CES 2016: Blade Stealth – competitive, but not a gaming ultrabook from Razer
Almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But it’s a fact – the company that gained fame for niche products aimed at the most demanding video game lovers is going to offer a new model of notebook, which, however, can hardly be called «game».
From the point of view of the characteristics of the new Blade Stealth is an excellent ultrabook: 12.5-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels), Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM and SSD (PCIe). Even its price, although not low, is relatively affordable – $ 1600 for the most powerful configuration (999 base).
Component, which is clearly not enough this laptop is the graphics adapter – Blade Stealth relies solely on built-in CPU video core. It’s a puzzling decision gets its logical explanation in the face of another new product announced at CES 2016 – Razer Core. Behind this name lies the alternative presented in the past year, Alienware Graphics Amplifier, an external enclosure that allows you to connect a standard (desktop) video card to any compatible laptop.
In contrast to the Graphics Amplifier, Razer Core not uses a specially designed interface for the connection and relies on the standard Thunderbolt port, which (at least in theory) makes Razer Core is compatible with any modern laptop, equipped with the same input.
However, it is not clear how Razer is going to circumvent (or solve) the problem of limiting the peak bandwidth imposed by Thunderbolt 3. According to the company their GPU dock provides data transfer rate of 40 Gbps is very modest compared to the demands of modern graphics adapters are of high class, which usually rely on two to three times the bandwidth provided by PCIe 3.0 x16.
In any case, the idea seems interesting – you can get ultra-thin and lightweight laptop which can always be turned into a powerful gaming system with the Razer Core and selected external video card.