Razer Blade Pro 17 review (2021 model – Core i7 + RTX 3060, 165Hz QHD)


  1. Serge

    April 17, 2021 at 9:52 am

    As its the first 3060 you had for testing what can you say about 3060 vs 3070 and 3080, are those worth extra $ to pay compared to 3060 ?

    • Derek Sullivan

      April 17, 2021 at 4:51 pm

      It's a tough question to answer, mainly because the TGP can be different one 3070 to another. But if you were to compare the scores of equal TGP, like with the Razer Blade 17 with 90W 3060, 3070 or 3080, the 3070 performs approx 10% better than the 3060, while the 3080 is 20-25% better. But if you throw in 80W TGP cards like the G15 3070 and 3080, those numbers shrink to the 3080 being 15% better and the 3070 being 10% better than the 3060 in *this* Razer Blade.

      For the Razer Blade 17, the 3070 costs exactly $300 more than the 3060 model. The 3080 on the other hand is $900 more, but keep in mind the specs are very different with regards to RAM, SSD and screen. It's hard to say how much more the GPU is, but I estimate it's $600 of the price increase over the 3060. So when you put it into dollars, I think the 3060 is the bargain – especially since my gaming experience was so good with the 3060 model as it is. Note that I didn't have the 3070 model of the Razer Blade and the closest model I tested was the Asus G15, which has a 80W version of the 3070. But with real gaming testing, that G15 and this 3060 Razer Blade 17 performed very similarly.

      If it were me and I was only considering Razer, I think I would just go with the 3060 to save some money. But if I were open to other brands as well, a less expensive 3070 would definitely be on my short list. It's crazy how some 3070 models are lot less expensive than Razer's 3060 model, but you're really paying for the form factor and other features when choosing Razer.

      Probably TMI but hopefully this helps. :)

  2. Serge

    April 17, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Yep, really useful comparison, thank you. For occasional gaming 3060 should be fine, lets see what Lenovo can offer in terms of bang for $ , new ryzen based Legion 7 looks promising )

    • Derek Sullivan

      April 19, 2021 at 5:34 pm

      I've been looking for that one as well. If the price is truly $1629 like Best Buy's listing says, I think it'll be a pretty good value for sure.

  3. Inet

    April 26, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    Seems like this has the best overall balance of performance and thermals/fan noise (the 17 inch Alienware r4 also seems to be a strong contender). The trade off is the large size/weight for those not specifically tied down to a 17 inch display device. Do you know of any other device that does just as well with regards to these factors but at a more palatable 15-16 inches? Even though they don't appear that different on paper, the Razer Blade 15 Advanced seems to be at least 2-3 tiers below the 17 as far as thermals go and there are a lot of complaints regarding annoying fan noise. I've tried the Zephyrus G15 but the surface gets way too hot for comfortable use and I wasn't happy with the way Asus just let the CPU run wild (CPU temps creeping up to the 60-70 range even with just basic web browsing). The fan noise was also a bit much. I'm anticipating the upcoming Legion 7 (and slightly less so the 5 Pro) for 2021 but at this point it seems like availability will be severely limited even if they're released in a reasonable time.

    • Andrei Girbea

      April 27, 2021 at 10:06 am

      I'm also anticipating that Legion 7 would be a well-balanced product, but hard to tell for now. If you can wait for a month or two, there will be a couple of other 16-inch laptops released in the near future, based on current rumors and what we already know.

  4. Boon

    July 22, 2021 at 7:05 am

    Would you recommend this over the XPS17 if both are priced the same with similar specs?

    • Derek Sullivan

      July 22, 2021 at 1:12 pm

      Hard to say. I've never seen the XPS 17 in person so I can't really contribute to the overall design. From experience with the XPS series though, gaming is usually an afterthought. The 3060 on the XPS is 70w from what I can tell, while on the RB17 the wattage boosts up to 105w on the early 2021 model and up to 130w on the new one coming. There's definitely going to be a performance difference favoring the Razer Blade, all specs being equal.

      • Boon

        July 22, 2021 at 3:19 pm

        I see. I am curious about the built quality between the two. I am not fuss about gaming, just prefer a 17inch with great + minimalist built quality.

  5. Nicholas

    August 23, 2021 at 11:17 am

    Hi Derek,

    Can you provide me with the display color profile? I lost mine due to reformatting…

    • Derek Sullivan

      August 24, 2021 at 12:48 pm

      I don't have my unit anymore, sorry. It's located in the recovery partition of your drive.

      If you formatted that too, you might have to reach out to another blade 17 owner two get one. I don't think their support staff would even be able to help with this.

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