Razer Blade 2018 Gaming Laptop Review – Worth the price?
One gigahertz and single core workloads or 3.9 gigahertz in all core workloads. The sixteen gig of ddr4 memory running at two thousand six hundred sixty six megahertz and dual channel and all models of the twenty eighteen razorblade are advertised with dual channel memory, which is great to see fit. The storage there's, a 512 gig n dot, two nvme SSD in the single m dot; two soil for the graphics there's, an nvidia 1070 max q in this model, but it's also available with the 1060 max Q as well, and this power is the 15.6 inch. 1080P. 144 hertz IPS display we'll see how this performs soon in the benchmarks for the network connectivity, their support for 8o, 2.11 AC, Wi, Fi and bluetooth version 5. No Ethernet port here so you'll need to use an adapter. If you need one, the blade is made out of a CNC aluminium unibody with the black anodized finish, both on the lid and interior it's, more of a blocky shape compared to previous round of versions, making the edges a little sharp, but not too bad. Overall, it felt really nice and solid. The dimensions of the laptop were thirty five point: five centimetres in width; twenty three point: five centimeters in depth and just one point: seven centimeters in height, so quite thin. Considering the specs razor list, the blade is wayne 2.1 kilos, and my unit was just under this with the 230 watt power, brick and cable for charging.
The total weight increases to around 2.9 kilos, so still quite portable. As mentioned, the screen is a 15.6 inch. 144 hertz 1080p IPS panel it's also available with a fork a touch screen, while the 1060 model also has a 60 Hertz option. The bezels are just four point: nine millimeters thin on the sides as well, which is a nice change from previous models, giving us about 85 of visible screen area. The viewing angles were perfect on any angle, still clear with excellent colors. The screen get spread enough. I measured it at 328 nits at 100 brightness with a 750 to 1 contrast ratio. The display comes color calibrated and I've, measured the current color gamut, using the spite of 5 Pro and my results returned 97 of srgb, 67 of NTSC and 72 of Adobe RGB. Pretty good results for something that's, primarily aimed at gamers I've performed. My usual backlight bleed test on the display, which involves, having the laptop show a black screen in a dark room to help emphasize any bleeding. I then take a long exposure photo to display bleed. So this is a worst case scenario test. The bits down the bottom corners were noticeable in this test from certain angles to my eyes, but for the most part it actually wasn't that bad and I didn't notice any bleed during normal use. But this will of course, vary between laptops. There was almost no flex at all, while moving the display.
It felt very sturdy as it's, solid metal and the hinge is essentially most the length of the screen. It can be opened up easily with one finger demonstrating a fairly even weight distribution above the display in the center is a 720p camera it's good. The Razr were able to fit it here, despite the thinner bezels rather than having it down the bottom. The camera looks alright a bit better than many other laptops. I'Ve tested the microphones, also not bad, but you won't judge both for yourself. The keyboard has RGB backlighting, which can be controlled at the individual key level through Razer synapse software. There are a number of built in effects available, and I found that in supported games. The key lighting would automatically change, for example, while playing overwatch the keys change to reflect the hero in use. There'S no numpad, which I personally prefer is I don't use it allowing the keyboard to be centred. The keys felt nice to type with and were quiet here's how they sound to try and give you an idea. The keyboard had minimal flex while pushing down fairly hard. Overall, it was quite sullen due to that metal body. The glass touchpad felt extremely smooth and was nice and large he uses precision. Drivers which are my favourites are all. I found it to work very well. Moving on to the iron on the left, viz, the power input, 2, USB 3.1 type, a ports and a 3.
5 millimeter audio combo jack on the right, there's, a Type C, Thunderbolt, 3 port, third, USB 3.1 type, a port, HDMI, 2.0 P output, mini DisplayPort, 1.4 output And Kensington lock razor note that up to 3 displays can be run at once, using Thunderbolt mini DisplayPort and HDMI and it's also worth noting that the proprietary power connector is reversible and works either way. The front just has a green status LED towards the right, while the back has nothing. Obviously, viewable there exhausts are just below here on the black metal lid. Does the Razer logo in the center and a lights up green, while powered on fingerprints show up quite easily but as a smooth surface, they are easy to clean, underneath this and rubber feet, which do a good job of preventing the laptop from sliding around while in Use as well as some air intake vents to what's the back. The two speakers are found on either side of the keyboard they sound alright, but for the amount of space they're using, I expected a little more still clear, but a bit tinny attire volumes with minimal bass. The laptop can be opened up easily with the Torx screwdriver. After removing the panel, we get easy access to the single end or two slot two memory slots and the Wi Fi card powering the laptop there's, an 80 watt hour battery and with a full charge in just watching youtube videos with the screen on half brightness keyboard Lighting off and background apps disabled, I was able to use it for 6 hours and 27 minutes making it one of the best laptops, I've tested.
