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AMD scores Razer Blade 14 win

by on15 June 2021

AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor

AMD has scored a significant product win and got its AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor under the bonnet of the Razer Blade 14.

Announced at Razer's very first E3 keynote, the Razer Blade 14 will be packed with an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor and up to an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080. And all of that power is going to be packed in a thin and light 0.66-inch (1.67cm) chassis that weighs 1.78kg.

There have been plenty of 14-inch gaming laptops, especially with the launch of the new Intel Tiger Lake-H35 processors. But the Razer Blade 14 uses this tiny form factor to deliver top-shelf PC gaming performance, thanks to some creative cooling. 

Even with a slightly cheaper Ryzen, the Razer Blade 14 will not be cheap. The starting configuration, with an AMD Ryzen 9 processor, 16GB of RAM, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3060 and a 1080p 144Hz display, will set you back $1,799 (£1,799). One with an RTX 3080 and a 1440p display, that's gonna cost you $2,799 (£1,980). 

The announcement is bad news for Intel which has been making a song and dance about "Thin Enthusiast" gaming laptops that don't skimp on the performance. It had been thought that Chipzilla had carved a niche for itself to fill, but it turns out that the AMD spec fits rather nicely there.

Razer claims the Blade 14 can last up to 12 hours on a single charge, which would be impressive if true. But with all the high-end hardware packed inside, it is hard to imagine there is room for a huge battery.

Last modified on 15 June 2021
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