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Skip the Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model and just go for the older GeForce MX150 model instead

Skip the Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model and just go for the older GeForce MX150 model instead
Skip the Razer Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model and just go for the older GeForce MX150 model instead
The best part about Ice Lake is that some older Whiskey Lake models have become great deals. Not only is the MX150 model cheaper and graphically superior, it's also thinner. Ice Lake CPU performance is only marginally faster than the i7-8565U in the last generation model while being 30 to 35 percent slower or more than the GeForce MX150. The Core i7-1065G7 CPU advantage doesn't outweigh the GPU disadvantage by a long shot.

Razer has sort of trapped itself into a corner with Ice Lake. Its last generation Blade Stealth with Core i7-8565U and GeForce MX150 graphics was so good in terms of performance that its GPU proved to be faster than any other laptop equipped with the same MX150 graphics card. The latest Core i7-1065G7 Iris Plus option doesn't come close to the gaming performance of the older Blade Stealth MX150 based on our experience with the Dell XPS 13 7390 2-in-1, Lenovo Yoga C940-IIL, and the Blade Stealth Ice Lake. 3DMark alone doesn't tell an accurate story as the Iris Plus can range wildly in performance when under real-world gaming conditions.

Now, this wouldn't be an issue if the Blade Stealth Ice Lake configuration was cheaper than the MX150 configuration, but that is not the case; the official Razer Store currently lists the GeForce MX150 SKU for $1300 and Ice Lake SKU for $1500 USD. In other words, you'd be paying more money for a weaker gaming machine with nearly the same CPU performance. The Ice Lake model doesn't even offer any additional physical features or size advantages over the MX150 model since they share the exact same display, ports, and chassis. WLAN battery life is nearly identical between them as well at just over 9.5 hours each.

To Ice Lake's credit, the newer Blade Stealth system runs cooler and quieter than the MX150 system when gaming, but that is only because it's the slower and less capable gaming machine. Meanwhile, its integrated AI features have yet to become "must own" attributes to most consumers. Razer may have priced its Blade Stealth Ice Lake base model a bit too high when its last generation Whiskey Lake-U model is able to offer more for less.

We'll be rerunning some tests soon with the latest Ice Lake drivers as of October 18. We're not expecting any dramatic improvements across the board, but improvements are welcomed either way.

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Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø671 (663.4-722.7)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (623.29-676.66)
PCMark 10
Digital Content Creation
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
3796 Points ∼32%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
3704 Points ∼31%
Productivity
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
7245 Points ∼75%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
6575 Points ∼68%
Essentials
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
9664 Points ∼88%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
8373 Points ∼76%
Score
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4609 Points ∼59%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
4219 Points ∼54%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5173 Points ∼79%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
5065 Points ∼78%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4030 Points ∼66%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
3873 Points ∼64%
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
1058 Points ∼7%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
792 Points ∼5%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3726 Points ∼9%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
3673 Points ∼9%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
3377 Points ∼13%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
3328 Points ∼12%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
2883 Points ∼11%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
21755 Points ∼12%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
21594 Points ∼12%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
17299 Points ∼9%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4394 Points ∼19%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4277 Points ∼19%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
3971 Points ∼18%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 8565U
4905 Points ∼10%
MSI PL62 MX150 7700HQ
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, 7700HQ
4685 Points ∼9%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7
4252 Points ∼8%
Fortnite
1920x1080 Epic Preset
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
23.6 (min: 22, max: 25) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
15.4 fps ∼65%
1920x1080 Medium Preset
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
76 (min: 69, max: 82) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
32.3 fps ∼43%
1280x720 Low Preset
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
225 (min: 174, max: 318) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
77 fps ∼34%
Shadow of the Tomb Raider - 1280x720 Lowest Preset
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
46 (min: 29, max: 74) fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
30 fps ∼65%
Rocket League
1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
48.5 fps ∼100%
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
47.4 fps ∼98%
1920x1080 Performance
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
112.6 fps ∼100%
1280x720 Performance
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
156 fps ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
93.2 fps ∼60%
The Witcher 3
1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
11.9 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
11.5 (min: 9, max: 14) fps ∼97%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
9.6 fps ∼81%
1920x1080 High Graphics & Postprocessing (Nvidia HairWorks Off)
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
22.1 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
19.9 (min: 15, max: 24) fps ∼90%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
19.1 fps ∼86%
1366x768 Medium Graphics & Postprocessing
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
39.7 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
37.6 (min: 30, max: 43) fps ∼95%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
33.8 fps ∼85%
1024x768 Low Graphics & Postprocessing
Huawei MateBook 13 i7
Intel Core i7-8565U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
70.5 fps ∼100%
Xiaomi Mi Notebook Pro i7
Intel Core i7-8550U, NVIDIA GeForce MX150
62.1 (min: 52, max: 69) fps ∼88%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7, Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU)
58 fps ∼82%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
8565U, GeForce MX150, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11, IPS, 1920x1080, 13.3
Power Consumption
Idle Minimum *
5.9
6.7
Idle Average *
8.1
8.6
Idle Maximum *
11.2
9.4
Load Average *
44.3
64.1
Load Maximum *
50.2
64.1
Witcher 3 ultra *
41.9
63.7

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
GeForce MX150, 8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11
Noise
off / environment *
28.3
28.4
Idle Minimum *
28.3
28.5
Idle Average *
28.3
29
Idle Maximum *
28.3
29.1
Load Average *
33.5
42.8
Witcher 3 ultra *
34.5
41.4
Load Maximum *
49.4
41.6

* ... smaller is better

Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
1065G7, Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), 53.1 Wh
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
8565U, GeForce MX150, 53.1 Wh
Battery Runtime
Reader / Idle
1230
WiFi v1.3
583
571
Load
131
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Allen Ngo, 2019-10-24 (Update: 2019-10-23)
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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.