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Razer Blade 14 (2016) Gaming Laptop Review

Gaming Benchmarks

Alien: Isolation

To start off our gaming benchmarks, the Razer Blade 14 (2016) falls between the Stealth Pro and the Strix 15 in Alien:Isolation, but the differences are minute. The Gigabyte P37X v6 performs much better, but the Razer Blade’s performance is no joke either; Blade 14 owners will have no issue running this game.

Ashes of the Singularity

The Razer Blade comes out ahead of the GTX 1060 laptop pack in Ashes of the Singularity by a small margin. At these high settings, the Razer is only capable of the bare minimum performance. Unfortunately, even the more powerful Gigabyte can’t deliver a solid 60 FPS, so you'll have to compromise graphical settings for a smoother experience.

Bioshock Infinite

The Blade 14 pulls a slight win over its GTX 1060 competition in Bioshock Infinite. The Gigabyte performs better thanks to its GTX 1070 GPU, but Bioshock Infinite isn’t a very demanding title, so the performance difference doesn’t warrant stepping up from a Blade 14 to a P37X v6 to play this particular title.

DiRT Rally

The Razer Blade lags behind the Asus and the MSI laptops in DiRT Rally, but the performance difference (less than 3%) is negligible. The Blade 14 would have benefited from a more powerful GTX 1070, which provides enough performance to deliver over 60 FPS.

Grand Theft Auto V

You'll need to make major graphical setting compromises to play Grand Theft Auto comfortably on the Blade 14, or any of the GTX 1060 gaming laptops. Even the GTX 1070 configured Gigabyte gaming laptop cannot deliver 60 FPS on average in this punishing title.

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GRID Autosport

GRID Autosport gives a slight edge to GPUs with high clock speeds, and since the GTX 1060’s boost clock (1670 MHz) is more aggressive than the GTX 1070 (1645 MHz), the Razer laptop actually comes close to dethroning our Gigabyte system.

Hitman

Thanks to its GTX 1060, the Razer Blade manages to maintain just above 60 FPS during the Hitman benchmark, as do the gaming laptops from Asus and MSI. It still comes rather close to dipping beneath this threshold, whereas the Gigabyte has enough performance to play Hitman at its highest settings without worry.

Metro: Last Light Redux

To play Metro: Last Light Redux at high settings with a 60 FPS average, you need a system with at least a GTX 1070; a GTX 1060 doesn’t quite cut it, so our Razer Blade laptop underperforms, as we would have expected.

Rise of the Tomb Raider

Rise of the Tomb Raider doesn’t treat under-configured systems kindly. Even with Pascal-based GPUs, achieving a 30 FPS average is difficult. The GTX 1060 systems can't do it, and even stepping up to a GTX 1070 laptop like the P37X v6 won’t net enough of a performance gain to play at 60 FPS; that would only be possible by moving to a GTX 1080 system, such as MSI’s GT73VR Titan Pro-201.

The Division

The Razer Blade’s GTX 1060 grants users an average of 48 FPS during The Division. While this obviously isn’t as good as the Gigabyte laptop's solid 65 FPS, light tweaking to the graphics settings will pull the average above 60 FPS without much quality degradation.

Thief

Thief is an easy title for any modern gaming system to run, and our Razer Blade 14 is no exception. It scores lower than the Strix 15 and Stealth Pro on average, but not by a large margin. The P37X v6 is the only system that pulls a convincing win against it, but even then, the slight performance increase isn’t enough to warrant an upgrade to a GTX 1070 laptop for this game.

  • Poozle
    Personally hoping for a surfacebook with the 1060
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  • coolitic
    As with most Razer products, seriously overpriced for what it offers.
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  • sempifi99
    I went through a couple of these earlier this year. The VRM module must have been bad on the ones I had, as they were making a humming noise while charging.
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  • scook9
    The ram is soldered to the board and not upgradeable, there are no slots on the underside of the PCB. Also, the hot air is vented out along the hinge like a Macbook, the bottom slots are strictly intakes. Due to this design and it being a gaming laptop and not a much cooler Macbook, the top edge of the laptop and keyboard get scorching hot while gaming - I mean like over 50c hot. Hopefully the 2016 runs a little better but that was the case with my 2015 Blade.
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  • rahul999rap
    Pity we dont have this in india. and ofcourse not even in amazon india. such a pity.
    even if we had in here we indians hv to pay almost double the price of laptop to buy here due to VAT, taxes etc
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  • inmyrav
    You must be using settings inappropriate to a 14" screen in gta v. I get those framerates in the native resolution on my 4k Blade. But I don't use AA or any advanced settings, everything else besides shadows and water is on very high.
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