Razer Blade Pro 17 RTX 3060 QHD Laptop Review
3070. 3080. Your choice, a couple of new display options: the full hd is now 360hz there’s a new qhd option, 165hz refresh yay for that, because that’s kind of a nice sweet spot between being a little too overloaded, 4k for gaming versus full hd. Where you know it could push more, but the 4k 120hz touchscreen option is still available. They’Ve also redesigned the hinge a little bit to allow better airflow out the rear before the display impinged, maybe a little bit on airflow. We can look at it now. So, as ever, razer keeps it fairly simple in terms of your cpu options, your gpu options and all that sort of thing, mostly it’s, just figuring out what display is available with what gpu that’s about as confusing as it gets so inside. We have an intel, 10th gen core i7 108.75 hcpu that’s, eight core that’s, your only option, so you don’t worry about picking a cpu it’s already been well done for you and that’s a good pick too, because the core i9 performance levels aren’t that much better. But the heat certainly is and we’re talking still relatively speaking for a 17 inch laptop, something that’s very thin and light with the cnc, aluminum, chassis and well, the usual signature black, but anyway transfers heat and all that sort of thing. So the rtx graphics, 3000 series again: 30, 60, 30, 70. 30. 80. All those are available to you and those are 100 watt gpus, since nvidia did away with that max q and max p kind of definition for how powerful the gpu was.
Now we have to look at the watts, so pretty much you’re looking at max q here, which is what razer has done before again, because it’s kind of thin and light and they don’t – want to burn the thing up or burn your legs up though this one Does get pretty toasty as always to the touch that means that, in terms of performance here, this is certainly not going to beat something like the msi ge76 raider that we reviewed that has a 3080 with 155 watt gpu inside yeah, but still for something. This portable it’s not bad, and i think a lot of people buy blades because they also want them to be the windows version of your macbook pro sort of thing, something for pro apps use daily use all that sort of thing. Uh. One thing to note, though: with the 3060: you have your usual six gigs of ram and eight gigs for the 30 70 and the 3080 is only available with eight gigs of ram. There is a 16 gig option from some other manufacturers, like that msi i mentioned and also for alienware for their m17 r4, but here it’s only the eight gigabyte version so we’re not pushing the envelope to max gaming powerhouse here that’s, not what this laptop’s about. Despite the boutique, looks and what’s become a boutique name in laptops, the price starts at around twenty three hundred dollars, which isn’t that terrifying for a razor blade that gets you the rtx, 3060 and it’s a little confusing.
If you look at razer’s website right now, where it looks like the full hd is actually 100 more than the qhd display, i don’t know so anyway, it looks like right now: 2300 will get you the qhd display, which is what we have in terms of thermals And performance well, this has not changed so much when it comes to the cpu and the cooling solution other than a little bit better ventilation out the rear edge. You have vapor chamber, cooling, yay, that’s, a good thing and it really does help keep temperatures down along with razors, fairly conservative, bios power limit and thermal limits. So you’re not going to see this thing going to 100 degrees, centigrade and terrors are burning it out or something like that. They kind of keep it a little bit dialed back so that’s not going to happen. We have four fans again that’s normal for this laptop. You have the two main rear fans which we see on all laptops with dedicated graphics inside, and we have two little fans that are underneath the trackpad area and that’s basically to guide airflow through the laptop so that’s the same as last generation. Also, the same are two ram slots. These days, you can’t take anything for granted right. We reviewed the asus rogue zephyrus g15 that has only one ram slot and some ram soldered on board and then there’s the alienwares that have all their rams. Soldered, though, hey alienware just unveiled the ryzen edition that has ram slots for the alienware m15 r5, so things may be looking up in dela alienware land.
There anyway, you’ve got your choice of 16 or 32 gigs of ram typically tied to the gpu that you buy. If you get a 30 60 16 gigs of ram, if you go with the 3080, you can choose it with 32 gigs of ram. If you want but it’s easy enough to upgrade yourself and those are obviously dual channel, you have one m.2 nvme ssd it’s, either 512 gig or one terabyte, depending again on which configuration you buy and there’s another available, m.2 slot, so that’s always good, especially because games. Take up a lot of space or, if you’re, using this for pro apps work like adobe premiere. A space to put your footage other than on external drives is always welcome inside we have intel wi, fi 6e that’s, the new ax210 card with bluetooth 5.2, and we have the usual razer perky chroma rgb keyboard, with the same very short, travel and relatively small size. Keycaps i’m happy to say compared to a couple of older generations where pwm was actually very obvious in the keyboard itself. That’S not the case now, and it is one of the brightest faculty. Keyboards you’ll ever see large microsoft. Precision track pads a glass surface. Nothing to see here same as they’ve been doing port selection again the same but it’s very good, two thunderball three ports, so they support display out. You could do usb charging. But given the fact, this comes with a 230 watt, adapter you’re not going to get a whole lot of charging down over usbc anyway and we’ve got ethernet a full size, sd card slot, usb a ports.
