The Blade, by gaming notebook standards, isn’t a graphical powerhouse, but its GT 555M definitely doesn’t count as slow. There’s a number of different GT 555M SKUs using a variety of GPU cores. The Blade’s GT555M has a 144-core GF116 clocked at 675MHz, with 2GB of 128-bit GDDR5 vRAM at a frequency of 2500MHz. It’s one of the highest spec, highest clocked GT 555Ms out there, but compared to the GTX 560M (192 cores, 775MHz reference core clock, 192-bit GDDR5 clocked at 2.5GHz), it’s not nearly as powerful. And the gaming results reflect that—the Blade is solidly 35% slower across the board than the GTX 560M-based ASUS G74SX.

Again, we're still working on fleshing out our gaming charts with the updated gaming suite, but we're now at five laptops. Based on our previous gaming tests, we can extrapolate that the Blade is roughly 10-15% faster than the M14x, which runs a variant of GT 555M using the older GF106 core.

Razer Blade, Value Settings

Batman: Arkham City—Value

Battlefield 3—Value

Civilization V—Value

DiRT 3—Value

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim—Value

Portal 2—Value

Total War: Shogun 2—Value

Razer Blade, Mainstream Settings

Batman: Arkham City—Mainstream

Battlefield 3—Mainstream

Civilization V—Mainstream

DiRT 3—Mainstream

Elder Scrolls: Skyrim—Mainstream

Portal 2—Mainstream

Total War: Shogun 2—Mainstream

In our standard Value and Mainstream tests, the Blade fares pretty well. Medium settings at 768p are dead easy, and high settings at 900p are mostly okay, with only BF3 and Civ5 falling below the 30fps mark. At 1080p, the results are pretty mixed. At medium (Value) settings, the Blade is generally fine, with everything being basically playable. Move the settings to high (Mainstream), and it gets a little tougher; of the seven tests we run, the Blade topped 30fps in four.

Razer Blade - Switchblade Razer Blade - Gaming Performance (Enthusiast)


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  • ezmo85 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    This sort of reminds me of the launch of the original iPad:
    -very well built
    -sleek and stylish
    -extreme attention to and focus on optimization for use-case
    -potential trend setter for a new category of computing

    But there is one key difference that will prevent the Razer Blade from reaching anywhere near the iPad's success: pricing.

    When the iPad launched, people were estimating it would land in the $1000+ range, which Apple very well could have done (especially given their record up to that point), dooming it to a small, niche market. Instead the pricing started at half that, and now 2 years later no one can deny its overwhelming success--even in the mainstream. In the case of the Razer Blade, I'm afraid this will remain a niche product until they can drastically lower the price.

    I personally would love to own a Razer Blade; it would be the perfect compliment to my overpowered desktop. When I'm on the go I don't need the video settings cranked to the max, I just want the games to be playable, and the computer itself to be... well, a laptop. Something comfortable to carry around, with enough battery life to get me through a plane ride, coffee shop browsing session, class or two of note-taking, etc. This product meets that use case quite well, and I don't think I'm alone in these desires.

    But there's no way I'm spending upwards of $3000 for this. Even on a higher-than-average salary, I just can't afford that. Cut that price by half... or even, dare I say, 2/3? At $1500, I'd be hard pressed not to at least make it a near-future purchase. At $1000, I'd buy it today (if the wife let me).

    But I know those prices are pipe dreams... for now.
  • Anchen - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    Isn't this in a lot of ways like a Macbook pro, with some interesting design ideas? If this wasn't marketed as a "true gaming laptop" but just as a high end laptop I wonder what people's comments would be. Especially if say Apple was the one making these ideas. On a minor note, I would love the function key to be on the right side of my keyboard personally. I personally don't use it much , and if I do it's to fiddle with brightness, or to swap what the video is going out to. In other words it's something I don't mind digging a second for as opposed to touching by accident while gaming instead of ctrl.

    That said at it's price range it's not a product I'd buy, same for the macbook pro. Switchblade is neat but ultimately I think if they saved some money with a normal trackpad there they probably would have been better served. I really do like the design and aesthetic though.
  • Malih - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    I always wonder when there will ever be a 15" or 17" laptop with consumer-respecting display resolution that are THIN and have good design will come out. And here's one, it's gaming grade laptop too.

    I won't mind spending a bit over $2,500 for it (that is if I have the money to spare, which I don't right now, but if I do), I'd grab this laptop right away, that's how desirable it is... for me, cause I always respect a good display coupled with good design.
  • assmode - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    really, $2700 for this?

    a fancy lighted computer and a lcd touch pad.

    sorry but that's a subpar computer with a low end graphics card, does it even have an SSD ?

    Go with msi GT783, its got a nVidia GTX580m, 16gigs of ram and 256gb SSD in it atleast and for 500$ less.
  • assmode - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    and of course much better cpu.

    and going by the table here in the intro page, the GT780 is a much better deal than a lesser Alienware, lmao.
  • ThreeDee912 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    People keep throwing out specs and prices, but the GT783 is over 2" thick and almost 9lbs.

    This isn't a desktop replacement, this is meant to actually be portable, not a semi-portable slab.
  • KoolAidMan1 - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    The 17" Macbook Pro costs less, has a faster GPU, all while still managing a slim chassis and excellent battery life.

    When a 17" MBP, a professional laptop that is excessive even among the Macbook Pro line, can beat the Razer Blade in specs and price then you know something is off.
  • Malih - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    Now that I think about it, you're absolutely right. The only plus is the touchpad, which is not really a plus for me. Reply
  • ananduser - Friday, March 16, 2012 - link

    No KooldAidMan, it's not about the specs, its the "experience"; you should understand that. MB cannot offer you what this Blade can, while the Blade can offer the mundane computing of a MB. Reply
  • ameetkumarmaharana - Thursday, March 15, 2012 - link

    My budget is Rs.1,00,000 INR. Which laptop should I go for? Please suggest the best one within the price range. Reply

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