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
  m452
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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  • 0ldman79 - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - link

    I use my laptops like that 99% of the time even if they have excellent battery life.

    Lithium ion has a set number of discharge cycles. I'd rather not hit mine if at all possible.

    I have to wonder though, on a laptop it seems to be a pretty firm number, around 400 cycles and the battery starts dying. My phones and tablet, however, have been cycled a few thousand times and still have 99% of the battery capacity. The battery life issues that I have are usage related, an app draws too much or I use it too much.
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  • ads295 - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    If you're running on AC all the time then that means you're battery is at 100% all the time and THAT means it won't last very long...
    I cycle my battery between 45-75% since that's best for longevity (actually best is 65-75% but nobody got time fo dat)
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  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    Wasn't it supposed to be an option to simply bypass battery and run from the wall like a normal PC? Reply
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    I really think high end smartphones you should with dc output + brick specially when using then as small media centers for the bed. Reply
  • npz - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    A more apt name would be Volcano. Reply
  • npz - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    Though I guess you can expect a Tornado's worth of noise from it. Reply
  • nerd1 - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    Meanwhile I have trouble cooling i9-9900K using 240mm AIO cooler... Reply
  • IBM760XL - Friday, November 9, 2018 - link

    I've been hoping they'd come out with something like this, but with Ryzen. The 2700 would be an excellent option for a "portable desktop" option like this, with two more cores, or less TDP (and thus noise), or both depending on which of the Intel option you are comparing it to. Throw in the 2700E as a low-noise option, and the 2700X as a maximum-performance one, and you'd have an option for all preferences. Could even offer a Ryzen 3/5 as a starter option, since it would be socketed and upgradeable. Reply
  • Lolimaster - Sunday, November 11, 2018 - link

    Asus is selling one but with the 1700. Reply
  • Tams80 - Saturday, November 10, 2018 - link

    I've never seen a 90 Wh battery look so small. Haha.

    That said, it's actually a fairly big battery for this type of machine and still allows you to fly with it (and not to use on the go, you muppets who think it's a laptop).
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