Razer has unveiled its latest Blade 17 with the latest NVIDIA and Intel parts aimed at both gamers and content creators. It also launched the milder, but much cheaper and still quite well-equipped Blade 15 Base, also equipped with Intel’s latest 11th generation CPUs.
Blade 17 is definitely the star of this show, as it comes with Intel’s 8th-core 11th generation Core i9-11900H, the same one we saw on its Blade 15 laptop earlier this year. As Intel’s first 10-nanometer gaming PC chips, it delivers a 19 percent speed boost over similar latest-generation CPUs, Intel claims. You can also clock the chip up to 4.9 GHz while watching a stock PL1 power outlet of 65 watts. All of this means you should see more performance and energy efficiency at the same time, according to Razer and Intel.
To compliment that CPU, you can get the Blade 17 with up to an RTX 3080 GPU in either 8 GB or 16 GB configurations, depending on the screen. And there are three display options: you can get it with a 120Hz 4K HDR 400 nit touch screen for content creation (with 16GB VRAM RTX 3080 configuration), a 360Hz 1080p screen for the fastest possible game, or a 240Hz 2,560 x 1,440 screen for a mixture of the two.
Other specifications include 32 GB 3200 MHz Dual-Channel DDR4 RAM (can be upgraded to 64 GB), up to a 4 TB NVMe SSD (with an open M.2 slot) and many ports: Two Thunderbolt 4 ports (USB-C 3.2 Gen2), three USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type A ports, HDMI 2.1 and a UHS-III SD card reader. It also comes with WiFi6, a 1080p webcam with Windows Hello IR, THX spatial audio support, a 4-microphone system and a 70.5 WHr battery.
All this fits into a 6.06 pound square body with typical Razer styling that is relatively slim at 19.9 mm. Blade 17 is now available for pre-order for $ 2400, but you pay up to $ 3700 for the 4K display-equipped model with 32 GB RAM and an RTX 3080 with 16 GB DDR6 VRAM.
Blade 15 Base (below) is more modestly equipped than the model or Blade 15 we saw in May. However, it still has respectable components, including Intel’s 8-core i7-11800H processor and up to RTX 3070 8 GB graphics. It also comes with either a 144Hz 1080p IPS, THX-certified monitor or a 165Hz QHD monitor with up to 100 percent DCI-P3 coverage.
Other features on the Blade 15 Base include a single Thunderbolt 4 port (USB-C), three USB 3.2 Gen 2 ports, a USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 port, HDMI 2.1 and Gigabit ethernet. It’s a bit of a downturn from the Blade 15 advanced, which has an extra Thunderbolt port and an SD UHS III card reader. However, you will also pay significantly less, as the Blade 15 Base starts at $ 1800, compared to the $ 2300 starting price on the Blade Advanced.
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