While our regular tech guru Kosta "Toadovsky" Andreadis
is bed-ridden with some kind of malware flu, it's my duty to try and be the tech savvy guy. Unfortunately, I'm kind of not, but I am learning. And today there's a bit of tech news about, which I feel is some kind of test, beginning with the announcement of some seriously refreshed Razer Blade
gaming laptops joining the land of the RTX GPU
Originally reviewed midway through last year
as "Essential Kit" by the aforementioned bed-ridden Toadovsky
, the Razer Blade 15 and its bigger sister, the Razer Blade Pro 17
have had some significant updates applied for the latest generation of mobile desktop gaming. Here's Razer's official word:
Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced the release of their redesigned and reconfigured 17” gaming laptop, the Razer Blade Pro 17. Razer’s new flagship gaming laptop has been rebuilt from the ground up. With its innovative design, best-in-class components, and abundant ports, the Razer Blade Pro 17 is the pinnacle of laptop gaming prowess.
Crafted to provide the most performance in the smallest possible package, the new Razer Blade Pro 17 is up to 25% smaller than other 17” gaming laptops of its class.
Thermal management has been enhanced by Razer’s vapour chamber cooling system and a new multi-fan design. This ensures that the Razer Blade Pro 17 will remain cool during the most intense tournaments or video rendering sessions.
Equipped with the 9th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-9750H CPU with a base clock speed of 2.6Ghz and boost speed of up to 4.5GHz, the new Razer Blade Pro 17 can demolish any workload at breakneck speeds. Ideal for the mobile power user, the new 6-core CPU with Hyperthreading technology is excellent for streaming in remote locations or rendering a video on the fly.
Powered by the new NVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ GPUs, the new Razer Blade Pro 17 will be available with a choice of RTX 2060, RTX 2070 with Max-Q Design, or the RTX 2080 with Max-Q Design. Featuring the real-time ray tracing capabilities of RTX, gamers can experience improved graphical fidelity. NVIDIA’s Creator Ready Driver ensures that users can enjoy reduced render times and improved efficiency.
The new Razer Blade Pro 17 will come with 16GB of DDR4-2667MHz dual-channel memory to handle any work session. For enthusiasts looking to push the limits, the expandable memory slots now support the installation of Intel® XMP compatible memory, with speeds up to 3200MHz for increased bandwidth.
A blazing fast 512GB PCIe SSD is included in every model of the Razer Blade Pro 17 as well as an additional, unpopulated, m.2 drive slot compatible with both SATA and PCIe standards. Each drive slot is upgradable to up to 2TB for users in need of additional storage.
“The new Blade Pro is the most powerful and versatile Razer laptop ever, capable of replacing the most powerful desktop computers,” says Razer’s Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan via press release. “It is the perfect laptop for gamers who demand a large display, an insane amount of connectivity options, and excellent performance with no room for compromise.”
Meanwhile, here's what the company had to share about the Razer Blade 15:
The Razer Blade 15 laptop series [is] now equipped with 9th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 6 Core processors. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced models will now be available with a 240Hz Full HD or 4K OLED touch display option while the Razer Blade 15 Base model gets a boost to 144Hz Full HD and GeForce RTX™ graphics.
Intel’s Latest and Greatest
The new Razer Blade 15 Advanced comes packed with the latest 9th-generation Intel® Core™ i7-9750H CPU clocked at 2.6GHz with Max Turbo speeds up to 4.5GHz. The new 6-core processor offers creators faster workflows and increased efficiency while giving gamers reduced bottlenecking and better multitasking for streaming. The Razer Blade 15 Advanced models will sport the new Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX200 WLAN card capable of achieving up to 2.4 Gbps so users can spend less time waiting on updates and more time playing.
Ultra-Fast 240Hz Full HD
Take your laptop gaming experience to the extreme with the new 15.6” Full HD (1920x1080) 240Hz refresh rate display available on the new Razer Blade 15 Advanced.
From hunting down enemies to scrolling through long documents, the high refresh rate on the edge-to-edge display will make for a faster and more enjoyable experience overall. The display covers 100% of the sRGB colour gamut and is custom calibrated to deliver amazing visuals experience out of the box.
Finished with a matte surface to reduce glare, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced with 240Hz display is perfect for gaming anywhere at any time.
“The Razer Blade 15 is the perfect companion for hardcore gamers and power users,” says Razer Co-founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan, again via the same press release. “Now we’re packing even more performance in the same slim form factor to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding gamers, esports athletes and content creators.”
That's a lot of fancy tech talk, but given my knowledge of how those machines were received in their previous iterations and the onset takeover of GPUs through NVIDIA's RTX tech, it's all very impressive.
The starting price for the Blade Pro 17 is currently at AUD$4,299.00, while the Blade 15's base model is starting at AUD$2,549.00 with the Advanced Model starting at AUD$4,399.00. All models will be available in May, 2019.