Last year’s model was powered by an Intel i7-4720HQ which was at the time the chip of choice for lightweight gaming systems, but that market has moved to Intel’s 6th-gen, and so has Razer. The new Blade 2016 is equipped with a quad-core i7-6700HQ, which boasts a 2.6GHz base clock and 3.5GHz boost clock, and 16GB of DDR4 memory.
The GPU is still an Nvidia GTX 970M, but this time VRAM has been doubled up to a hefty 6GB. That bump in memory should improve already strong graphical performance, without too much a hit to the Blade’s power consumption.
Storage has also been changed with the choice of either 256 or 512 GB of PCIe SSD storage.
The screen is still the same 3,200 x 1,800 IGZO display that was offered as a high-end option on the previous Blade, but this time it’s standard instead of an upgrade. Even the keyboard has seen an upgrade this time around, with the same per-key Chroma RGB lighting found on the Blade Stealth. There’s also Thunderbolt 3 support, which the Razer Blade can use to connect the Core for external graphics power.