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Latest Razer Blade Stealth with 11th gen Core i7 is only $100 more than the 10th gen version. Why the small price difference?

Latest Razer Blade Stealth with 11th gen Core i7 is only $100 more than the 10th gen version. Why the small difference? (Image source: Razer)
Latest Razer Blade Stealth with 11th gen Core i7 is only $100 more than the 10th gen version. Why the small difference? (Image source: Razer)
Razer is now shipping its latest Tiger Lake Blade Stealth for $1800 USD while the last generation Ice Lake version is $1700 USD. We look into what exactly buyers would be getting should they decide to spend that extra $100 for the newer Tiger Lake model.
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Late last year, Razer launched two distinct 10th gen Ice Lake Blade Stealth options: one with the 25 W Core i7-1065G7 CPU and no GeForce graphics and one with the 15 W Core i7-1065G7 CPU plus GeForce graphics. In other words, choosing the configuration with faster graphics would mean sacrificing CPU performance. Razer remedied this in early 2020 with a third Ice Lake option that rightfully combined the 25 W Core i7 with GeForce graphics.

At RazerCon 2020, the company unveiled an 11th gen Tiger Lake Blade Stealth to succeed the three Ice Lake options before it. This time, however, there are thankfully no 15 W processor options as all current Tiger Lake Blade Stealth SKUs are 25 W instead. When compared to the 15 W and 25 W Ice Lake Core i7 options, the Tiger Lake Core i7-1165G7 can offer about 20 to 25 percent and 70 percent faster multi-thread performance, respectively, as shown by our CineBench R15 xT loop results below. System RAM is also slightly faster as well (2133.3 MHz vs. 1866.7 MHz) and Thunderbolt 4 comes standard.

The big catch is that the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU remains identical between the latest Ice Lake and Tiger Lake Blade Stealth options and so gaming performance is only about 5 percent faster on the Tiger Lake SKU on average despite the greater 20 to 25 percent increase in CPU performance.

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Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø813 (791.78-824.28)
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA5-8D512; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø694 (683.57-745.3)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø671 (663.4-722.7)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7 GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø483 (464-551)

Razer is well aware of the minor increase in gaming performance between the 25 W Ice Lake Blade Stealth and newer Tiger Lake Blade Stealth as shown by the minor price difference between the two SKUs. As of this writing, the 25 W Ice Lake SKU with GeForce graphics retails for $1700 USD while the Tiger Lake SKU retails for $1800 USD with the exact same 120 Hz display, 16 GB RAM capacity, and 512 GB NVMe SSD.

If you're in the market for a new Blade Stealth, you can go with the 25 W Ice Lake GeForce version without FOMO since gaming performance is almost identical to the newer Tiger Lake version. Buyers would just need to be careful to avoid both the 15 W Ice Lake model and the 25 W Ice Lake model without the GeForce GPU. On the other hand, the $100 surcharge for the slightly better Tiger Lake version is a relatively small price to pay.

3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
3276 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3098 Points ∼95%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2840 Points ∼87%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
792 Points ∼24%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
3443 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3193 Points ∼93%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2859 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
898 Points ∼26%
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
4852 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3871 Points ∼80%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3757 Points ∼77%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2973 Points ∼61%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
12199 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
11501 Points ∼94%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
10699 Points ∼88%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4252 Points ∼35%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
11512 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
9874 Points ∼86%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
6547 Points ∼57%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3971 Points ∼34%
1280x720 Performance Physics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1165G7
12527 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
10005 Points ∼80%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
8980 Points ∼72%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
7071 Points ∼56%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
i7-1165G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Samsung SSD PM981a MZVLB512HBJQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, Lite-On CA5-8D512, IPS, 3840x2160, 13.30
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.30
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, Lite-On CA3-8D512, IPS LED, 3840x2160, 13.30
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
4
6
5.9
10.7
Idle Average *
6.3
10.9
8.1
13.6
Idle Maximum *
14.5
15.5
11.2
15.7
Load Average *
79.2
71.9
44.3
60
Witcher 3 ultra *
68.2
72.9
41.9
64
Load Maximum *
99.4
100.5
50.2
71

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Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
i7-1165G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, 53.1 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, 53.1 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
i7-1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 53.1 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
i7-1065G7, GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, 53.1 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1235
467
500
WiFi v1.3
541
390
583
329
Load
100
114
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1165G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q
Sharp LQ133M1JW46, IPS, 13.30, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
AUO272B, IPS, 13.30, 3840x2160
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Sharp LQ133M1JW41, IPS, 13.30, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
AUO202B, IPS LED, 13.30, 3840x2160
Display
Display P3 Coverage
66.01
63.69
66.21
64.34
sRGB Coverage
97.38
93.68
97.19
95.78
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
67.05
64.54
67.09
65.7
Response Times
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
57.6 ?(26, 31.6)
57.6 ?(28, 29.6)
45.2 ?(22.4, 22.8)
62 ?(30, 32)
Response Time Black / White *
37.6 ?(20.4, 17.2)
37.2 ?(21.2, 16)
33.2 ?(17.6, 15.6)
39 ?(24, 15)
PWM Frequency
22730 ?(24)
Screen
Brightness middle
356.8
467
422.6
353
Brightness
336
448
404
335
Brightness Distribution
88
92
87
90
Black Level *
0.34
0.39
0.35
0.25
Contrast
1049
1197
1207
1412
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
1.63
2.1
1.02
4.4
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.03
5.1
3.06
7.21
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
1.08
2.04
0.95
1.1
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
3
1.3
1
5.49
Gamma
2.23 99%
2.26 97%
2.21 100%
2.26 97%
CCT
6434 101%
6501 100%
6502 100%
7689 85%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
62
59.5
62.1
61
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
97.6
93.4
97.1
96
Total Average (Program / Settings)

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