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Razer updates Blade, Blade Stealth laptops with Pascal and Kaby Lake

By Jos
Sep 2, 2016
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  1. The 2016 Razer Blade was already an excellent contender for anyone looking for a sleek and lightweight gaming notebook. It has a beautiful, high-resolution display, a stunning chassis that’s both thin and light, Thunderbolt 3 with USB Type C connector, and can support an external desktop GPU via Razer Core. It did, however, use an Nvidia 9 Series mobile GPU for graphics at a time when a new generation was just around the corner.

    Today the company is refreshing the Blade with a Pascal-based GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a new 1TB storage option. Razer claims the GPU upgrade should offer a performance increase of more than 40% compared to the previous generation. There is no Intel 7th generation option as there are no mobile quad-core Kaby Lake chips yet.

    Starting at $1,799 for the 14” Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte display option and $2,099 if you opt for the QHD+ (3200 x 1800) IGZO panel, the Razer Blade comes standard with a Skylake Core i7-6700HQ processor with Intel HD Graphics 530, 16GB of DDR4 dual-channel memory, the aforementioned GTX 1060 and a 256GB SSD.

    Other than that the 14-inch Razer Blade is pretty much the same great thin gaming laptop, with the same colorful Chroma keyboard and 70 watt-hour battery.

    The updated Razer Blade can be preordered today for delivery in October.

    Razer is also updating the Blade Stealth, the company’s first ultrabook which made its debut at CES in January. Headlining the new changes is a new 7th generation 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7500U processor with Intel HD 620 graphics and a larger battery that should provide up to 9 hours of usable battery life according to the company.

    The base model starts at $999 and comes with a 2,560 x 1440 QHD IGZO touch display, 8GB of RAM and 128GB of SSD storage, but now you also have the option to get twice as much RAM, and up to 512GB of solid state storage. A 4K variant is also available priced at $1,599 with a 512GB SSD or $1,999 with a full terabyte of solid state storage.

    Although the Blade Stealth is billed as an ultrabook and not a gaming powerhouse on its own, it is also compatible with the Razer Core external GPU housing via Thunderbolt 3.

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  2. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,552   +854

    I like the smaller laptop being cheapish and compatible with the external GPU dock, but I hate the power saving processor. Id rather it be a bit thicker but have the HQ or however the numbering goes instead of the U.
     
  3. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    Nice... 1060 and maybe an SSD upgrade and that'll do me for a few years
     
  4. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 861   +272

    Will there be a future option of the 1070 or 1080?
     
  5. Radical

    Radical TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +22

    Err... You mean like the Razer Blade...? Cos that is literally what is on offer here.
     
  6. texasrattler

    texasrattler TS Booster Posts: 104   +26

    It's HQ, that represents that the model has a quad core processor. U models are dual core.
    Only gaming models will typically ever get the quad core models. It's not billed as a gaming model so that is why your getting it cheaper. It may handle a external gpu and why that can help in certain situations it still does not make it a gaming laptop. That is the misconception most have about gaming laptops. Just because it has a gpu doesn't automatically make it a gaming laptop as there are tons of laptops that have a gpu but lack the processing power to do any real gaming.
     
  7. Radical

    Radical TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +22

    The Razer Blade has a 45W i7 6700HQ, whereas the Stealth has a 7500u. The Blade is a little bigger and heavier than the Stealth, but not by much. Razer offers both presumably to cater to people like yourself.
     
  8. Tinianxxx

    Tinianxxx TS Rookie

    http://www.cpu-world.com/Compare/93...-6700HQ_vs_Intel_Core_i7_Mobile_i7-7500U.html 6700 has 4 cores 45 watts 7500 has 2 cores 15 watts your choice.
     
  9. Spence1115

    Spence1115 TS Enthusiast Posts: 33   +24

    And yet you then say

    So which is it?
     
  10. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 861   +272

    Did you read the article? One of them DOES have Kaby Lake.... One doesn't....
     
  11. CaptainTom

    CaptainTom TS Booster Posts: 157   +61

    You want to put a 180w GPU in something the size of a MacBook? Ok buddy...
     
  12. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 861   +272

    Yes I do....
     
  13. ikesmasher

    ikesmasher TS Evangelist Posts: 2,552   +854

    not worth the 800 extra dollars for a non-ultrabook CPU. id rather have a base model with the exact same specs as the ultra book with the HQ.
     
  14. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    Currently at that perf they can't extract the heat in that form factor so they would either throttle the hell out of it or make the case a lot larger like those brick heavy 15"/17" gaming laptops.
     
  15. Squid Surprise

    Squid Surprise TS Guru Posts: 861   +272

    Don't care.. I want one :)

    Which is why my laptop is crazy thick and heavy...
     
  16. Darth Shiv

    Darth Shiv TS Evangelist Posts: 1,620   +376

    1070s and 1080s are due and will be in larger laptops. 1060 in smaller form factor is a great option for 1080p AAA gaming.
     

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