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Inside Eurocom's Racer 2.0

Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
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Two covers on the bottom of the Racer hide a single drive bay and the main system components. The drive bay cover also hides the optical drive’s security tab.

Eurocom wants its buyers to experience the ultra-fast launch times enabled by SSDs, and so it equipped this system with Intel’s 120 GB SSD 520. Other options range from a 500 GB Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ($200 cheaper) to a 600 GB Intel SSD 320 ($800 higher).

Eurocom also offers an upgrade from the base 8x DVD burner to a 6x Blu-ray burner for $120. If you need more hard drive space, the company will also remove the optical drive altogether and replace it with an empty 2.5” hard drive tray, charging you $50 in the process.

A base approximately 1” thick leaves too little space to put components under the cooling fans. So, the Racer 2.0’s motherboard is cut around the fans. That also means you don't have to remove the fans in order to access the CPU or graphics module. Once you factor in the notebook's lid and feet to its dimensions, thickness climbs to nearly 2”.

Eurocom shipped us its Racer 2.0 with an older GeForce GTX 675M graphics module, adding the GeForce GTX 660M for additional performance analysis. The company can also sell you an upgrade kit for your existing mobile platform, though you'd need to call Eurocom directly to ask about availability, pricing, and compatibility.

A more powerful 180 W FSP power adapter charges a 76.96 Wh battery carried over from the previous Racer notebook.

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