Razer Blade 18 BIOS 2.02 and GeForce 531.18 panel hotfix updates now available, but one major bug remains
In our review of the Razer Blade 18, we noted three major bugs as follows:
- Missing support for G-Sync and MUX
- Flickering display
- Poor DLSS 3 performance when running games on external monitors
Fortunately, Razer has already addressed the first two issues with two separate hotfixes. The first involves updating the BIOS to 2.02 while the second involves a panel hotfix patch for the Nvidia graphics driver. Both issues are thankfully addressable via software and not related to any hardware problems.
Still, one bug remains affecting Blade 18 users who like to game on external monitors. More specifically, running a game on an external monitor with DLSS 3 or Frame Generation enabled would result in slower than expected performance. The issue appears to be unique to the Blade 18 as we experienced no such problems when running the same tests on the Blade 16. DLSS 3 would otherwise run perfectly on the internal monitor of the Blade 18.
Razer has confirmed that the issue is being investigated and we will provide an update once a solution is available. Of course, Blade 18 owners who don't run DLSS 3-enabled games on external monitors will have nothing to worry about. In our review of the model, we noted its impressive screen real-estate relative to its footprint, but the major bugs were a thorn to its launch.