CES 2021: New Razer Blade laptops pack Nvidia RTX 30 graphics

Posted: 13 January 2021 5:00 am
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The much-anticipated mobile versions of Nvidia's RTX 30 series graphics cards are making their way to Razer's popular gaming laptops.

As part of its CES 2021 presentation, Razer has revealed the first details of its refreshed Razer Blade gaming laptops. Two new models are on the way: the Razer Blade 15 and the Razer Blade Pro 17.

For the Razer Blade 15, Razer is touting three key advantages: more power, faster displays and the smallest form factor in gaming laptops. The first point is the most interesting, with the company announcing that the laptop will sport the recently unveiled mobile versions of Nvidia's RTX 30 series graphics cards.

The Base model of the laptop will offer either the RTX 3060 with 6GB of VRAM or the RTX 3070 with 8GB of VRAM. The Advanced model, meanwhile, supports the 8GB RTX 3070, 8GB RTX 3080 or the 16GB RTX 3080. No support for the RTX 3090 as yet, though, for folks who want maximum performance.

High-refresh-rate displays are another big feature of the new Razer Blade 15. As usual, there will be multiple options available, with a 144Hz Full HD display or a 165Hz QHD display on the laptop's Base model. The Advanced model goes even further, supporting a 360Hz Full HD display, a 240Hz QHD display or a 4K OLED touch screen. That 240Hz QHD display also supports Nvidia's G-Sync technology, giving it an interesting advantage over the other display options.

Despite the upgraded guts, Razer is keen to keep the Razer Blade 15 compact. Screen bezel is trimmed down to a slim 4.9mm, and the Advanced model comes in at just 16.9mm thick while the Base model is slightly chunkier at 19.9mm thick. Both models measure 235mm x 355mm, which Razer claims makes it the smallest 15-inch RTX gaming laptop on the market, with competing laptops from MSI, Gigabyte and Alienware at least 10% larger.

Both the Base and Advanced models come with 16GB of 2933MHz DDR4 RAM by default, with the option to upgrade to 32GB on the Advanced model. If you're into tinkering, you can manually expand either laptop up to a maximum of 64GB of RAM.

More interesting is the storage situation. The Base model packs 512GB of storage while the Advanced model comes with 1TB. All configurations also include an open M.2 slot for installing a second SSD if you need more space.

Connectivity is another key component of gaming laptops, and Razer has packed the new Blade 15 with plenty of options. In addition to Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5, Thunderbolt 3, USB-C and HDMI 2.1, the Advanced model adds USB-C 20V charging, Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6E support.

The new Razer Blade Pro 17 boasts many of the same improvements as the Razer Blade 15. It will come with either a 360Hz Full HD display, a 165Hz QHD display or an OLED 4K touch screen. You can choose between an RTX 3060, RTX 3070 or RTX 3080 graphics cards, and the whole package measures in at 395mm x 260mm x 19.99mm. Expandable SSD storage is also included, along with the same connectivity features appearing in the Razer Blade 15 Advanced model.

Pricing for the Razer Blade 15 starts at US$1,699.99, while the Razer Blade 17 Pro begins at US$2,299.99. Both laptops are currently up for pre-order, with the Razer Blade 15 hitting stores on 26 January and the Razer Blade 17 Pro coming in Q1 2021.

Razer Blade 15 specs

Razer Blade 15 Base model
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX™ 3060 Laptop GPU (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus Technology)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
Processor6-Core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10750H processor, 12 Threads, 2.6GHz / 5.0GHz (Base / Max Turbo), 12MB Cache
Display144Hz Full HD, 8ms, Up to 100% sRGB
QHD 165Hz, 3ms, Up to 100% DCI-P3
Storage512GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
Memory16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8GB x 2)
ConnectivityIntel® Wireless-AX201+ Bluetooth® 5.1
Input/OutputThunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C)
USB 3.1 Gen 1 (USB-A) x3
USB-C 3.2 Gen 2
HDMI 2.1 output
Gigabit Ethernet
BatteryBuilt-in 65Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
KeyboardSingle-zone RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ anti-ghosting backlit keyboard
TouchpadPrecision glass touchpad
WebcamHD webcam (1MP / 720P)
AudioBuilt-in Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in array microphone
THX® Spatial Audio
7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
Dimensions19.9mm x 235mm x 355mm
Power230W
Razer Blade 15 Advanced model
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU (16GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
Processor8-Core 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-10875H processor, 16 Threads, 2.3GHz / 5.1GHz (Base / Max Turbo), 16MB Cache
Display360Hz Full HD, 2ms, Up to 100% sRGB
240Hz QHD, 2.5ms, Up to 95% sRGB, NVIDIA G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus
OLED 4K, 60Hz, 1ms, 100% DCI-P3, Touchscreen w/ Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4
Storage1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
Memory16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8GB x 2)
32GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8GB x 2)
ConnectivityIntel® Wi-Fi 6E AX210,Bluetooth® 5.2
Input/OutputThunderbolt™ 3 (USB-C), Supports 20V USB-C chargers with PD 3.0
SD Card Reader, UHS-III
USB 3.2 Gen 2 (USB-A) x3
USB-C 3.2 Gen 2, Supports 20V USB-C chargers with PD 3.0
HDMI 2.1 output
BatteryBuilt-in 80Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
KeyboardPer-key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ N-Key rollover backlit keyboard
TouchpadPrecision glass touchpad
WebcamWindows® Hello, IR HD(1MP / 720P)
AudioBuilt-in Stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in array microphone
THX® Spatial Audio
7.1 Codec support (via HDMI)
Dimensions16.9mm x 235mm x 355mm
Power230W

Razer Blade 17 Pro specs

Razer Blade 17 Pro
Operating SystemWindows 10 Home
GraphicsNVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3060 Laptop GPU (6GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3070 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU (8GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
NVIDIA® GeForce RTX 3080 Laptop GPU (16GB GDDR6 VRAM, Optimus)
Processor2.3GHz 8-core Intel i7-10875H processor, Turbo Boost up to 5.1GHz, with 16MB of Cache
Display360Hz Full HD, 3ms, Up to 100% sRGB
165Hz QHD, Up to 100% sRGB
OLED 4K, 120Hz, 100% Adobe RGB, Touchscreen
Storage512GB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
1TB SSD (M.2 NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4) + Open M.2 PCIe 3.0 x4 Slot
Memory16GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8GB x 2)
32GB dual-channel DDR4-2933MHz (8GB x 2)
ConnectivityWi-Fi 6E(Intel® AX210) – 2.4GHz / 5GHz / 6GHz
802.11ax Wi-Fi wireless networking; IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax compatible
Bluetooth 5.2wireless technology
Input/OutputThree USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-A Ports
Two USB 3.2 Gen 2 Type-C Ports (Shared with Thunderbolt 3 Port)
One Thunderbolt 3 Port
One RJ45 2.5Gb Ethernet
One Power Port
One HDMI 2.1
One UHS-III SD Card Reader
BatteryBuilt-in 70.5Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery
KeyboardPer-Key RGB powered by Razer Chroma™ anti-ghosting backlit keyboard
TouchpadGlass Touchpad with Microsoft Precision Touch for multi-touch gestures
WebcamHD webcam 720p with Windows Hello IR HD webcam
AudioStereo Speakers
Array Microphone
THX Spatial Audio Support
Dimensions19.9mm x 260mm x 395mm
Power230W

Want to see how the Razer Blade stacks up against the competition? Check out our review of 2020's Razer Blade 15 Base model.

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