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Jun 15, 2009

Eurocom Launches 18.4-inch Workstation-Class Gaming Notebook with nVidia GTX 280M SLI Technology, 1.5Terabytes of HDD with RAID 0/1 and Intel Quad Core Extreme


Eurocom, the world's leading developer of highly personalized, high-performance notebook PCs and LCD PCs, introduced the EUROCOM M980NU Emperor Workstation with MXM-III upgradeable VGA technology. EUROCOM M980NU Emperor provides workstation-caliber performance, powerful graphics capabilities, high performance storage with three physical SATA-300 hard drives and RAID 0/1/, and super-powerful Quad Core 2 Extreme Processor for high-end computing wherever work or gaming takes place.

The EUROCOM M980NU Emperor is especially interesting, because this is the first notebook, which utilizes the new graphic card generation from nVidia in SLI configuration. The Geforce GTX 280M takes the top compared to other currently available video cards in the run benchmarks. Combined with very powerful Extreme dual- or quad-core processors from Intel, which are used in the M980NU, you can count for first-class performance in virtually in all sorts of applications

The EUROCOM M980NU Emperor Gaming Workstation combines Eurocom engineering, Intel horsepower, and professional NVIDIA graphics in a package that can easily handle demanding engineering and visualization workloads. It delivers 64-bit workstation-class performance and functionality in a mobile form factor with laptop convenience, anywhere you go. It is designed to replace traditional desktop based workstation by providing "anywhere you go workstation" capabilities.

An Emperor is a workstation notebook computer manufactured by Eurocom. The machine is based on Intel Mobile processors and similar to other Eurocom models in terms of outward appearance and expansion capabilities. The EUROCOM Emperor is a high-end notebook computer, similar to high end desktop workstations. It combines superb mechanical design with high performance, high reliability and expandability.

Featuring two NVIDIA GeForce Go GTX 280M GPUs running with NVIDIA SLI technology or two NVIDIA Quadro FX3700M running in a multi-view configuration powered by Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme quad-core processor technology, the M980NU Emperor also features the largest storage capacity on the market today - a 1.5 Terabytes with RAID 0/1 - making it the perfect laptop for users who demand large capacity storage and reliability for true portable workstation-caliber experience.

At the core of the M980NU Emperor, users can choose currently between three different NVIDIA graphics cards: the NVIDIA GeForceGTX 280M or GTX 260M both with 1GB of DDR3 video memory for high-performance PC gaming, or the NVIDIA Quadro FX 3700M with 1GB f GDDR3 for those looking for the ultimate high-performance workstation.

Users can additionally select a choice of a single graphics card or two in NVIDIA SLI mode for the ultimate in gaming performance and image quality. With two of the fastest NVIDIA GeForce notebook GPUs in NVIDIA SLI mode or a NVIDIA Quadro GPU, this new graphics powerhouse is the ultimate mobile gaming and workstation machine. EUROCOMM980NU Emperor uses Nvidia MXM-IIIb (Mobile PCI Express Module) for easy upgradeability to new generation of graphics technology. By using a consistent mechanical graphics interface in the form of high-performance MXM-IIIb, Eurocom is able to introduce a variety of innovative PCI Express graphics solutions as quickly as desktop PC graphics.

For the hardcore PC user (gamer or engineer alike), this means the EUROCOM M980NU Emperor provides blistering fast response times that are sure to turn heads.

EUROCOM M980NU support all of the latest ISV workstation applications in a wide range of vertical segments, from Computer Aided Design (i.e AutoCad), Computer Aided Manufacturing (ie. Pro/Engineer), Computer Aided Engineering (i.e. SolidWorks) to Geographic Information Systems (i.e. ESRI ArcGIS) and Digital Content Creation (i.e. Discreet 3DS MAX).

Driving the system is Intel Quad Core 2 Extreme quad-core 1066MHz front side bus processor with 12MB of L2 cache, which delivers exceptional high-def multimedia, multi-tasking and multi-threaded performance. This high-performance CPU allows users to simultaneously run multiple applications at the same time -- all with increased performance. Performing tasks such as burning CDs, reading email messages, editing digital photos and listening to music all at the same time with no slow downs means a richer overall experience for the user. Intel® Quad Core™2 Extreme dual-core processor

It is apparent that an 18.4 inch screen needs an appropriate big case. The M980NU, which measures 17.52”x 11.2”x2.56” (438x438x64mm) 15.8" x 11.9" x 2.05" and weights under 12lbs (5.35kg), also supplies tremendous storage (up to 1.5 Terabytes using three hard drives), allowing users to save more of their favorite photos, music, games, and more, as well as headroom to install additional office and entertainment applications. Customers may also choose between RAID 0 and RAID 1 for the ultimate transfer rates and application load times or redundancy.

