Eurocom Sky X9E3 (GTX 1080 SLI) Review 25

Eurocom Sky X9E3 (GTX 1080 SLI) Review

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Introduction

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From the Eurocom website:
Eurocom is based on the philosophy of pushing boundaries, of offering customers exactly what they need and require in a mobile computer. Eurocom custom builds each and every Notebook, Laptop, Mobile Workstation and Mobile Server to the exact requirements of each customer. Thus, ensuring every customer gets exactly what they desire and don't pay for anything they don't need.

From the beginning of the purchase process the customer is in control, they can choose the laptop they desire and then configure that system with the internal components they need. Eurocom then puts each system through a series of stress tests before going through a final check inspection before being signed off by the head technician and sent to the customer.

Eurocom addresses all user needs by providing notebooks spanning the range from entry-level to high-end technology. All Eurocom products are engineered for highest quality, best performance, long-term stability and serviceability. State-of-the-art technology is coupled with superior customer service to generate an excellent overall experience.

Founded way back in 1989, Eurocom is a laptop manufacturer that has earned a few accolades since then. They started out by releasing the Eurocom 2100 and have ever since continued to innovate and build customized laptops. Moving on to the present day, they not only offer laptops but mobile servers and even work stations. Having grown in size and scope, they have found a niche for themselves in the North American market.

Today, I will be looking at their Eurocom Sky X9E3. It is a SLI and VR ready ultra-high-performance system. The model I will be looking at is packed to the gills with SLI NVIDIA Geforce GTX 1080 graphics cards, an Intel i7-7700k, and a Samsung NVMe 960 Pro SSD. With some serious specifications, it looks to be a portable gaming system many only dream about. All that remains is to see whether it lives up to expectations.

Specifications
Manufacturer:Eurocom
Model:Sky X9E3
Size:17.12 x 12.32 x 1.88 inches
42.8 x 30.8 x 4.7 cm
Weight:12.1 lbs
5.5 kg
Processor:Intel Core i7-7700k
4.2 GHz (4.50 GHz Turbo)
Chipset:Intel Z270 Express
Display:17.3" Screen
1920 x 1080 IPS 60 Hz / 75 Hz G-Sync
Matte, 72% NTSC
G-Sync supported
Operating System:Windows 10 Home 64-bit
Integrated Graphics:Intel HD Graphics 630
Dedicated Graphics:2x NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080
8 GB GDDR5 per GPU
Memory:16 GB (2x 8 GB) 2400 MHz DDR4
4x SO-DIMMs slots
64 GB max supported
Storage:512 GB Samsung 960 Pro NVMe
5 Drives total 2x SATA3 3x M.2
Optical Drive:None
Connectivity:1x HDMI v2.0
2x Mini DisplayPort v1.3
2x USB 3.1 type C / Thunderbolt 3 / DP 1.3 / HDMI 2.0
1x 6-in-1 card reader
1x Headphone/SPDIF (ESS Sabre HiFi)
1x Microphone jack
1x Line out
1x Line in
5x USB 3.0
1x Powered USB AC/DC
Communications:2x Killer Gaming Network E2400 1GbE LAN
Intel Dual Band 8260 WLAN
Bluetooth
Audio:Realtek HD Audio ALC899
2x 2 watt speakers + 1 subwoofer)
Input device:Touchpad with multi-gesture and scrolling
7 color backlight full-size keyboard
1080p HD Webcam 30 FPS
Power:780-watt AC adapter
8-cell (89Whr) battery
Warranty:1 year with upgrades to 2-3 years available
MSRP:$4750

Packaging and Contents


Eurocom doesn't waste money or time on fancy boxes with pretty pictures. What you get is a standard-fare brown cardboard box. Protection is good, and the box as a whole does what it should, which is to keep the unit safe.


Upon opening the box, users will find the laptop wrapped in plastic, with soft foam offering protection to the unit itself. The AC adapter is sealed in a separate cardboard box towards the back. Again, no fancy packaging or PR materials or other such nonsense. All there is to see is what you purchased; a heavy-weight monstrosity of a notebook.


The bundle is just as bare, but that's to be expected. All you really need is the laptop and a charger after all, so what more is needed?
  • Sky X9E3 laptop
  • 780 watt AC power brick

A Closer Look


The Eurocom Sky X9E3 is, to put it bluntly, one heavy bastard, and with that weight comes a sense of durability. The unit feels nice and solid. All that is to be seen at the bottom of the front are some grills. Otherwise, there's nothing interesting to report on. The left side features three USB 3.0 ports, two RJ45 GbE ports, and an assortment of audio ports. Moving on to the back, we find the power plug, another USB 3.0 port, and an HDMI port.


On the right side, another USB 3.0 port makes an appearance, along with a 6-in-1 card reader. Two USB 3.1 Type C ports with support for Thunderbolt 3 / DP 1.3 / HDMI 2.0 are available. Filling out the rest of the connectivity options are two miniDP 1.3 connectors and a lock port. The bottom of the unit features air intakes along with a grill for a down-firing subwoofer.


Lift the display and you are greeted by a full-size keyboard that features RGB backlighting. A Full HD web cam is located at the top-center of the display. The power button and indicator LEDs are located smack dab center above the keyboard, while the display itself is connected to the unit via a strong central hinge. Overall, the design is neat and clean with no gaps, sharp edges, or other issues to speak of.


The power brick for the Eurocom Sky X9E3 is specially designed and built by Eurocom and FSP. It has an output of 780 watts, allowing this particular laptop to sport SLI graphics cards without the need for dual power bricks. It even features an LCD that shows wattage, voltage, amps, and temperature. Suffice it to say that it's definitely a step up compared to other power bricks I have seen bundled with laptops and mini-PCs.

A look Inside


To access the unit's insides, users will have to remove all the screws from the bottom of the unit. Having removed those screws, the bottom can gently be pulled off for access to some system components. The interior makes it clear why the unit is so heavy. The amount of metal here is insane. The inner metal frame along with the massive number of heatsinks and fans are what make it feel so sturdy.


The two heatsinks and fans in the first image above cool the SLI GTX 1080 graphics cards, which use the MXM 3.0 slots. Comprised of multiple heat pipes and a blower-style fan cooler, it certainly looks to be up to par. Meanwhile, the CPU, an Intel Core i7-7700k, is cooled by a similar heatsink and fan combo. The subwoofer is also visible next to the CPU, along with two of the system's DDR4 SO-DIMM slots. Towards the front of the unit, users have access to two 2.5 inch SATA3 HDD bays.


The keyboard is held in place by a few small tabs and magnets. Simply push in a tab and gently lift, working your way around the top edge. Once out of the frame, slide the keyboard back towards the monitor to lift it out. Once removed, you will find two more SO-DIMM slots and three M.2 slots.


The Samsung 960 PRO 512 GB M.2 NVMe SSD is located under the keyboard. It is the only storage installed in this configuration. When it comes to the battery, Eurocom has used an 89 Wh LI-ION battery that is back-rated at 5700 mAh. The memory used in this configuration is from Crucial and consists of two 8 GB DIMMs for a total of 16 GB; these are CL17 sticks rated at 2400 MHz with 1.2 volts.
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