Blade 15 Advanced: RTX 3080 (TGP: 95 W) beats RTX 2080 Super Max-Q (TGP: 95 W)
The Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) features the same angular design and the same black colour scheme as the 2020 model. However, the 2021 model is slightly thinner (16.9 mm vs. 17.8 mm). There were changes to the internal components. The 2021 model comes with new RTX 3000-series GPUs (Ampere) and has a second M.2-2280 SSD slot. Moreover, it features a 360-Hz 1080p screen.
Laptop-makers can determine the maximum TDP on their own. However, they have to stay within the TGP limits defined by Nvidia. The RTX 3080 in our review model has a maximum TGP of 95 watts (80 W (Base) + 15 W (Dynamic Boost)). These are not very high values for this kind of GPU.
The GeForce RTX 3080 in the Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) has the same maximum TGP as the GeForce RTX 2080 Super Max-Q in last year’s model. Despite having the same amount of power at its disposal, the RTX 3080 was able to beat the RTX 2080 Super Max-Q by about 25% in our gaming and synthetic benchmarks.
What is more, the Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021) delivers a few improvements in other areas. For instance, it lasted 2 to 3 hours longer in our battery tests even though it has the same battery capacity.
To learn more about the Razer Blade 15 Advanced (Early 2021), check out our comprehensive review.