Origin EON17-X review: This monster gaming laptop challenges high-end desktop PCs


Spoiler alert: We’ve never tested a gaming laptop as all-around powerful as the Origin PC EON17-X.

This big, badass notebook pushes the pedal to the metal with the most potent hardware available, and then Origin PC cranks things to 11 by overclocking both the full-fat GeForce GTX 1080 and the Core i7-8700K processor. Yes, this laptop rocks a desktop processor, and not just any desktop processor—it’s the fastest one currently available. With 6 cores and 12 threads, the EON17-X demolishes CPU benchmarks. It blazes through triple-A games. Hell, it might be able to literally crush its slim, trim Nvidia Max-Q competition.

Origin’s audacious gaming laptop doesn’t just embrace the “desktop replacement” classification, it relishes in it. It’s a monster in every sense of the word. Let’s dig in.

The EON17-X can be heavily customized on Origin PC’s website. The baseline configuration costs $1,935 and includes a quad-core Intel Core i3-8100, a GeForce GTX 1060 paired with a 120Hz, 1920×1080 G-Sync display, 8GB of memory, and a 500GB Seagate FireCuda hybrid hard drive.

But you can tweak and upgrade virtually every aspect of the system. (Cue Burger King’s “Have it your way” jingle.) Want a fancier Wi-Fi card, a fully custom paint job on the lid, and storage drives galore? Or a 4K screen paired with a video capture card for gorgeous Twitch streams? Go for it. Origin also offers quality-of-life upgrades such as factory overclocks, professional screen calibration, and upgraded thermal paste options.

Every part of this rig is potent, but the CPU is the brightest star of the show. The vast majority of high-end gaming laptops ship with Intel’s Core i7-7700HQ, a quad-core, 8-thread mobile chip that can turbo up to 3.8GHz clock speeds. The EON17-X ups the ante with a full-blown desktop Core i7-8700K processor, Intel’s current mainstream flagship. The chip packs 6 cores and a whopping 12 threads, with clock speeds ranging from 3.7GHz to 4.7GHz—and then Origin applied an overclock on top of that. This system absolutely demolishes our CPU benchmark suite, as you’ll see later read more.