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Eurocom Sky X7C (i7-8086K, GTX 1080, Clevo P775TM1-G) Laptop Review

Core i7-8086K mobile debut. The Sky X7C manages to fit a Core i7-8086K LGA1151 CPU in a 15.6-inch chassis to make it one of the fastest gaming laptops available. Nonetheless, performance benefits are somewhat marginal. The main draw of the Eurocom laptop continues to be its ease of serviceability.

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The Sky series is Eurocom's family of high-end gaming laptops designed to compete against popular flagship alternatives like those from the MSI G series, Dell Alienware series, Asus ROG G series, Aorus series, Acer Predator Triton, Lenovo Legion Y920, and the HP Omen X 17 just to name a few. In the sea of gaming laptops, Eurocom's solution has been to offer superior serviceability and CPU options in an attempt to one-up and potentially outperform competitors.

The Sky X7C is notable because its chassis is able to house a full-fledged Core i7-8086K CPU whereas notebooks like the Asus G703GI, Alienware 15 R4, or Aorus X9 turn to the Core i9-8950HK instead. Does Eurocom's unique approach really benefit gamers when compared to the numerous mobile i7 and i9 alternatives?

Our unit today is similar in design to the Sky X7E2 and three-year old Sky DLX7 and so we recommend checking out these existing reviews for more information on chassis quality and its features. We will instead focus on the performance of the Sky X7C and what the Core i7-8086K can bring to the table.

Full configuration options for the Sky X7C can be found on its official product page here.

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Eurocom Sky X7C (Sky Series)
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1657 MHz, Memory: 10010 MHz, GDDR5X, 398.11
Memory
65536 MB 
, PC4-24000 DDR4 Corsair, 1499.6 MHz, 16-18-18-39, Dual-Channel
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 3840 x 2160 pixel 255 PPI, AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, ID: AUO109B, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel Z370 (Kaby Lake)
Storage
2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0), 1024 GB 
Soundcard
NVIDIA GP104 - High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
5 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 1 USB 3.1 Gen2, 1 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 3 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm external 7.1CH audio output; headphone out, microphone in, S/PDIF and Line-in port;, Card Reader: SDXC reader, 1 Fingerprint Reader
Networking
Killer E2500 Gigabit Ethernet Controller (10/100/1000MBit), Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter (a/b/g/h/n/ac), Bluetooth 5.0
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 39.9 x 418 x 295 ( = 1.57 x 16.46 x 11.61 in)
Battery
82 Wh, 5200 mAh Lithium-Ion, removeable
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: 2 MP
Additional features
Speakers: Stereo 2.2 W + 2.5 W subwoofer, Keyboard: Beveled, Keyboard Light: yes, Service manual, extra screws, drivers disc, thermal paste, 2.5-inch drive brackets, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
4.44 kg ( = 156.62 oz / 9.79 pounds), Power Supply: 1.54 kg ( = 54.32 oz / 3.4 pounds)
Price
3000 USD

 

Connectivity

Ports are distributed evenly between the three edges of the system. Our one major complaint lies in the power cord as the rigid cable is thick and it must be plugged in a certain orientation. It's an annoyance similar to plugging in USB Type-A devices.

Another small nitpick is the 1 Gbit RJ-45 port as competing MSI laptops have been shipping with 10 Gbit RJ-45 ports since last year.

Left: Gigabit RJ-45, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, SD reader
Left: Gigabit RJ-45, Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.0 Type-C, 2x USB 3.0, SD reader
Rear: HDMI 2.0, 2x mini DisplayPort 1.3, AC adapter
Rear: HDMI 2.0, 2x mini DisplayPort 1.3, AC adapter
Right: 3.5 mm 7.1 audio out, earphones, microphone-in, S/PDIF line-in, 2x USB 3.0, Kensington Lock
Right: 3.5 mm 7.1 audio out, earphones, microphone-in, S/PDIF line-in, 2x USB 3.0, Kensington Lock

SD Card Reader

The spring-loaded SD card reader supports UHS-II transfer rates. Moving 1 GB worth of photos from our test card to desktop takes only 5 seconds compared to 13 seconds on the MSI GT75.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Asus Chimera G703GI
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
198 MB/s ∼100% +2%
Eurocom Sky X7C
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
194.3 MB/s ∼98%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
80 MB/s ∼40% -59%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
78 MB/s ∼39% -60%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Asus Chimera G703GI
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
246 MB/s ∼100% +17%
Eurocom Sky X7C
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
209.48 MB/s ∼85%
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼35% -58%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
  (Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II)
87 MB/s ∼35% -58%

