Your Take On Razer Stealth and Core

Discussion in 'Systems' started by super61, Feb 14, 2017.

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  1. super61

    super61 New Member

    So i have been really interested in getting the bundle. I need to downsize and i am tired of carrying a laptop and having a desktop plus syncing everything between the two. I only game at home and i was looking at the bundle as a good replacement so when i get home i can plug in the core and game, then when i leave unplug it and go. I was curious as to others experience with the razer stealth and core before i invest the money into it.
  2. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    I wonder the same!
  3. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    Depending on what games you play, the Stealth's CPU can be a bottleneck for CPU instensive games.
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  4. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    Few games require 4 Cores, I had a pentium 3.6Ghz the other day with a 1060, it worked like a champ, games need GPU mostly.
  5. super61

    super61 New Member

    would this be the only thing wrong? I mostly play LoL, Rocket league, Overwatch, and a few others. I would be getting the I7 version.
  6. VelocityRed

    VelocityRed Active Member

    I have had mine since launch. A few issues I experienced
    1) USB connection is not stable on the core. I have to use an USB hub connecting directly to the stealth.
    2) Black screen (force restart required) after disconnecting from the core
    3) Playing VR (Rift), I get a warning msg for system not meeting specs. But I was able to play most games as long as I use an external monitor

    Overall...I am satisfied with the experience. Most of these are common issues that others have brought up.
  7. super61

    super61 New Member

    Thank you, i was curious if that was common. Im sure it has something to do with how windows interacts with the hotswap feature.
  8. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    How bad is the CPU bottleneck?
  9. jaseow

    jaseow Active Member

    I feel like the only people saying this are people
    who do not actually own the stealth + core and just read stuff online and pass it off as personal experience.

    Im running on the stealth + core with GTX 1070 and the only time Ive ever experienced a CPU bottleneck when gaming is in WoW (which is known to be cpu intensive) and thats on a world boss with 40-70 people on screen casting spells at the same time.

    Every other situation, 5 man dungeon / 10-20 man raid / world quests it runs buttery smooth

    Even my old desktop quadcore cpu experienced the same thing.

    If anything you are looking at a few fps difference in real world situations as compared to using the core with a quad core cpu like the Blade 14
  10. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    Any Regrets in getting the Stealth + Core combo?? Any advice for a potential buyer?
  11. jaseow

    jaseow Active Member

    Not really a regret but when I got the stealth the 10X0 series GPUS hadnt launched yet, so an ultrabook + core combo seemed really handy for my situation. The 970m cards in the Blades at that time just wasnt good enough for me.

    However since the launch of the pascal gpus where laptops now have pretty much the same performance as a desktop gpu (compared to the m versions in the 900 series), I feel just getting the blade 14 would be an overall better solution for me as I do some light gaming on the go as well (nothing too intensive - dota 2 / l4d / abit of WoW / CS GO). While the intel hd 520 can handle those games I usually have to downsize it to 1080 and low settings. While I could just maintain the same graphics settings on a Blade 14.

    So if you ONLY game at home and only use an ultrabook for work outside, the stealth / core combo is excellent.

    If you do some gaming on the go as well, a Blade 14 with GTX 1060 would probably be a better option unless you dont mind having to change settings everytime you're out and when you get home and have the core plugged in
  12. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    Thats my Main issue, I had a desktop and Rarely ever used it, only during late night and weekends for misc/games, I wanted to have a single computer to carry around and NOT have two systems.

    To me, the stealth seems like a good option, I have a separate system at my job, so I wont be using the Stealth for work, but general personal computing. I'll dig deeper, something thin and light seems like I might try next.

    I had the Razer Blade 14 970m for a while, altho I liked it, 4.5 Pounds plus the size made it something to consider, I always had to unplug the charger and carry all of it. Maybe the Stealth would allow for a easier carry on. A single computer is what I am after.... Thanks!
  13. Psyjin

    Psyjin Well-Known Member

    I don't actually own a Blade Stealth/Core and I like to read stuff online. But I'm not trying to pass this off as personal experience! People have stated after tons of testing that a bottleneck definitely exists, whether its the TB3 cable bandwidth or the dual-core CPU. This bottleneck gets worse as your GPU gets stronger (1080, titan, etc.), which isn't good news for future upgrades. It mainly depends on 4 things: the game, the settings, the eGPU, and whether you're using an external monitor or not.

    But with all that said, I still think the Core is awesome and worth it.
    The Blade Stealth sounds perfect for your use case. In fact, it was made for people like you that only want one machine! It's ultra portable, and bang for buck, way superior than MacBooks choices (which don't have a solid option for connecting to an eGPU).

    Personally though I kinda wish Razer would make a quad-core laptop with a slower discrete GPU (or maybe even none at all) that has Core connectivity. For me that's the best of both worlds.
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2017
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  14. super61

    super61 New Member

    Thanks for all the info! I will be looking into this in the near future!
  15. Brisingr_Phoenix

    Brisingr_Phoenix Active Member

    As a side note: I absolutely WOULD NOT recommend going for one of the gen 1 stealths, even though they are cheaper. I owned one for a year and the connectivity issues were horrible (I can not tell you how many hours of gameplay were lost due to this). I recently sold mine and ended up getting a Kaby Lake version with 16gigs of ram, so far it has lasted me longer than my 8hr school days with one charge and from what I've read the core connectivity is much better with this version, but I have yet to test it extensively. I would also recommend not going with the 4k version unless you absolutely need it since it almost halves battery life. Furthermore: I don't know if it's just me, but I think that the trackpad is much more responsive on the newer versions.
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  17. Yousif47

    Yousif47 Active Member

    Hi there
    I have the 1st gen stealth and 1070 card in the Core
    my gaming experience till now it that all games I play runs at 1080p 60 fps all settings maxed out
    My monitor only support 1080p 60 hz and I am fine with that since 4k or QHD for 23" on very hard to spot the difference and I think 60 fps is the gold standard

    my game collection is : witcher 3 , DooM ,For Honor , Dark souls, the rise of Tomp Rider, Battlefield 1 (all of these are running at 1080p 60fps maxed out)
    (if you want screenshots I may upload some)

    only Forza Horizon 3 runs at ultra 1080 30 fps

    as for whether or not getting the stealth Core vs the blade
    that's a very tough question
    both are same price almost and I myself can't decide between the two if I hadn't bought the stealth Core
    but I think you can't go wrong with either of them
  18. davidmthekidd

    davidmthekidd Active Member

    Do the Bezel of the Stealth Bother you at all?
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  19. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    I dont understand why people are focusing on the bezels so much. When you are focused on your game having a ton of fun, the bezels are the last thing you are thinking about.
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  20. Yousif47

    Yousif47 Active Member

    No, not even once (that's just me)
    I know right
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