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Eurocom goes full bore with the D900C PHANTOM-X Mobile Workstation

It wasn't long ago when purchasing a notebook computer meant compromising on performance. Over the past few years, AMD and Intel have made great strides to improve mobile processor performance and provide feature-filled supporting chipsets.

There likely aren't many that would complain about the processing power of today's high-end dual-core notebooks, but for those that crave more power, Eurocom is laying it on thick. The company announced today that its D900C PHANTOM-X Mobile Workstation will be available with Core 2 Quad processors.

Quad-core offering will include the 1066MHz FSB Q6600 and Q6700 Core 2 Quad processors along with 1333 MHz FSB E6x50 Core 2 Duo processors. In addition, graphics options include the NVIDIA GeForce Go 7950 GTX, GeForce Go 8700 GT or  NVIDIA Quadro FX1600M running in single-card or SLI mode.

Eurocom, however, doesn't stop there. Up to 750GB of storage space is supported with 750GB with RAID 0/1/5 via a SATA-300 interface. Customers also have the choice of a multi-DVD burner or a Blu-ray drive to handle optical storage/HD playback needs.

Other features include an integrated 1.3MP webcam, Bluetooth 2.0+EDR, 802.11n or SuperG 108 wireless networking, internal HDTV tuner and a theater audio system.

"It's a workstation-caliber PC complete with Uninterrupted Power Supply (UPS) in a notebook form factor," said Eurocom president Mark Bialic. "It may be large, but this is one extremely fast notebook that replaces desktop based workstation with over 1 hour of built-in UPS battery."

The D900C PHANTOM-X measures 15.8" x 11.9" x 2.05" and weighs in at under 12 pounds. Prices start at $2,726 USD for a 17.1” base system with Core 2 Duo E6600 processor.

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By Flunk on 7/31/2007 2:49:55 PM , Rating: 4
Don't all notebooks have an uninterruptable power supply (battery)?

By johnsonx on 7/31/2007 2:55:08 PM , Rating: 2
The point is that it is equivalent to a desktop workstation with built-in battery backup. Not only that, the battery lasts for an hour which makes it equivalent to a rather expensive long runtime UPS.

By omnicronx on 7/31/07, Rating: 0
By miahallen on 7/31/2007 3:27:07 PM , Rating: 2
Think about it...UPS = "uninterupter power supply"....that's what all laptops have in them, duh?! Just like johnsonx said
it is equivalent to a desktop workstation with built-in battery backup

That's the point Eurocom is tring to make. It's a powerhouse that could easily replace a proper workstation. One concern with any proper workstation is the UPS, but they've got that covered.

By Moishe on 7/31/2007 3:36:27 PM , Rating: 2
If you look at it from the laptop point of view, it sucks... 1 hr is low for a laptop... but from a desktop POV the 1 hr UPS isn't bad at all. Smart marketing.

By omnicronx on 7/31/07, Rating: -1
By S3anister on 7/31/2007 3:49:44 PM , Rating: 2
The point is that it's PORTABLE!

By JeffDM on 7/31/2007 10:15:56 PM , Rating: 3
Basically, yes, but it's large enough that I would call it a luggable, not a notebook.

By Griswold on 7/31/2007 4:04:09 PM , Rating: 2
Not a single word mentions the screen. It better be a first class display if they want to market this as a portable workstation.

RE: Suspicious
By Haltech on 7/31/2007 4:12:21 PM , Rating: 2
website says 17 inch 1920x1200

RE: Suspicious
By Samus on 7/31/2007 8:10:45 PM , Rating: 2
damn that's a sweet ass portable computer.

RE: Suspicious
By IckesTheSane on 8/1/2007 12:38:16 PM , Rating: 2
Your comment made my day. Here's why:

By Duraz0rz on 7/31/2007 2:47:32 PM , Rating: 1
space heater in your lap, Batman!

Actually, that's a decent price for a portable workstation.

RE: Holy...
By KingstonU on 7/31/2007 2:53:22 PM , Rating: 2
This begins to be tempting when you don't feel like buying both a computer and a laptop. If I was to get a laptop it would only be for rare occasions where I would use the portability so the weight doesn't matter. Hence 'desktop replacement".

RE: Holy...
By Frumious1 on 7/31/2007 4:50:11 PM , Rating: 2
Of course, "starts at $2726" really means nothing. That's a single 100GB HDD, a single GPU, and an E6600 CPU. Put in Q6600, dual GPUs, and three 250GB hard drives in RAID 5 and you're quickly up to a price of $5400. Not so great a deal anymore, is it?

RE: Holy...
By JeffDM on 7/31/2007 10:22:05 PM , Rating: 2
Personal workstations can go for a lot more than that. If you actually need the performance in a mobile system, it's available, at a price that is pretty good for a 2" thick luggable. Quadros aren't cheap.

If you just want the performance and don't care about mobility, then it's no good for you.

It's all about trade-offs.

I think they left out something
By FITCamaro on 7/31/2007 3:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
What no "little red button" to trigger a nuclear detonation?

I'm all for desktop replacements but isn't RAID 5 in a laptop overkill? I thought my Sager 5680 was huge.

By johnsonx on 7/31/2007 6:01:20 PM , Rating: 3
Three 2.5" drives in RAID-5 nets you 500GB of fault-tolerant storage. If you can only have 2 drives, then you're limited to 250Gb mirrored or 500Gb striped with no fault tolerance. For the target audience of this laptop, fault tolerance is a key selling point, and only 250GB might not be enough.

Like EVERY feature of EVERY product EVER created, if you don't need it then it's overkill. But if you do need it, then it isn't.

RE: I think they left out something
By psyph3r on 7/31/2007 8:31:38 PM , Rating: 2
if you only check your email and play bejeweled then...yeah it's overkill. I could certainly use that power and reliability.

By doggie96 on 8/1/2007 7:47:48 AM , Rating: 2
"D900C: Blue Case
D901C: Black Case (Sager NP9260)

We want to explain to our customers the reason why we are not using the Q6600 Quad Core processor in our NP9260 unit, and why modifying your unit by adding that processor will void your warranty and release Sager from all liability relating to the malfunctioning of the unit.

While Sager does its best to bring leading technology to our customers, we can not ignore the lab test result from Clevo.

Per Sager’s request Clevo has conducted multiple tests to determine whether the Q6600 Quad Core processor is usable in the current Sager NP9260 (Clevo D901C Black color). While the system will accept the processor and boot up, due to hardware specifications it will cause system failure if used long term.

While you may have read that the Intel X6800 and the Q6600 are very similar in thermal and wattage, that is not the case. Reports showing these similarities have not been run in real life applications and uncontrolled environmental conditions.

The fact is:

Intel X6800 is a 75 watt sku
Intel Q6600 is a 105 watt sku

This puts the Intel Q6600 Quad Core 30 watts over specification. This can increase by an additional 10 to 15 watts under extreme max load conditions. This wattage increase brings additional heat and often will be combined with environmental temperature. A few benchmarks simply do not show the real world long term effect on the system.

Rest assured that we are constantly working to use the latest and greatest technology in our units. And we have requested Clevo to continue working to enable Quad-Core functionality. However, we are also committed to providing our customers with a product that will work reliably in the long term. In this case, using the Q6600 in the NP9260 would not accomplish that goal."


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