Eurocom squeezes quad-core Xeon into notebook

— 2:55 PM on May 12, 2008

If you're male and want to forever ruin your chance of having kids, this is the notebook to do it with. At least, we assume the searing heat from Eurocom's new D901C Phantom-X will render you infertile in a matter of minutes should you dare prop it on your lap.

Inside the D901C's 2.05"-thick chassis, Eurocom says it can fit a 2.83GHz quad-core Intel Xeon X3360 processor (that's the 95W desktop model), 8GB of DDR2-800 memory, three 500GB Serial ATA hard drives in a RAID 0/1/5 config, a Blu-ray writer, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, FireWire, and an "uninterruptible power supply." In this case, the UPS is actually the notebook's battery, which Eurocom rates for only one hour of use. Considering the D901C has a 17" display and weighs around 12 lbs (over 5 kg), though, you probably won't be taking it to Starbucks.

Eurocom already offers the notebook on its website, although it only allows users to choose between Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Quad, and Core 2 Extreme processors for now. Buyers can also select dual GeForce 8800M GTX graphics modules, an integrated TV tuner, and an optional secondary Gigabit Ethernet controller.

Judging by the cut-away shot of the notebook you'll see in the image gallery below, Eurocom uses four fans and a network of heat pipes to cool the aforementioned parts. The machine probably generates as much heat as a reasonably powerful desktop, but users who actually need to carry around their workstation may not mind.

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