Communication

Like the Intel 9560, the Killer 1550 promises speeds of up to 1.73 Gbps. Our setup is limited to 1 Gbps and so our test results are much lower. We didn't experience any connectivity issues during our time with the review unit.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
686 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
681 MBit/s ∼99% +2%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
670 MBit/s ∼98%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
655 MBit/s ∼95% -2%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Asus Chimera G703GI
Intel Wireless-AC 9560
690 MBit/s ∼100% +2%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
681 MBit/s ∼99% 0%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Killer Wireless-AC 1550 Wireless Network Adapter
679 MBit/s ∼98%
Aorus X7 DT v8
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
599 MBit/s ∼87% -12%

Accessories

Eurocom offers more extras in the box than competitors since the reseller encourages end-user tinkering. Additional screws, service manual, drivers disc, 2.5-inch SATA III brackets, pads, and 0.6 g of thermal paste are all included. A velvet cleaning cloth is conspicuously absent and we're hoping to see a USB stick instead of a disc in the future.

Maintenance

Unsurprisingly, serviceability is very easy and requires only a Philips screwdriver. Both the CPU and GPU are upgradeable unlike on most other gaming laptops in the market. Note that the processors do not share heat pipes for even easier upgrading unlike on the older Sky X7E2 or DLX7. Eurocom offers hard-to-find MXM GPUs for sale should owners want to swap out the GTX 1080.

(Source: Eurocom)
(Source: Eurocom)
(Source: Eurocom)
(Source: Eurocom)

Warranty

A one-year limited warranty applies with optional extensions of up to three years. We're hoping that future Eurocom laptops will have two-year warranties as standard since competitors like Aorus and EVGA offer two-year warranties by default.

Input Devices

Keyboard and Touchpad

The keyboards and trackpads of Clevo systems have always been very consistent between models and the Sky X7C is no different. Users will find key feedback to be very similar to the Sky X4C, X9C, and Schenker XMG Ultra 15 with firm pressure points and moderate clatter. The trackpad (10.8 x 6.2 cm) is about as large as the one of the XPS 15 (10.5 x 8.5 cm) but with dedicated mouse keys for increased precision and easier dragging and dropping.

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Display

The Sky X7C has one of the widest range of display options available for a 17.3-inch notebook with a total of 6 different panels to choose from. Our particular test unit is equipped with a 4K UHD AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0 IPS panel that promises full AdobeRGB coverage. This exact same panel can also be found on the Sky DLX7, MSI GT73, Schenker XMG U726, and the Acer Predator 17. As a result, our Sky X7C shares very similar display properties as the aforementioned alternatives. Sharp IGZO panels as found on the XPS 15 or Razer Blade 15 (i7-8750H, GTX 1060 Max-Q, FHD) Laptop ReviewRazer Blade series are not available on the Eurocom nor are any touchscreen features.

Backlight bleeding is moderate around the top edge of the screen as shown by our picture below. Onscreen content is sharp without any graininess issues despite the matte panel.

Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
Moderate uneven backlight bleeding
RGB subpixel array
RGB subpixel array
317.4
cd/m²
326.7
cd/m²
339.9
cd/m²
334.3
cd/m²
333
cd/m²
352
cd/m²
323.3
cd/m²
310.1
cd/m²
333.9
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 352 cd/m² Average: 330.1 cd/m² Minimum: 16.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 88 %
Center on Battery: 333 cd/m²
Contrast: 833:1 (Black: 0.4 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 5.87 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 4.59
ΔE Greyscale 4.5 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
100% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 88% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.34
Eurocom Sky X7C
AU Optronics B173ZAN01.0, IPS, 17.3, 3840x2160
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
CMN N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN, 17.3, 1920x1080
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
CV69H_173WF4 (LGD0459), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Asus Chimera G703GI
B173HAN03.2 (AUO329D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Aorus X7 DT v8
AU Optronics B173HAN03.0 (AUO309D), IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Sharp LQ173D1JW33 (SHP145A), IGZO, 17.3, 3840x2160
Response Times
79%
14%
72%
54%
-51%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
38.4 (18, 20.4)
8 (4.4, 3.6)
79%
33 (13, 20)
14%
6.4 (3.4, 3)
83%
18 (8.8, 9.2)
53%
60.8 (28.8, 32)
-58%
Response Time Black / White *
26.8 (15.6, 11.2)
5.6 (3.8, 1.8)
79%
23 (5, 18)
14%
10.8 (6, 4.8)
60%
12 (6.8, 5.2)
55%
38.4 (22, 16.4)
-43%
PWM Frequency
26000 (19)
204.9 (20)
Screen
22%
-3%
19%
21%
1%
Brightness middle
333
240
-28%
360
8%
285
-14%
297
-11%
230
-31%
Brightness
330
248
-25%
336
2%
275
-17%
281
-15%
207
-37%
Brightness Distribution
88
83
-6%
90
2%
82
-7%
84
-5%
83
-6%
Black Level *
0.4
0.22
45%
0.44
-10%
0.22
45%
0.23
42%
0.2
50%
Contrast
833
1091
31%
818
-2%
1295
55%
1291
55%
1150
38%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
5.87
2.14
64%
4.76
19%
3.18
46%
2.19
63%
5.62
4%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
9.74
5.04
48%
10.8
-11%
5.99
39%
4.81
51%
10.24
-5%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
4.59
1.54
66%
1.73
62%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
4.5
1.62
64%
3.69
18%
2.93
35%
1.31
71%
4.54
-1%
Gamma
2.34 103%
2.28 105%
2.24 107%
2.45 98%
2.42 99%
2.36 102%
CCT
6384 102%
6846 95%
6091 107%
7165 91%
6464 101%
6625 98%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
88
77
-12%
55
-37%
60
-32%
59
-33%
88
0%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
100
100
0%
84
-16%
93
-7%
91
-9%
100
0%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
51% / 31%
6% / 0%
46% / 27%
38% / 26%
-25% / -7%

* ... smaller is better

Color space covers the entirety of sRGB and approximately 88 percent of AdobeRGB to appeal to professional graphic artists. Even subjectively, colors appear much deeper and clearer than on budget or mainstream Ultrabooks.

vs. sRGB
vs. sRGB
vs. AdobeRGB
vs. AdobeRGB

Further measurements with a X-Rite spectrophotometer reveal average grayscale and colors. Our attempts to calibrate the display result in improved grayscale levels, but colors are still inaccurate against the sRGB standard. The panel is clearly able to reproduce the entire sRGB spectrum and so additional calibration may be required to get the most out of the display. Eurocom offers individually calibrated ICC profiles against the AdobeRGB standard for an additional charge.

Grayscale before calibration
Grayscale before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
Saturation Sweeps before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
ColorChecker before calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Grayscale after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
Saturation Sweeps after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration
ColorChecker after calibration

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
26.8 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 15.6 ms rise
↘ 11.2 ms fall
The screen shows relatively slow response rates in our tests and may be too slow for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 53 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
38.4 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 18 ms rise
↘ 20.4 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 38 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8821 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Outdoor visibility is average under shade but otherwise poor on a bright day due to unavoidable glare. Gaming laptops of this caliber are not designed to be used outdoors for extended periods. Viewing angles are very wide with no major shifts in color or contrast.

Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors under shade
Outdoors on overcast day
Outdoors on overcast day
Wide IPS viewing angles
Wide IPS viewing angles

Performance

The defining feature of the Sky X7C is its hexa-core Core i7-8086K desktop CPU. This processor promises to be 300 MHz faster than the Core i7-8700K in both base clock rate (4.0 GHz vs. 3.7 GHz) and Turbo Boost clock rate (5.0 GHz vs. 4.7 GHz) with integrated vPro features. Both CPUs are otherwise identical in cache (12 MB), TDP (95 W), and socket type (FCLGA 1151). The integrated UHD Graphics 630 GPU is disabled in order to offer G-Sync.

It's important to note that the performance tests below were performed on the stock version of Clevo Control Center and Nvidia driver version 398.11 unless otherwise stated.

Processor

CPU performance is one of the highest in our database. The Core i7-8750H as found on most newer high-end gaming laptops is about 15 to 25 percent slower than our i7-8086K according to CineBench benchmarks. When compared to the i7-8700K, however, expect only a 5 to 10 percent performance boost. The vaunted Core i9-8950HK is also merely just a few percentage points behind.

