Thursday, September 17th 2009

Eurocom Launches World's First i7 Clarksfield Based High-End Notebooks

Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, plans to launch its new mobile notebook line-up based on Intel Calpella in early October. The Calpella platform is based on Clarksfield processors with four cores that will be marketed by Intel under Core i7 trademark as well code-named Ibex Peak-M core logic that will be branded as Intel PM55.

There will be two notebook models available: 15.6-inch HD EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and 17.3-inch W870CU Cheetah based on Intel i7 Mobile processors, Intel PM55 chipset, DDR3-1333 Memory, NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 2x0M or GTX 3x0M series upgradeable MXM 3.0 Type B VGA technology.

Initially there will be three Intel Core i7 mobile chips supported based on Intel Nehalem micro architecture 1.60 GHz Core i7-720QM (45W), 1.73 GHz Core i7-820QM (45W), and 2.0 GHz Core i7-920XM Extreme (55W). The mobile Core i7 processors are based on Intel Nehalem 45nm technology and will sport 256KB of L2 cache per core as well as 8MB (800- and 900-series) or 6MB (700-series) of unified L3 cache.

Intel will add more processors to the Calpella lineup in second quarter of 2010 based on 32nm technology and Eurocom intends to support them in its line of Clarksfield notebooks.

About Intel PM55 Ibex Peak-M Chipset
An Intel Mobile Express Series 5 chipset (PCHM codenamed Ibex Peak) with Intel's graphics technology that will allow for optimized decoding/encoding and editing/playback of H.264/MPEG-4 AVC video used in Blu-Ray Discs and HD 1080p video, optimized for MPEG-2 (DVD) video playback and editing.
  • Integrated memory controller and integrated PCI express controller remove the need for a Northbridge and the older FSB (Front Side Bus) technology.
  • Direct connect to Display Port with DPCP as with its predecessor along with legacy support for HDMI (and HDCP), DVI, and VGA.
  • RAM supported for DDR3-1066, DDR3-1333 and DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM.
  • Gigabit Ethernet LAN controllers 82577LM and 82577LF (codenamed Hanksville).
  • Solid-State Drive and Hybrid Hard Drives support
Both 15.6" W860CU Cougar and 17.3" W870CU Cheetah provide workstation-calibre performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance storage SATA-300 hard drives and super-powerful Intel Clarksfield i-7 and i7-Extreme Processor for high-end computing wherever work or gaming takes place.
Featuring choice of LCD displays up to Full HD 1920-by-1080 pixels, upgradeable NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M with 1GB of GDDR3 Video Memory and powered by Intel new line of i7 Mobile and i7 Extreme four-core processor technology, EUROCOM W870CU Cheetah also features the largest and fastest storage capacity on the market today - a whopping 1.5 Terabytes with three physical drives (500GB 7200rpm per single hard drive) - making it the perfect laptop for users who demand high performance storage for true portable gaming and/or workstation-calibre experience.

For the hardcore PC user (gamer and/or engineer alike), this means the EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah provide blistering fast response times that are sure to turn heads.

EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah support variety of 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems from Microsoft Vista Business or Ultimate to XP Professional or Windows 7 and up to Linux.

Upgradeable VGA Technology
At the core of the W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah, users can choose between different NVIDIA or ATi graphics cards: the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 260M, GTX 280M or ATi Mobility Radeon HD 4870XT with 1GB of GDDR3 for high-performance PC gaming, and NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M with 1GB GDDR3 for those looking for a high-performance workstation class performance.

EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah use standard MXM 3.0 Type B specifications with the interface allowing easy upgradeability to next generation of graphics technology and allows full exchangeability with both NVIDIA and ATi VGA technology. By using a consistent mechanical graphics interface in the form of high-performance MXM, Eurocom is able to introduce a variety of innovative PCI Express graphics solutions as quickly as desktop PC graphics.

I/O Ports, Communications and Security
Standard ports include four USB ver 2.0, one DVI for external display, one Firewire IEEE1394a, one RJ-45 for 1 Gigabit LAN, one RJ11 for Modem/Phone, one S/PDIF output; one built-in microphone and one headphone jack.

