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Razer updates the Blade 15 with NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 20-series graphics

By Koh Wanzi - on 7 Jan 2019, 5:43pm

Razer updates the Blade 15 with NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 20-series graphics

Razer Blade 15

Razer has updated its 15.6-inch Blade 15 laptop with NVIDIA's new GeForce RTX 20-series GPUs. The new configurations will leverage the additional horsepower and ray-tracing acceleration capabilities of NVIDIA's Turing cards and package them into the slim and light chassis of the original Blade 15.

That's not all however, and the Blade 15 Advanced Model, as Razer is calling it, will also feature a new Windows Hello-capable IR camera for easier log-in via facial recognition. The new Razer Blade Stealth was the first to add the IR camera, and the Blade 15 is simply following in its footsteps. 

The new Blade 15 will be available with a choice of an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060 6GB, GeForce RTX 2070 8GB, or GeForce RTX 2080 8GB, with the latter two cards using a Max-Q design to keep the size and weight of the laptop down.

On top of that, Razer is making new NVIDIA Optimus power management options available, so you can choose to either boost graphics performance or maximize the longevity of the built-in 80Wh battery. There's been no change on the processor front though, and all models come equipped with the same Intel Core i7-8750H chip 

The 15.6-inch IPS display sticks to the same 1,920 x 1,080-pixel resolution and 144Hz refresh rate as before, but there will also be a 4K touchscreen model. 

In addition, it comes equipped with 16GB of dual-channel memory and up to a 512GB PCIe SSD. That said, the storage drive is upgradeable, and the laptop will take up to a 2TB SSD.

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The new GeForce RTX models are just a hair thicker than their predecessor, measuring 17.8mm thick and weighing up to 2.14kg (with the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q). 

Finally, Razer is releasing a special Mercury White edition, which will come with either the GeForce RTX 2060 or GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. Razer also isn't discontinuing the Pascal GPUs entirely, and it will still offer a S$2,499.90 base model with a GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q and 60Hz display.

The refreshed Blade 15 starts at S$3,569.90 for the GeForce RTX 2060 model and a 512GB SSD. That number goes up to S$4,679.90 with the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q. It will be available to buy starting 29 January.

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