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Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?

Origin PC Eon11-S: Great Gaming Performance From A Tiny Notebook?
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Is the tug-of-war between gaming performance and portability finally over? Origin PC believes that Lucidlogix's software can help bring these two ideas together, combining Nvidia's GeForce GT 650M and Intel's Core i7-3720QM in an 11.6” chassis.

In years past, we simply accepted that mobile hardware fast enough to play games at desktop-class settings wasn't actually mobile. It usually required so much power that you either needed to be next to an outlet or simply watch in despair as your battery drained over the course of minutes (certainly not enough time to get in a round of Battlefield 3). Bah.

Even the one device we praised for redefining gaming mobility, Eurcom's Racer 2.0 (Eurocom Racer 2.0 Review: Intel's Ivy Bridge Meets Nvidia's Kepler) was a little too heavy for us to lug around everywhere.

After watching other vendors try to extract ample gaming performance from much lower-end hardware in order to fit into smaller form factors, we began to believe that a truly enthusiast-oriented gaming experience simply couldn't be achieved with less than five pounds of hardware. Apparently, Origin PC didn't get that message.

Pairing Intel’s quad-core Core i7 processors with Clevo’s tiny GeForce GT 650M-equipped platform, Origin PC hopes its Eon11-S satisfies the 3D performance and portability needs of our readers. Weighing in at a mere 3.6 pounds, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that a notebook this light might actually pass the rigors of our gaming tests!

Origin PC Eon11-S Custom Component List
PlatformIntel FCPGA988, HM76 Express, MXM-3 Discrete Graphics
CPUCore i7-3720QM (Ivy Bridge, 22 nm), 2.6 GHz base, 3.6 GHz maximum Turbo Boost, 6 MB Shared L3 cache, 45 W maximum TDP
RAM2 x Kingston KVR1333D3S9/4G (2 x 4 GB) DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM, CL9
GraphicsNvidia GeForce GT 650M: 850 MHz, 2 GB DDR3-1800
Display11.6" HD 16:9 Glossy LED Backlight LCD, 1366x768
Webcam1.3 Megapixel
AudioIntegrated Via Vinyl VT1802P HD Audio
SecurityKensington Security Slot
Storage
Hard DriveSamsung 830-series MZ-7PC256D 256 GB SSD, SATA 6Gb/s
Optical DriveSamsung SE-208AB/TSBS USB 2.0 Slim External 8x DVD Writer
Media DriveDSD/MMC/MS flash media interface
Networking
Wireless LANRealtek RTL723AS 802.11n PCIe NIC/Combo Card
Wireless PANIntegrated Bluetooth Transceiver on Wireless Combo Card
Gigabit NetworkRealtek RTL8411 PCIe 10/100/1000 Mbps Ethernet
IEEE-1394None
TelephonyNone
Peripheral Interfaces
USB1 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0
Expansion CardNot Available
HDDNo external connector
AudioHeadphone, Microphone
Video1 x VGA, 1 x HDMI
Power & Weight
AC Adapter120 W Power Brick, 100-240 V AC to 20 V DC
Battery11.1 V, 5600 mAh (62.16 Wh) Single
WeightNotebook 3.6 lbs, AC Adapter 1.9 lbs, Total 5.5 lbs
Software
Operating SystemMicrosoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit Edition, OEM
Service
WarrantyLifetime Labor, One-year parts, 45-day free shipping
Price$1558


Origin PC sent us this system a while ago, and in the time between then and now, it dropped the Core i7-3720QM as an option for its Eon11-S in favor of the slightly faster Core i7-3740QM. That created a problem calculating the price of this build using today's rates. Although we're using the Core i7-3740QM's price in our table, we attempted to make a fair adjustment for the slower clock rate by using a $20-lower reference price in our value calculations.

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    joytech22 , November 7, 2012 3:42 AM
    It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.
    I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.
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    UltimateDeep , November 7, 2012 3:50 AM
    This is based on the Clevo W110ER. What other Barebones can go as powerful as such in a small package.
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    Estix , November 7, 2012 3:53 AM
    joytech22It's quite the potent little power house isn't it.I can bet you one thing though the pricing won't be as potent lol.

    It's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899

    http://www.sagernotebook.com/index.php?page=product_customed&model_name=NP6110

    I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)
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    mayankleoboy1 , November 7, 2012 3:54 AM
    I have a first gen corei3 notebook. It runs fine, but battery isnt too great.
    But i wont be upgrading to anything till haswell is released.
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    amuffin , November 7, 2012 5:31 AM
    Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....
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    Pyree , November 7, 2012 6:06 AM
    EstixIt's based off a Clevo barebones, so it's the same as the Sager NP6110 which starts at $899http://www.sagernotebook.com/index [...] ame=NP6110I just wish they'd offer a screen better than 1366x768 (at least 1440x900 or such)


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    Too bad they don't offer the GT650M 1GB GDDR5 which faster than the DDR3 version.....

