Origin’s EON17-SLX laptop packs desktop-class parts that can kick your PC’s butt – PCWorld

It’s easy to see Origin PC’s new EON17-SLX laptop as a desktop replacement, because it will literally offer desktop-class parts and performance.

The burly new Origin EON17-SLX packs in Nvidia’s new GeForce GTX 980 mobile GPU that offers 1:1 performance with the desktop graphics card. And beyond the graphics, Origin PC once again pulls the same trick it did with EON15-X by skipping Intel’s mobile quad-core CPU for a full-blown desktop chip.

Inside the EON17-SLX you’ll find none other than Intel’s high-end Core i7-6700K Skylake chip. Origin PC didn’t say why it chose a desktop chip, but there can be a big advantage to a desktop chip over a mobile CPU: sheer performance.

The clock speeds on the desktop Skylake start at 4GHz and run up to 4.2GHz. The comparable Core i7-6820HK that’s being used in other gaming laptops starts at 2.7GHz and tops out at 3.6GHz. If you want to dive into the gory details on Intel’s ARK comparison tool, I’ve lined up the chips here.

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No more sockets

The other advantage of the desktop part is the use of a socket. Intel offered its high-wattage quad-cores Haswell chips for laptops in a socket, but did away with the practice with Broadwell CPUs. Skylake continues the practice—which means no more socketed parts in laptops that use mobile chips. But with the EON17-SLX and its socketed desktop processor, you could swap out the chip if you wanted to.

I spoke with vendors about concern over the shift in Intel’s offerings some months ago and most thought it just wasn’t a big deal. Maybe 0.001 percent of buyers are interested in laptop CPU upgrades, so the general consensus was it didn’t matter if the CPUs were socketed or soldered to the motherboard.

The disadvantage in using a desktop chip in a laptop—besides price; the EON17-SLX starts at $2000—is power consumption. The Core i7-6700K is a 91-watt part vs. the mobile chip’s 45-watt TDP. That means you could have to run from power outlet to power outlet just to get from the living room the office.

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But who are we kidding? You don’t buy this class of gaming laptop to tote it down to the cafe where you can work on the Great American Science Fiction novel while sipping on a latte. It’s mean to be run on AC and stay that way for 95 percent of its service life.


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