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The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less

The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less (Source: Razer)
The Razer Blade 15 Base Model is just as powerful as the Advanced Model for a whopping $600 less (Source: Razer)
Razer has managed to make its higher-end configurations look way overpriced by upping their baseline specifications. Users can get the entry-level Base Model Blade 15 and still have the same Core i7-8750H CPU and GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU as the higher-end model plus a few extras to boot.

The original Blade 15 Advanced Model launched back in June of this year with a 1080p60 display, GTX 1060 Max-Q GPU, Core i7-8750H CPU, and a 256 GB SSD for about $1900 USD. Fast-forward four months and a new Base Model is now available with the same display, CPU, and GPU for only $1600 USD.

To separate the Base Model and Advanced Model even further, however, Razer has quietly upped the baseline specifications of its Advanced Model from 1080p60 to 1080p144 and 256 GB to 512 GB for a higher starting price of $2200 USD. The Core i7 CPU and GeForce GPU are otherwise exactly the same. The move makes the Base Model more lucrative because users are getting the same core gaming performance from the Base Model for $600 USD less. The Base Model even carries features not found on the Advanced Model including gigabit RJ-45 and a secondary 2.5-inch SATA III 1 TB HDD.

Are there still reasons to purchase the pricier $2200 Advanced Model SKU when the $1600 Base Model SKU carries the exact same processors? The Advanced Model doubles the SSD from 128 GB to 256 GB and it has the more advanced 144 Hz display with per-key RGB lighting and a larger internal battery. The Base Model chassis is also a hair thicker (19.9 mm vs. 16.8 mm) while keeping the design and rigidity intact. Whether or not these largely cosmetic features are worth the $600 price premium is certainly down to user preference.

We recommend checking out our full reviews on the Blade 15 Base Model and Advanced Models below for more in-depth comparisons.

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Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
176 Points ∼81%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
175 Points ∼80%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
172 Points ∼79%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (163 - 177, n=86)
172 Points ∼79%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
160 Points ∼73%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Average Intel Core i7-8750H
  (863 - 1251, n=93)
1107 Points ∼25%
Razer Blade 15 2018
Intel Core i7-8750H
983 Points ∼22%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
Intel Core i7-8750H
923 Points ∼21%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
Intel Core i7-8750H
915 Points ∼21%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
733 Points ∼17%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
15748 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (14146 - 16165, n=16)
14910 Points ∼37%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
11366 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
11315 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11049 Points ∼27%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
98051 Points ∼51%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (73739 - 107807, n=16)
97317 Points ∼50%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
81720 Points ∼42%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
80748 Points ∼42%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
77354 Points ∼40%
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
9792 Points ∼43%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (7458 - 12069, n=18)
9753 Points ∼43%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
8935 Points ∼40%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8830 Points ∼39%
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
8685 Points ∼38%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Razer Blade 15 2018
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H
19969 Points ∼39%
Average NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (17680 - 20829, n=18)
19016 Points ∼37%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
14351 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H
14180 Points ∼28%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
13668 Points ∼27%
PCMark 10 - Score
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4910 - 5728, n=9)
5223 Points ∼64%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5184 Points ∼64%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5046 Points ∼62%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4896 Points ∼60%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
4752 Points ∼59%
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
5705 Points ∼87%
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
5637 Points ∼86%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5323 - 5818, n=10)
5628 Points ∼86%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
5395 Points ∼83%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
5159 Points ∼79%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (5264 - 5908, n=2)
5586 Points ∼51%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
5364 Points ∼49%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Razer Blade 15 2018
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
4658 Points ∼76%
Razer Blade 15 GTX 1060
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB512HAJQ
4650 Points ∼76%
Average Intel Core i7-8750H, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  (4393 - 5130, n=10)
4599 Points ∼75%
Razer Blade 15 Base Model
GeForce GTX 1060 Max-Q, 8750H, Samsung SSD PM981 MZVLB256HAHQ
4425 Points ∼73%
Razer Blade Pro RZ09-0220
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP
4207 Points ∼69%
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Allen Ngo, 2018-10-29 (Update: 2018-10-29)
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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.