Eurocom’s P5 workstation/server laptop
Robert Dow on June 10th 2015 |
An all-in-one device that could even be used for gaming
Earlier this year Eurocom launched the P5 Pro line. This 15.3 desktop replacement is quite a versatile platform, Eurocom offers the laptop as a gaming laptop which is equipped with a Core i7 and GTX 980M GPU, a Mobile Workstation which includes an option for a Core i7-4960X Extreme Edition or XEON E5-2600 v2 with Nvidia Quadro graphics or you can configure the P5 Pro to be a Mobile Sever with a 4-core/8 treads Intel XEON E3-1200 v3 processor with 5TeraBytes of storage with four physical drives (2x M.2 + 2x 2.5").
We were able to get our hands on a Workstation configuration of the Eurocom’s P5, the Eurocom P5 Pro SE. Our P5 Pro SE Eurocom unit houses some impressive technology an Intel Xeon E3-1271 processor running at 3.6 GHz with a top of the line Nvidia Quadro K5100M GPU, Quadro pushes one of the most impressive laptop monitors we have seen a 15.6-inch 4K QFHD 3840x2160 display. The P5 has a 1 Terabyte drive, 32GB of RAM and runs Windows 8.1.
There are four USB 3.0 ports, 2 DisplayPorts, and a HDMI slot. Eurocom placed these ports in the back of the machine which we prefer because it gives the user the option to place the addition monitors on either side of the laptop without running the cord around the desk. The unit also has a built-in ExpressCard 34/54 slot.
Another great feature of the P5 is the Onkyo sound system, it’s not expected to find such audio options available in a workstation, but given this system can also be configured as a gaming platform it is understandable.
We expected to see outstanding performance from the P5 Pro SE and it definitely did not disappoint. We stacked the Eurocom up against HP Zbook 15u with an Intel Core-i7-5600U 2.6GHz and AMD FirePro M4170, and a Dell M3800 with a Intel Core i7-4702HQ 2.2 GHz and Nvidia K1100M. The HP has a 1920 x 1800 display with the Dell M3800 running a 3200x1800 display. We realize this is not a direct apples to apples test but we wanted to give the Eurocom a bar to jump over.
We expected to see this type of performance from the P5 Pro and it did not disappoint.
The performance of the P5 Pro was so good that it offset the total cost of the system. GPUs perform so well these days usually we see a benefit for mainstream systems; however, the P5 Pro is so loaded when it comes to processing power then it offset the cost disadvantage.
We even did a Pmark calculation, based on the following data.
What do we think?
The Eurocom P5 platform is a quite versatile box, you can choose between a i3 or the latest generation Haswell Xeon. We were very impressed with the performance. Eurocom hand tweaks their system to get the maximum performance out of them. Overclocking—yes, but with considerable care and testing. The next result is one of the most powerful machines we had the opportunity to play with.
However, it was also one of the heaviest machines, coming in at 7.5 pounds, as compared to 4.2 pounds for the M3800 and Zbook 15u.