The Intel integrated graphics were in use during this test, thanks to Nvidia Optimus, while playing The Witcher 3 with medium settings and invidious battery boost set to 30fps the battery, lasted for one hour and 38 minutes and was able to sustain 30 FPS the entire time. Many others I've tested aren't able to do that and drop frame rate overall. The battery life was really impressive here, especially when you factor in just how thin and light the blade is and that it's running fairly powerful Hardware. Thermal testing was completed with an ambien room temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. It'S called here at the moment, is it's winter in Australia, so expect warmer temperatures in a warmer environment, the CPU and GPU were cooled with a vapor chamber, and it wasn't obvious to me. If this is shared between both components or not just before we go into the results, I'll quickly note that in the Razer synapse software you have the option of using the default balanced mode or swapping to gaming mode. Gaming mode basically seems to overclock the GPU call clock by 100 megahertz and memory by 300 megahertz and also increases the power limit to the CPU I've tested both modes here under stress test at idle. The CPU and GPU were on the warmer side above 50 degrees Celsius, while playing pub G at high settings. We can see that the temperatures were, as shown in green by under vaulting the CPU by 0.
14 volts, as shown in yellow, we can reduce the temperature of the CPU a little. The graphics will maxed out at 90 degrees, regardless of test. The full load stress tests were run using a 264 and a heav'n benchmark at the same time and I've tested both the balanced mode and gaming mode here in balanced mode. The CPU gets a low power limit, so performs less as we'll see in the next graph, but temperatures improve a little with the under multiplied in red. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests for the temperature tests just shown it wasn't possible to reach the full 3.9 gigahertz or core Turbo clock speed in any of these tests, which, in the case of the stress tests, was due to power or Thermal limit throttling granted in pub G, I don't think the CPU needs to max out as it's, not a bottleneck, which probably explains the lower clock speeds while under bolted and Yeller it just doesn't really matter. Maybe I should be using a different game for this test, but these are the speeds – and I saw no CPU throttling here with the gaming mode, enabled the TDP increased. So it seems like this affects the power limit provided to the CPU I wasn't able to otherwise tweak it in Intel XT year. This explains where the clock speeds rise, with gaming mode, enabled giving us more power, but also a hotter system, as we saw in the last graph under vaulting in red and dark blue, did improve things too, but still not quite enough to fully remove throttling in this Particular stress test, but this will of course differ based on the specific workload.
These are the clock speeds that got while just running CPU only stress tests without any GP load, even with no GPU load, we're still seeing power limit throttling preventing the full 3.9 gigahertz speed. Vic gaming mode and under vaulting did help raise this. As for the external temperatures, where you'll actually be putting your hands at idle, with the body of the laptop this sitting in the 30s in the center and getting warmer towards the back while gaming, this increases to the 50s in the center and was a little warm To the touch, although the left and right sides were quite cool in comparison with very similar results in the full load stress test. As for the fan noise produced by the laptop pelea, listen to some of these tests at idle, it was still audible which was expected based on the warmer idle temperatures and then, while gaming and with the fans maxed out it wasn't too different from many other laptops. I'Ve tested still a bit loud, they're balanced murdered, was a little quieter than gaming murdered, as we saw before it gets hotter in gaming murd. I didn't test temperatures for both default fans and manually maxing out the fans as in gaming, murdered, while playing games or under stress test. I found the fans to be maxed out the same regardless, which would give the same results. Finally, let's take a look at some benchmarks. Well, first cover some real world gaming benchmarks, followed by tests with various benchmarking tools.
