Canadian PC vendor Eurocom is no stranger to hilariously powerful laptops that stretch the definition of "laptop". The company recently announced a big update for its Sky X9 series gaming laptops that's called the X9E Unlocked Edition. As you might recall late last year, Eurocom launched the Sky X9 "desktop laptop" series. These machines boast desktop Skylake processors in a laptop form factor with a host of other desktop-class amenities, like an optional RAID 10 storage setup and dual Gigabit Ethernet NICs. Now, these madmen have updated the machine with a new display that should satisfy almost any enthusiast: a 4K IPS panel with a 400-nit maximum brightness and G-Sync support.
To drive that lovely 17.3-inch screen, buyers have their choice of either a single desktop-class NVIDIA GTX 980, or -- for those who'd really like to push that 4K screen -- a pair of 8GB GTX 980M processors in SLI. Eurocom says the Sky X9E's cooling system can dissipate up to 200W from the graphics processors. The dual MXM slots could ensure that future graphics advances won't render this machine obsolete, either. Saner buyers can instead opt for a less-demanding 1080p display with optional G-SYNC.
Continuing the theme of desktop-class features, the machine sports two mini-DisplayPort 1.2 outputs, a single HDMI 2.0 port, and a Thunderbolt 3 port, plus five USB 3.0 ports. Eurocom equips this beast with Sound Blaster X-Fi MB5 audio. An S/PDIF output along with headphone and microphone jacks pump out the jams, and an unusual line-in jack could make this laptop more suited for musicians on the go.
The X9E Unlocked Edition's combination of a fully-featured BIOS and the Z170 chipset means that brave owners can try their hands at overclocking follies. The CPU socket means this machine can accept Skylake LGA1151 desktop CPUs as powerful as Intel's Core i7-6700K. Four SO-DIMM sockets accomodate dual-channel DDR4 as fast as 2666 MT/s.
The machine can accept a pair of 2.5" SATA 6Gbps drives alongside a pair of M.2 slots, which can host either SATA or NVMe drives. A Killer E2400 chip powers the dual Gigabit Ethernet ports. Buyers can choose wireless cards from Intel, Killer, or Realtek to rule the airwaves. Of course, the best things in life aren't cheap. The base model, with a 1080p display and no G-Sync, starts at $3500 USD.
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