Eurocom announces 17.3-inch Sky X9 with desktop GTX 980 graphics and Skylake CPU
The big guns are starting to come out now that the GTX 980 for notebooks has been formally announced. MSI, Asus, and now Eurocom will all be offering notebooks with the GTX 980 sometime before the end of the year. An Aorus model is expected to come a little later as well.
The Sky X9 is Eurocom's latest in its insane lineup of Clevo-based gaming notebooks. The chassis has been completely redesigned in order to accommodate the removable GTX 980 GPU. Additionally, its LGA 1151 CPU socket will accept desktop Skylake processors as well. In essence, this is a desktop in a laptop form factor with overclocking potential thrown in for good measure.
“EUROCOM Sky X9 users can now have desktop CPU and GPU performance in a laptop to easily carry with them in a backpack”, says Eurocom President Mark Bialic. Perhaps more notably, users can choose to configure the notebook with GTX 980M SLI or a single GTX 980. Whether or not this can only be done at the OEM level, however, is currently unknown, but this appears to be the case as the system cannot have both MXM 3.0b and 3.0c ports simultaneously.
We could easily spend the next 20 minutes listing the amount of hardware features and configuration options available for the Sky X9, but it would be simpler to just visit the product page for the full list. In short, the notebook can be equipped with up to a Core i7-6700K CPU, 64 GB DDR4 RAM, GTX 980 GPU with G-Sync, 4K (3840 x 2160) matte IPS display, four storage bays (2x 2.5-inch, 2x PCIe x4), M.2 WiFi module, and HDMI 2.0.
We're certainly looking forward to checking this one out for everyone as soon as possible. Prices start at about $2600 USD and can easily run almost twice that amount with higher configuration options.