particular laptop does not match the performance of an identical desktop, that is complete and utter bullshit. This performs just as good as any desktop, if not better, in a somewhat portable form factor.

    If you don't like DTRs, that's fine, but clearly there's a market for them otherwise. Calling them crap makes you look like nothing but a moron.

    I don't get how you're talking shit to me like I don't have a good gaming PC. My desktop setup costs over $6000 and I have 2 24" monitors (one IPS, one TN), a 5960x and 2 GTX 1070s, etc. That doesn't mean I don't still like DTRs.
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  • BrokenCrayons - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    "You said the performance of THIS particular laptop does not match the performance of an identical desktop, that is complete and utter bullshit."

    I think you'll find the point close was getting at was comparable pricing versus performance. However, even with "identical" configurations like say, a SLI GTX 1080 in a desktop when compared to a SLI GTX 1080 in this laptop will yield measurable differences due to space and cooling constraints. Yes, there's no argument that the mobile and desktop GPUs are closer than ever to one another in performance, but there are still losses due to the different form factors AND it might just be that NV as a company is in a position to back off from a very aggressive desktop product launch so their like-model laptop parts will be placed within striking distance so the company has something interesting to market to mobile buyers as they do represent a healthy portion of NV's GPU sales these days.

    "I don't get how you're talking shit to me like I don't have a good gaming PC. My desktop setup costs over $6000 and I have 2 24" monitors (one IPS, one TN), a 5960x and 2 GTX 1070s, etc. That doesn't mean I don't still like DTRs."

    As for this...is it really necessary to boast about hardware you own? No one here can verify your claims about the components and it's easy enough to invent such things. Doing that demonstrates more about the character of the person at they keyboard, allowing a reader to infer quite a bit about someone on the other end of the wire, and the insights gained usually aren't the objectives of the person making the statement.
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