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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  • Lolimaster - Sunday, August 28, 2016 - link

    Maybe you're one of those niche trying to defend his purchase?

    Its loud as hell, hot as hell, no matter what, the keyboard + touchpad are sh*t vs real gaming keyboard and mouse. 17 inches for a gamer?-

    I think the concept of an external GPU box is the best one. You can bring your full brick when you want without having to worry about thermals or sound.
  • JamsCB - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Well, I'm one of those people with the alternative lifestyle. My job IS traveling, so I spend anything from 12-16 nights a month in hotels. Battery life means little, as when I have time to use my laptop, I have outlets nearby. There is little point to me building a desktop system that I wouldn't even have the opportunity to touch for more than half the month. So for someone like me who wants a better gaming experience, and it must be portable, "gaming laptops" are pretty much the only choice we have. Granted, I have no desire to lug around a 17"+ laptop/desktop replacement, so I'm currently using a 15" Sager with a 980M in it, but its all about finding the right balance of compromises that works for you.
  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    Honestly, get a better job, one that doesn't require you to stay away from home half of every month using a garbage laptop to play garbage MOBA games.
  • JamsCB - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    No need to troll @JoeyJoJo123, I HAVE a better job, one that I enjoy. Far more than all the IT stuff I was doing before. I just happen to like gaming too, so I make it work. And I have yet to play a MOBA :P
  • close - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    @JamsCB, as I said, the niche of niches. There may be some people who somehow spend 20 days a month in a hotel and *need* to play games so lugging around such a compromised device is the only option. But that's the whole point, it doesn't mean it's a good option. It's what you need, not what you want.

    It's too big to carry comfortably and too small to have a good gaming experience - and being a passionate enough gamer that carries around such a device doesn't really go hand in hand with the willingness of having such a compromised gaming experience. A passionate gamer who can't stay away from games played at max details but you have no problem with the 17" screen, poor keyboard, poor sound, etc.? You don't see the compromise here?
  • Notmyusualid - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    Wow, where to start here - My AW18 is a no compomise machine, as far as I can tell.

    Specs: i7 Extreme, 2133MHz RAM, Dual 880M GTX 8GB each, 3GB storage, and two SSDs, triple antenna wifi, Blu ray player 18.4" screen, and I run it @ 4.4GHz.

    How is this flawed?

    Nobody games on battery... And the weight? The backpack takes care of that. I've been carrying DTR machine around since 1997. I've been to six countries so far this year.

    And sat right in front of an 18.4" screen is hardly small.

    And to the rest of you - frequent travellers CANNOT have a desktop, these ugly machines are our only option for performance.

    I think my 3DMark11 score is nearly 13,000. What is your machine?
  • close - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    Yes, if you sit close enough even a 5" screen is good enough...

    "these ugly machines are our only option for performance." That was my whole point but you guys are too busy defending your choices to understand. I'm not saying you can't play on them. But they are a big compromise. You're forced to accept it because there is no other way for you.
  • lunarmit - Saturday, August 27, 2016 - link

    "You're forced to accept it because there is no other way for you"

    I think some of us are trying to tell you you're wrong. We buy them because we like them. If you havent used one, how can you judge? The sound and keyboards arent as much of a compromise as you make (especially since lot use headphones - I dont). The screens are down right fantastic - and I have an X34 for my desktop (which is also great). People like different things. It's you are are trying to justify and explain why we do by saying we dont have a choice, its what we need not what we want, etc. I buy them because I like them - they are fantastic pieces of technology and performance in a small package. I also happen to like my desktop. I dont see it as mutually exclusive.
  • Wolfpup - Friday, August 26, 2016 - link

    My main system is an Alienware M17x-R4, and it's perfectly portable, and I travel with it every single day since 2012.
  • mushi799 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - link

    Actually these new laptops are on par with desktop in terms of performance. I'm at a point in my life where i don't want to see another desktop case in my house. I'll gladly shell out a couple of hundreds for a gaming laptop.

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