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17.3" Dual graphic card Skylake laptop

This laptop has two desktop graphics cards built in so has the most powerful graphics performance of any of our laptops. In all other ways it works just like the normal desktop processor laptops.

Why have two graphics cards?

Not all programs which use both cards, so you would only want to buy this laptop if you used a program which used all the power available. DaVinci Resolve is the best program at using two graphics card to achieve more effects. Adobe Premiere Pro CC can use two graphics card but not as much as DaVinci. Where DaVinci uses the dual graphics cards for practically everything, Premiere will use them if the Media Encoder is encoding at the same time as you work in Premiere Pro. Programs like Avid Media Composer and Grass Valley EDIUS will not use two graphics cards.

What are the downsides of two graphics card?

This laptop has two nVidia 980 desktop graphics cards, which gives you as much GPU power as possible but needs more mains power to work. The battery life of the laptop us not long, so you will need to power the laptop from the mains for most work. The laptop has two large power supplies so is reasonably heavy to carry around. However, if you want a computer with this amount of GPU power then the only alternative is carrying around a desktop computer with two GPUs and all the monitors etc.. needed to work it.


This laptop has 1 USB3.1C port as well as 3 normal USB3 ports.  USB3.1 is a new type of port, twice as fast as USB3, which has been released with the Skylake processors.  We have some hard drive bays which use USB3.1 and these are significantly faster than with normal USB sockets.

Thunderbolt 3 for FireWire and proper video i/o

The USB3.1 socket is also a Thunderbolt 3 socket. You can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices, and Thunderbolt 2 devices using a Thunderbolt 3- 2 converter. This means you can add an adaptor to capture through FireWire and use any of the Blackmagic Thunderbolt i/o devices, so you can get video at up to 4K resolution playing from the laptop through a proper video device.

Blackmagic have recently released their Thunderbolt 3 UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3. This means we now have a Thunderbolt device we can connect directly to the laptop. However, you can also use Blackmagic Thunderbolt 2 devices with this laptop using a Thunderbolt 2-Thunderbolt 3 adaptor. You only find Thunderbolt 3 on our desktop processor laptops - this model, the 15" version, 17" version..

Our other laptops can only use the Blackmagic USB3 devices which are limited to 1080 50i resolution and only work with some programs.

What are the downsides compared to our other laptops?

No Quick Sync

Some of our Other laptops can use Quick Sync for fast encoding to Blu-ray and MP4 files.  This is only  used by EDIUS and Vegas so is not an issue for Avid or Premiere Pro users.

Lower battery life

Because the laptop is more powerful it will have a lower battery life than laptops that use laptop processors.  Most people believe that more processing power is more important than battery life.  Typically this laptop will last about an hour on battery when editing; longer if just used for regular computing, such as email.

No Blu-ray or DVD writer

The laptop does not have an optical drive, and you would need to use an external drive for writing DVD and Blu-ray discs which is included in the options below. Our standard Skylake laptop can have an optical drive, whereas our High Spec Skylake laptop cannot.

What are the advantages?

More processing power!  If editing complex timelines or 4K footage you need all the power you can get.  This is the most powerful laptop we can supply.

Thunderbolt 3

Using an adaptor you can connect many Thunderbolt 2 video i/o devices.

No FireWire, but you can capture through a FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor

Most laptops do not have a FireWire port these days, and this is true of most of our range. The HP ZBook can have a FireWire interface, using the Express card socket.  and this laptop can use a FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor to capture DV and HDV footage. This cannot be used to record back to tape, however, but then most people do not archive back to tape any more so it unlikely to be an issue. 

This laptop has a 17.3" screen, which, as will all screens, is the distance from one corner to another.

The standard laptop comes with an HD resolution screen - 1920x1080. However, this can be changed for a 4K screen - 3840x2160. In addition to the 4K resolution the screen has a wide colour gamut which means that the colours are more vibrant than on a normal screen. As it is an IPS screen it can also been seen properly form a wide range of different angles.

Have the screen calibrated

The extra colour range is great but may be a problem if you are trying to grade video on the computer. However, you could have this screen calibrated by us, using a piece of equipment called a "Spyder Elite" which we have at the office, and then you would have the option of switching the screen between different calibrated settings including REC709 and REC2020. The more brilliant colours of this screen also mean that some intensive colours, particularly bright reds and greens "pop" more than you are used to on a normal screen. If you have the screen calibrated then you can choose a setting with less intense colours if you prefer.

