Eurocom assembles an RTX 2080 and a Core i9-9900K into the Sky X4C quasi-laptop

You know, Eurocom sells a whole bunch of laptops. The company doesn't exclusively offer brick-like melee weapons made from gloriously overpowered desktop hardware. That's all we seem to talk about from Eurocom, though, possibly because hilariously-powerful laptops are fun and sort of interesting. It's been a while since we checked in with Eurocom, and so it goes that today we're talking about the Sky X4C Mobile Supercomputer.

An audience of gerbils will almost certainly not be surprised when I say that the Sky X4C uses real, full-fat desktop CPUs from the latest Intel offerings up to and including the Core i9-9900K. Your choice of chip sockets into a Z370-chipset motherboard that will then accept as much as 64 GB of DDR4 memory and four drives (two SATA and two M.2). Eurocom will stuff a total of 20 TB of storage into the laptop. We shudder a bit at the idea of overclocking hardware like this in a laptop, but if you like you can purchase one with a professionally-delidded CPU.

Graphics duties in the Sky X4C are taken care of admirably by a your choice of MXM 3.1 cards up to and including one mounting a GeForce RTX 2080 GPU. Perhaps surprisingly given the specs on offer, this machine uses a 15.6" display, not a 17" monitor. Said display has a number options available ranging from a bare-bones 1920×1080-at-60 Hz display through high-refresh G-Sync panels, ending up at a 60Hz 3840×2160-resolution IPS screen in your choice of matte or glossy finishes.

External connections on the Sky X4C include a Thunderbolt 3 plug, one USB 3.1 Type-C port, three USB 3.1 Type-A ports, a USB 2.0 port, two mini-DisplayPort 1.3 jacks, an HDMI 2.0 connection, and three 3.5-mm audio jacks, one of which can also do double duty as an S/PDIF output. You can use the HDMI port, one of the DisplayPort connections, and either the Thunderbolt 3 or second DisplayPort jack all simultaneously to hook up three external displays if you like.

Don't be misled by the graphic above—the machine does actually have 4 RAM slots.

There's also an RJ-45 jack for Ethernet connections powered by an on-board Killer E2500 chip. There's no Wi-Fi out of the box, but there is an M.2-2230 slot all wired up for a card of your choice. There's even a fourth M.2 slot—this one in M.2-3042 fashion—for a WWAN adapter in LTE or UMTS/HSPA form. It's all ready to go with a pre-wired antenna, so all you have to do is insert the card and its SIM and you're ready to go anywhere. Update: The above text is incorrect. While it appears from the specifications page that the Sky X4C does not include a Wi-Fi card, it does in fact come with a Realtek-based adapter as standard.

Anywhere with power, at least; the Sky X4C's battery is more of a UPS than a real laptop battery. Despite being a capacious 82-Wh pack, Eurocom only estimates its life at around 130 minutes, and we reckon that might even be generous. That estimate probably doesn't include the WWAN card, either. Of course, if you're buying this thing, you're not buying it to work on your screenplay on the metro—especially since it ain't exactly svelte. Eurocom puts it down as 1.5" (38 mm) thick and some 7.5 lbs (3.4 kg).

If top-tier desktop gaming power in a 15.6" form factor is your bag, (baby,) then head on over to Eurocom's website and start configuring a Sky X4C. The base model with a 1920×1080 display, a Core i7-8700K, and a GeForce GTX 1060 6GB card starts at $2000.

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    • snowMAN
    • 9 months ago

    Why do they bother with a battery at all? I’d estimate at most 20 minutes of battery life while gaming, and that’s probably still generous and only for the lower-end configurations.

      • Spunjji
      • 9 months ago

      The answer is that the battery isn’t for gaming (and rarely have I experienced any gaming laptop where the battery is worth using in that context, either).

      It’s more useful for things like moving between desks without powering down, keeping everything alive in sleep mode, as a UPS, and as an “oh shit I need access to that file but I don’t have access to power” emergency measure.

    • Waco
    • 9 months ago

    I know it’s generally safe to assume this – but saying it has “SATA and M.2” doesn’t differentiate if those M.2 slots are SATA or NVMe. Granted, it’s almost always NVMe+SATA these days, but it helps to be specific.

      • jihadjoe
      • 9 months ago

      There’s also the M vs B-key thing.

      The [url=https://www.samsung.com/us/computing/memory-storage/solid-state-drives/ssd-970-evo-nvme-m2-500gb-mz-v7e500bw/<]Samsung 970[/url<] for example only has a cutout for the M-key notch, so if your M.2 slot is B-key then it won't go in despite the socket technically supporting PCIe.

    • Anonymous Coward
    • 9 months ago

    If you’re going monster laptop, seems like you should take it all the way to 17″.

      • BIF
      • 9 months ago

      Oh yes, why wouldn’t you? And 144 hz.

      Well, I have two power bricks for my Alienware, so I guess that’s a drawback! Yes, I hate power bricks, but I find them less evil than wallwarts. And it looks like it doesn’t matter which power intake they should be plugged into, so there’s that. You have to move up several levels in the Eurocom in order to get to two power supplies.

        • RAGEPRO
        • 9 months ago

        There is an optional 144-Hz display for this machine.

    • BIF
    • 9 months ago

    I came very close to buying a Eurocom laptop, and would consider it again. They seem to be top of the line. I ended up buying the Alienware simply for that little extra moxie that it had, plus it offered me all I really needed right now in terms of CPU (upgraded to i9), RAM (bumped up to 32 GB), and storage (added two M.2 and one 2.5″, for a total of 6 TB internal).

    And there’s room for more, such as the external GPU box and I could push the RAM and disk options even higher if needed. And it has been working well so far…

      • sweatshopking
      • 9 months ago

      I have bought eurocom in the past. was very happy with mine, and actually sold it for a profit 6 months later after that Canadian dollar tanked….

    • adampk17
    • 9 months ago

    No wi-fi included….. that was unexpected.

      • Redocbew
      • 9 months ago

      At stock it uses the RTL8723BE, I think? That’s what it looks like when you look at the options for the base configuration. The bullet point from the spec sheet is misleading though, since it makes it sound like there’s just an empty slot.

        • BIF
        • 9 months ago

        Yeah, they’re not gonna distribute this laptop without a wifi card. The default includes it on their configurator page. I think the article was comparing battery usage “without wifi” and Adampk17 assumed it just doesn’t come with wifi.

        The first comparison isn’t useful (because who’s going to care about wifi effect on battery life?) and the second is just plain wrong and misleading.

          • RAGEPRO
          • 9 months ago

          Nah, as written the news post above does say that the laptop doesn’t come with Wi-Fi.

          The press release was written much like the specs page is (as Redocbrew noted); it talks about the slot for the Wi-Fi card, but doesn’t actually say that it comes with a Wi-Fi card. It seems that there is one set as default in the configurator, though. I didn’t fool with the configurator.

            • jihadjoe
            • 9 months ago

            In this case it’s the news post that’s inaccurate.

            It isn’t even possible to choose no wifi card in the configurator. You can choose upgrades from
            the default RTL8723BE, but it’s not possible to ommit it. I say it technically comes with wifi.

            • RAGEPRO
            • 9 months ago

            Nah it totally does (come with wi-fi). I just didn’t update it (the news post) yet.

            Edit: It’s updated now.

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