Razer Announce A New Blade and Thunderbolt 3 eGPU Enclosure

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅22.05.2018 22:57:09

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Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, today announced its all-new Razer Blade 15.6-inch gaming laptop featuring Intel's latest processor. The new Razer Blade is the world's smallest gaming laptop in its class, boasting more display area and performance features. The available 144 Hz refresh rate 15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080) display of the new Razer Blade enhances gaming and entertainment viewing with full-frame fluid motion graphics and 100% sRGB color. Users can also step up to 4K (3840 x 2160) resolution with touch functionality and 100% Adobe RGB color support. Each laptop display is individually custom calibrated in production for amazing color accuracy out-of-the-box. Best-in-class 4.9 mm thin bezels flank the display, while retaining the ideal web camera placement at the top of the screen.



The world's smallest 15.6-inch gaming laptop measures as little as 0.66-inches thin and with a minimal footprint for ultimate mobility. The refined chassis is individually CNC milled from a single aluminum block to provide a sturdy yet compact design, and features a scratch resistant anodized black finish. Managing heat without sacrificing performance in such a small form factor is no easy task, but Razer innovated by utilizing vapor chamber technology for the cooling solution instead of the traditional heat pipes found in most gaming laptops. Beyond cooling the CPU and GPU, the vacuum-sealed vaporized liquid helps dissipate the heat generated from other components within the laptop.

Ultra-thin nanoparticle material and graphite-based server grade thermal interfaces reduce hot spots and facilitate heat transfer, while high-performance low-noise fans push air across dual heat exchanges with 0.1mm thin fins, quickly moving heat out of the chassis and away from the user.



Ultra Powerful

The near bezel-less Razer Blade features the new 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H and is available with NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics. The new Intel 6 core CPU eclipses its predecessor in throughput and responsiveness with Turbo Boost speeds up to 4.1 GHz.

To drive fast frame rates users can choose either a GeForce GTX 1060 or GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card, featuring Max-Q design for an optimized gaming experience.

For extreme multitasking, Razer also includes 16 GB of 2667MHz dual-channel system memory and fast PCIe SSD storage with configurations up to 512GB, with support for up to 32 GB of memory and up to 2 TB of storage.

"We are proud to have again stepped-up as an industry leader, taking laptop engineering to the next level to give gamers the performance they require and the mobility they desire," says Razer Co-Founder and CEO Min-Liang Tan. "We upgraded to Intel's latest 6 core processor, used a fast 144Hz display driven by NVIDIA GeForce GTX 10 Series graphics, and set a new standard for power in the world's smallest 15-inch gaming laptop."

A large and clickable precision touchpad now provides more accuracy and improved gesture support. The new Razer Blade 15-inch laptop has been purpose-built for mega-tasking, able to handle intense gaming sessions and entertainment viewing, heavy design workloads, media production and general productivity. For a limited time, new Razer Blade owners can jump right in with access to $420 worth of games and software, including immersive VR titles such as Arizona Sunshine, popular games like Cuphead, and FL Studio Producer Edition, a professional music production suite from Image Line.

The anti-ghosting keyboard is powered by Razer Chroma and offers 16.8 million colors per key, customizable through Razer Synapse 3 software. New power management options are also available, including modes to boost graphics performance or maximize the run time of the built-in 80Wh battery. Sound is delivered through dual front-firing speakers and features Dolby Atmos for immersive audio.

Connectivity options includes the ability to output to up to three external displays via Mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and Thunderbolt 3. Connect peripheral devices to the laptop with three USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports. For additional viewing comfort and desk organization, Razer has made available a new Chroma Laptop Stand featuring a light strip up front and 3-port USB hub in back. When taking the new Razer Blade on-the-go, Razer also has released a new 15.6" Protective Sleeve made of durable, water resistant material with a slim profile design.



The Razer Blade family of laptops have represented the pinnacle of power, portability and industrial design since 2011, and this new Blade is no exception.

Razer also announced today the availability of its latest external graphics enclosure, the Razer Core X, with an MSRP of $299. The plug-and-play eGPU can deliver the latest desktop-quality graphics to Thunderbolt 3 capable PC and Macintosh laptops with external graphics (eGFX) support. As new graphics cards enter the market, they can be swapped in with ease.

Availability

The new six-core Razer Blade 15.6" Gaming Laptop starts at $1,899 (1699.99) and is available starting today from Razer.com and select retailers in the United States, Canada, France, United Kingdom, Germany, and China.

