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Razer Blade 15 and Core X graphics dock, now available

31 May 2018

Razer has announced their new Blade 15 gaming laptop along with their new Core X graphics dock. The new Blade 15 and Core X are now available at Mwave.

 

Razer Blade 15 and Core X eGPU enclosure - banner

 

Razer Blade 15: What's new?

For 2018, the new Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop uses a completely redesigned chassis with all new hardware. The Blade 15 now features the newest 6-core Intel Core i7-8750H (8th Gen) CPU and 16GB DDR4 2667mhz memory. At launch, Blade 15s are available with a GTX 1070 Max-Q graphics card, 256GB or 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD storage and a new 1920 x 1080 144Hz panel for an improved gaming experience. Despite the small bezels, Razer has positioned the webcam above the display to improve the user experience. Unlike its predecessors, RAM can now be upgraded by the user as it is no longer soldered to the motherboard.

 

Razer Blade 15 (2018)

Razer Blade 15 - 2018 - showing RGB keyboard and display

 

The Razer Blade 15’s all new chassis brings with it a list of improvements over the Blade 14. The Blade 15 has smaller bezels which has allowed Razer to increase the screen size to 15.6” while only needing to increase the size of the chassis by a small amount. Razer has also sharpened the corners of the chassis and removed the lines that flanked the Razer logo on its Blade Stealth and Blade 14 laptops. The Blade 15’s improved design has allowed Razer to install a larger battery than in the Blade 14 – previously 70Whr, now 80WHr – for improved on-battery runtime. For GTX 1070 Max-Q variants, Razer has slightly increased the thickness of the Blade 15 to cater for a beefier cooling system. All variants of the Blade 15 are equipped with a new vapour chamber cooling system and larger rubber feet for lower noise and temperatures. Just like its predecessors, the Blade 15 is compatible with Razer Core external graphics card enclosures such as the new Razer Core X.

 

Right-side of Razer Blade 15 (2018)

Razer Blade 15 - 2018 - showing right side with lid half-closed - showcasing Thunderbolt 3, USB3.1, HDMI 2.0b, mini DisplayPort 1.4 and Kensington Lock ports

 

Razer Blade 15 (Launch Specifications)

Display 15.6" 144hz FHD IPS (100% sRGB)
CPU Intel Core i7-8750H (6-core)
Memory 16GB DDR4 2667mhz
Graphics Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070 with Max-Q design
Storage Up to 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Networking Intel Wireless AC-9260  /  Bluetooth 5
Audio/Video Ports 1x HDMI 2.0 / 1x mini DisplayPort 1.4 / 1x Headphone-Out / 1x Mic-In
USB Ports 1x Thunderbolt 3 USB-C / 3x USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-A
Battery 80WHr Lithium-Ion Polymer
Operating System Windows 10 64-bit
Dimensions (W x D x H) 236mm x 356mm x 17.2mm
Weight 2.15kg

 

The new Razer Blade 15 can be purchased from Mwave here

 

Razer Core X: Improved compatibility, lower price

The new Razer Core X allows users to add desktop graphics power to their Thunderbolt 3 enabled laptop. Both AMD Radeon and Nvidia GeForce / Quadro graphics cards are supported, however only AMD graphics cards are supported if connecting the Core X to a Mac. Just like its predecessors, users can charge their laptops through the Thunderbolt 3 connection (up to 100W), however to target a lower retail price, Razer has removed the Ethernet port and USB hub which were present on the Core v2. Other differences include the use of sheet aluminium along with a standard form-factor ATX PSU.

 

Razer Core X - eGPU enclosure/dock

Razer Core X external GPU enclosure - eGPU enclosure - showing graphics card through mesh

 

The Core X improves on its predecessors’ compatibility by allowing users to install 3-slot thick graphics cards due to the enclosure being physically larger. Razer now includes a 650W power supply - a huge improvement over the previous 500W PSU - which grants the ability to use more power-hungry graphics cards. Also, due to the 100W charging capability of Thunderbolt 3, Razer has capped the maximum power supplied to the graphics card at 500W.

 

Razer Core X eGPU enclosure - Specifications

Material Metal - Sheet Aluminium
Included PSU 650W - standard ATX
PCIe Power Connectors 2x 8-pin
GPU Compatibility Full-length 3-slot graphics cards
Max GPU Power 500W
Video Output Depends on user installed graphics card
I/O 1x USB-C Thunderbolt 3
Notes Apple Mac use limited to AMD Radeon graphics cards
Dimensions (W x D x H) 374mm x 168mm x 230mm
Weight Depends on user installed graphics card

 

The new Razer Core X can be purchased from Mwave here

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