Origin PC's EON15-X And EON17-X Now Come With Intel Skylake Desktop CPUs

Just as things are cooling down from the big Skylake launch, Origin PC is heating things up by packing desktop-class CPUs into two of its notebooks, and overclocking them. We're talking about the Core i5-6600K and Core i7-6700K, which have made their way into the Origin PC EON15-X and EON17-X notebooks.

These 15- and 17-inch notebooks are meant to be desktop replacement devices, and can therefore come packed with more hardware than the average gaming PC contains. Of course, you'll be able to configure them with more tam specs, but the hardware that they will pack can go as high as the aforementioned CPUs, paired with an Nvidia GTX 980M graphics card with an 8 GB frame buffer. To top off the gaming part of the experience, the displays will also support Nvidia G-Sync technology, which eliminates stuttering and tearing in games.

Origin PC has been outfitting its notebooks with desktop CPUs for several years, and will probably continue to do so. The benefit of using desktop CPUs is that they have much higher power limits and offer more performance, but the catch is that you still have to cool them to be able to leverage that benefit. Therefore, don't be surprised that these notebooks are a little more sizable than what you're probably used to.

On the memory front, you'll be able to configure the notebooks to pack up to 32 GB of DDR4 memory, and storage can be handled by PCI-Express-capable M.2 SSDs next to 4 TB of hard drive space.

The physical build of the laptops is primarily plastic, with an option to treat the back of the screen with automotive-quality paint. The keyboards on the units will feature RGB lighting -- but not per-key. Instead, the lighting on the SteelSeries keyboard is split up into three zones.

Origin PC is also going along with the adoption of the new USB standards, and has fitted these notebooks with a USB Type-C connector capable of Thunderbolt 3 Alt Mode. You can read more about USB 3.1 and Type-C in our explainer article.

"Gone are the days where laptop performance lagged behind the performance of a desktop. Origin PC always prides itself on being on the cutting edge, and we're thrilled to offer the first overclocked Intel 6th generation Skylake processor on our new EON17-X and EON15-X laptops," said Kevin Wasielewski, CEO/Co-Founder of Origin PC. 

You'll be able to find the Origin PC notebook configurator here. (opens in new tab)

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  • gamebrigada
    Guys please be aware of Origin's laptops. It should be pretty obvious that OriginPC is NOT a manufacturer, they are simply a system builder. They don't actually make the things, and when it comes to warranties, they've got NO idea what is going on. The actual manufacturer is Clevo. We've done a couple workstations with Origin, and we had a ton of problems, that they didn't fix but simply replaced with a new unit that had other problems.
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  • RobWilJas
    That's true of most brands. Clevo is the ODM or "Original design manufacturer" https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Original_design_manufacturer

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_laptop_brands_and_manufacturers

    "The vast majority of laptops on the market (94% in 2011) are manufactured by a small handful of Taiwan-based Original Design Manufacturers (ODM), although their production bases are located mostly in mainland China.

    Major relationships include:

    Quanta sells to (among others) HP, Lenovo, Apple, Acer, Toshiba, Dell, Sony, Fujitsu and NEC
    Compal sells to (among others) Acer, Dell, Toshiba, Lenovo and HP/Compaq

    Wistron (former manufacturing & design division of Acer) sells to Dell, Acer, Lenovo and HP
    Inventec sells to Toshiba, HP, Dell and Lenovo

    Pegatron sells to Asus, Toshiba, Apple, Dell and Acer

    Foxconn sells to Asus, Dell, HP and Apple

    Flextronics (former Arima Computer Corporation notebook division) sells to HP
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  • RazberyBandit
    If these are Clevo units, potential buyers might want to wait until Sager (or Eurocom and Schenker in Europe) updates its lineup for a price comparison.

    The supplied link to Origin PC's "configurator" (not an actual word) still shows these as carrying "up to Intel Core i7 4790K," indicating the webmaster needs to update the site.
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  • scolaner
    The supplied link to Origin PC's "configurator" (not an actual word) ...

    Oh, don't be so dogmatic. The tech world is loaded with "not actual words." Humans invent new words all the time, or innovate on existing ones when we must. That's how the lexicon develops.
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  • Eximo
    It's a perfectly crumulent word.
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  • RazberyBandit
    I think you meant cromulent. And I'm sure it is for those who use Wiktionary as a guide.
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  • Eximo
    Correcting my actual fake word, well done sir.
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  • Viet_2
    I'm considering an eon15-x, should I wait till other makers offer a laptop with gtx980m and i5-6600k? Is there an issue of Clevo is the manufacturer?
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  • RazberyBandit
    Clevo is a fine manufacturer (ODM, technically) - there's no issue there. Since Clevo is an ODM, it is likely that its other partners will be releasing similar models, though under different model numbers. (None of them use Clevo's actual nomenclature.) Partners may be taking their time since the preceding 4th-Gen Haswell-based model (Clevo P650SE a.k.a. Sager NP8651, Eurocom M5, Schenker H505) is rather widely regarded as the best 15" gaming laptop on the market and there are still many of them available.

    $2300 really isn't all that bad for a laptop equipped with a K-series i7 desktop CPU and nVIDIA 980M. But costs really start to add up as you increase RAM and storage capacities. I've seen similarly equipped 4th-Gen Haswell offerings in that price range, but Sager and Eurocom offerings tend to be less expensive those of OriginPC.

    I recommend waiting if you can. Competition pushes prices down, and I expect more of these to enter channel from other brands.
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