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Razer Blade 15 Owner Feedback
Razer’s recently released Blade 15 gaming notebook has swept the Internet with interest, our forums being no exclusion. The owner’s lounge thread in our Razer Forum is up to over 1,000 replies in the span of a month, making it one of the hottest topics in the forum. There’s even a thread with thermal performance numbers for the Blade 15.
The Razer Blade 15 is a gaming notebook with a 15.6-inch display. It comes with either a 1080p or a 4K screen resolution, and your choice of Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 or GTX 1070 graphics. Powered by an Intel Core i7-8750H six-core processor with support for up to 32GB of RAM, it’s poised to be one of the fastest 15.6-inch gaming notebooks on the market. It’s also exceptionally thin and light; configurations start at just 4.56 pounds and 0.68 inches thin. (Yes, these days, even the tenths of an inch count.) Thanks to a borderless display, the notebook measures just 14×9.3 inches. Last, it just wouldn’t be complete without a per-key RGB backlit keyboard.
The base Blade 15 with a 1080p display, GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, a 512GB SSD, and 16GB of memory is $2,199.
Samsung 960 Pro vs. 970 Pro
The Samsung 960 Pro is so 2016, isn’t it? That’s probably what member WhatsThePoint was thinking when making the decision to replace it with Samsung’s latest and greatest SSD, the 970 Pro. According to the posted benchmarks, the difference in read and write performance between the two isn’t earth-shattering, but the 970 Pro is still a decent amount faster. If you spend your day copying large files from drive to drive, the 970 Pro might be worth spending the extra.
Worth it to Upgrade an Old Notebook?
It’s a frequently-recycled question on the forums: Should I upgrade my old notebook, or just buy a new one? The answer isn’t always the same. Member D0_do asked about upgrading his circa-2014 Lenovo ThinkPad L540, a 15.6-inch business notebook. The notebook is in working order, but the performance seems sluggish.
You can consider these options in a similar situation:
- Upgrade the notebook’s memory. This can improve performance, especially for multitasking, but may be expensive. Older notebooks may use a different memory standard that’s more expensive. This is one upgrade that’s probably not transferable to a new computer, either.
- Upgrade the notebook’s storage. Replacing an old hard drive with a modern solid-state drive (SSD) will probably result in the biggest single performance improvement of any upgrade you could do. Depending on the type of drive purchased (2.5-inch, mSATA, M.2), the storage drive may be transferable to a new computer, or at least usable in an external enclosure.
- Reload the operating system. Sometimes all it takes to rejuvenate an old computer is a good wipe of the storage drive. Windows installations tend to get bogged down over time by excessive software installation, file accumulation, and so on. This is a least-cost approach with the least amount of risk of any upgrade path.
- Buy a new computer. The older the computer is, the better the option this becomes. Any personal computer that’s pushing more than five years is considered “long in the tooth”. A notebook’s battery will almost certainly be shot after that period of time.
Have your own opinion? Add it to the ThinkPad L540 Upgrade thread.
PC Games at E3 2018
Now that E3 has passed, you can finally catch up and watch all the trailers for the latest AAA titles on the horizon. Member hmscott put together a community-driven list of the latest titles from E3 2018 that are coming out on PC. Here are YouTube links for some of the titles earmarked by our forum members.
Add your two cents by going to the discussion thread.
(On a related note, the Steam Summer Sale 2018 just started.)