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Review: Razer Blade Stealth (8th Gen, Gunmetal)

by Parm Mann on 13 March 2018, 13:00

Tags: Razer, Intel (NASDAQ:INTC)

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Test Methodology

Comparison Laptops - Part One

System Name
Form Factor
15.6in
15.6in
14.0in
13.3in
14.0in
CPU
Intel Core i5-8250U
AMD Ryzen 5 2500U
Intel Core i5-7200U
Intel Core i5-7300U
Intel Core i7-7500U
CPU Base Frequency
1.6GHz
2.0GHz
2.5GHz
2.6GHz
2.7GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
3.4GHz
3.6GHz
3.1GHz
3.5GHz
3.5GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
4 / 8
4 / 8
2 / 4
2 / 4
2 / 4
CPU TDP
15W
15W
15W
15W
15W
Integrated Graphics
Intel UHD 620
Radeon Vega 8
Intel HD 620
Intel HD 620
Intel HD 620
IGP Max Frequency
1.10GHz
1.10GHz
1.00GHz
1.10GHz
1.05GHz
Memory
8GB DDR4 (2x4GB)
8GB DDR4 (2x4GB)
8GB LPDDR3 (2x4GB)
8GB LPDDR4 (2x4GB)
8GB LPDDR3 (2x4GB)
Memory Speed
2,400MHz
2,400MHz
2,133MHz
2,133MHz
1,866MHz
Display
15.6in FHD IPS (1,920x1,080)
15.6in FHD IPS (1,920x1,080)
14.0in FHD IPS (1,920x1,080)
13.3in FHD IPS (1,920x1,080)
14.0in FHD IPS (1,920x1,080)
Touchscreen
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
Battery Capacity
48Wh
48Wh
46Wh
57Wh
57Wh
Wireless
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A
Qualcomm Atheros QCA61x4A
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8260
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
Ethernet
-
-
-
-
Intel Gigabit Ethernet
Storage
256GB Micron 1100 M.2 SSD
256GB SK hynix M.2 SSD
256GB Micron 1100 M.2 SSD
256GB SanDisk X400 M.2 SSD
256GB Toshiba XG4 M.2 SSD
Power Supply
65W External
45W External
65W External
65W External
65W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
382mm x 258mm x 17.9mm
370mm x 255mm x 18.9mm
329mm x 210mm x 12.9mm
317mm x 219mm x 14.9mm
324mm x 217mm x 16.0mm
Weight
2.2kg
2.1kg
1.2kg
1.28kg
1.13kg
Warranty
2 Year
2 Year
1 Year
3 Year
3 Year
Date Reviewed
February 2018
March 2018
September 2017
August 2017
August 2017
Price When Reviewed
£800
£700
£1,200
£1,400
£1,525

Comparison Laptops - Part Two

System Name
Form Factor
13.5in
12.3in
13.3in
13.3in
CPU
Intel Core i5-7300U
Intel Core i7-7660U
Intel Core i7-8550U
Intel Core i7-7500U
CPU Base Frequency
2.6GHz
2.5GHz
1.8GHz
2.7GHz
CPU Turbo Frequency
3.5GHz
4.0GHz
4.0GHz
3.5GHz
CPU Cores / Threads
2 / 4
2 / 4
4 / 8
2 / 4
CPU TDP
15W
15W
15W
15W
Integrated Graphics
Intel HD 620
Intel Iris Plus 640
Intel UHD 620
Intel HD 620
IGP Max Frequency
1.10GHz
1.10GHz
1.15GHz
1.05GHz
Memory
8GB LPDDR3 (2x4GB)
16GB LPDDR3 (2x8GB)
16GB LPDDR3 (2x8GB)
16GB LPDDR3 (2x8GB)
Memory Speed
1,866MHz
1,866MHz
2,133MHz
1,866MHz
Display
12.5in PixelSense IPS (3,000x2,000)
12.5in PixelSense IPS (2,736x1,824)
13.3in QHD+ (3,200x1,800)
13.3in QHD+ (3,200x1,800)
Touchscreen
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Battery Capacity
69Wh
45Wh
54Wh
54Wh
Wireless
Marvell Avastar Wireless-AC
Marvell Avastar Wireless-AC
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Killer Wireless-AC 1535
Ethernet
-
-
-
-
Storage
256GB Samsung PM961 M.2 SSD
512GB Samsung PM971 BGA SSD
512GB Samsung PM961 M.2 SSD
256GB Samsung PM951 M.2 SSD
Power Supply
44W External
44W External
65W External
45W External
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 10 (64-bit)
Dimensions (W x D x H)
312mm x 232mm x 23mm
292mm x 201mm x 8.5mm
321mm x 206mm x 13.8mm
321mm x 206mm x 13.1mm
Weight
1.53kg
0.78kg
1.35kg
1.33kg
Warranty
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Date Reviewed
February 2018
October 2017
March 2018
August 2017
Price When Reviewed
£1,500
£2,150
£1,700
£1,350

CPU Benchmarks

HEXUS PiFast Our number-crunching PiFast test is used to benchmark the computational power of each system's CPU.
Cinebench Using Cinebench's multi-CPU render, this cross-platform benchmark stresses as many cores as possible.
HandBrake Free-to-use video encoder that stresses all CPU cores.

Memory and Storage Benchmarks

AIDA64 Benchmark that analyses memory bandwidth and latency.
CrystalDiskMark Popular free-to-use storage benchmark, used to gauge sequential performance and aggregated 4K QD32 speeds.

System Benchmarks

PCMark 10 System-wide examination run using the Standard and Extended presets.
3DMark Graphics benchmark run using the Sky Diver DX11 preset.
Gaming Where applicable, a selection of modern titles are tested at various resolutions.

Miscellaneous Benchmarks

Display Datacolor's Spyder 4 Elite professional monitor analyser is used to return a quantitative assessment of display quality.
Power Consumption Noted for system-wide power draw while running the HandBrake video-transcoding test.
Temperature Average CPU temperature taken across all cores from the last five minutes of the HandBrake video-transcoding test.
Battery Life Measured while looping a high-definition movie clip with 50 per cent screen brightness and flight mode enabled.