Back in February of last year, we looked at two of Origin's beastly laptops, the EON11-S and the EON17-S. Both of the machines duly impressed us, so we're expecting the same level of engineering, build quality, and finishing that we saw back then.
If you don't want to read those full reviews, here is a brief summary: The EON11-S crammed a full quad-core CPU, and a decently powerful GPU, into a tiny 11-inch chassis. The EON17-S, on the other hand, was a balls-to-the-wall gaming machine that was overclocked and ready to destroy games.
Obviously, we expect today's updated EON17-S to do as well, or better than the previously reviewed EON17-S; we'd like it to do significantly better, since it features the latest and greatest hardware available at build time.
Without further ado, let's dive into the review and see what this machine is packing in terms of hardware.
Specifications, Configurations and Pricing
We're going to go ahead and start out by discussing pricing; the cost alone should give you an idea of what sort of hardware is included in our EON17-S. We went ahead and configured the same model with the same hardware on Origin PC's website, and the total worked out to be around $3,450. You wouldn't be wrong in saying that the price is large for a laptop. So, does it have the hardware to back up the price tag?
Packed inside this beast of a laptop is a quad-core Intel i7-4930MX processor that features four cores, and eight threads. This processor is theoretically able to be overclocked, but during our brief foray into the BIOS, we were unable to find the option to overclock it. It comes clocked in at 3GHz, and can boost all the way up to 3.9GHz by utilizing Intel's TurboBoost. This speed comes at a cost, and that cost is thermals, and power consumption. The i7-4930MX is rated at 57W TDP, making it a very powerful —and power consuming—mobile CPU.
Paired with the CPU, we have 16GB of Corsair Vengeance RAM clocked in at 1,600MHz. 16GB of high-quality RAM should help this CPU run at full potential, and is the same amount of RAM I use in my desktop system.
We want a gaming laptop to excel in graphics, and the EON17-S is no slouch. Our specific model comes bearing an NVIDIA GTX 880M with 8GB of VRAM. You read that right: 8GB. We're not particularly convinced that 8GB will help this GPU, but it certainly won't harm it. For reference, the 880M came out in March of this year, and utilizes NVIDIA's Kepler architecture. It features 1,536 CUDA cores, and 128 TMUs. It's pretty beastly, so we're excited to see the real-world gaming benchmarks later on in this review. The display is a matte 17.3-inch panel that pumps out a resolution of 1920x1080.
In a laptop, you're usually pretty lucky if you have the ability to add two drives to a system. Well, the EON17-S has a total of three drives, and a Blu-ray reader. Our operating system, Windows 8.1, is installed upon a RAID 0 array of two 120GB mSATA Samsung EVO SSDs, which should make for speedy operation. We also have a 750GB HDD for mass storage of movies, music, or games. Finally, wireless is provided by Intel's Wireless-AC 7260 chip.
The system is highly configurable, and can be built to your exact specifications through Origin's website. If you want a special part that isn't listed, you can contact Origin, and they will do their best to accommodate the request.
The system is covered by a one-year parts replacement warranty, and a lifetime labor warranty, which means they will replace any part for you for just the cost of the part. You also get 24/7 support with your Origin PC purchase.
This specific packaging is an upgraded option called ORIGIN Wooden Crate Armor. It will set you back an additional $40, but it protects the system in a sturdy wooden box. Inside the wooden crate, you'll find a basic black box that features Origin branding.
Upon opening the cardboard box (as seen above), you'll be presented with several extras included with the EON17-S. There is a mouse pad, a special Origin PC Edition Razer Taipan mouse, and an Origin shirt. After removing all of the extras, the AC adapter, and box with drivers and manuals, you will be presented with a laptop inside of an Origin branded laptop sleeve, suspended in the middle of the box. Underneath the suspension packaging, there is a dragon poster for your wall.
I wasn't a believer in this shipping method for the longest time, but it seems to work quite well. Just yesterday I received a desktop PC packaged in the same manner (review forthcoming).