Jump to content
Sign in to follow this  
Brian

The Ultimate Desktop Replacement: EUROCOM Sky DLX7

Recommended Posts

These days a lot of the rage is in thin and light notebooks and while that is fine for a lot of people, there is a substantial number of performance enthusiasts (especially found on this website) that want the exact opposite. This group of enthusiast demands the pinnacle of performance built right into the notebook and not a thin and light compromise saddled with an Intel BGA processor and soldered GPU.

 

Well Clevo and Eurocom are listening and Eurocom let us know that they have launched the new Sky DLX7 notebook that is aimed squarely at those aforementioned enthusiasts. But you don't have to be a gamer to want this DTR (desktop replacement) because it will offer the same amount of productivity as any formidable desktop, especially with it's 17.3" display with 4k resolution and 64 GB of DDR4 RAM. It can also support up to 4 active displays thanks to its two mini Display Ports, USB 3.1 and HDMI 2. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

m343_2.thumb.jpg.5bee8d1d55fc31ce21aa9aam343_1.thumb.jpg.62b43d80a257ed2d9f64137m343_4.thumb.jpg.a3777990d5676bf8ea4a2ffm343_5.thumb.jpg.93d57bc013b96841aa14fd9

 

The Sky DLX7 uses Intel's latest Z170 chipset with socket LGA 1151 which allows it to support the latest 14nm Skylake desktop processors up to the Core i7-6700K that operates at 4 GHz and has a turbo boost of 4.2 GHz. In addition, the CPU can be further overclocked for true high end desktop level performance. For those that like to keep upgrading their notebooks, the Sky DLX7 supports MXM 3.0b graphics cards such as the NVIDIA GTX 980 desktop (full desktop level card in an MXM package) and professional Quadro mobile cards. 

 

m343_10.thumb.jpg.f1c6ed4b980591029fb513

 

Unlike many competing notebooks, this DTR won't have trouble keeping itself cool as it features high capacity copper heatsinks and fans to keep things chilled. 

 

m343_6.thumb.jpg.970322023a2a9f208a03a29m343_9.thumb.jpg.2a8f9cf0f2c3a9ae5b550f8m343_7.thumb.jpg.f36ac2dfc7f87ed4057dd60

 

There doesn't appear to be a shortage of space either as it can support two 9.5 mm HDD or SSD bays and two M.2 SSD PCIe x 4 SATA drives with RAID 0/1/5/10 availability.  There's no word on final pricing but given all the power this thing packs, it probably can get pricey very quickly. 

 

EUROCOM Sky DLX7 Specifications:

Special Feature(s): Intel Z170 Chipset; Skylake-S; supports both mobile and a desktop based GTX 980 GPU
Main Chipset: Intel Z170 (Skylake)
Processor: Socket LGA 1151
Skylake-S; up to i7-6700K, unlocked
Video / GPU: - MXM 3.0 slot; up to 180W GPU
- NVDIA GeForce GTX 980 (desktop) N16E-GXX MXM 3.0 (83x 115mm)or GTX 980M, 970M, 965M; MXM 3.0b (83x105mm)
Built-in PC Camera: Built-in 2M FHD
Display: 17.3" UHD IPD eDP 3840x2160
Supports 4 active displays
Memory: Four 260-pin, 1.2V, SODIMM sockets 
DDR4-2133/2400; up to 64GB
Total Storage: up to 4 physical drives:
- 2x M.2 2280 SSD PCIe Gen3 2x/4x or SATA
- 2x 2.5" 9.5mm/7mm HDD/SSD/SHDD
- RAID 0/1/5/10
Optical Drive: External USB based
DVD-RW or Blu Ray Burner
Card Reader: 6-in-1 Push-Push Card Reader
MMC/RSMMC SD/mini SD/SDHC/SDXC
UHS-II (SD 4.0)
Audio Architecture: High Definition Audio
S/PDIF Digital Output
Built in array microphone
Built in two 2W speakers and subwoofer
Sound Blaster X-FI MB5
External 7.1CH output (headphone, mic, line-in and S/PDIF)
ANSP 3D Sound Technology (headphone output)
LAN/WLAN/Bluetooth: - WLAN / Bluetooth; M.2 2230 slot
- 1Gigabit Ethernet RJ-45 LAN on-board; Killer E2400
Data and Physical: Kensington Lock
Fingerprint
TPM 2.0 on-board (Infineon SLB9665-TCG)
Internal cards / # of slots/Type: Three M.2 slots 
-1st: WLAN M.2 2230 Card with PCIe x2 and USB (A Key)
-2nd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCIe x2/x4 (M key)
-3rd for SSD M.2 2280 Card with SATA / PCie x2/x4 (M key)
I/O Ports: 1 x USB 3.1 type C / Thunderbolt 3 / DP 1.2 / HDMI 2.0
3 x USB 3.0 
1 x eSATA / USB 3.0 (1x Powered USB AC/DC)
2 x miniDisplay Port 1.2
1 x HDMI 2.0 output
1 x Headphone
1 x Microphone-in
1 x S/PDIF (digital)
1 x Line in
1 x RJ-45 LAN 
1 x DC-in
Internal Keyboard: Backlit full size keyboard with numeric pad
TouchPad with multi-gesture and scrolling
W/A/S/D Gaming key
AC Adapter: 330W 100-240V 50-60Hz Auto-switching (worldwide)
optional 660W (2x 330W) for Extreme Performance
Battery: 8cells Smart Li-Ion; 89W
FexiCharger (via BIOS)
Weight: 3.9kg / 8.58lb with battery
Dimensions WxDxH: 418x295x39.9mm / 16.72x11.81x1.6-inch 