There are also a HDMI output, e-SATA port, Built-in Webcam for Video Conferencing, HSDPA 3.5G mobile broadband support along with the WiMax or 802.11n and Bluetooth.

For security there is integrated fingerprint reader is accompanied by the TPM Trusted Platform Module and Kensington security lock.
A high performance, integrated ExpressCard 34/54 slot adds external peripheral functionality via the ExpressCard module form-factor.

Upgradeable Processor Technology
Driving the system is Intel Core i7 Mobile or Core i7 Extreme with up to8MB of L3 cache, which delivers exceptional high-def multimedia, multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance.

Intel's 1333MHz front-side-bus i7 Mobile processor is Nehalem-based 45nm chip and its part of Intel's Clarksfield contains 840 million transistors and will run at a power envelope of up 55W. That's somewhat higher than the chipmaker's mainstream thermal design power (TDP) of 35W, meaning that the extra performance will take its toll on battery life.

This high-performance CPU allows users to simultaneously run multiple applications at the same time -- all with increased performance. Performing tasks such as burning CDs, reading email messages, editing digital photos and listening to music all at the same time with no slow downs means a richer overall experience for the user.

Here is a list of processors supported in W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah:
- Intel Core i7-920XE Extreme Processor (Clarksfield); 2.0GHz, 8MB L3 cache; 55W TDP.
- Intel Core i7-820QM Processor (Clarksfield); 1.73GHz, 8GB L3 cache; 45W TDP.
- Intel Core i7 i7-720QM Processor (Clarksfield); 1.60GHz 6MB L3 cache, 45W TDP

Memory
EUROCOM W860CU Cougar and W870CU Cheetah use next-generation, high speed, dynamic frequency DDR3-1333 or DDR3-1600 SO-DIMM for laptops that enables customers to make full use of the significantly reduced power consumption and increased bandwidth of DDR3.

This new-generation DDR3 SO-DIMM module for laptops uses the 8-bit pre-fetch design. As it is a double of the DDR2 modules, the clock frequency begins from 800MHz and can be increased to 1066MHz, 1333MHz and 1600MHz.

Thanks to the evolution in die processes to 75nm technology DDR3 modules offer a significant reduction in terms of power consumption, as they take advantage of DDR3's 1.5V supply, compared to 1.8V with DDR2. By incorporating additional optimizations, DDR3 SO-DIMMs even reduce the power consumption by at least 30 and up to more than 50 percent compared to today's mainstream DDR2 modules, depending on the SO-DIMM capacity. Indeed, the laptop's battery life can be extended. Furthermore, the DDR3 SDRAM devices offer data transfer rates of up to 1.600 Mb/s (Mbit per second). This doubles the maximum data transfer rates of today's DDR2 memories, and significantly boosts also the performance of mobile PCs.

This DDR3-1333 SO-DIMM for laptops uses high-quality genuine die from original manufacturers packaged with the FBGA (Fine-Pitch Ball Grid Array) technology to deliver better cooling and electrical performances. The ODT (on-die-termination) can effectively ensure signal integrity by reducing signal feedback when the module is running at high speed.

With ASR (auto self-refresh) design, it intelligently reduces the refreshing frequency of memory modules thus effectively reduce the temperature and power consumption of the module to conserve energy.

Physical Dimensions & Weight
The W860CU Cougar measures 374mm (W) x 263mm (D) x 42mm (H) (14.96"x10.52"x1.68") and weights under 3.3kg (7.26lbs). The W870CU Cheetah is 412x279x39-48mm (16.48x11.16x1.56-1.92inch) and weights 4kg or 8.8lbs.


