Unlike many notebook manufacturers, Eurocom's never been one to shy away from a beefy spec sheet, as evidenced by the powerful components found in the Kick Ass award-winning Eurocom Panther 2.0. Today, the company announced it's started shipping the new Panther 4.0 "laptop," a beast that shamelessly flaunts all the lastest bells and whistles -- like Sandy Bridge-E and dual GTX 580Ms running in SLI.
We reviewed Eurocom’s top-of-the-line mobile workstation, the Panther 2.0, in our June 2011 issue. That high-end behemoth weighed more than 15 pounds and cost upward of $5,000, but it sported a desktop Core i7-980X CPU and a pair of Radeon HD 6970s in CrossFire. This time around we’re taking a look at the company’s lighter-weight mobile workstation, the Neptune 3D.
While also billed as a high-end desktop-replacement, the Neptune 3D is far more modest than its beefy big brother. It’s based on a mobile Sandy Bridge CPU (Intel’s Core i7-2760QM) and a single mobile GPU (Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 580M). The Neptune 3D weighs less than nine pounds, but its defining feature is its 17.3-inch, 120Hz, 3D display.
A quick glance at Eurocom's website gives the impression the outfit is running a zoo, but the Cheetah, Cougar, Panther, Puma, and Leopard are all high-performance notebook PCs, and the newly refined Leopard 2.0 is a mobile workstation to be reckoned with. It starts with an 18.4-inch Full HD (1920x1080) display and continues with loads of configuration options.
Riddle me this: When is a portable PC not a laptop? When it’s so heavy you’re afraid if you put it on your lap you’ll never be able to get up again. Though we wish Eurocom’s Panther 2.0 had shipped with a weightlifter’s belt, our testing left little doubt that the chiropractor bills will be worth it. This outlandishly large machine has the power and flexibility of a true no-compromise mobile workstation.
Eurocom just unveiled a couple of new notebooks, the 15.6-inch Fox 2.0 and 17.3-inch Lynx 2.0. According to Eurocom, these second generation models represent the most powerful Optimus notebooks on the planet and are suitable for both performance-oriented business users and gamers alike, both of which will benefit from what Intel's Sandy Bridge platform brings to the mobile world.
Eurocom knows a thing or three about desktop replacements, but a full fledged server replacement? At least on paper, that's what you get with Eurocom's Phantom 4.0 "Server-on-the-Go" notebook. This beast of a system comes loaded to the brim with high performance hardware, including a pair of server class processors. Specs and pricing after the break.
Two weeks ago Eurocom added an Intel Core i7 990X processor option to its Panther 2.0 mobile server/workstation. Now the OEM has gone and fed its Panther the Xeon equivalent to that mighty chip, the six-core X5690. Like the Core i7 990X, the X5690 comes clocked at 3.46GHz on each of its six cores and has 12MB of L3 cache, but has two QPI links instead of one, supports ECC memory, and supports 40-bit physical address extensions instead of 36-bit.
Eurocom's Panther 2.0 laptop sits in a PC purgatory place located between a traditional laptop and a desktop system. These are known as desktop replacements, and in case there was any doubt that the Panther 2.0 qualifies, Eurocom has added an Intel Core i7 990X Extreme Edition processor option to the list of CPUs that include both Xeon and Core i7 parts.
Eurocom says its new Racer laptop is "the most powerful 15-inch notebook on the planet," a claim which hinges on how you opt to configure it.
It certainly doesn't hurt that the Racer is built around Intel's new Sandy Bridge platform, but the real treat for gamers is that "the Eurocom Racer will support up to a 100W GPU which will allow it to run up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 485M, AMD Radeon Mobility HD 6970M, or Nvidia Quadro FX 3800M graphics solution," the OEM says.
Other configuration options include up to 32GB of DDR3-1333/1600MHz RAM (four RAM slots), two drive bays with support for up to 1.75TB of storage, a 9-in-1 memory card reader, a pair of SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports, two USB 2.0 ports, eSATA, HDMI out, Firewire, audio jacks, Wireless-N, and a 1920x1080 resolution on the Racer's 15.6-inch backlit LED display.
The Eurocom Racer will start shipping on February 1, 2011. No word yet on price.
Bragging about a 3DMark06 score is like, well, bragging about a 3DMark06 score. But hey, Eurocom didn't just score high on the dated benchmark suite, it set a new record for mobile performance with its new Panther 2.0 notebook, the company said.
According to Eurocom's internal testing, the Panther 2.0 scored 22,669 points, the first notebook ever to do so courtesy of two AMD Radeon Mobility HD 6970M GPUs in a CrossFireX configuration. It also scored P22,667 in the more modern (and much more relevant) 3DMark Vantage benchmark, and P5,689 in the newly released 3DMark11 suite.
The Panther 2.0 configuration used for Eurocom's benchmark runs packed some powerful components, including an Intel Core i7 980X processor, 12GB of DDR3-1333, and a 500GB 7200RPM Solid Hybrid drive from Seagate.