Technical Specifications:

8th Gen Intel Core i7-8750H Processor (6 Cores/12 Threads, 2.2 GHz/4.1 GHz)

15.6-inch IPS Full HD (1920 x 1080) matte up to 144Hz, individually color calibrated, or
15.6-inch IPS 4K (3840 x 2160) capacitive multi-touch, individually color calibrated

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q Design, or
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q Design

16GB Dual-Channel system memory (DDR4, 2667MHz), 32GB maximum support
Up to 512GB PCIe SSD, 2TB maximum support
Windows 10 (64-bit)
Intel Wireless-AC 9260 (802.11a/b/g/n/ac) and Bluetooth 5
Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) x 1
USB 3.1 port x 3 (SuperSpeed)
Mini Display Port 1.4 x 1
Anti-ghosting keyboard powered by Razer Chroma
Razer Synapse 3 compatible
HDMI 2.0b audio and video output
Built-in front firing stereo speakers
3.5mm headphone/microphone combo port
Built-in webcam (1MP/720P) with array microphone
Trusted Platform Module (TPM 2.0) security chip embedded
Compact 200W/230W power adapter
Built-in 80 Wh rechargeable lithium-ion polymer battery, NVIDIA Optimus support

Dimensions:

[GeForce GTX 1060] 0.66 in. / 16.8 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
[GeForce GTX 1070] 0.68 in. / 17.3 mm (Height) x 14 in. / 355 mm (Width) x 9.3 in. / 235 mm (Depth)
[Full HD] approx. 4.56 lbs. / 2.07 kg
[4K] approx. 4.73 lbs. / 2.15 kg


Worldwide Pricing:

FHD(60Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/256GB - $1,899.99 / 1949.99 / 1699.99 / 16,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1060/16GB/512GB - $2,199.99 / 2249.99 / 1979.99 / 18,999
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/256GB - $2,399.99 / 2449.99 / 2149.99 / 20,599
FHD(144Hz)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB - $2,599.99 / 2649.99 / 2329.99 / 22,599
4K(Touch)/i7-8750H/GTX 1070/16GB/512GB** - $2,899.99 / 2899.99 / 2549.99



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Razer have today also announced the Razer Core X, a Thunderbolt 3 external graphics enclosure for gaming-grade performance at a new value price. The Razer Core series of external graphics enclosures including the Core V2 and Core X are now compatible with Mac laptops with Thunderbolt 3.

Razer Core X

The new Core X transforms integrated graphics laptops like the Razer Blade Stealth into desktop-class gaming machines by adding an external graphics card. Gamers can also future-proof their gaming laptops or unlock VR-Ready experiences by boosting the performance beyond the current laptop's limits.

Designed with a standard Thunderbolt 3 connection, the Core X is incredibly versatile and compatible with not only Razer Blade laptops but also systems running Windows and macOS- specifically Windows 10 Redstone 1 or later and macOS High Sierra 10.13.4 or later with compatible AMD Radeon cards. Razer compatible laptops include the Razer Blade Stealth, Razer Blade, and Razer Blade Pro (GTX 1060 version). Additional Windows 10 laptops require a Thunderbolt 3 port with external graphics (eGFX) support.

Crafted from the ground up, the Razer Core X features an expanded internal design with a wider aluminum shell to accommodate up to 3-slot wide desktop graphics cards. The Core X supports the latest desktop PCIe graphics cards such as NVIDIA GeForce, NVIDIA Quadro, and AMD XConnect enabled Radeon and Radeon Pro cards. Harnessing the power of these high-performance graphics cards, the Core X accelerates creative workflow and creates a compact work- or battlestation.



The Razer Core X embraces plug-and-play capabilities with the Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) connection to the laptop. This eliminates the need for lengthy reboots every time the external graphics enclosure is connected. The convenient Thunderbolt 3 connection also yields fast speeds at up to 40Gbps. The Razer Core X houses a massive 650W ATX power supply to provide adequate power for the latest and future graphics cards. A single Thunderbolt 3 connection to the laptop now provides 100W of power for laptop charging.

The aluminum enclosure is designed with open vents and additional desktop cooling to quickly dispense heat and provide optimal thermal performance whether for gaming sessions or digital currency mining. Physical installation of a desktop graphics card takes seconds with the Razer Core X. Its durable aluminum housing slides open with minimal effort and the graphics card is secured in place with a thumb screw for a tool less setup.

Razer's solution helps future-proof laptops, as graphics cards are easily swappable with new components and graphics as they become available. Razer also announced today the release of the new Razer Blade 15.6" gaming laptop featuring Intel's latest 8th-generation six-core processor and NVIDIA Max-Q graphics.

Additional Features

Razer Core X

PSU:- 650W ATX
Laptop Charging:- up to 100W
USB & Ethernet Connectivity:- N/A
Razer Chroma Lighting:- N/A
Maximum GPU Size:- 330x160x60mm
External Dimensions:- 374x230x168mm

Razer Core

PSU:- 500W SFF
Laptop Charging:- up to 65W
USB & Ethernet Connectivity:- Yes
Razer Chroma Lighting:- Yes
Maximum GPU Size:- 300x145x43mm
External Dimensions:- 340x218x105mm


Availability

Razer Core X

The Razer Core X is now available at $299 USD/300 for order today in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, China, and shipping soon to the Nordics, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

Razer Core V2

The Razer Core V2 is currently available at $499 USD/500 in the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Nordics, China, Australia, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, and Taiwan.

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