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    Razer Blade 17 just got a lot more powerful with 11th-gen Core i9 CPU and Nvidia RTX 3080

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    Razer has revealed its new Blade 17, equipping the gaming laptop with Intel’s 11th-gen CPUs and beefing things up on the GPU front with Nvidia’s RTX 30 Series graphics cards.

    The refreshed Blade 17 provides the ability to have Intel’s Core i9-11900H, which Razer notes is the beefiest processor ever to be offered with the machine, an 8-core (16-thread) chip capable of Turbo up to 4.9GHz. Alternatively, the Core i7-11800H can be specified instead.

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    Up to an Nvidia RTX 3080 can be chosen when it comes to the discrete graphics card, and Razer has also made the decision to introduce a fingerprint-resistive coating with the Blade 17. That means fingerprint smudges on the chassis should be a thing of the past (or at least a much-reduced phenomenon).

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    The 17.3-inch display can be specced up to a 4K touchscreen, or lesser resolutions with faster refresh rates that gamers will most likely plump for: 1440p or 1080p, with the latter hitting 360Hz. Furthermore, there’s faster storage (a 1TB SSD) and RAM provided (with 16GB and 32GB options), along with Thunderbolt 4 connectivity.

    Razer further notes the inclusion of a better 1080p webcam, with more mics (four, rather than two). There are also four (upward-firing) speakers with this laptop, again doubling things up to provide meatier sound.

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    Vapor caper

    The gaming laptop’s touchpad has been graced with palm rejection improvements, and Razer’s vapor chamber cooling has been tweaked to be more efficient, and help to keep a lid on the temperatures of those powerful components.

    Note that the existing Blade 15 Base model has also been updated so it can now be loaded with a Core i7-11800H CPU (and equipped with up to an RTX 3070 GPU).

    The Blade 15 Base is priced from £1,699.99 or $1,799.99, and the new Razer Blade 17 starts at £2,399.99 or $2,399.99, with both now up for pre-order at Razer’s site.

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