We would always recommend that grade by viewing the picture through a proper i/o device, such as those made by Blackmagic, and using a properly calibrated video monitor. If have the laptop screen calibrated it is a reasonable alternative, and definitely better than using just the computer screen but not calibrated, however, a computer screen is never quite as good as a proper video monitor and, for example,will not display interlace picture as well as a video monitor. It is also possible that future graphics card driver updates may slightly alter the way the screen works which means the calibration done when you bought the laptop would not be as accurate as it was when originally done. You can re-do the calibration but you need to own a "Spyder Elite" to do so.

Will the calibration work on another screen I plug into the laptop?

No. Each screen has to be calibrated individually using the hardware we have, as each screen is different. We can only calibrate screens which are connected to the laptop and running Windows.

Make sure your chosen editing program works properly at 4K

New programs have probably been re-written to support 4K, or "HiDPI", screens. Older programs will not and therefore the icons and text will be too small to read properly. Current Adobe Premiere Pro CC2015 and all the current Adobe applications and DaVinci Resolve will scale properly on a 4K screen, Grass Valley EDIUS 8 has been adaptor to HiDPI screens but this work is not quite finished yet (an update is expected in December to make it work a lot better on a 4K screen), and Avid Media Composer 8 does not scale very well. You can always drop the screen resolution to HD (thereby making it pointless to buy a 4k screen!) or use a work-around using a "manifest" file. The latter is a way of scaling a program so that it looks ok, but looks no better than it would have looked on your HD screen.

If you program has been adapted to work properly on a 4K computer screen it will look sharper and nicer.

This laptop can have two normal 2.5" drives and two M.2 drives.  The M.2 drive is very fast and great for use as a program drive, as it will make the computer boot faster and work better.  It can also be used as video drive as well, however, the large size drives - currently the largest size available is a 1TB - are quite expensive. 

What is the difference between "normal" drives, solid state drives and M.2 drives?

Normal drives
...wsometimes refer to as SATA drives, are made in the traditional manor with a series of platters and a head that moves across them to read the data.  We have been using drives like this in desktop and laptop computers for many years.  The big advantage of a normal drive is that they are relatively cheap for the amount of storage you can get.  Laptop drives are 2.5" in size where as desktop drives are bigger - 3.5" - and can be up to 4TB in size.  SATA drives are much faster than drives we were supplying 4-5 years ago and can easily cope with most HD footage, although are not fast enough to handle uncompressed HD video.

Solid state drives - or SSD
These drives are physically the same size as a "Normal" laptop drive are made in a similar way to a USB pen.  They are considerably faster.  They are also more expensive than SATA drives, which is why you would not have a laptop filled with SSDs instead of regular drives.  They are fast enough to run High definition uncompressed footage and are also used in devices like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. 

M.2 drive
This type of drive is effectively the same thing as an SSD but is built into a circuit board, and is smaller.  There are two types of M.2 drives: the "SATA 6Gb/s" drives are the standard ones and good enough to run Windows and seriously speed up performance over the regular drives.  The "PCI-e" drives are the faster variations of M.2 drives for the optimum performance. This laptop can have two M.2 drives as well as two regular drives (either SATA or SSD). These two M.2 drives could both be the faster PCI-e variety, if you prefer.


You can use devices which connect via USB3 or Thunderbolt with this laptop

USB3 devices

This laptop will work with devices like the BlackmagicULTRA STUDIO PRO and theINTENSITY SHUTTLE. , which connect via USB3.  It will not work with Express card devices like the Matrox MXO2.  The USB3 Blackmagic devices can be slightly "picky" on the laptops and programs with which they will work.  These devices work properly in Grass Valley EDIUS,Adobe Premiere Pro and DaVinci Resolve; Avid Media Composer will not work properly with the USB3 devices. These devices are limited to outputting HD signals and cannot output 4K. 

Thunderbolt devices

This laptop has a Thunderbolt 3 connection included. We do not have an Thunderbolt 3 video devices currently - Blackmagic have one planned called the UltraStudio 4K Extreme 3, which is due soon but has not arrived. However, we also have an adaptor which lets Thunderbolt 2 devices work on the Thunderbolt 3 sockets. This means you can add a variety of Thunderbolt i/o devices and get decent video monitoring from the laptop. The Blackmagic Thunderbolt devices which do not draw power through the Thunderbolt connection work fine with this laptop. We are currently having issues with the Blackmagic Thunderbolt Shuttle and Mini Monitor, which we hoped will be solved shortly, although for now we do not recommend these devices with this laptop. Avid have also certified this adaptor to work with their Artist DNxIO.

