Eurocom this week introduced its newest high-end desktop replacement mobile workstation, the Tornado F7W. Aimed at those who need desktop-class performance in a clamshell form-factor – with little heed to weight or power consumption – the new DTR packs in Intel’s latest eight-core desktop processors, 128 GB of memory, as well as NVIDIA’s flagship professional-grade GPU for notebooks.

Eurocom’s Tornado is the company’s flagship mobile workstation. The luggable computer comes in an aluminum + plastic chassis and is equipped with a 17.3-inch display panel (4Kp60 or 2Kp120). Under the hood, the machine is powered by Intel’s desktop-class (socketed) CPUs, as well as NVIDIA’s Quadro Mobile GPUs. In its top configuration, the Tornado F7W comes with Intel’s eight-core Core i9-9900K processor paired NVIDIA’s Quadro P5200 MXM module featuring 16 GB of GDDR5X memory. To cool down its two key components, the mobile workstation uses two cooling systems, each featuring a high-speed blower and five thick heat pipes.

The Tornado F7W can be equipped with up to 128 GB of DDR4-2667 memory, three M.2 PCIe SSDs, as well as two 2.5-inch storage devices for a total of 22 TB of storage space. Meanwhile, those machines powered by Xeon processors can also take advantage of ECC memory. Since the machine uses socketed CPUs, discrete MXM GPUs, SO-DIMMs, and M.2 SSDs, it can be easily upgraded after the purchase, just like a desktop PC.

Moving on to connectivity. the Tornado F7W can be equipped with Intel’s Wireless-AC 8265 supporting 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.2, Rivet’s Killer Wireless-AC 1535 featuring 802.11ac Wi-Fi + Bluetooth 4.1, or Intel’s Wireless-AC 9260 supporting 802.11ac and Bluetooth 5.

On the physical side of things, the system has one GbE port (controlled by the Intel I219-LM to enable vPro and remoted management for Xeon-powered machines), five USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, one Thunderbolt 3/USB Type-C port, two display outputs (HDMI 2.0, mDP), an SD card slot, a SmartCard reader, and 5.1-channel audio connectors. Obviously, the laptop also has a keyboard with a keypad, a 2MP webcam, integrated speakers, and so on.

Since the Eurocom Tornado F7W is a mobile workstation, it has to support workstation-class security. Therefore, the machine comes with a pre-installed TPM 2.0 module, optional BIOS-enabled disk encryption, a fingerprint scanner, a SmartCard reader, and a security lock. For those who want an ultimate security/privacy, Eurocom offers machines without a webcam, microphone, and WLAN/BT.

Time to talk about portability and battery life. The Tornado F7W comes equipped with a 90 Wh battery that the manufacturer affectionately calls "a built-in UPS". Eurocom does not assign an actual battery life rating to the device, but then this isn't a machine that's intended to be away from a power outlet for long. The machine is 51 mm thick and weighs 4.14 kilograms, so it is portable but not especially easy to carry around. For mainstream configurations Eurocom offers a 330 W PSU that weighs 1.24 kilograms (making the effective weight of the PC about 5.4 kilograms), but for ultra-high-end configs the company also has a 780 W PSU that weighs 1.7 kilograms.

Eurocom’s Tornado F7W is already available for order at the company’s website. The cheapest configuration with a Full-HD 120 Hz LCD, Intel’s Xeon E2176G, NVIDIA’s Quadro P3000, 16 GB of RAM, and a 1 TB HDD retails for $3,499. Once the system is beefed up for maximum performance and storage redundancy, the price of the Tornado F7W skyrockets to $14,000 and can actually go all the way to $20,500.

