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Razer Blade 15 2022 vs. Blade 15 2018: Four years of accumulating improvements

Razer Blade 15 2022 vs. Blade 15 2018: Four years of accumulating improvements
Razer Blade 15 2022 vs. Blade 15 2018: Four years of accumulating improvements
The Razer Blade 15 series has been utilizing the same chassis design for almost five years running. Despite the lack of any major physical changes between yearly models, the internal updates have nonetheless added up over time. If you have the original 2018 model, would it be worth upgrading to the 2022 model even though they look almost identical?

The current Blade 15 design launched in 2018 with Intel 8th gen CPUs and Nvidia Pascal GPUs. Though there have been minor physical changes year-over-year, the overall visual design has remained essentially identical since its original 2018 debut. Internally, however, the performance upgrades have been dramatic without needing to change anything significant about the chassis to accommodate.

Our benchmarks below compare 2018 model with the Core i7-8750H CPU and GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU to the 2022 model with Core i7-12800H CPU and RTX 3080 Ti GPU the show 2x to 2.5x faster multi-thread performance, 1.5x faster single-thread performance, 2x to 2.5x faster graphics performance, 2x to 2.5x faster WLAN performance, and 2x faster SSD performance. The IPS display sees huge upgrades across the board as well in terms of resolution, response times, refresh rate, and colors for a noticeably better visual experience.

The best part about the upgrades above is that they don't come at the cost of warmer core temperatures or louder fans. In other words, the 2022 model doesn't need to run any hotter or louder than the original model four years ago despite the performance benefits.

There is one characteristic in particular that has actually gotten worse year-over-year, however. Power consumption has been steadily increasing to the point where gaming on the 2022 model will demand about 20 percent more power than on the original 2018 model. In fact, Razer had to up the size and capacity of the power brick from 200 W to 230 W over the years to accommodate the increasingly power-hungry internals. Battery capacity remains fixed at 80 Wh between the two models which, when coupled with the overall higher power consumption, means slightly shorter runtimes on the 2022 model.

The performance benefits are nonetheless significant relative to the small uptick in power consumption. If you're in the market for a Blade 15, then it may be worth considering the later models instead of an older one even though they may all look very similar.

Razer Blade 15 2022
Sharp LQ156T1JW03, IPS, 2560x1440, 15.6"
Razer Blade 15 2018
LGD05C0, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Display
-22%
Display P3 Coverage
99.1
64.3
-35%
sRGB Coverage
99.9
93.7
-6%
AdobeRGB 1998 Coverage
86.8
65.5
-25%
Response Times
-11%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
14.4 ?(6.8, 7.6)
17.2 ?(8.8, 8.4)
-19%
Response Time Black / White *
11.6 ?(5.6, 6)
12 ?(6.8, 5.2)
-3%
PWM Frequency
Screen
-15%
Brightness middle
286
290
1%
Brightness
271
281
4%
Brightness Distribution
89
82
-8%
Black Level *
0.25
0.3
-20%
Contrast
1144
967
-15%
Colorchecker dE 2000 *
2.74
2.85
-4%
Colorchecker dE 2000 max. *
5.21
6.27
-20%
Colorchecker dE 2000 calibrated *
2.52
1.39
45%
Greyscale dE 2000 *
1.1
2.4
-118%
Gamma
2.2 100%
2.34 94%
CCT
6408 101%
6718 97%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
60
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
94
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-16% / -16%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R15 Multi Loop

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Razer Blade 15 2022 Intel Core i7-12800H: Ø2081 (2061.43-2178.41)
Razer Blade 15 2018 Intel Core i7-8750H: Ø898 (891.76-964.04)
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Razer Blade 15 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
2178 (2061.43min - 2178.41max) Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
983 Points -55%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Razer Blade 15 2022
Intel Core i7-12800H
258 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points -33%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
28601 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
15748 Points -45%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (14146 - 16165, n=16)
14910 Points -48%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
11071 Points
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4548 - 4795, n=5)
4687 Points -58%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
37438 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
19969 Points -47%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (17680 - 20829, n=18)
19016 Points -49%
1280x720 Performance
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
32299 Points
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (13513 - 17408, n=20)
15401 Points -52%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
14676 Points -55%
1280x720 Performance Physics
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
23745 Points
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7374 - 12746, n=18)
10086 Points -58%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
7869 Points -67%
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade 15 2022
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, Intel Core i7-12800H
21690 Points
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7458 - 12069, n=18)
9753 Points -55%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Intel Core i7-8750H
8685 Points -60%
Networking
iperf3 transmit AX12
Razer Blade 15 2022
 
1528 (1341min - 1654max) MBit/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
643 MBit/s -58%
iperf3 receive AX12
Razer Blade 15 2022
 
1470 (1448min - 1522max) MBit/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
681 MBit/s -54%
Drive Performance Rating - Percent
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
86.8 pt
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
44.2 pt
AS SSD
Score Total
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
7659 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
3806 Points -50%
Score Read
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
3431 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1584 Points -54%
Score Write
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2563 Points
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1450 Points -43%
Seq Read
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
5750 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
2376 MB/s -59%
Seq Write
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
4073 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1521 MB/s -63%
4K Read
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
67.2 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
46.45 MB/s -31%
4K Write
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
221.3 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
93.6 MB/s -58%
4K-64 Read
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
2789 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1300 MB/s -53%
4K-64 Write
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
1934 MB/s
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
1204 MB/s -38%
Access Time Read
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
0.051 ms * -122%
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
0.023 ms *
Access Time Write
Razer Blade 15 2022
SSSTC CA6-8D1024
0.058 ms *
Razer Blade 15 2018
Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
0.038 ms * +34%

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade 15 2022
GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, i7-12800H, SSSTC CA6-8D1024
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, i7-8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
Noise
-11%
off / environment *
25.4
29
-14%
Idle Minimum *
26.2
29
-11%
Idle Average *
26.2
30
-15%
Idle Maximum *
28.4
38
-34%
Load Average *
44.7
46
-3%
Witcher 3 ultra *
44.7
49
-10%
Load Maximum *
51.9
46
11%

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade 15 2022
i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, SSSTC CA6-8D1024, IPS, 2560x1440, 15.6"
Razer Blade 15 2018
i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6"
Power Consumption
36%
Idle Minimum *
33.2
14
58%
Idle Average *
36.4
17
53%
Idle Maximum *
37.6
21
44%
Load Average *
116.7
95
19%
Witcher 3 ultra *
172
141
18%
Load Maximum *
228.6
179
22%

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade 15 2022
i7-12800H, GeForce RTX 3080 Ti Laptop GPU, 80 Wh
Razer Blade 15 2018
i7-8750H, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 80 Wh
Battery Runtime
WiFi v1.3
292
322
10%
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Witcher 3 Stress (Blade 15 2022) 0.6 1455 74 67
Witcher 3 Stress (Blade 15 2018) 3.9 1430 82 77
Prime95+FurMark Stress (Blade 15 2022) 2.2 ~1357 86 73
Prime95+FurMark (Blade 15 2018) 2.9 1025 94 84

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> Expert Reviews and News on Laptops, Smartphones and Tech Innovations > News > News Archive > Newsarchive 2022 03 > Razer Blade 15 2022 vs. Blade 15 2018: Four years of accumulating improvements
Allen Ngo, 2022-03-13 (Update: 2022-03-12)