|Jul 10, 2014|
Eurocom Panther 5D Notebook Review Update
Let's start with the specs of our test device: An Intel Xeon E5-2697 v2 CPU with 12 cores (clocked at 2.7-3.5 GHz), an Nvidia Quadro K5100M GPU, 32 GB of RAM, a 120 GB system SSD and two 1.5 TB HDDs for data storage purposes. Configuring this exact variant in Eurocom's shop leads to an impressive price point of 6300 Euros (~$8572) - most of which should be due to the CPU ($2600 according to Intel's list) and the GPU ($2000 according to Nvidia). Tons of different options for configuring the - sufficiently bulky - device are available on Eurocom's site (the other manufacturers using the same barebone handle things similarly), reaching from alternative CPUs and GPUs to up to four HDDs (including a number of RAID variants) and up to 32 GB (4x8 GB).
Like with the rest of the components, the GPU can be swapped as well, even allowing SLI solutions to fit into the chassis.
Major advantages of this ultra-powerful notebook are its large variety of customization options (especially concerning high-performance components), its accessibility (there is a large maintenance hatch at the bottom allowing access to all important components even for the end customer) and the almost competition-crushing performance levels (at least for a laptop) of its Intel Xeon CPU - especially with regards to multicore-optimized applications.
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Eurocom got there by specifically not compromising on components, for all intents and purposes spec'ing a deskside in a portable form factor. Designers not only passed on typical notebook class CPUs, they went out and chose a 12-core Ivy Bridge-E Xeon processor that Intel targets for high end dual-socket deskside workstations and servers. The Quadro K5100M — the top-end of the mobile Quadro line — takes virtually no step back from Nvidia's comparable Quadro K5000 add-in card for desksides, even with respect to its 4 GB video memory.
At this point, you might be wondering why anyone would cough up big dollars for a machine the lengthy tradeoffs the Panther presents. Well, hold that thought, until we get to our benchmarking. Because while the Panther has numerous downsides, it offers a level of performance no other workstation in a mobile package can touch ... and for a small corner of the workstation market, that performance easily outweighs any of the aforementioned tradeoffs.
Eurocom's Panther 5D simply crushed it. The machine performed so well, that it nearly concealed the fact that the Boxx 4150 XT generated some big-time numbers as well. The results clearly reflect (to varying degrees) one or both of the hardware edges the Panther holds over the 4150 XT: more CPU cores (12 versus 4) and twice the memory (32 GB versus 16).
|Dec 10, 2013|
Обзор ноутбука Eurocom Panther 5D: быстрее, чем настольный ПК
|Dec 04, 2013|
Eurocom Panther 5D Notebook Review: Faster Than Your Desktop
There's a good chance that Eurocom's Panther 5D notebook is faster than your desktop. The sample we're reviewing sports a six-core Core i7-3970X, two GeForce GTX 680M modules in SLI, 32 GB of DDR3-1600, and three 256 GB SSDs. Talk about a beast!
This thing is aimed at content creators, gamers, coders; basically, anyone who needs the power of a workstation, but doesn't necessarily want to be tied down to the same desk every day can use it. Configure it with a Xeon processor and up to two Quadro graphics modules. Or go the route we did with a Core i7 and two GeForce GTX GPUs. In both cases, you end up with the alacrity of a desktop in a package you can pick up and move to your next job site or LAN party.
Most of Eurocom’s systems are highly customizable. The company prides itself on providing the highest-quality parts there are, and its online configurator often gives you the option to choose between specific brands. In the Panther 5D, you don’t just add a hard disk. Rather, you choose up to four mechanical or solid-state drives, and then decide if you want storage from Samsung, Crucial, Intel, Seagate, or Hitachi. From there, you can set the drives up in a variety of RAID arrays, or just as a JBOD setup. This flexibility extends to the display panel, networking hardware, power, optical storage, and so on.
When we ordered our review unit, Eurocom was offering the Panther 5D with up to eight-core Xeons and Sandy Bridge-E-based Core i7s. Now, you can go so far as to equip the laptop with 12-core Ivy Bridge-EP-based Xeons, yielding 24 logical cores in a 150 W processor package.
Content creators, engineers, and other professionals who need big performance wherever they go can rely on the Panther. It demonstrated the stability to be a dependable tool, and it is fast enough to get real work done quickly. In fact, the Panther's performance could end up paying for the procurement costs quickly by giving contract workers better productivity, translating into more billable projects in the same number of hours. It's a complete desktop workstation that fits in a large backpack. And Eurocom is quick to point out that the CPUs, GPUs, memory, and storage are all readily upgradable, saving you from buying a new system if you start small and scale up down the road.
We used the Panther for a variety of tasks over a couple of months. During the day we worked with video production, photo editing, and software testing. The Panther was great at chewing through hours of sequential video data. After hours, there was a lot more gaming going on. There's a lot to like about the system's headphone output, too. At the end of the day, Eurocom's configuration never let us down in a task that demanded maximum speed. And while its weaknesses are apparent, it does everything else exceedingly well.
|Nov 21, 2013|
EUROCOM Panther 5D High Performance Laptop Review
Where the system excels is the raw performance. This is a system which sits right at the top of the "mobile" performance arena for productivity and gaming tasks. Essentially it takes a significant spec of desktop system to compete with the Eurocom 5D and for those looking to maximise their content creation speed or framerate this is as good as it gets for this form factor.
|Sep 25, 2013|
Eurocom Panther 5D review: Top-performing mobile workstation
If you need a transportable workstation with top-notch performance for demanding design, visualisation, analysis or content-creation work, Eurocom's Panther 5D delivers the goods
Given the spec and Eurocom's track record in creating high-performance laptops, we expected this system to generate top-notch benchmarks, and it delivers.
|Aug 22, 2013|
Eurocom Panther 5D review
it’s got more power than any laptop on the planet.
The Panther possess a ludicrous level of power, and it battered every benchmark we used.
If you need to tackle the most resources hungry applications available, then the Panther will step up to the challenge. The potent specification breezed through our application benchmarks to media, multitasking and overall scores of 1.2, 1.32 and 1.18 – the best laptop results we’ve ever processed. It even trounces high-end desktops: the latest iMac scored 0.96, and the mighty HP Z1 Workstation scored 1.02. Our current favourite laptop, the Retina-equipped Apple MacBook Pro, lagged behind with 0.92.
Eurocom’s Panther 5D is a remarkable bit of kit. It’s got more application and graphical power than every laptop we’ve reviewed, a great 3D screen, and a chassis so robust you’d think it was practically bomb-proof.
Ridiculous power level; Good screen; Accessible interior; Rock-solid build; Huge customisation options
|Jun 06, 2013|
Panther laptop blurs the lines between portable and workstation
Many agencies, and probably most individuals, buy laptops because they need portable computers for travel, telecommuting and other remote work. As such, weight is typically a primary concern, with performance secondary. But others, such as rapid engineering deployment teams, need true computing power above everything else.
For them, the new Panther 5D laptop from Eurocom is more like a workstation that just happens to be movable.
|Feb 26, 2013|
The Fastest 3D Laptop in the World
If StereoscopyNews was a car magazine, I will be reviewing a Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport right now. But as we are what we are, I am reviewing the Eurocom (Ottawa, Canada) Panther 5D laptop 3D stereoscopic computer.