General Specifications of Eurocom Tornado F7W
Display Diagonal 17.3"
General Specifications 1920×1080, 120 Hz, TN, 3 ms, 94% NTSC
3840×2160, 60 Hz, IPS, 400 nits, 100% Adobe RGB
CPU Core i7-8700
Core i7-8700K
Core i7-8086K
Core i7-9700K
Core i9-9900K
Xeon E2176G
Xeon E2186G
PCH Intel C246
Graphics NVIDIA Quadro P3000
NVIDIA Quadro P3200
NVIDIA Quadro P4000
NVIDIA Quadro P4200
NVIDIA Quadro P5000
NVIDIA Quadro P5200
RAM 16 GB DDR4-2133 ECC (single channel)
32 GB DDR4-2133 ECC (dual channel)
64 GB DDR4-2133 ECC (dual channel)
64 GB DDR4-2667 (dual channel)
128 GB DDR4-2667 (dual channel)
Storage 2.5" 2 × 2.5"/9.5mm
M.2 3 × M2 PCIe 3.0 x4
Total Capacity 22 TB
Wireless Intels Wireless-AC 8265 - 802.11ac Wi-Fi (867 Gbps) + Bluetooth 4.2
Rivet Killer 1535 - 802.11ac Wi-Fi (867 Gbps) + Bluetooth 4.1
Intel Wireless-AC 9260 - 802.11ac Wi-Fi (up to 1.73 Gbps) + Bluetooth 5
Ethernet Intel I219-LM
WWAN none
USB 5 × USB 3.0 Type-A
1 × USB 3.1 Type-C (via TB3)
Thunderbolt 1 × Thunderbolt 3
Display Outputs 1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.3
1 × HDMI 2.0
TB3 port
Keyboard Backlit keyboard
Other I/O Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam, fingerprint reader, SD card reader, SmartCard reader, etc.
Battery 90 Wh
PSU 330 W - 780 W (1.24 - 1.7 kilograms)
Dimensions Width 428 mm | 17.12"
Depth 314 mm | 12.56"
Thickness 51 mm | 2.04"
Weight 4.14 kg | 9.1 lbs

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Source: Eurocom

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  • JoeyJoJo123 - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    Pricey and beefy.
  • HStewart - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    Not sure if I would call this a Laptop or Mobile Desktop

    It must be memory or mobile version of chip, Lenovo has a similar equip one with less memory and less storage for $7128 with is less than half the price of $16,000 high end version
  • HStewart - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    It looks li the Lenovo is mobile versions - it would be interesting to compare performance on Lenovo vs this monster huge one in this article
  • Hixbot - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - link

    I wouldn't want to run it on my lap that's for sure.
  • tygrus - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    With CPU+GPU busy you might get 20mins and then it wants to sleep. You might get 60mins if you weren't doing anything but type-and-stare.
  • nerd1 - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    ANY modern 6-core laptop with discrete GPU won't last 40 min under full load.
    CPU will eat ~70W, GPU will eat another ~70W. And the maximum allowable battery capacity is 99Wh. Now do the math.
  • 0ldman79 - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - link

    I think most of the high end stuff at least has the option for a lower TDP while running on battery.

    Even my Skylake i5 cuts down to 1.6GHz by default, I *think* my GTX 960M cuts the max framerate down, I know it cuts the clock speed down.

    It will theoretically pull nearly 100w under full load, that is incredibly difficult to do though, but the limits are cut down significantly while on battery. Those limits can be removed and I'm sure I could wipe my battery out in a few minutes instead of the 8+ hours I tend to see.
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    If you got the means to buy this bricks dunno what's the difference from getting a miniITX-mATX 2950X system + monitor on your car.
  • Notmyusualid - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    @ Lolimaster - again, another ridiculous comment from you.

    Is there anything you think, that you don't say?
  • Kjella - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - link

    It does not matter for the target market. Many moons ago I used something similar, the battery was nearly broken so I had maybe 30 *seconds* of battery - just enough to resume, get a battery panic warning and plug it in if I was quick. But that didn't matter, kept it for two years without getting it repaired/replaced because it went desk-to-desk, client-to-client running on AC 100% of the time. And if it wasn't at the client it was either a hotel room or at home, in a pinch you could find an outlet in a coffee shop or something. A built in UPS and "give me a minute I'll check" on the go are actually the two main use cases, if you're working on the go this is not the machine for you.

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