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Eurocom has been a routine purveyor of high-end—nay, extreme—notebooks for several years, and last year they announced their new Sky X9 offering. Hot on the heels of that beast comes the new Eurocom Sky DLX7, which is sort of the slightly less monstrous version of an incredibly high-end notebook.
The Sky DLX7 features desktop-class performance, with a socketed LGA1151 CPU (up to i7-6700K at present) that supports overclocking. Graphics is no less impressive, supporting Nvidia’s new GTX 980 for notebooks, a fully-enabled GM204 GPU with 8GB GDDR5 clocked at 7GHz (3.5GHz technically, with double data rates). Both the CPU and the GPU are overclockable, though you’ll likely end up at slightly lower clocks than on a desktop given power constraints.
We first saw the GTX 980 for notebooks in MSI’s awesome GT72S, and we’d expect equally impressive performance here, with the Sky DLX7 taking a slight lead thanks to its higher clocked desktop CPU. Given most games ultimately end up GPU-bound, however, the major differences will come down to aesthetics, battery life, and price.
Other features include four USB 3.0 ports (one powered), and there’s also a USB 3.1 Type-C/Thunderbolt 3 port present. One of the major changes from the X9 is port locations, where the DLX7 has two full-size DisplayPort connections on the back along with a full-size HDMI port, while the Sky X9 had two mini-DP ports on the side with HDMI and USB 3.0 on the back.
And make no mistake: These are definitely not the same notebook. The key differentiator is that the Sky X9 supports dual GPUs, up to SLI GTX 980M, where the DLX7 is basically only configured with a single GTX 980. Thanks to supporting just a single GPU, the DLX7 is also slightly smaller than the X9. There’s another difference as well, in that the DLX7 caps the power of the GTX 980 at 180W while the X9 can supply up to 200W to its GTX 980. Of course, since the X9 doesn’t support SLI 980 cards (which would require something like a 500W power brick!), for single GPU performance you might prefer the DLX7 design.
As far as beastly gaming notebooks are concerned, the DLX7 ranks right up there with the best of them. It sports a 17.3-inch display—and praise the technolords, there are now 4K IPS panels available! This is awesome, since unlike 15.6-inch and 14-inch notebooks, you might actually have sufficient GPU power to run games at the native 4K resolution. The DLX7 also supports up to 64GB of DDR4 memory via four SODIMM slots, two M.2 drives (with SATA or PCIe connectivity, including NVMe for the latter), and two 2.5-inch drives (or one 2.5-inch drive along with an optical drive).
To be clear, both the Sky X9 and Sky DLX7 use a Clevo chassis—the P870DM and P775DM1, respectively—so we expect other vendors will offer similar notebooks. Eurocom hasn’t announced pricing of the Sky DLX7, but you can already order a Sky X9. With an i7-6700K, GTX 980, 2x8GB DDR4, Windows 10, and a single Samsung 850 Pro 512GB SSD, the Sky X9 costs an even $3600. We’d expect the Sky DLX7 to be prices slightly lower, but it’s definitely in the “dream” category of gaming notebooks. It should be available to order in the next month or two.