 

 


View full article

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, fatboyslimerr said:

I'm confused, how is this different to the SKY X9? 

 

The difference is the SKY X9 has two MXM 3.0 slots, different speakers and aesthetics from what I see. There may be other differences as well but someone like @Prema or @Mr. Fox would know more.

  • Thumbs Up 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yeah, it shares some similarities, but totally different cosmetically and only a single MXM slot.

 

That looks more like the new and improved equivalent of the Clevo P75xZM "Batman" machine. 

 

Looks like a really nice machine, but the Sky X9 is more robust. Even with the single GTX 980 the heat sink is much larger and should offer better cooling. Both are 17.3" models.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The DLX7 is thinner, lighter and smaller than the Sky X9. 

 

Like @Mr. Fox said it is closer to the P770DM "Batman 2.0" design, but sports a 180W desktop 980. The heatsink is unified, whereas in the Sky X9, each component has its own heatsink. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, both have their trade offs as the Sky X9 is heavier but with option to house a second GPU which is great for those that want absolute max performance and don't mind the trade off in weight. If I were buying a pure gaming laptop today, I'd definitely have a tough time picking between the two but it should be noted that as time passes, SLI is becoming less and less supported by newer engines and developers. In fact, I've stopped using SLI in new games like R6: Siege simply because the scaling is just not there and causes more problems than it solves and those same issues translate over to the mobile side of things. Another issue with SLI is that the min. fps is often the same as a single card so you feel the dips more so than you would a single GPU. 

 

As soon as we get our classified section back up and running, I plan to sell one of my Titan X's and go single GPU for the future.

  • Thumbs Up 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This looks like an evolution/upgrade of the clevo P75x/P77x DM as Mr. Fox and ssj92 have stated above, which is exciting because although the performance increase between haswell and skylake is largely negligible especially when overclocking as enthusiast do it should be more power efficient from the smaller process and some new features like the virtualization that was dropped on the haswell k versions i believe is back for the skylake k versions. So all in all it should be a nice upgrade for users who were looking for the P75x/P77x DM but hadn't pulled the trigger yet. I for one am quite excited for this continuation of proper desktop replacement notebooks, although sadly excitement never makes up for a lack of cash... XP 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  

  • Similar Content

    • By ounces
      After spending significant time and effort to obtain "DC" screen for 8770w (which is essentially a regular IPS panel with fancy board that converts 8bpc LVDS to 10bpc DP), I have finally got and installed one. All works great, except of the one problem...

      It has pretty bad banding / posterization in lower shadows. I have tried profiling it in different modes (full range, sRGB, rec709) - issue persists, and it indeed shows only in the lowest part of the characteristic curve. Mids and highlights are represented fine and show low deviation from reference values.

      GPU is HP K4000M, Nvidia drivers installed "as it is", video-card is identified without a hitch.
      Banding was not present with the original TN panel using the same GPU.
       
      While checking a software side, I have noticed that Win10 has bit depth set to 8-bit...
       

