Razer Unleashes Blade 14 Gaming Laptop: Ryzen 5000 Mobile with GeForce Graphicsby Gavin Bonshor on June 14, 2021 6:30 PM EST
During their E3 2021 gaming event this afternoon, Razer has launched the latest variant of its popular Blade 14 gaming laptop. For the first time, Razer is using an AMD processor to power its latest Blade 14 thin gaming laptop. Marking a milestone within the company, the Razer Blade includes plenty of features, including Wi-Fi 6E, dual USB 3.2 G2 Type-C, and multiple options with NVIDIA's GeForce RTX graphics for fine-tuning the laptop's portable gaming performance.
Back in 2011, when Razer first entered the gaming laptop market, the competition between Intel and AMD in the desktop and mobile space wasn't like it is now. Since then, a lot has changed with the emergence of AMD's Ryzen architecture, and at present, it is doing very well. With Ryzen Mobile offering powerful performance and in January, it launched its Ryzen 5000 Mobile parts at CES 2021.
With Razer commanding a niche market in the laptop space with all of its models designed for gaming, the latest Razer Blade 14 comes equipped with AMD's Ryzen 9 5900HX processor, with eight cores, sixteen threads, a maximum boost clock speed of 4.6 GHz, and is unlocked allowing users to apply overclocks. While the Blade 14 isn't an 'AMD Advantage' system benefiting from both AMD processor and graphics, it marks a big step for a brand typically associated specifically with Intel chips.
The AMD Ryzen powered Razer Blade 14 comes with two choices in regards to panel type. This includes the option of a 1080p 144 Hz 100% sRGB display, or a more premium 1440p 165 Hz 100% DCI-P3 display. Both panels are IPS-based and come with variable refresh rate support. For storage, the Razer Blade 14 includes a 1 TB PCIe 3.0 x4 NVMe SSD, while memory comes in the form of 16 GB of DDR4-3200. Unfortunately for buyers looking at later-life upgrades, the memory is fixed onto the motherboard, so 16 GB is all it ever will have.
Buyers can select between three NVIDIA options in terms of graphics. This includes a GeForce RTX 3060 mobile GPU with 6 GB of VRAM, an RTX 3070 with 8 GB of VRAM, or an RTX 3080 also with 8 GB of VRAM. All three models have their GPUs set to 100 W TGP (total graphics power). Keeping the components cool is a vapor chamber cooling solution, and Razer is advertising up to 12-hours battery life and comes with a compact 230 W power adapter.
Razer is also touting the Blade 14 as the world's thinnest gaming laptop, and the dimensions make it rather sleek indeed. It's 16.8 mm thick, with a 220 mm x 319.7 mm footprint. Although Razer didn't provide us with details on the weight, the frame itself is custom CNC milled from a single block of T6 grade aluminum, commonly used for aircraft parts, and comes with a matte black anodized finish. Other design aspects include per-RGB backlit keys powered by Razer Chroma and features an N-Key rollover keyboard. The keys themselves have a 1 mm actuation, and keys can be programmed via Razer Synapse 3. Also included is a large glass precision trackpad, which is Windows Precision-capable and adapts to usage and can respond to multiple finger gestures.
I/O connectivity include two USB 3.2 G2 Type-C ports with DP alt-mode and 100 W charging capabilities, two USB 3.2 G2 Type-A ports, one HDMI 2.1 video output, and a single 3.5 mm combo audio port. Along the top of the bezel is a Windows Hello 720p webcam and comes with THX-certified Spatial Audio with two premium speakers. The Blade 14 also comes with a Kensington lock for security on the go.
The AMD Ryzen 5900HX powered Razer Blade 14 will start shipping from June 14th, with prices starting at $1799.
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eastcoast_pete - Monday, June 14, 2021 - linkIt might be "the world's thinnest" gaming laptop, but to me that's almost meaningless if it comes at the expense of zero memory upgradability. That's a dumb design choice! Especially as this uses standard DDR4 RAM, and not (faster) low power DDR, which could at least partially justify the choice of soldered-in, non-expandable RAM.
Tams80 - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkHaving upgradeable memory (anything really) is better. Let me say that.
But realistically, once you upgrade RAM on a laptop are you ever going to upgrade it again? Probably not (as you'll probably go for the max and therefore likely not have motherboard support for higher amounts, if you ever need more in a laptop).
So, if you see this as 16GB of RAM and that's it and that meets your needs, then it's fine. Overpriced, for sure, but it is also a Razer.
eastcoast_pete - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkI agree with you on some points, but I am also the kind of person who likes to hang on to my laptop for several years (as in 3 or more). And that's where the ability to add another 8 or 16 GB RAM comes in. I wouldn't buy a laptop with fixed 16 GB anymore, never mind 8 GB; I simply don't know if I would want or need 24 or 32 GB RAM in two or three years from now. But yes, if I buy a new laptop every two years or so, the absence of an option to add RAM probably wouldn't matter.
meacupla - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkwell, you wouldn't want 24GB of ram, because then it won't run in dual channel.
I could totally see configuring a 5900HX with 32GB of ram from the start.
erinadreno - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkI believe you can actually buy 96Gb x64 width lpddr chips, which would in term be 24GB in dual channel. And that's how most 12GB ram phone was made. Pointless, but possible
FakThisShttyGame - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkThey should allow you to upgrade the laptop gpu and cpu as well no? Upgrading ram doesnt add much performance upgrade comparing to cpu and gpu
lmcd - Monday, June 14, 2021 - linkWild, I didn't think they'd sacrifice access to their external gpu product. Guess that's a misprediction on my part.
bsleek - Tuesday, June 15, 2021 - linkAgreed. I was looking for any TBx connectivity which I realize would need an extra component in an AMD system but I figured Razer might be the first to offer this. I guess not (yet?).
patel21 - Monday, June 14, 2021 - linkSorry but I just stopped reading the article after "so 16 GB is all it ever will have".
Soldered RAM is an Abomination on Gaming PCs
Spunjji - Wednesday, June 16, 2021 - linkBy the time 16GB of main system RAM is a meaningful limitation in games, the GPU will be close to obsolescence. I'm not a fan of soldered RAM, but this is a case where it's really not a huge deal.