Turbo Boost potential is poor. Running CineBench R15 Multi-Thread in a loop results in an initial high score of 1407 points before falling to around 1350 points. The small 4 percent drop is very minor especially for gaming purposes.

CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R10 32-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R11.5 64-bit
CineBench R15
CineBench R15
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
207 Points ∼100%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
199 Points ∼96% -4%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
190 Points ∼92% -8%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
190 Points ∼92% -8%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
185 Points ∼89% -11%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Intel Core i7-8750H
174 Points ∼84% -16%
AMD Ryzen 1800X
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
162 Points ∼78% -22%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
162 Points ∼78% -22%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
149 Points ∼72% -28%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
144 Points ∼70% -30%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
142 Points ∼69% -31%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
138 Points ∼67% -33%
CPU Multi 64Bit
AMD Ryzen 1800X
AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
1619 Points ∼55% +15%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1408 Points ∼48% 0%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
1408 Points ∼48%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
1405 (min: 1375.04, max: 1405.28) Points ∼48% 0%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
1388 Points ∼47% -1%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1334 Points ∼45% -5%
MSI GT63 Titan 8RG-046
Intel Core i7-8750H
1091 Points ∼37% -23%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
897 Points ∼30% -36%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
798 Points ∼27% -43%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
723 Points ∼25% -49%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
681 Points ∼23% -52%
HP Spectre x360 15-ch011nr
Intel Core i7-8550U
523 Points ∼18% -63%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.27 Points ∼97% +3%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.23 Points ∼95% +1%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
2.2 Points ∼94%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
2.19 Points ∼94% 0%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
2.1 Points ∼90% -5%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
1.78 Points ∼76% -19%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
1.64 Points ∼70% -25%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
1.63 Points ∼70% -26%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.62 Points ∼69% -26%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
15.76 Points ∼66% +2%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
15.64 Points ∼65% +1%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
15.41 Points ∼65%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
15.13 Points ∼63% -2%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
15.02 Points ∼63% -3%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
9.78 Points ∼41% -37%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.03 Points ∼34% -48%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
7.48 Points ∼31% -51%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
7.47 Points ∼31% -52%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7423 Points ∼69% +13%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
7413 Points ∼68% +13%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
7222 Points ∼67% +10%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
6978 Points ∼64% +7%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
6541 Points ∼60%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
6115 Points ∼56% -7%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5454 Points ∼50% -17%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
5432 Points ∼50% -17%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
4286 Points ∼40% -34%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
39624 Points ∼80% +20%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
39382 Points ∼79% +19%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
39380 Points ∼79% +19%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
33064 Points ∼66%
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
29330 Points ∼59% -11%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
28189 Points ∼57% -15%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
21883 Points ∼44% -34%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
21752 Points ∼44% -34%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
20324 Points ∼41% -39%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
357.5 s * ∼4% -199%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
229.514 s * ∼3% -92%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
205.94 s * ∼2% -72%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
176.329 s * ∼2% -47%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
119.722 s * ∼1%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
118.6 s * ∼1% +1%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
116.591 s * ∼1% +3%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
Asus GL702ZC-GC104T
AMD Ryzen 7 1700
677.2 Seconds * ∼3% -34%
Aorus X5S v5
Intel Core i7-6700HQ
565.023 Seconds * ∼3% -12%
Asus ROG Strix GL702VI-WB74
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
561.7 Seconds * ∼2% -11%
MSI GV62 8RE-016US
Intel Core i5-8300H
558.56 Seconds * ∼2% -11%
Eurocom Sky X7C
Intel Core i7-8086K
503.822 Seconds * ∼2%
Aorus X9 DT
Intel Core i9-8950HK
481.1 Seconds * ∼2% +5%
Eurocom Sky X9C
Intel Core i7-8700K
452.938 Seconds * ∼2% +10%
no name
Intel Core i7-8700K
442.8 Seconds * ∼2% +12%
Eurocom Tornado F5
Intel Core i7-7700K
440.036 Seconds * ∼2% +13%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
6831
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
33064
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6541
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
91.96 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
15.41 Points
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
2.2 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
155.78 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
1408 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
207 Points
Help

System Performance

PCMark benchmarks are within single-digit percentage points from competitors despite having the Core i7-8086K.

PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 8 Home Accelerated
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 10 - Score
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6607 Points ∼85% +4%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
6558 Points ∼84% +3%
Eurocom Sky X9C
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K, 2x Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe (RAID 0)
6495 Points ∼84% +2%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
6387 Points ∼82% 0%
Eurocom Sky X7C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8086K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
6369 Points ∼82%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
3991 Points ∼51% -37%
PCMark 8 - Home Score Accelerated v2
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
6093 Points ∼100% +24%
Aorus X9 DT
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, Transcend TS1TMTE850
5859 Points ∼96% +19%
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
5720 Points ∼94% +17%
Eurocom Sky X9C
GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K, 2x Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe (RAID 0)
5005 Points ∼82% +2%
Eurocom Sky X7C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8086K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
4908 Points ∼81%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
4531 Points ∼74% -8%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
4908 points
Help

Storage Devices

Up to four internal drives can be installed (2x M.2 2280 PCIe x4 + 2x 2.5-inch SATA III) with support for NVMe, RAID 0/1, and Intel Optane technology. Our specific review unit is equipped with two 1 TB Samsung SSD 970 Pro M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 configuration.

Sequential read and write rates are some of the fastest in our database with each topping out at 3000 to 3300 MB/s according to CrystalDiskMark. The write rate in particular is extremely fast as we rarely see it pass 3000 MB/s even when the SSDs are in RAID configuration. Performance is still slower than our Asus G703GI which utilizes 3 M.2 SSDs in RAID 0 for even faster sequential read and write rates.

See our table of HDDs and SSDs for more benchmark comparisons.

CDM 5
CDM 5
AS SSD
AS SSD
Eurocom Sky X7C
2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
Asus Chimera G703GI
2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
Aorus X7 DT v8
Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Razer Blade Pro 2017
2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
Aorus X9 DT
Transcend TS1TMTE850
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 / 6
-20%
30%
-43%
-28%
-45%
Write 4K
152.2
111.8
-27%
130.2
-14%
88.55
-42%
124
-19%
104.4
-31%
Read 4K
60.4
42.09
-30%
57.33
-5%
30.76
-49%
40.68
-33%
35.69
-41%
Write Seq
3002
2288
-24%
4049
35%
1340
-55%
617.8
-79%
1015
-66%
Read Seq
3329
3321
0%
5325
60%
1362
-59%
2446
-27%
1283
-61%
Write 4K Q32T1
432.9
308.3
-29%
383.2
-11%
305.7
-29%
554.3
28%
308.9
-29%
Read 4K Q32T1
494
364.9
-26%
424.9
-14%
366.8
-26%
627.1
27%
371.9
-25%
Write Seq Q32T1
3391
2440
-28%
4316
27%
1562
-54%
620.4
-82%
1056
-69%
Read Seq Q32T1
3405
3485
2%
8905
162%
2414
-29%
2228
-35%
2204
-35%
2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3405 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 3391 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 494 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 432.9 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 3329 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 3002 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 60.4 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 152.2 MB/s

GPU Performance

3DMark 11
3DMark 11

The GeForce GTX 1080 is performing where we expect it to be when compared to other GPUs in our database. The desktop GTX 1080 still provides about 15 to 20 percent more raw graphics power than the laptop variant.

Performance when gaming is below average for the GTX 1080 not unlike on the Eurocom Q8. Running Witcher 3 at 1080p and Ultra settings returns an average frame rate of 62 FPS compared to almost 80 FPS on the Alienware 17 R4, Asus G703, or Aorus X9 DT. The buggy Control Center is to blame as frame rates return to normal after disabling the Clevo software.

See our page on the GTX 1080 GPU for more technical information and gaming benchmark comparisons.

