Eurocom’s Sky X9 laptop has everything and two kitchen sinks

I'm not sure this even qualifies as a laptop, but here goes. Eurocom has unveiled the Sky X9 , which it calls "the most powerful 'desktop laptop' ever made". No, seriously—this beast tips the scales at 10.6 lbs (4.8 kg), and measures 17.1" x 12.3" x 1.8" (or 42.8 x 30.8 x 4.5 cm). But read on, because you can pack a lot into that space.

First off, the screen. The Sky X9 gives us 17.3" of goodness in 1080p or 4K flavors. The 1080p version can optionally be infused with G-Sync variable refresh rate tech, as well. Users can select CPU options up to an Intel Core i7-6700K, and install up to 64GB of DDR4 memory in the laptop's four RAM slots.

Graphics card choices range from sane to total overkill, too. The X9 can be configured with graphics cards from the GTX 965M all the way up to two GTX 980Ms in SLI, or even a single desktop-class GTX 980. Eurocom says the graphics card cooling solution can deal with a total TDP of up to 200W.

Storage-wise, the X9 offers two SATA 6Gbps ports, plus two M.2 PCIe x4 slots. Network connectivity comes in the form of dual Ethernet ports and 802.11ac Wi-Fi, courtesy of a Killer DoubleShot X3-Pro adapter. Peripheral connectivity is likewise plentiful. Eurocom throws in a Thunderbolt-enabled USB 3.1 Type-C connector and five USB 3.0 ports. The X9 has multiple video outputs, too—two Mini DisplayPorts and an HDMI 2.0 connector.

Last but least, a SoundBlaster X-Fi card, a set of Onkyo speakers, and a built-in subwoofer handle audio duties. Eurocom says the laptop is fully user-upgradeable, too. Prices are not for the faint of heart, though: the Sky X9 will set you back about $2,500 in its basic version, while a little playing around with the online configurator can get the price north of $6,000.

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    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    To be honest, this is a terrible time to be buying a laptop. Looking at the market, and thinking that it’s the tail end of a LONG 28nm process and since AMD claims a doubling of performance with the new chip processes (probably more like 50%) why drop that kind of cash on the tail end of a long outdated process?

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      Reliability is one reason for being on the tail of the lifecycle, particularly for laptops.

      I’ve had a couple of laptops in early cycles that exhibited weird issues over time. My Sony Picturebook, for example, decided about 50% of the time that it couldn’t see its own hard drive at boot, so I basically got a “no OS found” type of message. Retry, and it might boot!

      Of course, it could have been just because it was a Sony.

    • One Sick Puppy
    • 4 years ago

    Ugh… hideous.

    • albundy
    • 4 years ago

    they could have driven a bigger screen and not wasted so much space with the bezel.

    • jessterman21
    • 4 years ago

    What, no mechanical keyboard?

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      MSI has an interesting competitor gaming laptop, which is also a monster. MSI’s machine has a keyboard oriented to the FRONT of the typing surface (closer to the edge which is closest to the user).

      That might be better for my hands.

    • gigafinger
    • 4 years ago

    Looks like something from 2004. At least the specs are modern.

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      It looks old simply because the design has been distilled down to the most basic form factors, which include a big but flattish rectangular box to hold all the stuff inside.

      Might not be pretty, but here form meets function in the most important way for it to still be a closeable and transportable computer.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 4 years ago

        Agreed. I don’t even mind the looks. It’s a computer not a decoration piece.

        • BIF
        • 4 years ago

        Further research reveals that Eurocom also has a “Panther” model, which is even bigger and even boxier than the X9. Literally, that model sheds any hint at all of sleekness. It runs Xeon E2 or E1 processors (depending on how you order), and is sort of marketed as a mobile server.

        I am really quite impressed that there are laptop makers out there pushing the limits even further than Alienware and Asus.

    • Ninjitsu
    • 4 years ago

    Frankly this sits in “why not just go miniITX instead?” category. Even if you bought a new screen wherever you went, it’ll still be cheaper.

      • BIF
      • 4 years ago

      Hmmm, interesting. Buying a screen and giving it away just before heading back to the airport would arguably be less expensive than checking it. But not less expensive than shipping it home.

      EDIT: And there’s no Mini ITX around that would be anywhere nearly as portable as a laptop, even if it’s a big laptop.

        • Ninjitsu
        • 4 years ago

        Yeah but at 5Kg you’re not looking at a weight problem. It’ll be mildly more inconvenient to lug around, but much cheaper.

        And I mean, say you travel between two fixed locations, just get two screens and keep them there? Though of course, if you travel A LOT and need desktop class performance EVERYWHERE then this laptop would make more sense.

          • BIF
          • 4 years ago

          Also if you travel to different places, or if you might need to travel with limited lead time.

          Plus, storing monitors at a couple of locations would require additional logistics. Do you leave them with somebody? Does that person then assume any responsibility for damage, loss, or theft?

          The X9 is very expensive, yes. but I think if it TRULY is a “long life” machine, as advertised by the Eurocom website, then maybe it’s not so expensive when you account for a lower system replacement frequency; say 5 or even 6 years instead of 3 or 4.

    • gamoniac
    • 4 years ago

    Psssst. A $6000 laptop is a total overkill. I would rather donate $604 to TR (Take it, Ryszard, but only if I had the money) and configure myself a $5396 worth of Sky X9 (after tax) .

