Serious gamers know that there’s a lot to be said for skill, but there’s also a lot to be said for having a lag-free rig that doesn’t get in the way of using those skills and getting information (and mayhem) on screen as quickly as possible. Origin PC couldn’t agree more, and the company has just announced it is now offering its Eon17-S gamer notebooks with an option for seriously overclocked processors: second-generation Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition cranked up to 4.5 GHz—although that’s already counting Intel’s own TurboBoost technology.
“The Eon17-S laptops are remarkably portable and with 2nd generation Intel processors overclocked to 4.5 GHz, they are the fastest Origin laptops ever built on an Intel mobile platform” said OriginPC co-founder and CEO Kevin Wasielewski, in a statement.
The Eon17-S systems feature a 17.3-inch LED backlit 1,920 by 1,080 full HD display driven by Nvidia GeForce GTZ 460M or GTX 485M graphics controllers with either 1.5 or 2 GB of dedicated video memory, respectively. The systems also sport four DIMM slots for up to 32 GB of 1333MHz DDR3 memory, options for RAID storage, Blu-ray burner and reader, and hybrid HDD/SSD drives, along with HDMI output, 802.11n and Bluetooth wireless networking, a built-in TV tuner, USB 3.0 and eSATA ports, and (of course) a full size keyboard with numeric keypad.
As with all high-end gamer rigs, the Eon17-S is highly configurable: customers looking to save some money can scale back to an Intel Core i5 processor, or step up to custom covers. However, that 4.5 GHz chip is pricey: a minimum rig with the top overclocked CPU starts at over $3,200—and that has only a paltry 2 GB of RAM and a single 250 GB hard drive. Start tricking out the Eon17-S, it’s easy to crack the $4,000 barrier. The systems should be available in mid-May.