3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Eurocom Sky X7C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8086K
14228 Points ∼81%
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K
14119 Points ∼80% -1%
Eurocom Q8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
12215 Points ∼70% -14%
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
11498 Points ∼65% -19%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (7533 - 14228, n=25)
11220 Points ∼64% -21%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
10351 Points ∼59% -27%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
9771 Points ∼56% -31%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
8935 Points ∼51% -37%
Eurocom X8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI, 4940MX
8693 Points ∼49% -39%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
8343 Points ∼47% -41%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 1600
7838 Points ∼45% -45%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Eurocom Sky X9C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 8700K
46773 Points ∼92% +71%
MSI Gaming X GeForce GTX 1080 Desktop PC
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
32126 Points ∼63% +18%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop)
  (24868 - 31412, n=25)
28086 Points ∼55% +3%
Eurocom Sky X7C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8086K
27275 Points ∼53%
Asus Zephyrus GX501
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
23540 Points ∼46% -14%
Eurocom X8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M SLI, 4940MX
22072 Points ∼43% -19%
Eurocom Q8
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 (Laptop), 8950HK
21286 Points ∼42% -22%
Eurocom Q6
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
18363 Points ∼36% -33%
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC-GC204T
AMD Radeon RX 580 (Laptop), 1600
15182 Points ∼30% -44%
Asus Strix GL703GM-DS74
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 8750H
14528 Points ∼28% -47%
Asus Strix GL502VY-DS71
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ
12472 Points ∼24% -54%
3DMark 11 Performance
22653 points
Help
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 379.5320.7303.4178.5fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 72fps

Stress Test

We stress the system with synthetic loads to identify for any potential throttling or stability issues. When running Prime95, the CPU can be observed operating at 4.3 GHz for the first few seconds until core temperature reaches 87 C. Once this threshold is reached, the clock rate will drop and stabilize at 4.0 GHz or the base clock rate of the i7-8086K in order to maintain a cooler temperature of 83 C. The results mirror our CineBench loop test from above and confirms that the CPU is unable to benefit from Turbo Boost for extended periods. Core temperatures and clock rates will throttle even further if subjected to maximum CPU and GPU stress.

Strangely, running only FurMark to stress the GPU will cause the GPU clock to fluctuate between 1405 and 1582 MHz. Running Witcher 3 shows wildly fluctuating frame rates as illustrated by our graph below due to a bug in the current version of Control Center. Killing the program via the task manager alleviates the issue.

Running on batteries will limit CPU and GPU performance. A 3DMark 11 run on battery power returns Physics and Graphics scores of 10142 and 17354 points, respectively, compared to 15596 and 27275 points when on mains.

System idle
System idle
Prime95 stress
Prime95 stress
FurMark stress
FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
Prime95+FurMark stress
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The Witcher 3 ultra. Red represents frames per second with Control Center active while Orange is with Control Center disabled. The results mirror our experience on the Eurocom Q8.
Witcher 3 stress
Witcher 3 stress
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 4.0 -- 83 --
FurMark Stress -- 1405 - 1582 -- 80 - 82
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.2 1405 73 64
Witcher 3 Stress 4.4 1405 56 65

Emissions

System Noise

The peaks are relatively low in frequency and not as high-pitched as on other notebooks
The peaks are relatively low in frequency and not as high-pitched as on other notebooks

The cooling solution consists of twin fans and six heat pipes. The Eurocom is quiet but audible in the 29 to 34 dB(A) range during low loads like word processing, browsing, or streaming. When gaming, the system runs significantly quieter than the competition at just 42 dB(A). This is again likely due to the Control Center software throttling frame rates when gaming.

We can notice no electronic noise or coil whine from our test unit.

Noise Level

Idle
28.2 / 28.2 / 29 dB(A)
Load
41.8 / 42.2 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   Audix TM1, Arta (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.2 dB(A)
Eurocom Sky X7C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8086K, 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0)
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
GeForce GTX 980M, 6700HQ, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB
Asus Chimera G703GI
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8950HK, 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID)
Aorus X7 DT v8
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8850H, Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
Noise
-22%
-9%
-21%
-22%
-15%
off / environment *
28.2
30
-6%
30
-6%
29
-3%
29
-3%
30
-6%
Idle Minimum *
28.2
32
-13%
31
-10%
30
-6%
35
-24%
30
-6%
Idle Average *
28.2
34
-21%
32
-13%
34
-21%
36
-28%
31
-10%
Idle Maximum *
29
37
-28%
33
-14%
42
-45%
41
-41%
33
-14%
Load Average *
41.8
43
-3%
38
9%
53
-27%
43
-3%
43
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
42.2
57
-35%
51
-21%
53
-26%
55
-30%
Load Maximum *
42.2
62
-47%
50
-18%
53
-26%
54
-28%
58
-37%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Maximum load
Maximum load

The relatively thick design means the system can remain cooler than many of its competitors despite having two very demanding processors inside. Nonetheless, hot spots can be easily identified. The center of the keyboard can be as warm as 28 C compared to 21 C on the palm rests when the system is idling.

