Gaming laptops are now becoming more popular offering “desktop performance” in a smaller package.
The Eurocom Panther 3.0 is a gamers’ desktop packed into a compact laptop form and to weigh its practicality; it has been put against the last word in gaming laptops, the Alienware M17X R3.
Eurocom Panther 3.0
- Price Range: £1,900 – ~£5,100
- CPU: Intel Xeon 5500 or 5600 (Nehalem Server series)
- Memory: Up to 24GB DDR3- 1333Mhz
- Video card: Standard GTX460M upto GTX580M SLi or Radeon HD6990M crossfire.
- Other Notables: RAID 0/1/5/10 support
Synthesis of Specification:
EUROCOM has thrown the gauntlet down to take laptops to new heights; At first glance of the specs, you would expect this kind of performance in a desktop or server however your eyes are not deceiving you, this is a laptop.
More Details: http://web.eurocom.com/EC/ec_model_config1(1,221,0)
Alienware M17X R3
- Price Range: £1,300 – ~£3,300
- CPU: Intel Core i7 Sandy Bridge i7-2670QM
- Memory: Up to 24GB DDR3-1333Mhz
- Video Card: Up to 2GB AMD Radeon HD 6990M
- Other Notables: 3D 120HZ HD Screen
Synthesis of Specification:
The M17X R3 comes with the latest revision of Intel’s Sandy Bridge range with a choice of a high end mobile graphics cards, full HD 3D monitors and an endless list personalized customer options to go as ludicrous as your heart desires.
The Dual commences.
The testing methodology of the dual is using HardwareHeaven.com’s pre-existing benchmarks as a comparative.
The Panther scores a truly astonishing P6687 while the M17x R3 struggles to compete scoring only P1796 but that is what you would expect from a laptop running two graphics cards and a Xeon processor.
Reliability on the move
The Panther shows one of its huge drawbacks in this test, its excessive power consumption. Running under load saw the power consumption over 300W and the huge capacity battery lasted a mere 33 minutes gaming.
Hardware heaven did mention that during the test;
“Running the GTX 580M SLI system as an example at 100% GPU and CPU load resulted in a power draw that exceeded the PSU’s capacity.”[Davidson, 2011]
The M17x R3 hummed quietly at the more acceptable 182w and the battery lasting a modest 1 hour 8 Minutes gaming.
The bottom line
The Panther 3.0 is an excellent option for a replacement desktop. The Panther 3.0 laptop is a truly amazing machine and it does live up to its name of replacing a desktop PC with its screaming performance and its build quality.
“A true desktop replacement which is a complete success as it feels like a high end desktop when in use”. [Davidson, 2011]
However the Panther 3.0 relies on its 300W Power Supply for sustainable power which really defeats the purpose of a laptop, the portability just seems an additional perk and added with a price tag over £2000 before adding those desirable extras it’s a very expensive alternative to a desktop.
David from geekwithlaptop.com, comically agrees;
“The Panther 3 is not so much a laptop it is more like a replacement for the desktop, being portable is just perk!”[David, 2011]
Alienware M17x R3, the true thoroughbred
The M17x R3 still remains the true contender; it can still hold its own and offer the benefits of a true gaming laptop with portability, battery life and without needing a separate power supply.
The gaming laptop formula
It was noted by Hardware Heaven that the new mobile processors:
“Are still high performance components which will exceed the performance of many consumers current desktops.”[Davidson, 2011]
Added with the GTX460M they tested;
“Offers good performance in the latest games as we saw, HAWX 2 and Dead Space 2 as two examples were able to run at 1920×1080 with maximum detail.” [Davidson, 2011]
That is the formula for a gaming laptop; a good CPU which exceeds the performance of a current desktop and the GPU being able to play games at HD quality at maximum settings but being portable at the same time.
If you want to know more on the laptops, read the complete reports on Hardwareheaven.com
M17x R3 Report
Panther 30 Report
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