Razer Core - $399 for Blade users/$499 standalone

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Min-Liang Tan, Mar 16, 2016.

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  1. forevercrl

    forevercrl Active Member

    Actually I got a question, the Razer store in my region not able to purchase blade. Am I able to get this if I buy a blade with local retailer shop?
  2. Still waiting for this to come to Australia :slightly_sad:
  3. chhappy7

    chhappy7 Member

    I had a desktop mATX and a Blade before. I was tired of having 2 computers, so I ended up just selling off my desktop and getting a Blade + Core. Never looked back.
    Yeah, Blade + Core isn't the most customizable, but that's not the point of having Blade + Core. I have monitor hooked up to Core so I come home, I just dock my Blade and I'm good to go. When I'm going around, I still have enough power to run any game I want when I'm hanging out with co workers or buds.

    It's really up to you. But it is one hell of a combo and my founder edition looks sick in the Core. Lmk if u have questions.

    You mean the $100 off Core code? I heard somewhere the promo ended, but I'm not 100 percent sure. If you do get it, you'd have to order the Core from the Razer store, and if you can't order a Blade, I'm not quite sure if you can order a Core from your region.
  4. Stowed4Sea

    Stowed4Sea New Member

    Thanks, I'm almost certainly going to do this. It is less customizable, but if I just consider "upgrading" my RAM, processor, and motherboard all together, it doesn't seem that much cheaper than the blade stealth. Granted, I would get more performance for my price when staying desktop, but that isn't what I'm looking for because then I still have to buy a separate laptop that I cannot enjoy very much. If I consolidate everything into one system that is portable, I think I'll be much happier.

    Thanks again for your response.
  5. chhappy7

    chhappy7 Member

    Yupp. It really does differ from person to person. Some like having two separate systems, but I don't and doesn't sound like you prefer that either. Having one system is great for consistnecy for my case anyway.
  6. Keoki_619

    Keoki_619 New Member

    I bought the Core for two primary reasons: 1. to use as a dock and 2. to use with an upgraded GPU when at home. I'm basically killing time until the 1080 Ti's comes out. Till then, I had planned on using my Asus Matrix 980 Ti in the Core but discovered it won't fit. Pissed but oh well, I never really planned on using it long term so I never verified the dimensions... such is life till I get a better card. Meanwhile, I still want to use the Core as a dock, so I thought why not use an older card I have, a GTX 770... strike two, not on the supported list. I'd like to know why not, but again, not the end of the world, really I just want to use the Core as a dock for now, so I'll just use it without a card right... strike three, won't work without a card in it. Anyway, long story short, any ideas? If not I'll just suck it up and wait until the 1080 Ti's roll out ... oh and make sure I buy a small card...
  7. Actually the core should work just fine without a card installed. Have you tried it?
  8. Keoki_619

    Keoki_619 New Member

    Yes. Didn't work. Tried rebooting multiple times, tried updating drivers etc... no success.
  9. Did you switch on the internal power supply. It would have been easily overlooked since it is normally something you would do after installing a video card while it is still open. If that's not the problem then I would contact support if I were you as there may be something wrong with your Core. It should definitely work without a card installed.
  10. It's still listed on the Razer store. I'd like to know how this process works as well as I just picked up a new RBS.

    Where do I find the internal dimensions of the bay as well. That seems a critical bit of info when looking at compatibility.

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  11. chhappy7

    chhappy7 Member

    So for $100 off code, they used to just email you a code, but there was a thread somewhere (forget whether it's here or reddit) where the OP said that he was told by Razer that the promo has ended, despite the fact that it's being advertised EVERYWHERE on their site. I didn't see an update to the situation, so not quite sure what's going on there.

    As for compatibility, they have the internal GPU specs on the website, but it seems to be a bit off, and if a GPU is close to the max dimension, it won't fit. Just search around a bit and you'll see which specific GPUs (after market) are not fit for the Core.
  12. Thanks.

    For reference, the product page lists 12.2x5.98x1.73" as the maximum card dimensions. From an engineering standpoint it would be easy for those numbers to be wrong if not everyone is measuring the same points.

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  13. Stowed4Sea

    Stowed4Sea New Member

    How long do we think that the core will last before it becomes obsolete? Do thunderbolt connections have a history of being backwards compatible? For example, 4 years from now, when I upgrade my blade for a new blade, and it has thunderbolt 4, will I still be able to use the current generation core with thunderbolt 3? I know nobody can predict the future, but what do you guys think?