You get the idea, it’s pretty well equipped in the connectivity department nice that we have hdmi 2.1. Often we still see 2.0 on laptops. So for those of you with 4k 120hz oled tvs. Well, you can actually connect it and go to town there and game at higher refresh rates back to the displays that are built in. We have that new qhd panel and it’s a pretty decent panel. It covers pretty much the full srgb gamut. This is not a super wide gamut display. Contrast is pleasing on it. It’S nice and razer calibrates it at the factory it’s a pleasing display, even if it’s, not class, leading it’s 165 hertz refresh rate and pretty fast response times on it. So i think it is, for the most part, a sweet spot is you’re. Looking at the more powerful gpus. Anyway, we have the rtx 3060 model, which is the least powerful model, and i would say that, for this, one qhd is still a bit of a challenge. In some more cutting edge games like cyberpunk 2077, where i didn’t see good frame rates on ultra with ray tracing turn off, because ray tracing is still a hit on performance and even with dlss on. In fact, i was surprised that the asus rogue zephyrus g15, that i reviewed with an amd cpu inside and an rtx 3070 function equivalent max q. Also lower power did 15 to 20 frames, better a qhd resolution here, so a big difference between 3070 and 3060.
Obviously, in performance is really the lesson here. I don’t think asus is doing that much more mojo there. So much as if you go with qhd unless you’re doing that, because you’re doing photo editing and other things where you want the crispier screen, yeah go with the 30 70 or 30 80. If you want those higher resolution displays. So the new gpu supports resizable bar nvidia boost whisper mode. At least 1.0 should be 2.02, and so you’ve got all the bells and whistles. You should see with an rtx 3000 series gpu. That stuff is good. One thing that’s a little bit odd. You have to use the razer synapse software if you want to switch out of nvidia optimus mode to dedicated graphics mode, to get the higher refresh option on the panel. So you get it. You open it up, and i think this has happened to some people already and they’re, like it only says 60 hertz for the refresh on my display. Why is this well go into? Razer synapse hit the performance section and then you can see you can put in gpu mode only when you can choose, then between 60 hertz and 165 hertz, so that’s. The answer to that it’s, weird that there’s a little extra step and it’s not enabled by default out of the box speakers on this same as last generation – they’re, not bad they’re, up firing, stereo speakers, given the size of the chassis i wouldn’t have minded a little More bass a little more oomph but that’s, okay, and given the fact that this is still a razor blade, which means those fans are going to be a whirring when you’re playing games, you’re – probably going to use headphones anyway, because it is a thin and light laptop.
Six pounds, which is 1.75 kilograms, the fans do have a bit of a high pitch sound to them. It’S, not horrible, though, or anything like that. But you’ll hear the fan noise if you’re playing games, if you’re just doing this for productivity work using it, then the fans are not much of an issue, though you will hear them pulsing on and off and the surface temperatures will always be warm on the laptop. Just surfing the web that’s the way it is and they’ll get pretty toasty hot. Your hands might even shred a little bit when you’re playing games, because even the keyboard radiates a bit of heat too so yeah i mean that’s how the blades roll them warm, but the cpu and gpu temperatures a okay when it comes to battery it’s a 70.5 Watt hour battery and a 230 watt charger, no matter which of the gpus you go with because they’re all basically 100 watt gpu. So the power consumption is the same on those which tells you maybe don’t, spend the money on the 30 80 and go with the 30 70 since you’re, not using getting a lot more power for the gpu, but anyway that’s. What you’ve got on nvidia optimus mode. Switchable, graphics and the integrated graphics engage doing light productivity work streaming. Some video that sort of thing with the display set to 200 nits of brightness, we average four to five hours of battery life, which is okay for a gaming laptop, not wow, not rising level wow.
But that is what it is to take off. The bottom covers ever it’s torx, t5 screws. There are 12 of them and you can see our ventilation grilles here over the fans, a little vent area here, unscrew these screws and just lift it right off. No annoying clips or anything tricky and, as always, we have pretty tall rubber feet here. So this keeps it up a little bit for better ventilation and, as always with razor blades. It is a fingerprint, loving mess from the minute. You look at it and it will show every bit of dust, and here are our internals, and this is the vapor chamber cooler here. Four screws to cpu and gpu always good that no tripod heatsink action going on so vapor chamber is effective like to see that it’s not that hard to remove either. Should you decide you want to repaste it yourself, i’ve repasted razors. Before and honestly, the thermal paste they use is pretty decent, two larger fans in the back, the two smaller fans right there here’s our m.2 ssd, our boot ssd here’s, a slot where you could put a second one in if you wish to expand storage – and here Are our two ram slots? Ddr4 29 33 megahertz is the operating speed for that. So you can get a 16 or 32. You could upgrade it yourself and in theory, go up to 64 gigs. If you’ve sourced some 32 gig modules, wi fi card is socketed and it’s right here, should you wish to replace that in the future, and there is the battery which is not super sized by any means, given the size of the laptop but that’s part of the Way they keep it as thin and as light as they do so that’s the early to midish, 2021 razer blade pro 17, as always one of the prettiest most chic laptops on the market.
Today, gaming laptop or not, certainly, as gaming laptops go it’s better. Looking than the average joe isn’t it inside we’ve got the updated graphics. Not a lot else has changed, except for a couple of display options. Again. I think i would probably pick the 30 70 with the qhd display for a nice mating of performance versus what you can actually do in games and for pro apps work. It’S pretty good too it’s a blade, it’s going to be toasty, but the cpu gpu temperatures are okay on this, so yeah i’ll use it for mobile tech review, be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel for more cool tech, videos and thumbs up.