    • TruthSerum
    • 4 years ago

    No night rider LED. I’m just sayin.

    • the
    • 4 years ago

    Still smaller than a [url=https://techreport.com/news/29214/yoga-home-900-27-all-in-one-doubles-as-a-tablet<]tablet[/url<].

      • vargis14
      • 4 years ago

      That monstrosity of a AIO that doubles as a 27″ tablet weighs just 3 lbs shy of 20lbs and has specs way under this monster laptop.

      When it comes to desktop class portability even if you have to plug it in a monstress laptop/desktop replacement is soo much easier than lugging around a nice small mITX chassis and screen. I mean even if you plan to use a hotel’s TV as a display and just lug around a mitx chassis and travel with it it is so much more susceptible to damage than a laptop design that protects the screen and everything inside is super secure and you do not have to worry about anything internal rattling free on a laptop like a GPU,CPU cooler, ETC. Even for lan partys if you/I had the money to afford a 4,000+ dollar desktop replacement I would rather have something like this and a nice 21/9 screen than a mITX system and a 21/9 screen to lug around. You cannot forget a nice mouse of your choosing and possibly a mechanical keyboard will fit into a nice pelican case or something along those lines with the desktop replacement.

    • BIF
    • 4 years ago

    All I want to know is that if I buy a dual 980 variant, would it be possible to run those NOT in SLI?

    It’s for the artwork and even for some folding. Both F@H and unbiased renderers make more efficient use of all available CUDA cores present across multiple Nvidia GPUs when not running SLI.

    And as for the hard drive options. Are we saying that up to 4 SSDs can be connected concurrently, or is it just 4 connectors (2 SSD and 2 M.2), but limited to only 2 concurrent drive devices?

      • sweatshopking
      • 4 years ago

      That would be driver controlled, and likely not possible outside quadro

        • BIF
        • 4 years ago

        Um…wouldn’t there be a ribbon cable or some sort of electrical connection between the two cards in SLI?

          • sweatshopking
          • 4 years ago

          Don’t think cables are used anymore for sli or crossfire.

            • Ninjitsu
            • 4 years ago

            I think they are for SLI but not for some Crossfire setups (recent ones).

            • BIF
            • 4 years ago

            I think you’re wrong there.

            My old HIS 7980 (before the R9 nomenclature) came with a bridge cable.

            And I’m pretty sure at least one of my current GT980s did, too. I’ll have to check the owner manuals to be certain, because after installation, everything just gets dumped into the parts bin.

            At least one of the above cards came with a set of connectors. One for 2 cards, one for 3 cards, and maybe even one for 4 cards.

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            Yeah, it’s crossfire setups that ditched the cable. Nvidia still seems to use them.

            • BIF
            • 4 years ago

            Right. So back to my question. Is it possible to disable SLI in a laptop such as this? And how would that work with the ports on the back? Is it just one card that has ports to the back and the other just runs in SLI?

            And would disabling SLI end up disabling the other card, our would it leave the other card available for rendering or folding?

            Inquiring minds want to know!

            • sweatshopking
            • 4 years ago

            In the end, it’ll probably be drivers. You should eurocom and ask. They have great support, and would probably clarify!

            • BIF
            • 4 years ago

            I just might contact them, thanks!

    • beck2448
    • 4 years ago

    Awesome!

    • NoOne ButMe
    • 4 years ago

    WHAHAHAHAHA. One mobile 980 is almost the same cost as 980m SLI.

    I think for once SLI can be recommended as a “far superior option”.

    I don’t mean to say SLI is bad, it certainly works better than crossfire, it’s just typically if you have a choice between SLI 970 and a 980ti, for example, going with the single card is almost always a “no-brainer”.

    Where here, well, a 980m is about 2/3rds the performance of a 980 in most games at 1600p. Probably closer at 1080p.

    SLI and crossfire are both well over 50% performance adders for most games. Generally 80%+ from my memory of recent “reviews” of the technology.

    • Meadows
    • 4 years ago

    640 kitchen sinks is all anyone will ever need.

    • DancinJack
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]10.6 lbs[/quote<]

      • UberGerbil
      • 4 years ago

      Once upon a time, that was what all “desktop replacement” laptops weighed. I recall buying a top-of-the-line Dell with a 166MHz Pentium (with MMX!), a “three spindle” machine (two drive bays with swappable floppy/optical/battery, plus the HD) with a glorious 1024×768 screen, and it pushed past 10 lbs if you loaded up the bays with two batteries to get ~8 hours of usage.

    • chuckula
    • 4 years ago

    [quote<]Prices are not for the faint of heart, though: the Sky X9 will set you back about $2,500 in its basic version, while a little playing around with the online configurator can get the price north of $6,000.[/quote<] Don't be too proud of this technological terror you've constructed. The ability to destroy a bank account is insignificant next to the power of the Force.

      • Neutronbeam
      • 4 years ago

      It’s as if millions of accounts cried out in terror, and were suddenly silenced.

      • Ninjitsu
      • 4 years ago

      Bracing for 3 months of SW references. 😀

    • sweatshopking
    • 4 years ago

    I’ve personally found eurocom’s staff and support to be incredible. I had an m4, and it was awesome. This is about 6000$ out of my budget for pc’s right now, but i recommend the company.

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