    I know I have read that it doesn't appear that the bandwidth of thunderbolt 3 is limited by any graphics card, but I just don't want to get in a situation where I need to upgrade my core every time I upgrade my laptop, because otherwise, I may as well have gotten a beefier gaming laptop in the first place.

    Am I worrying too much?
  14. Longer than a laptop without an external GPU enclosure, but not as long as a desktop where other components can be easily swapped. Thunderbolt has been backward compatible so far, but it's hard to say what the next evolution will be.

    I think they (external GPU enclosures like the Core) will become more common. Maybe not very common as integrated GPUs continue to improve and the majority of (people playing games) are playing things that are less intense.

    Hell, I'd be surprised if a company like EVGA doesn't jump on an opportunity like selling a line of external GPUs if Thunderbolt 3 would become more commonplace.

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  15. Stowed4Sea

    Stowed4Sea New Member

    That's what I was thinking, but thanks for making me feel better. In reality, as long as it is backwards compatible, by the time video cards exceed a thunderbolt 3 bandwidth, I think that it will last a very long lifetime and be the perfect addition in my plan to convert from desktop/laptop to one laptop.

    Even if I get stuck using an older card 10 years from now due to bandwidth limitations, the added power from new hardware inside a newer laptop will help out an aging video card. Furthermore, by the time this core is obsolete, they will no doubt be even better at cramming full dedicated cards into a laptop, but then again, logic would follow that it will always be a more expensive process. If it means saving hundreds on a cheaper laptop in the future (like Blade instead of the Pro), I think that the Core will more than pay for itself. It wouldn't be necessary if I didn't game away from home about 50% of the time, but I love being able to use 2 displays when home, while still being able to game on the road without having to mess with a cloud or dropbox system and everything is on the same system.

    For my needs, I think the core is really the way to go.
  16. SuperLeo462

    SuperLeo462 New Member

    This thread has made me really consider getting a core, how worth is it?

    Also, Is it still worth getting it if not with a Razer system?
  17. Figured I'd come out of lurking since I may have some info that helps you.

    For the past four or five months I've been running the RBS + Core with an old GTX 760. It isn't without issues but 95% of the time it works just fine.

    Getting it working initially was... challenging. The first time I assembled it and booted it up it actually worked flawlessly. But the minute I unplugged it my Core appeared bricked and I couldn't get the RBS to detect it at all. I believe this to have been an issue with connecting via an actual ethernet cable. Razer Tech Support was a bit pessimistic, since I was using a card not officially supported. But I got it working again nonetheless. I had to reformat my RBS and I've avoided plugging back in an ethernet cable (I run off Wi-Fi), but now it works as it should and my 760 is serving me very well.

    A couple of issues I still experience, not sure if just because the Core is a wonky bit of hardware or because I have an unsupported card:
    1. When unplugging the RBS if it isn't awake (i.e. lid closed) it will freeze up and have to be fully rebooted. When awake though I still get a BSOD about 1 in 20 times.
    2. When plugging my RBS back into the Core I have to pull and reinsert the Core's power cable otherwise it won't turn on.
    3. About once or twice a week I get a fully freeze that requires rebooting (screen on, image including mouse frozen). Doesn't seem to be related to any particular computer activity.
    4. Downloading large files onto an external drive connected to the Core fails almost every time. I have to connect external drives directly to the RBS.

    Anyway, hope that helps a bit Keoki and if anyone has fixes to my issues I'm all ears.
  18. AssembIer

    AssembIer Active Member

    Maybe the second Linus Tech Tips review of the core answers your question, as it has many of mine.

    There is also D2D's review where he did try some other notebooks on the core with mixed results.
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2016
  19. SuperLeo462

    SuperLeo462 New Member

    Thanks for the link, that was actually really helpful.
  20. NightmareRemix

    NightmareRemix New Member

    I'm so excited to try out my core with my razer blade stealth I just ordered. So many goodies came with it for Black Friday/Cyber Monday. When I ordered it though I could have said it was in stock on 11/28 but now it says its on back order and won't ship til the 19th of December! Ugh the wait is killing me but I'm so excited for the products
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