  • Blackmagic UltraStudio Express - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution 1920 50/60i.
  • Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution UHD 50/60P (N.B. The UHD 50P output through HDMI had limited colour space. EDIUS will not output at UHD @ 50/60P, and is limited to UHD @ 25/30P).
  • Blackmagic Extreme 4K - SDI, HDMI, composite, SVIDEO and component i/o. Maximum resolution UHD 50/60P (EDIUS will not output at UHD @ 50/60P, and is limited to UHD @ 25/30P). This is the Thunderbolt 2 version. It is a variation on this device, with a Thunderbolt 3 connection, that should be arriving soon.

These devices will work with this laptop in EDIUS 8, Premiere Pro CC2015, Avid Media Composer 8 and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve.

Can I view 4K video output from the laptop?

Yes - using the Blackmagic Extreme 4K and a Thunderbolt adaptor as mentioned above. If you choose the version which has a 4k screen built in you can view the image at UHD resolutions on the laptop's screen. Alternatively you can connect a 4K computer screen to the laptop via HDMI or Display port.  HDMI is limited to UHD (4K) at 25 fps.  Display port can do UHD (4K) at 50P or 60P.  As this laptop has very good graphics cards this output is also very good, although not the same use using a proper video device like the Blackmagic UltraStudio 4K

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Dual graphic card "desktop processor" laptop

Base unit

The basic laptop includes a Wireless and Bluetooth module, as well as a 17" 1920x1080 screen.

P870DM3-G 17.3" desktop processor laptop with dual 8GB nVidia GTX1080 graphics cards. Space for 2x M.2 SSDs, and 2 HDs. 5x USB3, 2x USB 3.1 C/ThunderBolt 3 Combo Port, 2x Gbit LAN, SD Cardreader up to SDXC UHS-II, 1x HDMI, 2x Mini DisplayPorts 1.3 (2,629.41 + VAT)


This laptop takes desktop processors. The i7s are the most powerful. The processors with a "K" after the number can be "overclocked" A "de-lidded" processor will run cooler and is useful if overclocking .

4.2Ghz Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+383.78 + VAT)
"De-lidded" Intel Core i7 7700K Kaby Lake 4.2Ghz Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+403.78 + VAT)
3.6Ghz Intel Core i7 7700 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor with HyperThreading (+337.83 + VAT)
3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+256.75 + VAT)
"De-lidded" 3.8GHz Intel Core i5 7600K Kaby Lake Quad Core processor (no HyperThreading) (+276.75 + VAT)
3.5GHz Intel Core i5 7600 Kaby Lake Quad Core processor, (No Hyper-threading) (+240.54 + VAT)
3.GHz Intel Core i5 7400 Kaby Lake processor, Quad Core (no HyperThreading) (+202.70 + VAT)
4.2Ghz Intel Core i3 7350K Kaby Lake processor - dual core with HyperThreading (+202.70 + VAT)

How much RAM do you want in the laptop?

All the major programs are now 64 bit which means they will use as much RAM as you have available. 8GB is OK, 16GB is recommended, 32GB or 64GB is not essential, but nice.

8GB RAM (2 x4GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (69.12 + VAT)
16GB RAM (2 x8GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (121.64 + VAT)
32GB RAM (2x16GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (200.00 + VAT)
64GB RAM (4x16GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (400.00 + VAT)

Choose the screen size

This laptop can have a standard HD resolution screen or an optional 4K "wide gammut" screen. You can also choose to have the screen calibrated to match a proper video colour space, for an extra 20.

Standard 17.3" HD screen - 1920x1080 (+0.00 + VAT)
17" Matte 4K IPS LED Screen (3840x2160) for P775 Laptop (+100.00 + VAT)
17" Calibrated Matte 4K IPS LED Screen (3840x2160) for P775 Laptop (+120.00 + VAT)

Main hard drive

Choose an M.2 drive from this list for Windows, and you can have two other "normal" drives as well for video. You do not have to use an M.2 drive, you could choose a cheaper normal drive below instead.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
120GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+52.94 + VAT)
250GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+88.23 + VAT)
500GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+141.17 + VAT)
1TB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+276.47 + VAT)
128GB M.2 high performance PCI-e drive (+55.29 + VAT)
250GB M.2 (PCI-e) NVME high performance solid state drive (+92.94 + VAT)
500GB (PCI-e) M.2 NVME high performance solid state drive (+170.58 + VAT)

1st hard drive

If you want a really fast boot drive choose an M.2 drive above and use this drive bay for a video drive, either a normal drive or a faster solid state drive..

