Eurocom now accepts orders for its Sky Z7 R2, a "mobile supercomputer" (read: laptop) with modular components that allow DIY upgrades beyond the usual suspects. That is, in addition to RAM and storage, you can change the CPU and GPU and even the LCD panel. Don’t expect to incorporate next-generation hardware into this thing.
"As newer and improved technologies appear within the same chipset, the hardware components of the Eurocom Sky Z7 R2 such as the CPU, GPU, RAM, storage, LCD, to name a few, can be upgraded and replaced relatively. easily to gain more power as desired, ”says Eurocom.
"Having modular components greatly increases the life of the laptop for many years and prevents the cycle of having to buy new laptops every few years, which may be the case for most laptops. ; laptops that have non-upgradeable components, "the company adds.
The Sky Z7 R2 is based on Intel's Z590 chipset for Rocket Lake, with support for desktop-class processors. Eurocom’s liability exemption for the chipset really comes down to the socket: LGA 1200 in this case. When Alder Lake arrives later this year, it will be accompanied by a new LGA 1700 socket, making it impossible to upgrade to a next-generation CPU.
So, in essence, if you start with the top CPU option, a Core i9 11900K, the CPU upgrade path disappears. That is, unless Intel launches a higher-end SKU from Rocket Lake, which is not likely.
As businesses can do, laptops don’t allow the same level of upgrade as a desktop PC, because a wholesale motherboard change is often out of the question. Hence, the waiver of upgrades must be "within the same chipset."
That’s part of what he has Dell won a class action lawsuit for its Alienware Area-51M R1, which was built around a Z390 motherboard and Intel's 9th generation CPUs. Dell announced an "unprecedented upgrade," but when Intel came out with its tenth-generation CPUs, it changed the socket. The lawsuit alleges that Dell misled customers about the degree of Alienware upgrade. It remains to be seen what, if any, will come from the demand.
As for the Sky Z7 R2, it is also unknown whether next-generation GPUs will be supported whenever they arrive. Eurocom says the laptop has MXM 3.1 V2.0 GPUs upgradeable to GeForce RTX 3080, so it may be the end of the line.
All of this, at least it’s good that most of the pieces are modular. Buyers who opt for lower out-of-door components could get a faster CPU or GPU down the line, if the need arises, or replace the failing parts instead of replacing the entire notebook.
However, this luxury has a premium. He Sky Z7 R2 starts at $ 3,199 and includes a 17.3-inch display with a 300Hz refresh rate, a Core i7 10700KF processor (Comet Lake, which uses the same LGA 1200 socket as Rocket Lake), a GeForce RTX 3070 GPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM -2666 and 250 GB SSD Samsung 980 Pro. Add $ 141 more if you want Windows 10 Home installed.