Razer Blade Review: Performance

September 16, 2013 by Charles P. Jefferies Reads (19,904)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Software & Support
    • 8
    • Upgrade Capabilities
    • 2
    • Usability
    • 8
    • Design
    • 9
    • Performance
    • 8
    • Features
    • 7
    • Price/Value Rating
    • 6
    • Total Score:
    • 6.86
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Performance and Benchmarks

Overall performance for gaming and other applications is outstanding with joint thanks to the Intel quad-core processor and very powerful Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card. I’d like to see the Blade offered with more than 8GB of RAM. Overall the amount of power that fits into a chassis this slim is impressive.

The Blade’s specifications are fixed save for the storage drive. The base 128GB model is $1,799.99 and the 512GB $2,299.99 as of this writing. I think our 256GB review unit is the most reasonable configuration; 128GB fills up rather quickly these days. These prices are comparable to a similarly-equipped Alienware 14.

 

 

 

Razer Blade Performance

Our review model of the Razer Blade (2013 model) has the following specifications:

  • 14-inch display (1600×900 resolution, TN panel, anti-glare surface)
  • Windows 8 64-bit
  • Intel Core i7-4702HQ quad-core processor (6MB cache, 3.2GHz Turbo Boost)
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 765M graphics card w/ 2GB GDDR5 and Nvidia Optimus
  • 8GB DDR3L-1600 (max. supported)
  • 256GB Samsung mSATA SSD (MZMTD256HAGM)
  • No internal optical drive
  • Killer Wireless-N 1202 802.11n wireless LAN
  • Integrated Bluetooth 4.0
  • Integrated HD webcam
  • 1-year limited warranty
  • Dimensions: 13.6 ” x 9.3″ x 0.66″
  • Weight: 4.1 lbs.
  • Price as Configured: $1,999.99

 

wPrime processor comparison results (lower scores mean better performance):

PCMark 7 is a newer benchmark and measures overall system performance (higher scores mean better performance):

3DMark 11 is a benchmark that measures overall graphics card performance for gaming (higher scores mean better performance):

Crystal DiskMark storage drive performance test:

 

Heat and Noise

The Blade’s twin fans exhaust air out the back of the chassis towards the display hinge. The general area gets rather hot while playing games as a result. The fans sound like a concentrated rush of air at higher speeds with just a hint of whine. At idle the Blade produces no noise and hardly any heat; the fan is able to stay off much of the time partially because the thin metal chassis acts as a heatsink.

 

Battery Life

We use our new Powermark benchmark to test battery life in balanced mode; it runs a combination of web browsing, word processing and multimedia activities to best simulate real-world usage.

Powermark “Balanced” battery life test results (higher scores mean better battery life):

The Blade performed noticeably better than we’re used to seeing at two hours, 57 minutes. This is quite respectable for a notebook packing as much power as this one. It performed equally well in the less strenuous productivity benchmark at four hours, 26 minutes; this should translate to around six hours of mild usage with the screen brightness at minimum.


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