Gaming loads will cause the keyboard center to be as warm as 38 C. Fortunately, the palm rests, WASD keys, and NumPad all remain relatively cool for comfortable gaming. 

System idle (top)
System idle (top)
System idle (bottom)
System idle (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (top)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Witcher 3 stress (bottom)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (top)
Maximum load (bottom)
Maximum load (bottom)
Max. Load
 35.2 °C
95 F
38 °C
100 F
30.2 °C
86 F
 
 29.8 °C
86 F
42 °C
108 F
28.6 °C
83 F
 
 24.6 °C
76 F
24.8 °C
77 F
22.2 °C
72 F
 
Maximum: 42 °C = 108 F
Average: 30.6 °C = 87 F
37.4 °C
99 F
33.8 °C
93 F
40.2 °C
104 F
25 °C
77 F
25.6 °C
78 F
29 °C
84 F
23 °C
73 F
24.4 °C
76 F
25.4 °C
78 F
Maximum: 40.2 °C = 104 F
Average: 29.3 °C = 85 F
Power Supply (max.)  43 °C = 109 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini IR Thermometer

Speakers

Pink noise
Pink noise

Sound quality from the stereo 2.2 W speakers and 2.5 W subwoofer is excellent. As our pink noise graph below shows, frequencies are reproduced more evenly across a wider range when compared to other laptops for a balanced audio experience. The palm rest will reverberate moderately due to the bass, but there is thankfully no static or clicking.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2034.940.42536.235.23133.334.44031.933.25032.234.46333.433.98029.636.210029.147.81252952.71602856.520027.153.325026.851.831525.457.940025.255.750024.961.763024.259.980023.960.8100023.759.5125023.563.2160023.260200023.260.7250023.159.9315023.156400023.158.7500023.158.763002359.5800023.158.7100002356.61250022.856.11600022.953.6SPL35.671.8N2.531median 23.5Eurocom Sky X7Cmedian 58.7Delta1.92.935.335.132.931.831.83236.535.132.428.93328.936.328.848.32761.52752.924.860.92462.822.763.32269.521.267.82174.82075.919.472.718.97117.770.117.86917.671.817.668.117.671.417.673.717.670.417.571.617.671.617.669.617.459.717.583.630.662.51.5median 69.6Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHzmedian 17.84.62.4hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
Frequency diagram (checkboxes can be checked and unchecked to compare devices)
Eurocom Sky X7C audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (63.2 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 5.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of mids is average (7% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 1% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.6% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (8% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 1% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 1% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 99% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Apple MacBook 12 (Early 2016) 1.1 GHz audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (83.6 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 11.3% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (14.2% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 2.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (5.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2% away from median
(+) | highs are linear (4.5% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 2% of all tested devices in this class were better, 1% similar, 97% worse
» The best had a delta of 8%, average was 19%, worst was 47%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Energy Management

Power Consumption

Consumption when idling ranges from 33 W to 42 W depending on the brightness level and power profile. Results are very similar to Coffee Lake-H Core i7 and i9 laptops despite carrying a full-fledged desktop CPU.

Running Witcher 3 consumes only 153 W compared to over 200 W on competing models as shown by our table below. The wide delta could be explained by the throttling behavior of the GPU and the buggy Control Center affecting performance. Maximum load draws an average of 220 W over a 90-second period from a large (~20 x 10 x 4.5 cm) 330 W AC adapter. This exact same Lite-On AC adapter is also used on some other gaming PCs such as the MSI Trident 3 or Zotac ZBox.

Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before dropping due to unsustainable Turbo Boost
Prime95 initiated at 20s mark. Consumption is highest for the first few seconds before dropping due to unsustainable Turbo Boost
FurMark initiated at 20s mark. The periodic spike in consumption mirrors the cycling GPU clock rate in our FurMark test above
FurMark initiated at 20s mark. The periodic spike in consumption mirrors the cycling GPU clock rate in our FurMark test above
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 20s mark. Consumption jumps to 323 W before quickly falling and stabilizing at around 200 W
Prime95+FurMark initiated at 20s mark. Consumption jumps to 323 W before quickly falling and stabilizing at around 200 W
Consumption is steady when running Witcher 3
Consumption is steady when running Witcher 3
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.33 / 1.84 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 33.3 / 40.1 / 42.1 Watt
Load midlight 95.6 / 220 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
Eurocom Sky X7C
8086K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SSD 970 Pro 512GB (RAID 0), IPS, 3840x2160, 17.3
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP (RAID 0), TN, 1920x1080, 17.3
Alienware 17 R3 (A17-9935)
6700HQ, GeForce GTX 980M, Samsung PM951 NVMe 512 GB, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Intel 760p 512 GB + 1x Samsung SM961 512 GB (RAID), IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Toshiba NVMe THNSN5512GPU7, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Razer Blade Pro 2017
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0), IGZO, 3840x2160, 17.3
Aorus X9 DT
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Transcend TS1TMTE850, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Power Consumption
-28%
35%
-27%
-6%
-9%
-19%
Idle Minimum *
33.3
31
7%
12
64%
29
13%
23
31%
31
7%
28
16%
Idle Average *
40.1
35
13%
18
55%
37
8%
33
18%
36
10%
37
8%
Idle Maximum *
42.1
45
-7%
26
38%
46
-9%
37
12%
44
-5%
40
5%
Load Average *
95.6
130
-36%
95
1%
156
-63%
115
-20%
107
-12%
109
-14%
Load Maximum *
220
374
-70%
188
15%
314
-43%
281
-28%
258
-17%
353
-60%
Witcher 3 ultra *
152.9
268
-75%
252
-65%
225
-47%
212
-39%
256
-67%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 82 Wh battery is slightly smaller in capacity than on the Aorus X7, Razer Blade Pro, or Alienware 17 R4. In return, the battery pack is easily removable on the Eurocom. Expect about two hours of real-world WLAN use on a full charge.

Charging from empty to full capacity takes just over two hours.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
2h 23min
Eurocom Sky X7C
8086K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 82 Wh
MSI GT75 8RG-090 Titan
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 75 Wh
Asus Chimera G703GI
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 71 Wh
Aorus X7 DT v8
8850H, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 2017
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Eurocom Sky X9C
8700K, GeForce GTX 1080 SLI (Laptop), 89 Wh
Aorus X9 DT
8950HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Battery Runtime
-9%
59%
38%
-45%
33%
Reader / Idle
225
169
296
253
83
252
WiFi v1.3
143
130
-9%
228
59%
197
38%
78
-45%
190
33%
Load
63
51
80
81
47
77

Pros

+ wide configuration options
+ 4x internal storage bays
+ good sound quality
+ removable battery
+ easy serviceability
+ LGA 1151 socket
+ Thunderbolt 3

Cons

- buggy software - be sure to update the system!
- acceptable temperatures when gaming
- limited Turbo Boost sustainability
- heavy and pricey
- short battery life

Verdict

In review: Eurocom Sky X7C. Test model provided by Eurocom
In review: Eurocom Sky X7C. Test model provided by Eurocom

Before giving our thoughts on the Sky X7C, it's imperative that owners of the system update their software to the latest version here. Older versions of Control Center are confirmed to have a bug where the GPU will throttle under certain gaming applications like Witcher 3. Unfortunately for us, our test unit shipped with the bugged version of the software and so our test results reflect this stock configuration. We observed the exact same results on our recent Eurocom Q8 review as well.

With our forewarning out of the way, the stock Core i7-8086K in the Eurocom is at best 5 to 10 percent faster in raw performance than both the i7-8700K in the Sky X9C and i9-8950HK in the Aorus X9 DT. Full load at the base clock rate of 4.0 GHz will already induce a steady core temperature of 83 C. The performance benefits when gaming are marginal to say the least. 

The best aspect of the Sky X7C continues to be its modularity. Enthusiasts who crave every ounce of multi-core performance may want to consider the less expensive Ryzen 1800X over the i7-8086K. Until such AMD options become available, however, the Sky X7C is still the ultimate DTR in the 17-inch space.

The Sky X7C houses the fastest Intel CPU currently available for a mobile form factor. Nonetheless. we're hopeful that Threadripper options will become available in the future simply because AMD has been extremely competitive in the desktop space as of late.

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Allen Ngo, 2018-08- 8 (Update: 2018-08- 8)
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