1TB 7200 RPM notebook drive (60.81 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM notebook drive (45.94 + VAT)
750GB 7200RPM notebook drive (54.05 + VAT)
240GB Solid State Drive (87.83 + VAT)
500GB Solid State Drive (148.64 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (277.02 + VAT)
2TB 5400 RPM notebook drive - slower than a 7200 RPM, drive but good enough for regular SD and HD video. A faster drive will let you do more layers of video as well. (90.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (470.58 + VAT)
None (0.00 + VAT)

Second hard drive

This laptop can have two normal laptop drives as well as the M.2 drive. Choose your secon drive here..

None (+0.00 + VAT)
750GB 7200RPM notebook drive (+54.05 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM notebook drive (+45.94 + VAT)
1TB 7200 RPM notebook drive (+60.81 + VAT)
240GB Solid State Drive (+87.83 + VAT)
500GB Solid state drive (+148.64 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (+277.02 + VAT)
2TB 5400 RPM notebook drive - slower than a 7200 RPM, drive but good enough for regular SD and HD video. A faster drive will let you do more layers of video as well. (+90.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (+470.58 + VAT)

Second M.2 hard drive

You can have a second M.2 drive in the system, which would be useful as an After Effects Cache drive (for example)

None (+0.00 + VAT)
120GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+52.94 + VAT)
250GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+88.23 + VAT)
500GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+141.17 + VAT)

External Optical drive

This laptop does not have an optical drive. You can choose a DVD or Blu-ray writer - Blu-ray writer will also write DVDs

None (+0.00 + VAT)
External USB2 DVD-RW Writer (+20.27 + VAT)
External USB2 Blu-ray and DVD-RW writer with Power DVD (+80.00 + VAT)
External USB2 DVD-RW Writer with Power DVD (+33.55 + VAT)

Wireless and Bluetooth module

As standard we fit a powerful wireless and Bluetooth module. The laptop also has a Gigabit wired network socket.

M.2 Wireless AC & Bluetooth module (+10.81 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Which version of Windows do you want?

All modern editing programs work on Windows 10. Windows 7 is only available while stocks last.

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 10 Home 64 bit (101.35 + VAT)
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)

Which editing program would you like installed?

We could use any of the programs listed or install your own software or an Adobe Creative Cloud licence.

None - or use a program I already own or an Adobe Creative Cloud subscritpion (0.00 + VAT)
EDIUS Pro 8 (365.00 + VAT)
EDIUS 8 Workgroup for systems (540.00 + VAT)
Upgrade EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 8 (149.00 + VAT)
Use my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription - send the details separately (0.00 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (266.76 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC upgrade from Premiere Pro CS5 and above - 1 year subscription (171.00 + VAT)
Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence (636.00 + VAT)
SPECIAL OFFER : Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence upgrade from CS5 or above 12 months subscription (456.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 (65.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 & Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (99.17 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 EDIT (Just Vegas editing program) (299.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas Pro 14 (Vegas with DVD Architect 6) download version (449.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 Suite - Magix Vegas, DVD Architect and Sound Forge (599.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve (Free) (0.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve Studio (699.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer Permanent licence (999.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer with dongle (1,399.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year support contract (220.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year subscription (468.00 + VAT)


Choose to add a mouse. The laptop has a very nice trackpad but there are times when a mouse is easier.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wheel Mouse (+6.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wireless mouse (+18.91 + VAT)
5 button Optical wheel Mouse (+12.16 + VAT)

Laptop bag

You don't have to have a bag but it will protect the laptop and make it easy to carry!

