Eurocom - a company famous for making 'mobile servers' in oversized laptop shells that offer ridiculous levels of performance and storage - has created an MXM module offering a drop-in Radeon HD 6970M GPU for its systems.
The 'laptops' that Eurocom specialises in aren't the sort of thing you'd like to carry around: not only do they weigh an absolute ton, but the use of high-power components - including many-core desktop-rated processors and in-built RAID arrays of full size, full-speed hard drives - mean that the battery life isn't much to speak of either.
Designed as mobile servers - for demonstration purposes, emergency replacements, and disaster recovery uses - Eurocom's systems are a niche product, but the company's latest creation could expand the interest in its range.
The Radeon HD 6970M MXM board is a drop-in replacement graphics board for the company's portable and embedded creations, built around a compact mini-PCIe design which is an industry standard - making it compatible with other systems, too.
Based on AMD's Blackcomb XT chipset, the portable version of the Radeon HD 6970 GPU sits on 12-layer PCB and packs an impressive 2GB of dedicated GDDR5 graphics memory on a 256-bit bus. With a processing engine running at 680MHz and the memory at 900MHz (4,600MHz equivalent) Eurocom claims that it's the fastest available MXM board - and the benchmarks suggest that it's right.
Although Eurocom's target customers will be likely using the device to offload massively parallel processing tasks from the central processor via OpenCL and DirectX 11's DirectCompute functions, the company has offered results from common gaming benchmarks to demonstrate the board's power. With scores of 13,397 in 3DMark '11, and an impressive sustained 29.3 frames per second from the heavy-duty Unigine Heaven 2.1 benchmark, it's a board that will get on-the-go gamers drooling.
While the impressively high - for a mobile part - TDP will keep it out of reach of those upgrading standard issue laptops, the new board will make an impressive upgrade for those capable of supplying it with the power it needs - although Eurocom has yet to set pricing for the device.