Razer today unveiled the latest version of its Blade gaming laptop with updated internals. The newest model comes with the new NVIDIA GTX 970M graphics card, 16GB of RAM, and a newer processor under the hood.
The greatest change is no doubt the new GTX 970M GPU with 3GB VRAM. Last year’s model came with the NVIDIA GTX 870M card. The GTX 970M is based on the newer GM204 second generation Maxwell part. It offers a decent step up in performance over the last year’s model and should allow for a better gaming experience at the native 3200 x 1800 resolution of the Razer Blade. The display has been left unchanged though, which isn’t a bad thing as the IGZO display on the Razer Blade is one of the best 14” notebook displays around. There is also an optional 1080p display variant available that doesn’t include the Multitouch functionality.
The latest model includes the newer Intel Core i7-4720HQ CPU that brings significant performance improvements over the i7-4702HQ CPU on last year’s model. The i7-4720HQ comes with a higher base clock speed of 2.6GHz and can turbo boost up to 3.6GHz. It is also a higher TDP part, coming in at 47W compared to the 37W TDP i7-4702HQ. Another area that has seen an upgrade is the memory. The gaming laptop now comes standard with 16GB of DDR3L-1600MHz RAM, up from 8GB on the previous model. Overall the latest update makes the Razer Blade an even more impressive product than earlier. Without a doubt, the Razer Blade is one of the best 14-inch gaming notebooks you can buy. Unlike most other gaming notebooks out there, the Razer Blade is thin and light for its size, despite the powerful hardware it packs. The QHD+ model weighs in at 2.03kg while the 1080p model weighs 1.9kg.
Razer has priced the 128GB QHD+ display model at $2199, while the 1080p display model with 256GB storage will cost you $1999. The laptop is in stock with Razer now and you will be able to order one right away from Razer’s online store.