Full Upgrade Ability and Full Customization
EUROCOM notebooks are built on a customized basis so that users can select the individual configurations they require. EUROCOM systems offer stylish all-in-one design, superb performance, upgrade ability and latest computing technology. All EUROCOM mobile workstations are fully upgradeable including Hard Drive (Hard Drives), memory, optical drives, processors and graphics to prolong their lifespan.
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22 Comments on Eurocom Launches World's First i7 Clarksfield Based High-End Notebooks

#1
grunt_408
Very nice and will be very fast with ssd's wicked good to see the notebooks catching up
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#2
1Kurgan1
The Knife in your Back
Looks nice, but how soon is soon? I mean they actually mentioned using a GTX 300 GPU :/
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#3
Bjorn_Of_Iceland
hmm.. once again in the harsh PC consumer world, a laptop is faster than my desktop
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#4
Parad0x
What about HyperThreading support?
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by: Parad0x
What about HyperThreading support?
I'm presuming there is none, being as they are based on the P(M)55 chipset
#6
rshoerack
So I wonder what the battery life actually is?
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#7
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
by: rshoerack
So I wonder what the battery life actually is?
Pretty decent id say.them 45nm processors are bound to use lesser voltage because their in mobile form...

the only thing that can really drain your battery is the graphics card. If your gonna pick the 4870XT then you might get 1hr15mins tops away from the mains if your lucky. but it also depends how you use the latop too. if you start gaming then youd probably get around 45mins-1hrs use.
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#8
Triprift
I rekon they will cost an arm and a leg very impressive though.
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#9
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
is it just me or does it look like its using the Macbook Air buttons???
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#10
FreedomEclipse
~Technological Technocrat~
for those of you who live & breathe in the UK (dont worry im still gonna kill yer!! haha) have stupid amounts of money to through away, want an i7 laptop/desktop replacement like an 800Lb Gorilla wants to make out with Arnold Schwarzenegger... 2 of them can be found -->HERE<--
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#11
Mussels
Moderprator
by: 1Kurgan1
Looks nice, but how soon is soon? I mean they actually mentioned using a GTX 300 GPU :/
dont worry, it'll probably be another 8800GT 9800GT GT240 GT260M GT280M renamed.



by: InTeL-iNsIdE
I'm presuming there is none, being as they are based on the P(M)55 chipset
P55 supports HT - it all comes down to the CPU's. if its i5, no HT. if its i7, HT.

Judging from the power figures and my own internal logic, i suspect most will be dual core with HT.
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#12
wiak
people that buys this laptop SHOULD for the love of god get ATI graphics, the Geforce 280M and 260M isnt even based on GT200 aka Geforce 280/260 desktop chip hehe
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#13
Gzero
by: FreedomEclipse
for those of you who live & breathe in the UK (dont worry im still gonna kill yer!! haha) have stupid amounts of money to through away, want an i7 laptop/desktop replacement like an 800Lb Gorilla wants to make out with Arnold Schwarzenegger... 2 of them can be found -->HERE<--
Stupid isn't it? Instead to lower the prices of current laptops, they just stick these ones above the cost of the most expensive ones.
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#15
mtosev
nice notebook. :D is it under 1500Eur?
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#16
h3llb3nd4
Now we wait for better brands to come out with better models
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#17
t77snapshot
by: h3llb3nd4
Now we wait for better brands to come out with better models
indeed.

This is a nice leap in performance for the laptop world. :toast:
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#18
Gzero
by: t77snapshot
indeed.

This is a nice leap in performance for the laptop world. :toast:
How? The cpus have clock speeds of 1.6 to 2.0ghz. How is that going to be much faster than the current quad core laptop (Q9000 = 2.0ghz) cpus?
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#19
Mussels
Moderprator
by: Gzero
How? The cpus have clock speeds of 1.6 to 2.0ghz. How is that going to be much faster than the current quad core laptop (Q9000 = 2.0ghz) cpus?
...

its faster per clock?
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#20
Gzero
I know that it's faster per clock. But this new line up isn't faster than what is already available. Q9000 (2ghz) to the QX9300 (2.53ghz). Any benchies to show how much faster these new system setups are?
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#22
PP Mguire
I thought HP already released a mobile i7 notebook called the.....Envy :shadedshu
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