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The 2019 Razer Blade Stealth series was a huge mess. The 2020 series puts it back on track

The 2019 Blade Stealth series was a huge mess. The 2020 series has put it back on track (Image source: Razer)
The 2019 Blade Stealth series was a huge mess. The 2020 series has put it back on track (Image source: Razer)
The 2019 Blade Stealth was full of compromises. Want a faster CPU? Then you'll be stuck with integrated Intel graphics only. Want a faster GPU? Then here's a CPU that's even slower than before. Thankfully, you won't have to make such unnecessary trade-offs anymore with the latest 2020 Blade Stealth.
Allen Ngo, 🇩🇪

Normally, yearly laptop updates should offer faster performance or better features than the year before them even if the differences are sometimes marginal. After all, it would be counter-intuitive for an older version to perform faster than the newer, pricier version. The 2019 Blade Stealth series was an unfortunate victim of this as these first Ice Lake SKUs from Razer would perform slower than the Whiskey Lake-U-powered 2018 Blade Stealth that came before it. In other words, Razer was charging users more for less processor performance.

Now that the 2020 Blade Stealth series is available, Razer has right this wrong by dropping the 10 W Core i7 CPU and having the 25 W version be standard on these latest configurations. The 10 W Core i7-1065G7 was disappointing to say the least as it would perform 15 percent slower than the Core i7-8565U in the older 2018 Blade Stealth. In our reviews of the two different 2019 Blade Stealth SKUs last year, we didn't recommend either of them because the 2018 Core i7-8565U and GeForce MX150 would still outperform the 10 W Core i7-1065G7 and integrated Iris Plus G7 GPU, respectively.

Our tables below comparing the 2018 Blade Stealth, 2019 Blade Stealth, and 2020 Blade Stealth show the 2020 version being comfortably ahead in key benchmarks like CineBench and 3DMark. It took Razer two years to release something that we can finally say is a worthy successor to the 2018 version. If you're in the market for one, you may want to skip the 2019 series and go with the 2020 series or 2018 series if GeForce GTX graphics aren't your thing.

See our full review on the 2020 Blade Stealth here to learn more about the high-end 4K SKU. Keep in mind that the chassis has remained almost the same between the 2018 and 2020 SKUs meaning that the faster 2020 version will inevitably run louder and warmer than its previous iterations.

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Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA5-8D512; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø694 (683.57-745.3)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø671 (663.4-722.7)
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7 GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7, Lite-On CA3-8D512; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø483 (464-551)
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U GeForce MX150, i7-8565U, Lite-On CA3-8D256-Q11; CPU Multi 64Bit: Ø627 (623.29-676.66)
3DMark
2560x1440 Time Spy CPU
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3871 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3757 Points ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3753 Points ∼97% -3%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2973 Points ∼77% -23%
2560x1440 Time Spy Graphics
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3098 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2840 Points ∼92% -8%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
1147 Points ∼37% -63%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
792 Points ∼26% -74%
2560x1440 Time Spy Score
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
3193 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
2859 Points ∼90% -10%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
1280 Points ∼40% -60%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
898 Points ∼28% -72%
1920x1080 Fire Strike Score
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
7356 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
3377 Points ∼46% -54%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
2883 Points ∼39% -61%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
9874 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
6547 Points ∼66% -34%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
4394 Points ∼45% -55%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
3971 Points ∼40% -60%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q, i7-1065G7
11501 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 Max-Q, i7-1065G7
10699 Points ∼93% -7%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
NVIDIA GeForce MX150, i7-8565U
4905 Points ∼43% -57%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Iris Plus Graphics G7 (Ice Lake 64 EU), i7-1065G7
4252 Points ∼37% -63%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Multi 64Bit
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
693 (683.57min - 745.3max) Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
677 Points ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
676 Points ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
551 (464min - 551max) Points ∼80% -20%
Cinebench R15 / CPU Single 64Bit
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
174 Points ∼100% +7%
Razer Blade Stealth 13, Core i7-1065G7
Intel Core i7-1065G7
171 Points ∼98% +6%
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
162 Points ∼93%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
149 Points ∼86% -8%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Multi Core)
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1729 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1411 Points ∼82% -18%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
1267 Points ∼73% -27%
Cinebench R20 / CPU (Single Core)
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
427 Points ∼100%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-8565U
Intel Core i7-8565U
418 Points ∼98% -2%
Razer Blade Stealth i7-1065G7 Iris Plus
Intel Core i7-1065G7
388 Points ∼91% -9%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4 -mmt1
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
3948 MIPS ∼100%
7-Zip 18.03 / 7z b 4
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
20699 MIPS ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Single-Core Score
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
1195 Points ∼100%
Geekbench 5.1 - 5.3 / 64 Bit Multi-Core Score
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
4844 Points ∼100%
LibreOffice / 20 Documents To PDF
Razer Blade Stealth Core i7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 4K
Intel Core i7-1065G7
62.6 s ∼100%

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Allen Ngo, 2020-06-18 (Update: 2020-06-18)
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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.