None (+0.00 + VAT)
17" Laptop standard bag - our normal laptop bag, complete with padding to keep the laptop safe (read more) (+35.29 + VAT)
17" Laptop backpack - A backpack for the laptop which is the correct size for air travel (read more) (+63.35 + VAT)

Add a FireWire adaptor

Add a Thunderbolt-FireWire adaptor with a Thunderbolt2-3 adaptor to capture DV or HDV footage into this laptop.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor with Thunderbolt 2-Thunderbolt 3 adaptor (+99.99 + VAT)
FireWire-Thunderbolt adaptor without adaptor (only choose this if you already own the Thunderbolt 2-3 comverter) (+27.02 + VAT)
Thunderbolt 2 - Thunderbolt 3 adaptor - order this if you want to use any Thunderbolt 2 devices with the laptop (+78.37 + VAT)

Add extra hardware to capture and playback video

The Thunderbolt devices require the Thunderbolt 2 to 3 adaptor listed above. The USB3 devcies are cheaper but not quite as reliable as Thunderbolt.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle Thunderbolt (+179.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Express - Thunderbolt (+369.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic 4K Extreme - Thunderbolt (+2,099.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic 4K Extreme 3-Thunderbolt 3 version (+2,099.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Monitor - Thunderbolt 2 - HDMI and SDI out ONLY (+109.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Mini Recorder - Thunderbolt 2 - HDMI and SDI in ONLY (+109.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Intensity Shuttle -USB 3 (+149.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI (+299.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Pro (+659.00 + VAT)

DVD & Blu-ray authoring program

For more comprehensive DVD and Blu-ray authoring you may want to add a different program. We would suggest eitherSony DVD Architect and Adobe Encore CS6.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Magix DVD Architect Pro 6 (in a bundle with Magix Vegas Pro 14) (+430.03 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (+266.76 + VAT)

Antivirus program

If your machine is connected to the Internet you should be using an Anti-virus program. Many interfere with editing programs; in our tests Panda does not cause any problems.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence (+15.77 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

USB Pen with installation files

As this laptop does not have an optical drive we supply the installation files & drivers on a USB pen. You will only need this in emergencies; the laptop arrives fully installed & tested.

USB Pen with installation files (Free) (+0.00 + VAT)

Detailed specification for the Clevo P870DM2-G (2 x 8GB GTX-1070):

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (W x D x H)428mm x 308mm x 45mm
Processor SupportSupport 6th Generation Intel® Core™ Processors
Memory TypeSupports DDR4 2133MHz
Number of Modules4
Maximum Supported Memory64GB
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Type2 x 9.5mm 2.5" S-ATA Hard Drive Support
M.2 Port2 x M.2 2280 SSD Ports, 1 x M.2 2280 PCI-e Port
Display & Graphics
GraphicsChoice of graphics cards - refer to configurator.
Screen Size17.3 inch Widescreen
Screen TypeIPS
Native/Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Nvidia® Optimus™ TechnologyN/A
ChipsetIntel High Definition Audio
Channels2 channel HD Audio
ConnectionsHeadphone, microphone, Line-in and S/PDIF jack
Speakers2 x 2W Stereo Speakers
SubwooferBuilt in one Subwoofer
Integrated MicrophoneYes, Array Microphone
External Audio SupportExternal 7.1CH audio output supported by headphone, microphone, Line-in jack, S/PDIF
LANQualcomm® Killer™ Gigabit LAN
Wireless SupportWireless LAN 802.11AC/B/G/N (M.2 Interface)
Bluetooth SupportBluetooth V4.0 module support
Webcam2.0MP FHD Webcam
Firewire (IEEE 1394)N/A
Keyboard & Mouse
KeysFull size backlit isolated keyboard with numeric pad
Language SupportMulti-Language support
Pointing Device | Touchpad MouseBuilt in touch pad with multi-gesture and scrolling function
Backlit KeyboardYes
Memory Card Reader
Memory Card Reader6-in-1 Card Reader (MMC / RSMMC / SD / Mini SD / SDHC / SDXC)
HDMI Ports1
USB5 x USB 3.0 ports (1 x powered USB port, AC/DC)
1 x USB 3.1 port
Display2 x Display port 1.2
LAN1 x RJ-45 jack
Kensington LockYes
Additional Features
NVIDIA GameStreamYes
NVIDIA ShadowPlayYes
Webcam2.0MP FHD Webcam
Battery & Power Lead
Battery Type8 cell Smart Lithium-Ion battery pack, 89.21WH
Typical Battery LifeUp to 3 Hours
Power Lead & AC Adpater1 x Power Lead included with AC Adapter
Fingerprint ScannerYes
Kensington LockYes

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