       
      My initial reaction was, - "Easy, let's change it in `nvidia-settings` and we're all set":

      ...but that would be too easy, right? After selecting 10bpc and clicking "Apply" screen went off and back on, only to show that depth stayed at 8bpc. Repeating the above few times yielded exactly the same result and I'm not in a hurry to meet a cliched (and laymen) definition of insanity.
       
      Let's check GPU-Z. So far so good, nothing unusual. Notice the highlighted BIOS version and subvendor string:
       
      Time to delve into other tabs. We are running WDDDM v2.4 which supports GPU dithering, but hey... BIOS version has changed!
       
      Briefly back to `nvidia-settings` to check what is reported by vendor's own utility:

       
      So far, we have two strings for BIOS version:
      80.04.5A.00.02 (let's call it an "A") 80.4.33.0.37 (let's call it a "B")  
      Notice how 2nd one seems to not follow hexademical notation. Lastly, "NVIDIA BIOS" drop-down, reports "A" version:
       
      ...and monitor section which confirms that rig is indeed capable of 10bpc, but currently running at mere 8bpc:

       
      Windows "Adapter settings", reports version "B". It's 2019, diversity is a must.

       
      "NVidia inspector" is of the same opinion:

       
      Now, let's use some seriously legit tools and check-in exported BIOS file in `nvflash`:

       
      Here we have two three interesting findings:
      Reported vendor is Dell, not an HP. See this link for details. BIOS version is back to "A". Have I already mentioned diversity? MXM module uses MX25L2005 flash storage in WSON-8 packaging. If things go real nasty, we should be able to rescue a patient via Pomona clip and external programmer.  
      Loading the same file in "Kepler BIOS tweaker" confirms the facts:

       
      EDID settings, courtesy of NVidia Control Panel. Hex dump can be found at the bottom of this post.
      ...Shall I be worried about "60.02Hz" refresh rate?
       
      To summarize:
      Why two different BIOS versions are reported? Anything to do with UEFI (e.g. HP is sideloading its own during boot)?.. Why two different vendors reported? As far as I remember, this is branded HP GPU. Where to get "clean" BIOS of K4000M for future experiments? Ideally from 8770w equipped with "DreamColor" panel from a factory.  
      Link to the dumps, BIOS ROM and monitor EDID: https://mega.nz/#F!zGgRmQIL!9q2QFZtHuK2RQ-WHXMA4Mg (also attached to this post)
      K4000M.zip
    • By Blocker35
      Hi guys, bit of a rookie to the whole EGPU scene. Currently I have:
       
      - MacBook Pro 2015 13inch (3.1GHz Core i7 16GB RAM)
      - Razer X Core 
      - Apple TB3 to TB2 Adapter
      -  TB2 Cable (Cable Matters)
      - 23inch AOC External Monitor
       
      I am wonder about what graphics card to get to run X-Plane11 with high graphic settings?
      I have purgewrangler set up and ready to use with an AMD graphics card, but am also open to the idea of an Nvidia graphics card.
      Any advice appreciated. I did not buy a Windows PC as I need a Mac for various other things and wanted an all-in-one laptop.
    • By Zer0kbps
      Hi there, 
       
      I'm planning to upgrade my gpu to the gtx 980 from my now knackered cooked 9 times hd7970, but looking at pictures and videos on the web I have a different 3 pipe heatsink to most it seems... 
       
      Others appear to have more copper present on the memory cooler section than mine. 
       
      My question is for anyone who has the same heatsink or knows of this one, have they been able to cool another gpu successfully? 
       
       

    • By dimaginexus
      It's locked & hidden by default, but I've got an i7 8700k & I'd like to use the intel graphic on my hackintosh mojave.
      Is there any way to activate or mod this?
      Thanks!
    • By SnipeKing17
      The GPU works, The PSU works, The system works. [individually they all do work]
       
      The system works perfectly fine without the WLAN card.
       
      When i put the system to sleep and hotswap the mPCIe riser and WLAN press something on the keyboard.. Restarts.
      Will shutdown in roughly 27 seconds for those 27 seconds it works just fine like how it normally would on external monitor.
       
      When i shut it down and plug the riser and switch it on, same story. 27 seconds.
       
      I don't even see a error. I get to login screen directly. I used DDU already.
       
      I timed it. no matter what i do if i use the eGPU, External monitor it restarts instead of pause-play. I have 27 seconds.
       
      Need help!
×

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.