Ori­gin EON17-SLX

Desk­top power, mi­nus the desk­top.

APC Australia - - Contents - Bo Moore

The EON17-SLX from Ori­gin PC has all the com­po­nents and per­for­mance of a top-end desk­top PC crammed into a portable ma­chine. Sure, it’s heavy and bulky for a lap­top, weigh­ing 5.4kg (mi­nus the two 330W power bricks) and mea­sur­ing just shy of 5cm thick, but that’s to be ex­pected, con­sid­er­ing the com­po­nents in­side.

The model we tested opts for a desk­top-class In­tel Core i7-7700K clocked at 4.2GHz. Com­bined with 32GB of DDR4-2400 RAM, the EON17 scored some of the high­est bench­marks we’ve ever seen for a lap­top. In Cinebench R15, it scored 893, which blows out our (ad­mit­tedly out-of-date) APC Labs test lap­top, and nearly matches the bar for desk­tops.

Stor­age is also an area where the EON17-SLX ex­cels, be­cause its pri­mary stor­age is han­dled by a su­per-fast 512GB Sam­sung 960 Pro NVMe SSD — more than enough for the OS and sev­eral large triple-A games. If that’s not enough, the 960 Pro is backed up by a 2TB Sea­gate FireCuda flashac­cel­er­ated HDD. That’s a ton of snappy stor­age space that makes the EON17 an ex­cel­lent mo­bile work­sta­tion.

Now let’s talk games. For pixel-push­ing, the EON17-SLX packs two Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080s — the kind of hard­ware that makes gam­ing at 1080p seem rather point­less. Nonethe­less, we con­duct our gam­ing bench­marks at 1080p, so bear with us as we go through some num­bers we would clas­sify as ‘overkill’.

Far Cry Pri­mal was the EON17’s weak­est show­ing, with a frames-per-sec­ond score of only 91 in the game’s built-in bench­mark. That’s still a good 20–30fps higher than most lap­tops we’ve tested, but not es­pe­cially im­pres­sive com­pared to desk­top hard­ware. The Di­vi­sion was a dif­fer­ent story, with the EON17’s 137fps nearly dou­bling our APC desk­top test com­puter. We saw the same thing in Rise of the Tomb Raider, where the EON17 scored an av­er­age of 115fps across the game’s three-part bench­mark (163fps in the ‘Moun­tain Pass’, 101fps in ‘Syria’ and 80fps in the ‘Geo­ther­mal Val­ley’) — much higher than both our lap­top and desk­top test rigs. 3DMark Fire Strike re­turned a score of 24,498 — sim­i­larly im­pres­sive, even by desk­top stan­dards.

Like we said, it’s overkill for 1080p. But what about 4K? Ori­gin’s EON17-SLX is avail­able in 1080p, 1440p with 120Hz refresh rate, or 4K at 60Hz refresh vari­ants, all with G-Sync. The unit we tested was the 4K vari­ant, which seems the most apt for a GTX 1080 SLI load­out — es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing that SLI doesn’t al­ways play nice at 1080p.

The pair of cards per­formed hand­ily at 2160p, main­tain­ing av­er­age frame rates above 60fps in ev­ery gam­ing bench­mark we per­formed. Rise of the Tomb Raider re­turned scores of 94fps in the ‘Moun­tain Pass’, 71fps in ‘Syria’ and 70fps in the ‘Geo­ther­mal Val­ley’, for an av­er­age of 79fps. Sim­i­larly im­pres­sive, Far Cry Pri­mal and The Di­vi­sion scored 75fps and 64fps, re­spec­tively.

Of course, lap­top or not, most top-end gam­ing rigs that of­fer that sort of per­for­mance come with a price tag to match. The EON17-SLX is no dif­fer­ent, com­ing in at an eye­wa­ter­ing start­ing fig­ure of $4,277. That’s a big pile of cash — but, hey, you can’t take it with you. The EON17, how­ever, you can — just.


Fea­tures Per­for­mance Value Portable 4K per­for­mance and snappy stor­age sleek de­sign, but quite bulky, heavy and ex­pen­sive.


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