    There is a bios mod for some crazy OC on the GPU. Although you are right amuffin, the GDDR3 on the GT 650m is a let down. You can get the W150ER at similar price (also has a bios mod for OC) with GT 650m GDDR5 although it is a 15 inch (but 1080p screen).
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    captainblacko , November 7, 2012 7:28 AM
    shame about the resolution but a 11 inch mobile gaming machine is pretty appealing to me. i could get a few sneaky rounds on BF3 whilst on the toilet at work....
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    whyso , November 7, 2012 10:00 AM
    The thing Im the most pumped about is the windows 7 physical media.
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    captainblacko , November 7, 2012 10:45 AM
    scan have a version in the UK.

    http://3xs.scan.co.uk/ShowSystem.asp?SystemID=1459
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    captainblacko , November 7, 2012 10:47 AM
    the scan version comes with the 2gb 650M
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    besterino , November 7, 2012 1:03 PM
    I have that thing (Clevo W110ER barebone that is) from a German retailer with a slightly slower CPU (i7 3612QM), a matte screen and without that HyperPerformace. Sure it doesn't game as fast as some bigger ones, but hell does it replace a business notebook, in particular on trips where I can spend the night in the hotel playing my favorite games (e.g. borderlands 2 runs perfectly)!

    That's what I use it for (since about 4 months now):

    1. At the workplace (yeah, byod kinda allowed) for office applications with 2 external screens where it performs better than anything they have there.

    2. At home for media stuff attached via HDMI to the HDTV / Receiver
    and

    3. On private/business trips as my reliable companion, because, yup, it can game! It is simply small and light (enough)!


    In short - you may have guessed it already - I just love it.

    There is room for improvement: keyboard basically kinda sucks (but good enough for gaming and typing on the road), screen could also be better (although I don't need higher resolution - you hardly can read fonts at 100% size on the 11.6" size anyways) and I'd kill for a docking solution (which simply isn't available for the W110ER). But that's just my 5 cents and to me - at this time - there is no better companion than this little thingie combining mobility and gaming at a reasonable form/size factor.
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    jaquith , November 7, 2012 1:09 PM
    Quote:
    If you can tolerate an 11.6" display

    I can only imagine the back pain being stooped over with my nose 4" away from the panel. Origin's other offerings are much more appealing though more expensive. My pick would be one the 17" options: SLI EON17-SLX or EON17-S, and I get for some $1,550-$1,860 plus isn't cheap nor 8.6 pounds light.

    Origin notebooks - http://www.originpc.com/Laptops/Compare/?COMPARE=GAMINGLAPTOPS
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    xenol , November 7, 2012 2:09 PM
    What I'm concerned about for something like "high performance in a small package" laptops are its temperatures all over in what would be considered full load. Doesn't have to be 100% everything, just something that would stress the machine a little.
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    ntgam1ng , November 7, 2012 2:51 PM
    Lenovo Y580, got one my self Ivy bridge 3610qm quad core i7, 16gb DDR3 1600mhz, GTX660m 2gb GDDR 5 will leave this one in the dust as far as graphics/ram performance goes.... it has a slight edge in cpu performance but at what cost? (300mhz) base and turbo isnt much.
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    blazorthon , November 7, 2012 4:58 PM
    PyreeThere is a bios mod for some crazy OC on the GPU. Although you are right amuffin, the GDDR3 on the GT 650m is a let down. You can get the W150ER at similar price (also has a bios mod for OC) with GT 650m GDDR5 although it is a 15 inch (but 1080p screen).


    I'm pretty sure that there is no GDDR3 on any graphics cards with a 28nm GPU and that anyone saying otherwise is mistaken just like anyone saying that there are DDR5 cards is mistaken. It's almost definitely DDR3, not GDDR3.
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    lchrisk , November 7, 2012 6:42 PM
    Looks pretty overpriced. Only an i7 and a 650 for over 1k? That's kind of a waste...
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    burmese_dude , November 7, 2012 6:47 PM
    I paid mine 1020 or so from xoticpc, with same spec except HD is Intel 520 120gb 500mb+ read and write, with OS and external DVD drive, which is a previous gen format that's not much usable anymore. Also, my ram is DDR3-1600mhz as opposed to DDR3-1333. This one is way overpriced.

    I play Guild War 2 to TV 1080 output via HDMI. It's really a powerful, small laptop that match against 13 or 14 gaming laptops. Only wish that graphic card was DDR5 instead of DDR3.
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    blazorthon , November 7, 2012 7:34 PM
    burmese_dudeI paid mine 1020 or so from xoticpc, with same spec except HD is Intel 520 120gb 500mb+ read and write, with OS and external DVD drive, which is a previous gen format that's not much usable anymore. Also, my ram is DDR3-1600mhz as opposed to DDR3-1333. This one is way overpriced.I play Guild War 2 to TV 1080 output via HDMI. It's really a powerful, small laptop that match against 13 or 14 gaming laptops. Only wish that graphic card was DDR5 instead of DDR3.


    Good luck with DDR5. There isn't a single device with it in the market and there probably won't be until around 2019 or 2020.
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    Tomtompiper , November 7, 2012 7:55 PM
    With such a low screen res, isn't the spec a touch of overkill? With an A10 apu running every game but Metro at this res why would you shell out the extra wonga?
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    Anonymous , November 7, 2012 8:45 PM
    "720p HDTV (an unnecessary and unfortunate artifact of over-scan adoption)"

    Actually, I quite like my 32inch 720p HDTV. I picked one up last year. I found it to have a much better picture than the 1080p HDTVs at that size (I had a physical limitation of 32inch). It provides a crisp, clear image with no noticeable pixels - even at close inspection. I don't see why all the hate on 720p.
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