When Nvidia put desktop-class GTX 980s into laptops, it seemed to spark a new class of desktop replacements. With overclocked graphics and unlocked mobile Intel 6th generation (Skylake) processors, this new class of laptop offers performance never-before-seen in notebook PCs. Origin PC has taken this concept to a whole new level, and announced its new EON17-SLX customizable gaming laptop, which features desktop GTX 980 GPUs in addition to Intel Core i7 and i5 Skylake desktop processors.
The EON12-SLX can be configured with only desktop processors, but GPU options include less-powerful mobile graphics and dual graphics configurations. Currently, the EON12-SLX features up to 32 GB (4 x 8 GB) of DDR4-2133 memory, but up to 64 GB of 2400 MHz RAM will be available as an option soon.
|CPU Options||-Intel Core i5-6400-Intel Core i5-6600K-Intel Core i7-6700-Intel Core i7-6700K|
|Memory Options||-Up to 32 GB DDR4-2133-Up to 64 GB DDR4-2400 (Coming Soon)|
|Single GPU Options||-GTX 970M (6 GB)-GTX 980M (8 GB)-GTX 980 (8 GB)|
|Dual-GPU Options||-GTX 970M (6 GB)-GTX 980M (8 GB)|
|M.2 Storage Options||SATA: Up to 500 GB Samsung 850 Evo PCIe: Up to 512 GB Samsung 950 Pro|
|2.5-Inch Storage Options||SSD: Up to 2 TB Samsung 850 Evo/Pro HDD: Up to 2 TB Seagate HDDHybrid: Up to 1 TB Seagate SSHD|
The 16.8 x 12 x 1.8-inch chassis houses a 17.3-inch 1920x1080 IPS display with Nvidia G-Sync technology, with enough space to fit up to two M.2 SSDs and up to two 2.5-inch drives. The M.2 drives can even be configured in a RAID 0 array for blazing-fast read and write speeds, and there's a USB 3.1 Type-C port, too.
It's amazing how many high-performance parts (and desktop versions, no less) can be crammed into a laptop these days, and Origin PC appears to be targeting elite gamers (with disposable income) with laptops that could conceivably replace a high-end gaming desktop.
"The EON17-SLX will have enthusiasts and gamers dominating their competition," promised Kevin Wasielewski, CEO of Origin PC. "You literally have a laptop that is just as powerful as any modern high-performance gaming desktop today."
Dual-gigabit LAN is provided by a Dual Killer E2400 controller, and there are two internal wireless cards: a Killer Wireless AC 1535 dual-band and Bluetooth card, and an Intel PRO Wireless AC 7265 with a Bluetooth card.
Custom metallic paint colors such as Eternal Pink, Sabot Grey, Atmos Blue and Evolve Green add a personal touch to these powerful laptops. A backlit multi-color keyboard and trackpad are also aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.
The EON17-SLX gaming laptop is available now from Origin PC and starts at $1,999.
Derek Forrest is an Associate Contributing Writer for Tom’s Hardware and Tom’s IT Pro. PC gaming, graphics hardware and VR devices are among his favorite topics to cover. He is a lifelong PC enthusiast, former IT administrator and a custom PC builder with a penchant for creating music, voice acting and all things geek.