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Origin beastly new EON laptops boast full-blown desktop Core i7 processors

Hayden Dingman | Jan. 6, 2015
For years, the mantra with gaming laptops has been the same as other gadgets--sleeker, thinner, and more lightweight. And companies have pushed that basically as far as it can go, with Razer's Blade gaming laptop line looking practically indistinguishable from a normal laptop.

Cram a desktop processor into a laptop and you're looking at a lot more heat. I know my current Origin laptop runs pretty hot even with a paltry 2.5GHz laptop processor inside, and I'm curious to see how the EON15-X and EON17-X manage temperatures.

Finally, there's the question of whether you even need all this power. Most games are still GPU-limited, not CPU-limited, so the extra processor speed might not help you unless you're doing heavy photo/video rendering or other processor-heavy tasks.

Speaking of graphics cards, you can get up to an Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M with 8GB GDDR5 VRAM in the EON15-X and EON17-X. The updated EON15-S, by contrast, comes with an integrated Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M with 4GB of VRAM.

Regardless of model, all that power is encased in an attractive, understated case with a single Origin logo on the top. The keyboard on each is fully backlit with N-key rollover, and the laptops (including the updated EON15-S) are all branded "4K-Ready." All three models also feature support for m.2 PCIe drives and up to 32GB of RAM.

We don't have prices or release dates on any of these models yet, but we'll keep you updated. Time to invest in a bigger laptop bag, I guess.


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