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Lenovo, Razer debut gaming laptops with fresh Intel and Nvidia chips
Lenovo and Razer today both announced new gaming laptops alongside partners Intel and Nvidia. In addition to sharp designs, these new mobile gaming platforms feature the latest Core H processors from Intel and RTX GPUs from Nvidia.
Here’s what sets these machines apart.
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Lenovo has two gaming laptops on offer, the Legion 7i and Legion 5i. The biggest differentiator between the two lines is the extent to which you can customize the internals.
On the CPU front, the Legion 7i and Legion 5i will both rely on the latest 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series mobile processors with up to eight cores. Lenovo didn’t specify clock speeds other than to say the laptops “will enjoy higher clock speeds.”
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The Lenovo Legion 7i takes advantage of Nvidia’s GeForce RTX Super GPU with Max-Q design, while the Legion 5i drops to the RTX 2060 GPU. Both laptops will include support for Nvidia G-Sync for more seamless gaming. The laptops will also feature Nvidia’s Advanced Optimus tech for better battery life. Lenovo says Advanced Optimus can shift workloads between the GPU or IGP depending on real-time processing needs. This improves battery life by ensuring light workloads are handled by low-power silicon.
Full HD, 15-inch displays will be available, though Lenovo was light on other specs, such as screen refresh rate, memory, ports, and other vital details.
The Lenovo Legion 7i starts at $1,199 and the Legion 5i starts at $999. Availability is expected later this spring and will vary by region. Lenovo says more details will be available in a few weeks.
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Razer Blade 15
Razer is also taking advantage of the new silicon from Intel and Nvidia to boost its gaming cred. The Razer Blade 15 gaming laptop ranges from affordable to “ouch!” and includes a dizzying array of options.
Like the Lenovo Legion series, the Razer Blade 15 is centered on the 10th Gen Intel Core H-Series mobile processor. Razer says it will support clock speeds of up to 5.1GHz across as many as eight cores with 16MB of Intel smart cache, 2933MHz DDR4 RAM, and 2.4Gbps WiFi 6.
The RTX Super GPU lineup from Nvidia is available in a handful of configurations, including the top-of-the-line RTX 2080 with up to 8Gbps GDDR6 memory. In other words, this rig shouldn’t be dropping any frames.
Speaking of which, the Blade 15 is configurable with four screen options: Full HD at 144Hz, 4K non-touch, Full HD at 300Hz, and 4K touch. Storage ranges from 256GB to 1TB, RAM ranges from 16GB to 64GB, and of course Chroma keyboards come on both.
The Razer Blade 15 comes in a base configuration and an advanced model. The base option ranges in price from $1,599 to $2,299, while the advanced model ranges from $2,599 to $3,299.
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