The most processing power you can get in a notebook, bar none
Our notebook benchmarks had barely recovered from the wailing they took at the hands of AVADirect’s Core i7/SLI-wielding X8100 (reviewed June) when Eurocom’s D900F arrived to inflict further punishment. At least this time around they suffered a different set of injuries.
The D900F sports a fairly unadorned dark-gray finish, but its Core i7-980X gives it unparalleled inner beauty.
Eurocom’s 17-inch desktop replacement flexes its muscle in the form of a 3.33GHz Core i7-980X, making it the first hexa-core notebook we’ve tested. The humble 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo T9900 in our zero-point notebook didn’t stand a chance. We watched in awe as the D900F tore through the applications benchmarks with brute force. From its 450 percent lead in Premiere Pro to its 222 percent lead in ProShow Producer to even its 56 percent lead in the mostly single-threaded Photoshop test, the D900F was merciless. It even walloped the 1.73GHz Core i7-820 quad-core in AVADirect’s X8100, with leads ranging from 29 percent (Photoshop) to 225 percent (Premiere Pro).
Our benchmarks got a bit of a breather in the gaming runs, where the D900F achieved relatively small gains over our zero-point’s scores. That wasn’t the case in June when AVADirect’s two GeForce GTX 285M cards in SLI broke gaming benchmark records. We’re not saying that the D900F isn’t up to playing games—it’s single GTX 280M can certainly handle graphics-intensive workloads. But you might not choose to play every game at the notebook’s native 1920x1200 resolution—for example, we saw a just-barely acceptable 29fps in Far Cry 2 at the D900F’s native res.
In all respects, the D900F is a classic Clevo workhorse—stout, sturdy, and fully featured. In addition to the aforementioned components, the 15.5x11.5x2.5-inch notebook accommodates three 7,200rpm 500GB hard drives—two of which are in RAID 0—4GB of DDR3, a Blu-ray combo drive, a full keyboard and numeric keypad, a glossy 17-inch screen, decent speakers, and plenty o’ ports. Indeed, it has all the makings of a primary computer. Which is a good thing, because a notebook that’s just shy of 15 pounds (giant power brick included) is mostly for staying put. And if this big boy’s heft doesn’t convince you of that, consider its battery life: The D900F lasted just 75 minutes in our video rundown test.
No, this isn’t the notebook you take to the café in order to work over a cappuccino. Instead, it’s a solid, serious machine with six cores of processing might that can perform all the functions of a full tower—albeit, for a full-tower price.
Three Seagate Momentus 500GB (7,200rpm), two in RAID 0
LG Blu-ray combo drive (HL-DT-ST BDDVDRW)
Nvidia GeForce GTX 280M
HDMI, DVI, Ethernet, four USB, eSATA, FireWire, headphone, mic, line-in, media reader, Express Card slot
11 lb. 15.2 oz / 14 lb, 15.6 oz
Premiere Pro CS3 (sec)
Photoshop CS3 (sec)
ProShow Producer (sec)
Far Cry (fps)
Call of Duty 4 (fps)
Our zero point notebook is an iBuypower M865TU with a 3.06GHz Core 2 Duo T9900, 4GB DDR3/1066 RAM, a 500GB Seagate hard drive, a GeForce GTX 260M, and Windows Vista Home Premium 64-bit. Far Cry 2 tested at 1680x1050 with 4x AA; Call of Duty 4 tested at 1680x1050 with 4x AA and anisotropic filtering.