Razer adds two new Blade 17 SKUs with 12th gen Core i9, GeForce RTX 3070 Ti, and QHD or UHD display options
The Intel 12th gen Core H-series is barely a month old and there are already at least 9 different Razer Blade 17 SKUs to choose from all equipped with either the Core i7-12800H or Core i9-12900H. The two newest members to the lineup are now shipping this week with the Core i9-12900H CPU and GeForce RTX 3070 Ti GPU plus a choice of either the 240 Hz QHD display with 16 GB RAM or 144 Hz UHD display with 32 GB RAM. The QHD option will set users back $3400 USD while the latter will cost $3800. In comparison, the highest-end RTX 3080 Ti SKUs currently start at $4000.
According to our benchmarks between the Blade 17 RTX 3070 Ti and Blade 17 RTX 3080 Ti, users can expect a graphics performance gain of 10 to 20 percent when comparing the former to the latter. This delta is expected to be slightly higher, however, now that Razer has made available a free BIOS update that will increase the GPU performance of all Blade 17 RTX 3080 Ti SKUs with 12th gen Intel CPUs.
As for the CPU, the Core i9-12900H is only expected to provide a 5 to 10 percent increase in single-thread and multi-thread performance over the already fast Core i7-12800H. For gaming purposes, the minor increase will almost only be tangible when prioritizing higher frame rates over higher resolutions to create a CPU-bound scenario. Otherwise, it is more likely than not that most games will be GPU-bound when running at the native QHD or UHD resolutions.
See the official Razer product page below for the details on all 9 Blade 17 SKUs currently available.