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

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

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  1. oranjoose

    oranjoose New Member

    Would it make sense to buy the core for a Razer Blade in order to reduce the stress and wear on the dGPU and possibly reduce the fan noise?
  2. chhappy7

    chhappy7 Member

    Yupp. That is exactly what I'm doing. Although the fan noise reduction is minimal, as the Core itself is kind of loud.
  3. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Well-Known Member

    I'm leaning towards getting one myself for my 1060 Razer Blade 14. I've been using my laptop almost exclusively even though I have a more powerful desktop at home. I've just found the experience with this laptop to be great for my use case. It comes with me to work and school and I game on it at home. So having the core for home has been appealing to me. But, they no longer offer the $100 discount to those of us that bought the laptop without the core. So that's a bit of a slap in the face.
  4. geoPaleRobinEggBlue893

    geoPaleRobinEggBlue893 Active Member

    It's still worth it if you game often on your laptop. Especially because for that extra $100 you can just use the gpu from your more powerful desktop
  5. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Well-Known Member

    If I had a reliable way to sell the rest of my desktop components I'd go ahead with it. But, I've always had a terrible time with selling on ebay and always get people that buy, but never pay. It's a real headache. :oops:
  6. kstylez

    kstylez New Member

    I think my next upgrade I will get the blade and core. I have wanted a blade for a while now and it seems best of both worlds with desktop and laptop portability. Comes with the price tag though
  7. TK-1987

    TK-1987 Well-Known Member

    Depending on what you need the laptop for you can always get the blade stealth and save alot of money. I went with the Blade 14 because I game alot on the go and most applications that I use are gpu accelerated for work.
  8. realsmurf

    realsmurf Member

    when will the core be available standalone in EU?
  9. mcl911

    mcl911 New Member

    Do you think is possible to get $100 discount with the blade? I am thinking to get one too, but I got the blade quite a while already.

    Razer mod feel free to pm me ;)
  10. if your really going for that i believe it would be easier for you to build another system.
  11. VHugo88

    VHugo88 New Member

    Hi Valence.

    Thank you for contacting RazerStore.com.

    In regards of your inquiry, please be informed as we no longer have Razer Core Credit promotion in Singapore.

    Besides, the core credit is not able to be converted from US to SGD or SGD to US dollar.

    Hope this clarifies.

    Thank you and have a nice day.

    Team RazerStore


    VERY disappointed.
  12. WelshyC_no_id

    WelshyC_no_id New Member

    Has anyone done any exhaustive benchmarks of the core?

    I'm really having trouble finding anything useful. Specifically, I want to know how much (if at all) performance is affected when saturating the bandwidth for external accessories.

    For instance, if i'm downloading a game from steam using the ethernet port on the core, onto a USB3 HDD, while also playing a game off another USB3 HDD, with my mouse and KB and USB headset connected to the core, how will this impact framerates?

    I've just ordered my RB 2016, but getting the core already doesn't seem like a huge benefit given the performance of the dGPU. If I'm going to lose even more performance during typical usage then it becomes a complete waste of cash.

    Can anyone point me to these sorts of benches, or is anyone able to do some comparison FireStrike benches with just the eGPU versus the scenario above?
  13. Zorn_

    Zorn_ Active Member

    I don't know of any specific benchmarks I've ever seen under those circumstances, but from my own experience I can tell you I would not recommend this. The Core seems to press up against the limits of the Thunderbolt 3 bus as it stands, and I've noticed that having certain USB stuff connected to it causes issues. The only USB items I've gotten to connect to the Core without issue are my Firefly and the sensors for my Oculus Rift.

    I would not connect hard drives to it at all, much less a hard drive being concurrently used for I/O operations while gaming.
  14. Masterlancer

    Masterlancer Member

    Still don't know if it is worth it to get the core versus having my desktop pc
  15. JessMessOhYes

    JessMessOhYes Member

    Not too shabby.
  16. Mr. Tan I bought my Razer Blade from the Microsoft Store. Am I eligible for the $399 Razer Core pricing? I already bought the Core and got it a week ago.
  17. glStarLight

    glStarLight Member

    haha Razer is never about the best prices, i think its just the flashy, the quality and the brand and that itself justifies the price.
  18. sleekOrchidfun816

    sleekOrchidfun816 New Member

    I find it great that the CEO of this company is so active and vocal. I have yet to see Michael Dell in an interview let alone a 1 hour interview on Youtube.

    Why don't we just throw in RAM and an SSD drive in there while we're at it. It'd be super-cool if it had it's own screen and keyboard also! :D
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  19. biovan

    biovan New Member

    I bought a the new razer blade stealth and want to get the core too. I haven received any code and the core is still OOS in my country. Could we make advance orders?
  20. TrickyGizmo

    TrickyGizmo Member

    If you have a Razer Core and the supplied .5m / 19.2" active cable is too short, I can confirm that the 2m/6ft cable Thunderbolt 3 cable from Belkin works with the Core and there was no degradation in performance. I bought one of these for my new MacBook Pro and immediately thought to test it with the Core and my Razer Blade.

    I ran 3DMark benchmarks using both the .5m and 2m cables and the results were identical. I did see one review on the Belkin site where someone bought the cable and it did not work with their Core, but in my case, the cable worked perfectly. Granted, this is a pricey cable as Belkin has it listed on their site for $69.99 and it is easy to get it confused with their lower speed cables that are half the cost, but are also incompatible with the Core. Here is a link from Belkin: http://www.belkin.com/us/p/P-F2CD083/ if you are looking at other vendors, make sure you have the right part number, which is F2CD083ds2M-BLK

    I hope this helps anyone with inadequate cable issues because size, er...length does matter when connecting to the Core :wink_:
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