Home Technology Gadgets Razer Blade 2014 (part IV):

Benchmarks:

While those Meter Last Light numbers look atrocious, keep in mind that this game chews up most all mobile GPUs. That said, you can expect to be able to play just about any PC game that lands this year or next at 1,920 x 1,080 resolution and high settings. Beyond full HD, however, is where you might run into some problems.

The gaming life beyond HD:

Phrases like “1440p” and “4K” chart the next frontier in PC gaming. On the desktop, we’re already there, though for far more than most are willing to pay for even an Xbox One or PS4. On laptops, however hard the GPU makers and notebook vendors try, you are just not there yet – but you are awfully, terribly close. Take some time with Titan fall at 3,200 x 1,800 on high settings (with double buffered vertical-sync and 2x MSAA at about 30% draw distance), for instance. Using Fraps on a five minute run during a live match, the Blade managed a perfectly playable 32 frames per second on average. That’s fine for one of 2014’s premiere shooters, but what about 2015?

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There is no surety that he GTX 870M, as powerful as it is, will be able to reliably play more demanding games like, say, Dragon Age: Inquisition or even the recent Alien: Isolation at this resolution and similar settings. Sure, 1080p should be no problem, but an admission like that begs the question: why bother with such a sharp screen then?

Plenty of pixels to go around, but where are the destinations to be reached?

There’s no denial that the IGZO IPS panel is a beauty to behold. Text and images look astounding, with nearly nonexistent viewing angles, and games look especially smooth. You will barely notice shifts in frame rate while you are blowing up giant robots at native resolution, likely thanks in part to the IGZO’s enhanced response time. If you’re able to find QHD+ video online, much less stream it at a respectable clip (that’s where AC Wi-Fi comes in). the question is that whether it will look simply stunning on this screen. But that’s just the problem: unless you’re a frequent traveler, how many movies are you going to watch on a 14-inch screen? If you’re in the market for such a premium laptop, chances are you already have an excellent HDTV, if not a 4K TV.

And if gaming at acceptable frame rates at such a sharp resolution is going to be a challenge with this hardware as we enter 2015, where does that leave this absurdly attractive piece of machinery? Don’t be too harsh on this fantastically-designed device, but the asking price in the presence of such value-packed machines deserves some extra scrutiny.

Bringing the heat on:

Razer made great efforts to better move heat around and out of its flagship gaming laptop, from localized heating, custom designed pipes and diamond-cut vents to better cool air as it enters the internals while hot air exits.

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