Eurocom’s Tornado F5 laptops offer up Kaby Lake and Pascal

Kaby Lake's the hottest act in town, and everyone wants a piece of the action. Eurocom, a developer of upgradable notebooks, has refreshed its Tornado F5 notebook with the latest Intel Core processors. Since it's in the upgrading mood, the company also took the opportunity to add Nvidia's top-end graphics cards to the mix.

The new processor options for the Tornado F5 include Intel's Core i7-7700K, Core i7-7700, and Core i5-7600K units. Those two unlocked K-series CPUs might seem like odd choices for a notebook, but Eurocom lets users mess with the overclocking options in the UEFI. For graphics horsepower, buyers can fill the machine's MXM 3.0 graphics slot with Nvidia's GTX 1060, GTX 1070, and GTX 1080 cards, or go retro with the previous-generation GTX 970M or GTX 980M.

Those components fit into a 15.6" laptop that's 1.59" (4 cm) thick and weighs 6.5 lbs (or 2.9 kg). The base model of the Tornado F5 comes with a 1920×1080 display, upgradeable to a 4K monitor for an additional $100. Both displays support Nvidia's G-Sync technology. The notebook has four memory slots that can take as much as 64GB of DDR4 clocked as high as 3200 MT/s. For storage, the Tornado F5 has two M.2 slots and room for a 2.5", 9.5-mm-tall drive.

Prices for Eurocom's Tornado F5 can vary quite a bit based on its many configuration options, but go as low as $1,330 for a model with a Core i5-7600K and a GTX 970M. A model with a Core I7-7700K and a GTX 1070 can be had for just about $2,000.

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    • BigDDesign
    • 3 years ago

    I saw a guy once with a Eurocom gaming laptop in a doctor’s office. It looked like it was built like a tank. If your need is portable and you are into gaming or workstation type stuff, this is a great choice. They have always been the go to for desktop computer in a laptop structure. Me like. They have been around forever and you can get exactly what you need. I used to drool for hours at their site.

      • Airmantharp
      • 3 years ago

      They [b<]look[/b<] like they're built like tanks, but they're not. Build quality on these is below average; they're best put on a desk and left, or moved sparingly.

    • mikewinddale
    • 3 years ago

    I had never heard of this company, but I just spent about an hour playing with their laptop configurators. They look mighty impressive, with a lot more options than most manufacturers offer. I’m quite blown away, in fact.

    For example, most of their laptops offer about 4 or 5 different CPUs, and they tell you the TDP for each one.

    And when you configure RAM, they tell you how many SODIMMs, what’s the CL latency, etc. Most manufacturers merely let you choose the amount of RAM, and you’re left wondering how many SODIMM slots are empty for upgrades. Eurocom is not only telling you how many slots, but they’re telling you the CL latency too!

    And if you click the “specifications” tab, you get to see exactly what options you’ve got, e.g. how many M.2 slots and which keys they are. You can see right at a glance, for example, whether you can upgrade it with NVMe PCIe M.2 or whether it’s limited to SATA M.2. Most laptop manufacturers don’t even offer this much information in their hardware maintenance guides, much less right on the consumer order website.

    They also tell you the motherboard chipset!!!

    For example, I’m configuring a Sky X4E2 “mobile supercomputer”. The specification page tells me it’s got 4 SODIMM slots and two M.2 NVMe PCIe slots. It has 7 choices of CPU, with all the TDPs listed. 18 choices of RAM, with varying GBs, number of sticks, CL latency, GHz, etc. Fingerprint reader, TPM, Thunderbolt. And with a Geforce GTX 1060, it’s still below $2000. The price is pretty decent, but it’s the number of details and specifications that is blowing my mind. You actually know what’s inside!

    Just check out this piece of info from the “specifications” tab on the Sky X4E2:

    Four M.2 slots
    -1st: WLAN M.2 2230 Card with PCIe x2 and USB (A Key)
    -2nd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCIe x2/x4 (M key)
    -3rd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCie x2/x4 (M key)
    -4th M.2 3042 for LTE or UMTS/HSPA

    That is an incredible amount of disclosure for a laptop! That’s more than most manufacturers put in their support docs!

    And I just looked at the manual. It’s got 400 pages of pictures of different BIOS and Windows configuration tools, e.g. configuring Intel RST and Nvidia display properties, with copious screenshots. I’ve never seen such a detailed manual, covering everything so thoroughly. They obviously really want to make sure people have full disclosure about everything.

      • AngryAvacado
      • 3 years ago
    • Growler
    • 3 years ago

    I’m confused. The article indicates the laptops would be capable of performing as a gaming laptop, but the picture shows it to be lacking the multicolored lighting and garish graphics that other manufacturers use to denote their gaming offerings. Can it really be a gaming laptop without the obvious indicators?

      • morphine
      • 3 years ago

      You’re right. We should have never published this article. I am hanging my head in shame.

        • Neutronbeam
        • 3 years ago

        You should draw the shame curtains over your windows now. Not ONE mention of an RGB LED in the ENTIRE article…what kind of junk are you trying to push on us?

        EDIT: added “to”

      • bornem17
      • 3 years ago

      Fear not! That’s actually a multicolor backlit keyboard.

      • brothereye
      • 3 years ago

      they do support backlit keyboard! you can check it out on their website. Eurocom’s machines are truly amazing!

    • Kretschmer
    • 3 years ago

    I would be very interested to see battery life with a 7600K and assume that these are desktop replacement units?

      • Voldenuit
      • 3 years ago

      I wonder if there are UEFI controls to undervolt those chips, and how effective that would be.

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