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Origin EON17-X review: Hot and loud, but oh so fast

Josh Norem | Oct. 26, 2016
Origin shows off the glory of Nvidia's GTX 1080, but it comes with a heat and noise cost.

Update: Right at press time, we heard from Origin that CPU performance of the EON17-X might have been nerfed by a Windows update—one that oddly reduces the overclocking potential of the CPU. We’ve double-checked and the CPU’s overclock does fall to 4GHz from its expected 4.5GHz. Once this issue is fixed, we expect performance to increase by about 10 percent.

3DMark Fire Strike Extreme

Though this synthetic test is plenty punishing, we’ll probably have to start using the even more gnarly Ultra test for systems of the EON17-X’s caliber. The GTX 1080 in the EON17-X fired off the highest single-GPU score we’ve ever seen, running 21 percent faster than the Asus G752VS and its GTX 1070. The difference gives us very clear data showing the performance delta between these two GPUs.

Origin EON17-X 3DMark Fire Strike Benchmark Results 

The only setup to exceed the EON17-X in this test was AVA Direct’s X99 desktop system, which ran two GTX 980 GPUs in SLI. However, it was only 8 percent faster, giving us another interesting data point: The GTX 1080 for notebooks is almost as fast as two of the previous generation’s desktop flagship GPUs combined. That’s insane performance.

Tomb Raider

With the synthetic test out of the way, we moved to a real game to see what the GTX 1080 is capable of. Though this system has a 4K display, not all of the gaming notebooks we’ve tested previously had this luxury, so we ran our official test at 1080p for a more direct comparison.

Origin EON17-X Tomb Raider Benchmark Results 

In the benchmark, which we ran on Ultimate settings, the GTX 1080 made a mockery of its competition by posting results of 174.8fps. That’s 24 percent faster than the GTX 1070 Asus system, and an astonishing 55 percent faster than the Acer Predator 17X and its mobile version of the desktop GTX 980. Against the Acer Predator 17, which sported an actual mobile GTX 980M, the EON17-X’s GTX 1080 was an incredible 120 percent faster.

We can’t give all of the credit to the GTX 1080 though, since Tomb Raider’s performance favors higher clock speeds—which the Origin has in spades, thanks to its overclocked Skylake CPU.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor

Tomb Raider’s getting a little long in the tooth, so we also ran Shadow of Mordor with its 4K texture pack installed.

Origin EON17-X Shadow of Mordor Benchmark Results 

The EON17-X spanked the competition, of course, but not by as universally a wide margin as in the previous benchmarks. For example, compared to the Asus G752VS, there was just a 6 percent difference between its GTX 1070 and the EON17-X’s GTX 1080. However, put up against the Acer Predator 17X Turbo and its desktop-class GTX 980, the Origin PC issued an old-fashioned beat-down in the form of a 60 percent lead. If we bring the Acer Predator 17’s GTX 980M into the mix, the difference is a stunning 116 percent.

 

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