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Eurocom's Sky X9 Receives A Mobile Workstation GPU

Eurocom announced that one of its flagship laptops, the Sky X9, is receiving a mobile workstation variant. The Sky X9, which contains a desktop Skylake processor, DDR4 memory and 4K IPS display, is in every sense a desktop replacement. Similarly, the Sky X9W offers the same level of upgradability and customizability.

The X9W may be configured with Intel’s Skylake i5-6600L, i7-6700 or i7-6700K. Potential buyers may choose between a matte Full HD (1080p) IPS display or a similar Ultra HD (4K) display. The baseline X9W is configured with 16 GB of DDR4-2133 memory, but for those opting for a 4K display, this might not be enough. In that case, the X9W supports up to 64 GB of DDR4-2400 memory. Working with 4K content isn’t exactly storage-friendly either, so the X9 also supports up to 5 TB of SSD storage.

The Sky X9 and Sky X9W are nearly identical, but the latter sets itself apart from its predecessor by swapping out the gaming-oriented GTX980M for an Nvidia workstation GPU. Eurocom’s baseline Sky X9W is equipped with a 4 GB Quadro M3000M, which you can upgrade to the heftier, 8 GB Quadro M5000M for an additional $1,379. The X9W’s mobile workstation processor is aimed at workloads such as CAD applications, which your typical gaming processor cannot handle adequately.

The features present in the Sky X9 carry over to the X9W, such as support for four external monitors through two DisplayPort 1.2 ports, one HDMI 2.0 port, and either HDMI 2.0 or DisplayPort 1.2 over USB Type-C. Networking is handled via a WLAN/Bluetooth M.2 2230 card and two Killer E2400 Ethernet ports with support for Killer Doubleshot Pro. The laptop is kept secure using a Trusted Platform 2.0 module, fingerprint scanner and Kensington lock.

The Eurocom Sky X9W is available on Eurocom’s website starting at $2,930.

Alexander Quejado is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom's Hardware and Tom's IT Pro. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

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  • cst1992
    Which is the i5-6600L CPU? Intel only has the 6600, 6600T and the 6600K(currently).

    Also, the i5 6600K and i7 6700K consume a lot more power than the i7 6700. Is there enough cooling for them?
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  • blazorthon
    Which is the i5-6600L CPU? Intel only has the 6600, 6600T and the 6600K(currently).

    Also, the i5 6600K and i7 6700K consume a lot more power than the i7 6700. Is there enough cooling for them?

    I would think so. There have been LGA 1366 and LGA 2011 laptops which had to cool much more power-hungry CPUs than the i7-6700K.
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  • gnarr
    This is definitely a 6600T. It's the only CPU with a TDP that makes sense in a laptop or a mobile workstation.
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  • cst1992
    May not be. One of the gaming laptops from Sager is packing a full-fledged 6700K desktop processor and a GTX 980 desktop GPU. It's a heavy laptop, but it's got the real card.
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  • trevorgreening
    The MB is made by the Taiwanese company Clevo. They make high-end MBs, especially for laptops. I have just bought and configured a Clevo based laptop MB = P751DM-G. Z170 chipset, i7-6700K, CPU, Nvidia M5000M graphics (8GB DDR5), with full WS stereo glasses capability (I need this for true 3D engineering apps), 64GB DDR4, 2 x NMVE PCIE 3 x 4 lanes M.2 512GB Samsung 2280 SSDs in RAID 0 = 1TB, 2 x 2TB Samsung 850 Pro SATA 3 drives in RAID 0 = 4TB. After 5TB RAID 0 SSD hard drive space, there is still room for an extra drive. The system also has 4 USB 3 and one Thunderbolt 3 port. it also has two DisplayPort 1.2 ports. This is my portable WS. I run Win 10 X64 with VMWare 12.0 WS supporting Ubuntu and an X86 Win 7 installation for some legacy 32 bit software. I purchased this from Sager Notebook. As an engineer/scientist who runs all manner of technical software and who writes complex reports with numerous apps open at any one time, this covers all of my bases, except for massive tasks requiring scalable cloud computing services. Finally, did I mention that this is a 15.6 inch machine Which can drive 4 monitors at 4K? Anyhow for serious users looking for a portable WS, this cannot be beaten. I am not a gamer, but will try it for gaming at some point.
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  • cst1992
    Do you run multiple software and VMs at one time to utilize all that power(other than the CPU)? I've usually seen people go with Xeon processors for those kind of workloads. Does the i7 prove to be sufficient in terms of parallel processing?
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  • trevorgreening
    17446179 said:
    Do you run multiple software and VMs at one time to utilize all that power? I've usually seen people go with Xeon processors for those kind of workloads. Does the i7 prove to be sufficient in terms of parallel processing?

    Yes, I run applications on the Win 10 host OS and software on the two VMWare hosted OSs simultaneously. The integration is pretty much seamless, and I see no obvious degradation in performance. I have only just purchased this laptop and am in the process of migrating my software from the previous platform. We have some 'hardcore' image processing apps which exploit parallel processing, but I have not yet tried them on this machine. Perhaps, I'll look to post some results when I have them. If anything, I would expect to see the CPU as the limiting factor, but that is conjecture at this point. I hope that this helps?
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  • cst1992
    Do send me a link to your thread via PM when you have the results, I'd like to check them out.
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  • trevorgreening
    I'll be sure to do so!
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