Blade Stealth vs. Blade 2016

Discussion in 'Systems' started by ilmap, Mar 19, 2016.


Which system should I buy?

  1. Blade Stealth and Core

    13 vote(s)
  2. Blade 2016

    25 vote(s)
  3. Get a Mac

    1 vote(s)
  4. Some other laptop

    3 vote(s)
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  1. ilmap

    ilmap New Member

    So I was considering getting the Razer Blade Stealth when the Blade 2016 was released. I was comparing prices and it seems like with the stealth ($1,200 for the model I would get), the core ($399), and the graphics card (~$300 for a gtx 970) you're paying around $1,900. If you buy the base model of the Blade 2016, you're paying $2,000 for a laptop that can play games without having to plug in to the core. So what are the benefits to buying the stealth and the core when you can pay the same price for the regular blade? Yes the core would have better GPU power for playing high graphic intensity games at high settings, but other than that the stealth-core combo doesn't seem to have many marketed benefits over the blade. I am a high school student (soon to be college) and I am looking for something I can use for classwork but also gaming. So what are the benefits to getting the stealth over the blade?
  2. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    From what I can tell, not much. It's designed to be used with the Core, and because you're about to be in College, you probably shouldn't buy it. I know that for my move to College, I'm going to be selling my huge NZXT Phantom 510, for a slimmer case. The Core is just something that's too expensive and just not worth it when it comes to college. So, bottom line comes down to you. If you don't mind the hassle of the Core if you want to play more GPU intensive games (I don't fit this category, I play TF2, CS:GO and Mini Metro), then go for it. If you're going to be focusing more on studies than games, then buy the Blade 2016. That's the decision you've gotta make.

    Have a nice day!
    PS: Where are you going to college? What are you taking?
  3. nicktien

    nicktien Active Member

    Personally, I would get the Blade 2016. I'm currently in college for an electrical engineering degree and I would like the extra processing power to run simulation programs like Orcad and P-Spice. In addition, some of my classes have super long breaks between them and it would be nice to do a little bit of gaming to pass the time.
  4. PastelGraywatchsharp937

    PastelGraywatchsharp937 Active Member

    The only benefit is portability of the laptop itself. When you carry something all day, the pounds add up. But you're moving to uni soon and I promise you: the less shit you have to take and move, the better. Better get the blade so you don't need to hook anything else up.
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  5. GenTheIdiot

    GenTheIdiot Active Member

    I agree with you. It's probably why Macs are so popular with college students, they're portable and look good. The Blade '16 is portable, and looks really good. And it doesn't have pesky OS X on it.

    On a side note, swearing is against the Insider House Rules, so please refrain in the future.
  6. ilmap

    ilmap New Member

    Those are pretty much my thoughts exactly. While the stealth is designed to be more portable, it seems like in the end it is less portable than the blade 2016
  7. ilmap

    ilmap New Member

    Macs also have great battery life, something that is definitely useful for someone moving around from class to class without always being able to charge back up
  8. on the note of portability, anyone know how much the power brick of the new blade 14 weighs? i assume you'd need it in your bag if you plan on using the blade all day.
  9. markieg

    markieg Active Member

    What I don't get is that the Core allows you to utilise a better GPU only? What about CPU and RAM are they always limited by the Blade specs?
  10. Yes. That is why some are worried that the 6500U dual core CPU on the stealth may bottleneck high end graphics cards. So I guess for an ideal setup, you're better off going with the blade 14 with its much more powerful cpu instead of the stealth for the core. But ofc, that is more expensive. Personally, I suggest that if you want the core, either buy the blade 14, or wait for next gen stealth, with potentially more powerful cpu and ram upgrades.
  11. i like blade pro
  12. TrueLightbringer

    TrueLightbringer Active Member

    It's only less portable than the Blade if you want to game everywhere you go. If you're using it for work/study specifically as you get around school, you can just leave the Core back in your room for when you get back to relax and play. Unless of course, you go to college to game even in class/lectures...

    Pretty sure the Stealth with the charger is still lighter than the Blade without it. And we all know battery life is not the strongest point of the Blade series.
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  13. Swanka

    Swanka Active Member

    Get the Blade. The quad-core will help the system be more futureproof, since it won't bottleneck any powerful cards anytime soon. Not to mention that you're getting the extra RAM as well, which will really go a long way. Yeah, it's bigger and heavier, but it's still a lot more portable than other notebooks with similar horsepower, plus you have all of your power to-go, not just some. Also, the GTX 970M will likely last you through college for most titles. That's why I'm saving up for a Blade for college this fall.
  14. PastelGraywatchsharp937

    PastelGraywatchsharp937 Active Member

    I would say buy the core first + cheap tb3 laptop. The blade will feel obsolete in a year or so when Pascal gpus are out and a battery that lasts 4 hours would be a cruel joke. The core is the future-proof buy at the moment; it's the laptop that will be disposable.

    That's what I'd do, anyway.
  15. DrDill117

    DrDill117 New Member

    For school, I would defiantly get blade 2016. Thats what I'm about to do.
  16. TrueLightbringer

    TrueLightbringer Active Member

    The problem is Core compatibility though. Razer makes no promises as to whether the manufacturers will support it in the near future, and even if they do, whether it'll work 99% of the time without any hiccups.
  17. PastelGraywatchsharp937

    PastelGraywatchsharp937 Active Member

    Just like I bet my right nut that the Core would be $500, I bet my right nut again that the Core will work with the XPS series eventually.
  18. TrueLightbringer

    TrueLightbringer Active Member

    That means either you have an insider contact at Dell, or you have a great cloning deal with regards to your testicles. The XPS series is hardly cheap, though.
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  19. Zotios

    Zotios Member

    I would get the blade 2016 because it's designed to be thin. Which means its portable. But the problem is its a new laptop so there might still be problems or bugs with the laptop.
  20. Swanka

    Swanka Active Member

    If you were considering getting the XPS series, you might as well just get the Stealth. Better specs for the same price.
    KakashiSharingan likes this.
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