Additional features include: integrated webcam; Bluetooth and Wireless N A/B/G/N networking; internal TV HDTV Tuner and theatre audio system for a truly immersive experience.

EUROCOM M980NU Emperor supports variety of 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems from Microsoft Vista Business or Ultimate, Microsoft System 7.0; Microsoft Server 2003 to Red Hat, Linux or Ubuntu.

This 18.4 inch Mobile Workstation notebook sports most up-to-date hardware like the Mobile Quad-Core and Quad Core Extreme processors from Intel , a new GTX 280M graphic cards in SLI configuration or three physical hard drives in RAID 0/1 configuration.

The design of this notebook very much resembles quality of other EUROCOM XXL-category products, e.g., the D9F i7 based Panther. Design is very clean and elegant - glossy black with silver tones on the case.

However, upon powering on, the notebook lights are coming on thanks to numerous built-in, color LEDs with configurable colors. With a touch of a Light Switch colors can be changed from Blue, Green, and Red. White and Yellow on the hot keys, openings for loudspeaker and fan at the front and at the back side. Also at the lid, the EUROCOM logo is highlighted by illumination and even the touchpad comes with a colored shiny frame.

Except of the showy lights the case looks rather simple and elegant. The wedge-shape of the base unit, which lets the parts appear thin, contributes to this impression. A similar concept was already successfully implemented in other EUROCOM models like 17-inch M57TU and15.4-inch M860TU Montebello series.

Because the front and also the back of the M980NU are occupied by the vent hole and the loudspeakers, only the sides are available for interfaces. However, because of a total height of 6 centimeters these should, nevertheless, provide plenty of space.

In total 4 USB ports are available, one of them is a combined eSATA/USB interface. In addition you'll find a DVI-port and an HDMI-out on the left side of the case.

The left side houses a DVI port, 2x USB 2.0, HDMI, Card Reader, LAN-port, a FireWire port, the optical drive, and an ExpressCard slot.

The opposite side, the right one, provides an antenna port if the model is equipped with a TV-card, USB/eSATA, Kensington security and the audio ports.

The keyboard is a little bit off center in the huge base unit. This is, because of a column with hot keys left of it and each key is separated from the others and individually embedded in the case. Typing can be characterized by a rather short key travel.

The touchpad looks very attractive, because it is absolutely flushed with the case and even has the same high-gloss surface.

The hot keys above the keyboard are realized by touch-sensitive areas, which are illuminated by LEDs. The volume control is activated by digital touch sensor.

M980NU is equipped with an 18.4-inch display with a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels, which is full-HD with maximum brightness of 220 cd/m² and maximum contrast of 595:1.

The M980NU clearly focuses on built-in hardware. You could nearly come to the conclusion that the case was designed around the planned hardware equipment afterwards. That is no surprise as the case should be able to house contemporary and coming high-performance processors and also up to two graphic cards and believe it or not up to three hard drives.

The M980NU supports variety of Intel Mobile processors up to Quad Core Extreme QX9300 with a clock rate of 3.06 GHz.

If you want to replace or upgrade RAM, you have to remove the keyboard, because the memory slots are there, so to say, at the back side of the main board. However, this is easily done once some screws are removed.

With a total of three hard drive bays, which can be populated with 2.5" inch hard drives, the M980NU leaves nothing to be desired. If you, e.g., select mass storage devices with 500 GB capacity, you can easily exceed the magic limit of one terabyte.
However, it is also possible to use the new solid state drives (SSD), which are better than standard hard drives in terms of performance, or combine both technologies.

With the M980NU Eurocom presents a completely new platform in the high-performance desktop-replacement range. Being equipped with an 18.4 inch display they follow the trend to displays with 16:9 aspect ratio. In total, the case appears to be very huge and the production models will likely weigh about 5.5 kilograms. The design of the notebook conceals the actual size of this laptop and balances simple, clean design with gaming feel and look. This is especially done by LED illuminations.

The connectivity includes virtually all important ports, e.g., DVI, HDMI, and USB/eSATA. Regarding communication modules we cannot say much now, however, you can assume that the M980NU will be equipped with Gigabit LAN and wireless LAN standard-n. The same is true for integrated Bluetooth.