The Eurocom Sky X9 is powerhouse, as evident by the machine’s stellar test results. Armed with an 6th generation Intel Core i7-6700K 4GHz CPU, with 32GB of RAM, a desktop grade Nvidia GTX 980 GPU with 8GB of GDDR5 and a 512GB PCle SSD, the Sky X9 excels in every area, making it one of the most powerful gaming laptops we’ve tested. The only downside is that all that performance comes at quite a steep price. Users that don’t need the insane level of performance offered in the review unit we tested can easily drop the price point below $3,000 by opting for the 1080p display, less onboard memory and a HDD in place of the PCIe SSD.
The good news is you certainly get what you pay for with the Eurocom Sky X9. The notebook is a multitasking monster. While testing the device I was able to stream HD video, listen to spotify and play The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at Ultra settings with a 1080p resolution without any noticeable drop in performance. Housing a top of the line desktop grade GPU means the disparity that long existed between gaming desktops and laptops is narrowing fast. There isn’t a game on the market that X9 can’t run with reliable performance. Running both Call of Duty: Black Ops III and The Witcher 3 at 1080p on ultra settings the notebook was able to average over 100fps without any noticeable frame drops. The laptop was even capable of handling The Witcher 3 at 4K resolution on ultra settings averaging 30fps without any hiccups. The 512GB PCIe SSD also offered lightning fast boot up speeds and load times. I was able to jump in and out of saves within 5 seconds, load times were instant and programs and applications responded instantaneously.
The Eurocom Sky X9 review unit we tested had the following specs:
- Windows 10 Pro
- 17.3-inch 3,840 x 2,160
- 6th Generation Intel Core i7-6700K Quad Core 4.0GHz CPU
- Nvidia GTX 980 with 8GB of GDDR5
- 32GB of DDR4
- 512GB PCIe SSD
- Killer DoubleShot Network
- 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Killer Wireless
- Dimensions: 17.12 x 12.32 x 1.8-inches
- Weight: 10.56lbs.
- Starting Price: $2,585
- Price as Configured: $3,562
wPrime processor comparison results (listed in seconds – lower scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Home (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for general activities from web browsing and video streaming to typing documents and playing games (higher scores mean better performance):
PCMark8 Work (Accelerated) measures overall system performance in Windows for work-related productivity tasks (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):
3DMark Fire Strike is a newer benchmark measuring overall graphics card performance for visually demanding games (higher scores mean better performance):
CrystalDiskMark storage drive performance tests:
Heat and Noise
With vents located along the bottom of the chassis, the Eurocom Sky X9 comfortably pushes the heat out away from the user. The device does an excellent job remaining cool, even after playing the Witcher 3 at 4K resolution for 30 minutes I had no heating issues whatsoever.
I was expecting a large powerhouse like the Sky X9 to produce a lot of noise, but the device was surprisingly quiet even when under duress. You can hear the fans quietly reve up after the machines been taxed for sometime, but even then the noise isn’t overpowering. The Eurocom Sky X9 is incredibly quiet for a desktop replacement.
To test battery life, we used Futuremark’s PowerMark benchmark in balanced mode. The test consists of a combination of automated web browsing, word processing, gaming and video playback workloads. The test is far more strenuous than typical web browsing alone, measuring the machine under a litany of scenarios to better simulate high-stress usage. With the test being far more demanding the scores are understandably lower than what you’ll experience just checking Facebook or watching Netflix.
Powermark “Balanced” battery life test results (listed in minutes – higher scores mean better battery life):
In our tests the Eurocom Sky X9 ran for 1 hour and 40 minutes before shutting down. Gaming devices aren’t known for their battery life and the Sky X9 is no different. Lasting shy of two hours, user’s aren’t going to want leave the device untethered for very long.