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Razer Blade 15 series now has a total of four different thicknesses depending on the SKU

Razer Blade 15 series now has a total of four different thicknesses depending on the SKU (Source: Razer)
Razer Blade 15 series now has a total of four different thicknesses depending on the SKU (Source: Razer)
Although all SKUs may look identical, their sizes are very slightly different between them due to changes in the cooling solution and GPU. We've compiled all the size differences here so potential buyers can more easily compare the Blade 15 versions before committing to a full purchase.

When the original Blade 15 launched last year, it came in two GPU options (GTX 1060 Max-Q and 1070 Max-Q) and two thicknesses (0.66-inches and 0.68-inches). A few months later, Razer introduced a thicker Base Model option (0.78-inches) in order to support an internal 2.5-inch SATA III bay. Now with GeForce RTX launching in just a few weeks on the Blade 15, there will be yet another change in thickness to 0.70-inches for all RTX SKUs.

The footprint (length x width) of all Blade 15 configurations will otherwise remain the same.

Why keep changing the thicknesses of the same Blade 15 design? It all comes down to optimizing performance and cooling. According to Razer, the new GeForce RTX chips are ever-so-slightly thicker than their Pascal counterparts and so small changes to both the chassis and cooling solution had to be done in order to properly accommodate them. It really shows that Razer is walking on a fine line in terms of chassis design to offer the thinnest look possible given the GPU options available. 

Even so, the differences we're talking about are just fractions of a millimeter as shown by our table below. All but the most hardcore Razer fans won't even notice the minuscule differences in practice. We still find it worth mentioning nonetheless as other OEMs simply swap out the GPUs from existing designs without needing to adjust the dimensions. Razer seems to be a notable exception in this case.

Expect our full review on the 2019 Blade 15 RTX Advanced Model in the coming weeks.

Blade 15 OriginalBlade 15 Advanced ModelBlade 15 Base ModelBlade 15 RTX Advanced Model
GPUGTX 1060 Max-QGTX 1060 Max-Q, 1070 Max-QGTX 1060 Max-QRTX 2060, 2070 Max-Q, 2080 Max-Q
Dimensions355 x 235 x 16.8 mm (0.66")355 x 235 x 17.3 mm (0.68")355 x 235 x 19.9 mm (0.78")355 x 235 x 17.8 mm (0.70")
Weight2.07 kg (4.56 lbs)2.10 kg (4.63 lbs)2.03 kg (4.48 lbs)2.07 kg (4.56 lbs) up to 2.15 kg (4.73 lbs)

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Allen Ngo, 2019-01-11 (Update: 2019-01-13)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.