The original Razer Blade was a thing of beauty, truly with its slimness and Switchblade UI the original was met with a success. However we felt its inner hardware wasn’t quite up to snuff, not really allowing us to play the latest games at a considerable frame rate on its 1080p resolution.
Razer wants perfection in the Blade thus their next iteration in the Blade is revealed. Simply called, the “new” Razer Blade.
The original Razer Blade came with an Intel i7-2650QM 2.8GHz CPU and an Nvidia GeForce GT555M as its GPU. Taking serious feedback from gamers, Razer has saw it fit to try and address all the minor downfalls.
First and foremost of course is upgrading the CPU to an “unannounced” 3rd Generation Ivy Bridge Intel i7 Quad Core CPU. We are almost certain it will be the Intel i7-3740QM, but we’ll reserve the confirmation for a later date.
The GPU will also spot Nvidia’s new Kepler GTX660M, which will be good enough to play most of today’s and upcoming games at medium-high to maximum settings on 1920×1080 resolution. 8GB of DDR3 1600mhz RAM will be included with the Blade as well.
Gone however is the 256GB SSD the original Blade had, instead it will be replaced with a 500GB 7200RPM HDD and a 64GB cache based SSD. This makes sense as games are getting bigger and 256GB of capacity just isn’t going to cut it so well.
The cache based SSD works a little different from the mainstream SSDs that we are all familiar with. Basically what a cache based SSD does is keeping all the most frequently used files on the SSD so that it has quick access time to them in real time. It’s like keeping the hottest games at the store front for easier and quicker access to customers and then later switching them out when a newer game comes.
Other improvements comes with better speakers and even more apps for the Switchblade UI. The outer shell stays largely the same, still with its svelte 0.88mm thickness and the same Full HD 17.3-inch matte LED backlit screen.
The new Razer Blade will be available for $2,499 and gamers can now pre-order the gaming laptop before it ships on 30th September, 2012.
Source via Razer