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Razer Blade Pro

Discussion in 'Systems' started by MarkInTheSnow, Nov 21, 2017.

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  1. MarkInTheSnow

    MarkInTheSnow New Member

    Hi all,

    I'm in the market for a new laptop and the Razer Blade Pro is sort of on the top of my list. Nevertheless, after reading the review on it from notebookcheck.net, one thing really concerned me: the SSD performance. It seems that the interface wasn't maxing out the capabilities of the SSDs, which, as a PCIe M.2 NVME drive, I would think it should've been able to. The question I ask is has anyone put a screaming fast Samsung 960 Pro in this bad boy and seen if the performance ended capping out below it's potential? I'm wondering if the problem lies in the RAID setup? Or drivers? Can someone on the board post some benchmark tests with an upgraded SSD (with or without RAID 0)? Second, has anyone else experienced the screen problems posted on notebookcheck.net as well? Thanks everyone!
     
  2. Zan_Lynx

    Zan_Lynx New Member

    I think Razer is installing the wrong drivers. I had to reinstall Windows 10 on my 2016 Blade Pro, and I put the latest Intel RST and NVMe drivers on the boot USB. After installing the NVMe RAID felt noticeably faster, in my opinion. I didn't run official benchmarks or anything.
     
  3. Brastic

    Brastic Active Member

    I have a 2017 Blade Pro and even though I have not run any benchmarks, I have not noticed any slowness of the SSDs. My goal was to have the laptop for a year or so and get the next generation SSDs when they come out later in 2018. I have not noticed any screen issues. I can say that it is heavy. I find myself traveling with the Blade usually and only grab the Blade Pro when I bring the larger backpacks.
     
  4. vistar

    vistar Active Member

    They ship with two PM951 ssds, at least the one I tested, which are not the most capable NVMe drives out there. The 960 Pro is a lot faster, but I think in Raid the PCIe lanes would not allow for full performance (such as almost double), but either way, at those speeds, it just doesn't make any sense to have them in Raid. The sequential reads and writes are already awesome on the 960, and in Raid you might get some gain but not double and not worth the risk of data loss, in my opinion.
    As far as screen, the machine I tested didn't have that screen problem, but I certainly don't like glossy or touchscreen, especially on a gaming laptop.
    I would say the biggest concern with this notebook is thermals, it simply can't handle the i7-7820HK and GPU on full load without reaching very high temperatures and then throttling.
     
    Last edited: Dec 12, 2017
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