All tests were completed with the gaming mode, enabled through Razer synapse software, which, as mentioned earlier overclocks the graphics and increases the CPUs power limit, resulting in increased performance fortnight ran well at any setting level. Although medium all blur were needed to average around the refresh rate of the panel, but results will of course, vary based on what other players are doing in game irva, which was tested playing with the bots, and it was running very well even at epic settings were Averaging 144 FPS with lowest settings, giving us 1 lows near this level, but again results here will vary based on what's, going on in the game and the map pub G was tested using the replay feature. It rental right at Ultra for the most part, but you'll, be better off playing at high settings of learner and, like the previous games, results will vary based on the map and what other players are doing. Csgo was running well in all settings 1 lows dropped down. Quite a bit with this particular benchmark due to the smokes Rainbow six siege was tested with the built in benchmark and even at Ultra settings. The average frame rate was very high with the 1 lows still well above 100 FPS. So absolutely no problems here at all. I have tested Far Cry 5 with the built in benchmark and the results are pretty good. Even at Ultra settings, Assassin's Creed origins was also tested with the built in bench mark and again playable with all setting levels.
Dota 2 was tested using a failing, intensive replays. So this should be a worst case scenario. Realistically, you'll probably get better results in this, while actually playing and even in this intensive test, the average is pretty decent testing battlefield 1 in the first campaign mission ran well for me, even with ultra settings, the 1 lows drop a bit, although I personally didn't really Notice any dips, while playing rise of the tumor, was tested with the built in benchmark, and the results here are quite good. Really high frame rates at the lowest setting levels and more than playable with the high ones watchdogs to doesn't need a high frame rate to play in my opinion and read. Well live in at Ultra settings with no much variance between ultra very high and high settings. I'Ve got a few more games covered in the dedicated gaming benchmark video, if you're interested now under the benchmarking tools, I've tested, heaven valley and super position from Unigine, as well as fire strike time. Spy and VR mark from 3d mark just pause. The video, if you want a detailed look at these results, the results are pretty good. Many of the games tested were able to run with high average frame rates, take advantage of the 144 Hertz screen and if you want more power in the future, you've also got the option of attaching an external GPU enclosure like razors core ex, for instance, if you're Thinking this is too much power.
Then you've always got the cheaper 1060 max q option. Instead, as for overclocking, the 8750 HCP, you can't be overclocked, but I was able to increase the GPU call clock of the max q10 70, a little on top of what gaming mode sir. These are the average speeds, while running the heaven benchmark in the default balance mode with gaming mode, which essentially overclocks the graphics by a hundred megahertz on the core and 300 megahertz on the memory, and then with my manual overclock. We just get a little extra, but not much gaming modes already doing a pretty good job, i've retested pub G with both balanced and gaming modes and then with gaming mode under faltered and we're. Just seeing small differences in performance between them, I've got some Cinebench CPU benchmarks here, and we can see there's a pair difference in performance just by going from the balance to gaming mode, and we can improve this further with the minus 0.1 for revolt under volt. Despite this, I was still seeing power limit throttling, as discussed earlier. The 87 58 should be able to pass 1200 in ideal circumstances, but it's not too far behind here in crystal discs mark the 512 gig m2 nvme SSD was performing quite nicely over two point. Four gigabytes per second in sequential reads, and around 2.1 gigabytes per second and sequential, writes as I've in a laptop there's. No 2.5 inch drive bay here, so no option to install a hard drive and no SD slot.
You'Ve just got the single end or two slot for internal storage, as for the pariah here in Australia, it's going for around 4000 Australian dollars at the time of recording in the US, with these exact specs it's around three thousand US dollars, my international viewers, but you Can find links to updated pricing in the description it's? Definitely not cheap you're, always going to pay more for a thin and powerful laptop, and there are cheaper alternatives with similar specs available like the msi gs70 stood birth overall, I think the razor blade is a nicer product with better build quality as to whether or not The extra features of what the increased price it depends on what you're looking for. So what did you guys think of the new 2018 edition of the razor blade gaming laptop? I didn't personally test the older model, but I liked the new design and thin bezels it's packing some serious gaming power in a thin package, but as a result, under a full load that does result in thermal or power limit rolling, which, to be honest, was expected In this form factor – but this was less of an issue in actual games, as shown in the benchmarks – were still getting pretty nice results. Otherwise, the battery was really excellent and overall it's a great if pricy gaming laptop. Let me know what you guys: throw it down in the comments and leave a like to. Let me know if you found the review useful thanks for watching and don't forget to subscribe for future tech.