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Razer Blade (R2) Gaming Laptop Review


by Stuart Davidson - 8th February 2013
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Razer Blade Gaming Laptop with LCD Review

Specification and Methodology


Matte Screen 17.3" 1920x1080 screen
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660M 2GB GPU
Intel Core i7-3632QM 2.2GHz 6MB Cache Ivy Bridge Processor
8GB 1600MHz DDR3 (Micron)
64GB Crucial SSD (Cache)
500GB Hitachi 7200rpm HDD
Dual Channel Intel Wi-Fi-n
Windows 8

Patriot Gauntlet Node USB 3.0 Enclosure w/ Intel 520 Series SSD (USB 3.0 Testing)
Razer Death Adder Mouse

DirectX 9.0c/10/11
3DMark (2013)
PowerDVD 11 Ultra
Adobe Master Collection
Cinebench R11.5 64-bit
dBpoweramp
AIDA 64
Google Chrome
Cyberlink MediaExpresso 6.7
Flash 11
SiSoft Sandra
Battlefield 3
Far Cry 3
Hitman: Absolution
Crysis 3 Beta
StarCraft 2: HotS Beta
PCMark 7
PowerMark
Fraps

The test system was built from scratch, a format of the hard drive was performed (NTFS) and then Windows 8 was installed. Following the completion of the installation, the video drivers were installed. All windows updates were then installed as were the latest builds of the benchmarking tools. Finally, the hard drives were de-fragmented. For each test, the video drivers were set to default quality/optimizations (unless otherwise stated).

Good Benchmarking Practice
Where possible, each benchmark was performed three times and the median result for each resolution/setting is shown in the tables that will follow. All applications had their latest patches applied and all hardware features the latest BIOS/Firmware.
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