Eurocom’s Core i7-based D900F Panther takes a huge performance lead over mobile Core 2 Quad based technology, but at the cost of some battery run time and some portability. Yet, what many buyers might not have expected is that its graphics solution didn’t provide the same level of superiority, leaving this $5,000+ “ultimate performance” notebook behind even our low-cost portable desktop PC. It’s no small wonder then that when Eurocom pairs the best notebook graphics with the best desktop processor, it labels the system a mobile workstation rather than the ultimate gaming platform. Kudos to Eurocom for playing that one upfront.
But where does that leave MSI’s gaming notebook? Unfortunately, GT725-212US buyers must further sacrifice game detail levels below even the moderate settings supported by the D900F to achieve playability. But MSI does have one advantage over Eurocom:
A 71% performance increase adds 235% to the price of Eurocom’s D900F Panther, leaving it with only half the value of MSI’s GT725-212US. Once again, Eurocom probably made the right choice by labeling its gamer as a workhorse.
With a Core i7 CPU and triple-channel memory, the D900F Panther is nearly a perfect match to its mobile workstation theme, lacking only the Quadro FX 3700M option Eurocom said it would offer. Those who don’t need Quadro FX graphics may still want to wait until Eurocom finds a solution to its dual-link display capability, however.
- Defining The Mobile Workstation
- Eurocom D900F Panther
- Panther Guts
- MSI GT725-212US
- Inside MSI's GT725
- Practical Notes On Using Secondary Displays
- Test Settings
- Benchmark Results: 3D Games
- Benchmark Results: Encoding
- Benchmark Results: Productivity
- Benchmark Results: Synthetic
- Power Use, Battery Life, And Efficiency