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Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler
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Test System Configuration
 Eurocom Racer 2.0Clevo P150HMClevo X7200
CPUIntel Core i7-3820QM 2.7-3.7 GHz
4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-2960XM 2.7-3.7 GHz
4-cores 8-threads, 8 MB L3 Cache
Intel Core i7-990X 3.46-3.73 GHz
6-cores 12-threads, 12 MB L3 Cache
ChipsetIntel HM77 Express PCHIntel HM65 Express PCHIntel X58 Express IOH / ICH10R
RAMSamsung M473B5273DH0-YK0
12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11
Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0
8 GB (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1600 C11
Samsung M471B5273DH0-CK0
12 GB (3 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 C9
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GTX 660M:
835 MHz, 1 GB GDDR5-4000
AMD Radeon HD 6990M:
715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600
AMD Radeon HD 6990M:
715 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3600
Graphics 2Nvidia GeForce GTX 675M:
620 MHz, 2 GB GDDR5-3000
 NoneNone
Hard DriveIntel SSD 520 SSDSC2CW120A3
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Intel SSD 510 SSDSC2MH120A2
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
Intel SSDSC2MH120A2
120 GB, SATA 6Gb/s SSD
SoundIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD AudioIntegrated HD Audio
NetworkIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit NetworkingIntegrated Gigabit Networking
PowerFSP 19 V, 9.47 A AdapterLi-Shin 20 V, 7.5 A AdapterChicony 20 V, 15 A Adapter
Software
OSMicrosoft Windows 7 Ultimate x64
GraphicsNvidia GeForce 302.71AMD Catalyst 11.11


Now that Intel’s more mainstream family of Core i7s ships at the same clock rates as its previous-generation Extreme model, we think it’s a great time to look for added value from the Ivy Bridge design. Unfortunately, our two samples didn't include a common GPU. That part can’t be helped, since we no longer have access to either the older P150HM or its Radeon HD 6990M support kit.

Rather than dwell on the reasons why notebook vendors like Eurocom aren't able to leave us with long-term loaners for multi-generational component-level comparisons, we're taking the opportunity to see if Intel's slightly more powerful Ivy Bridge architecture is able to reach performance parity with the Gulftown-based Core i7-990X. We already had the data, and including it would be easy.

Benchmark Configuration
3D Games
DiRT 3V1.01, Run with -benchmark example_benchmark.xml
Test Set 1: High Quality Preset, No AA
Test Set 2: Ultra Quality Preset, 8x AA
Metro 2033Full Game, Built-In Benchmark, "Frontline" Scene
Test Set 1: DX11, High, AAA, 4x AF, No PhysX, No DoF
Test Set 2: DX11, Very High, 4x AA, 16x AF, No PhysX, DoF On
StarCraft IIVersion 1.4.4, Tom's Hardware custom map
Test Set 1: High Texture, High Quality
Test Set 2: Ultra Textures, Extreme Quality
Audio/Video Encoding
iTunesVersion 10.4.1.10 x64: Audio CD (Terminator II SE), 53 minutes, default AAC format 
Lame MP3Version 3.98.3: Audio CD "Terminator II SE", 53 min, convert WAV to MP3 audio format, Command: -b 160 --nores (160 Kb/s)
HandBrake CLIVersion 0.95: "Big Buck Bunny" (720x480, 23.972 FPS) 5 Minutes, Audio: Dolby Digital, 48 000 Hz, Six-Channel, English, to Video: AVC Audio: AC3 Audio2: AAC (High Profile)
MainConcept ReferenceVersion: 2.2.0.5440: MPEG-2 to H.264, MainConcept H.264/AVC Codec, 28 sec HDTV 1920x1080 (MPEG-2), Audio: MPEG-2 (44.1 kHz, Two-Channel, 16-Bit, 224 Kb/s), Codec: H.264 Pro, Mode: PAL 50i (25 FPS), Profile: H.264 BD HDMV
Productivity
Adobe Photoshop CS5Version 12.1 x64: Filter 15.7 MB TIF Image: Radial Blur, Shape Blur, Median, Polar Coordinates
Autodesk 3ds Max 2012Version 14.0 x64: Space Flyby Mentalray, 248 Frames, 1440x1080
WinZipVersion 15.5 Pro: THG-Workload (464 MB) to ZIP, command line switches "-a -ez -p -r"
WinRARVersion 4.01: THG-Workload (464 MB) to RAR, command line switches "winrar a -r -m3"
7-ZipVersion 9.22: THG-Workload (464 MB) to .7z, command line switches "a -t7z -r -m0=LZMA2 -mx=5"
ABBYY FineReaderVersion 10.0.102.82: Read PDF save to Doc, Source: Political Economy (J. Broadhurst 1842) 111 Pages
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    amuffin , August 1, 2012 4:51 AM
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    $2146


    WHAT!

    You could get a laptop with a 680M for that price! :ouch: 
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    azathoth , August 1, 2012 4:56 AM
    I would have loved to see some Temperature readings on the GPU/CPU during usage. A lot of gaming laptops even whilst brand new can generate enough heat to be uncomfortably hot in some areas.
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    xanagu , August 1, 2012 5:04 AM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    $2146


    WHAT!

