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Razer Blade 15 (2022) Review: i7-12800H & RTX 3080 Ti

Specification

  • Processor: 14-core Intel i7-12800H processor, Turbo Boost up to 4.8GHz, with 24MB of Cache
  • Display: 15.6-inch FHD 360Hz, 100% sRGB, 2ms, individually factory calibrated
  • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 Ti 16GB GDDR6 VRAM
  • Memory: 32GB DDR5 4800MHz dual-channel memory (slotted)
  • Storage: 1TB SSD M.2 NVMe PCIe 4.0 x4
  • Connectivity: Killer Wireless Wi-Fi 6E AX1690, Bluetooth 5.2
  • Input/Output:
    • 1x Thunderbolt 4 USB-C
    • 2x USB-C 3.2 Gen 2 – Supports Power Delivery 3 (15W)
    • 3x USB-A 3.2 Gen 2
  • Audio: 3.5mm Combo-Jack, Stereo 2.0, 8 Speakers, THX Spatial Audio, 2-Mic Array
  • Battery: 5209Ah/80Wh
  • Power adapter: 230W
  • Dimensions: 16.99mm x 235mm x 355mm
  • Weight: 2.01kg
  • OS: Windows 11 Home

The hardware in the 2022 Razer Blades has been overhauled with an Intel 12th Gen CPU, Nvidia RTX 30-series graphics and DDR5 memory. The model we have on review packs a Core i7-12800H, RTX 3080 Ti graphics and 32GB of DDR5-4800 RAM.

With the bottom cover removed we can see the Razer Blade 15 is packed with hardware. The 80Wh battery takes up a fair amount of space and a good part of the rest is required for the vapour chamber that cools both CPU and GPU.

Our review sample of the Blade 15 was fitted with a 360Hz Full HD display which looks very good, albeit the brightness is nothing special at 300 nits. We would be interested to see the 240Hz Quad HD option, however the third choice of a 144Hz 4K display does not make much sense to us as the size is simply too small.

Razer's Synapse 3 software is key to the performance of the Blade 15 and controls the power limits for the CPU and GPU. As we demonstrate in our video, Balanced mode is the equivalent of Silent or Quiet mode. Changing to Custom-High mode allows the hardware to start working properly. It is only when you select Custom-Boost that you start to scratch the surface of what the RTX 3080 Ti can achieve by which time the fans are running fast and loud.

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