Here are key points about the EON17-X.
Overclocked: The 6700K is overclocked to 4.5GHz, and the Corsair Vengeance memory is overclocked with XMP to 2666MHz, providing for excellent CPU and memory performance, topping all previous notebooks tested.
The secret to the Origin EON17-X's gaming performance is the overclocked GTX 1080 8GB. The GTX 1080 8GB is overclocked to 1999MHz on the core and 5.1GHz on the memory. Without the overclock on the 6700K, the overclocked GTX 1080 would be bottlenecked, so together they prove to be a powerful duo. GPU overclocking is only activated when the system is plugged into AC power, and for a good reason. Total system power reaches 324W at maximum load, and the 330W external PSU is required to provide that kind of power.
4K Panel with NVIDIA G-Sync: The 4K panel is brilliant, the applied LUT produces vibrant tones, making the images on display look better in my opinion. Many notebooks have a 4K monitor, but because they use mobile CPUs the power of the discrete cards is usually hampered, but the Origin EON17-X does not have this same limitation. You can actually play titles at 4K without issues, and with frame rates high above 60FPS, using G-Sync provides a smooth experience.
Excellent Audio: The two speakers and third bottom speaker produce very good audio. Usually, notebooks have very weak speakers, but the EON17-X has some good ones. Even at maximum volume with altered gain control through Creative's software, I was not able to distort the audio. It can even get too loud for a small room. The unit does use a Sabre audio DAC, and a Texas Instruments Burr-Brown amplifier is used to produce solid output for headphones. You can even select headphone impedance from Origin's Control Center software, so the audio is optimized for your cans.
Sometimes I wondered whether the impressive audio performance was there to make up for the loud fan noise when at full load, but playing back Netflix on this machine is a nice experience with the built-in speakers since the fans won't be going nuts.
Premium Attention to Detail: From the RGB keyboard with loaded software options to the 1080p webcam that produces relatively high-quality images, Origin has loaded the EON17-X loaded with all the bells and whistles, and none of them feel cheap. I was very surprised to find gain control options for the audio and the applied LUT for the display, both of which are things that do not typically make it to most people's list of requirements for a gaming notebook. The overclocking software was also very easy to use and provided all the options you might need to tweak the system yourself, but don't worry it comes tweaked.
Origin Customization and Support: Origin has multiple color options for the EON17-X - the white one we received looks amazing with Origin's logo on the back. Getting the unit shipped in a crate almost guarantees it will not be damaged, and with the provided sleeve you know Origin means business when it comes to keeping your notebook safe. The included lifetime support is very nice for users who are apprehensive about buying a machine they might not fully understand.
Fast and Expansive Storage: Two Samsung 950 Pros in RAID 0 produce blazing fast storage for your primary OS and programs, and the extra 1TB HDD is great for storing all that data.
So Easy to Upgrade: Just remove some screws and slide the panels to reveal access bays for your storage devices. If you want to remove the second M.2 SSD as well, you will have to remove another larger panel, but it is not hard. You can add in another 2.5" drive, or upgrade the ones included, but Origin does not limit what you can do.
Very Heavy: The EON17-X isn't something you lug around with you wherever you go. It's not the biggest notebook I have reviewed nor the heaviest, but with its power brick it will take up most of the space in your backpack.
Can Get Loud: When overclocked and playing a resource intensive game or running a benchmark, the unit can get loud. The fans do need to remove all the heat, and they do a great job, but the tradeoff is noise.
Battery Life: The battery that the EON17-X uses isn't the biggest considering the high level of power consumption. You can get a few hours of gaming out of a full charge.
The Origin EON17-X is the fastest notebook I have tested. Its performance is off the charts and rivals that of desktop PCs. The tradeoff is that the CPU and GPU still need to be cooled and since size is limited, high-performance blower fans have to be used to remove all the heat.
A desktop with similar specifications would receive larger fans and heat sinks to help cut down the noise, but a notebook does not get that privilege due to its size. To help with the fan noise, the speakers are strong and get very loud, and there is substantial audio hardware to drive a nice pair of cans.
While many vendors are using the mobile overclocking SKU, the 6820HK, using an overclocked 6700K helps to remove any CPU bottleneck a GTX 1080 might face. The overclocked 6700K provides enough headroom for smooth 4K gaming on the go, and while a lot of gaming notebooks now have 4K panels, not many of them can smoothly play many of the latest games.
Overall, the Origin EON17-X is possibly the most loaded and well-equipped gaming notebook I have ever tested. If you need something that can game like a desktop but needs to be portable, the EON17-X is pretty much as good as it gets.
Product Summary Breakdown
|Quality including Design and Build||95%|
|Bundle and Packaging||96%|
|Value for Money||90%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||95%|
The Bottom Line: The overclocked 6700K, GTX 1080, and DRAM in the Origin EON17-X produce a gaming notebook with tons of bells and whistles and gaming desktop performance, which puts it at the head of the pack.
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- Page 1 [Introduction, Specifications, and Pricing]
- Page 2 [Physical Overview]
- Page 3 [Physical Overview Continued]
- Page 4 [Software and BIOS]
- Page 5 [System Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 6 [Gaming Performance Benchmarks]
- Page 7 [System IO and Battery Performance]
- Page 8 [Thermal Performance]
- Page 9 [What's Hot, What's Not & Final Thoughts]
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