    You could get a laptop with a 680M for that price! :ouch: 

    Seriously Tom? you can get a much better deal with 3610QM, 16GB RAM, 750GB HDD and 7990M for $1470
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    Crashman , August 1, 2012 5:26 AM
    xanaguSeriously Tom? you can get a much better deal with 3610QM, 16GB RAM, 750GB HDD and 7990M for $1470
    Remember Eurocom loves high-end CPUs and SSDs. Besides, why would I want 16GB in a notebook?
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    xanagu , August 1, 2012 6:34 AM
    cuz its a free upgrade?
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    esrever , August 1, 2012 6:34 AM
    Seems a bit too pricy. Battery life isn't good either, only slightly better than the other models. Also not really portable so why would people care that much about battery life?
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    rorouni , August 1, 2012 8:07 AM
    do they have one that supports stereoschopic 3d?
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    uglynerdman , August 1, 2012 10:31 AM
    u could get a clevo with a 680m for 1800. this whole article only recinforces my belief in buying a p150em even with a normal 670 installed itll still be better for the price. i find eurocom a lil over priced. xoticpc ftw
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    uglynerdman , August 1, 2012 10:52 AM
    i really dont get why xangu's comment was downrated and crashman's was uprated. its true you could get a better deal 1500 does get you a i7 3rdgen with 8 gbs ram and a 7970m. and saying that eurocom likes highend ssds and cpus? ummm.. im sorry are there different cpus available everyone sells all the intel i7 mobile quads. all the boutiques. Same with SSDs and hard drives. What has to stand out from a place is the build quality cooling slight performance difference > competitors and other bits to justify an inflated price. The battery life is always hovering around 4 hours max. not matter which model you have you still gotta plug in a power brick eventually. theres car adapters, plugs on greyhound and amtrak. heck airport seats have plugs nearby. the 670s can game unplugged for a few hours. a few more minutes on the 660? i feel the 660 should be in a ultrabook not a rugged sized notebook. Look at the size. it looks as big and heavy as its competitiors. Dont get me wrong i like eurocom they have some great stuff just, i dont see a noticeable difference to justify the price/performance of that setup vs other boutiques. Id really like to see a toms review of more clevos and msi customs/ does anyone offer superior cooling builds etc.
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    uglynerdman , August 1, 2012 10:56 AM
    xanagucuz its a free upgrade?

    while above 8gbs is nonsense for gamers if you like playing in a window and running other programs and doing other things such as uploading a vid coding a vid, doing other activities a lil bit of ram goes along way. i myself go out of the way to tweak my games to use 4gbs if they dont support it and multitask. Besides 16 gbs is usually about 40-80 bucks more > standard 8gbs. it has its uses unless ur solely gaming. 16 gbs is my standard. i have enough ram to abuse skyrim on ultra full of mods windowed while talking online watching a news feed and streaming video in another window and extra monitor.
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    Wisecracker , August 1, 2012 11:53 AM

    "...such hardware combinations are not totally practical..."

    Yup.

    Nice to dream, though ....



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    ojas , August 1, 2012 12:58 PM
    what about the experience factor? heat while working (not playing)? typing? bloatware? responsiveness?
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    halls , August 1, 2012 1:34 PM
    On the "Test Settings and Benchmarks" page, I think you have the Eurocom's RAM switched with one of the other machines.
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    cknobman , August 1, 2012 1:36 PM
    I honestly dont really see any value or reason to get this machine. Waaaaay to pricey considering the hardware you get. Now if this thing had a 7970m or 680m then we could start talking.
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    xanagu , August 1, 2012 1:44 PM
    600$ less than eurocom

    http://www.xoticpc.com/sager-np9150-clevo-p150em-p-4341.html?wconfigure=yes
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    universal remonster , August 1, 2012 3:46 PM
    In May I bought an Asus G75 with identical hardware specs with the exception that mine is a 17", and it had a 1TB hdd, for $1249.00. I added a Intel 520 128GB SSD as well for $180.00 and am using the 1TB drive as storage. Point being, I paid $1420 for the same laptop with a bigger screen and tons more storage. I dont understand where Eurocom is justifying this $2100.00 price tag.
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    A Bad Day , August 1, 2012 4:39 PM
    Quote:
    There's good news, though. Powerful hardware continues getting more efficient.


    A few more years, once developers start porting games from the PS4 or 720, there will be a demand for more hardware.

    Hopefully.
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    B3RL1N , August 1, 2012 7:47 PM
    Correction?

    The 660M in this review model is MXM, right? (As noted on page 4 where a 660M MXM card was provided for testing purposes)

    Last I checked, the nVidia GeForce 660M MXM variant doesn't come with 2GB of VRAM, only 1GB.
    Even Eurocom's site lists 1GB of VRAM, as does any Sager/Clevo MXM 600M models. Correct me if I'm wrong, because if Eurocom has a 2GB MXM GPU, color me interested.
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    RedJaron , August 1, 2012 7:48 PM
    "Desktop replacement" and "mobile workstation" laptops are like a Porsche Cayenne and Lexus LX. They'll never actually go off-roading.
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    Crashman , August 1, 2012 10:41 PM
    B3RL1NCorrection?The 660M in this review model is...only 1GB.
    Thanks.
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