Razer, the first notebook with AMD CPU coming?

Razer, the first notebook with AMD CPU coming?


Razer has historically been a solid ally of Intel, but it looks like that could change soon. In fact, the well-known leaker @_rogame has discovered some results recorded on 3DMark that refer to a new notebook of the company equipped with AMD CPU, indicated with the initials Razer PI411. We can speculate that the name may refer to the Razer Blade 14, a model originally launched in 2013. The last time Razer updated the Blade 14 was in 2016, so it would be the perfect time to upgrade. However, we cannot rule out the possibility that PI411 may just be a codename and does not refer to an existing Razer product.

The mysterious laptop is equipped with AMD's Ryzen 9 5900HX (Cezanne) processor , Sunnyvale's first overclockable mobile CPU designed to fight Intel's HK series, such as the Core i9-11980HK. Featuring eight Zen 3 cores and 16MB of L3 cache, the Ryzen 9 5900HX features a 3.3GHz base clock and 4.6GHz boost clock. It has a generous cTDP of between 35W and 54W. The latest Razer Blade 14 (2016) used the Core i7-6700HQ, a 45W Skylake processor. If Razer wants to pack the Ryzen 9 5900HX into the Razer Blade 14, the new iteration will likely have to rely on a more robust cooling solution than its predecessors to ensure adequate manual overclocking performance.

The Razer PI411 is also equipped with 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD. However, this is probably just an engineering sample, so the final product may come with more memory and a larger SSD. So far, we've seen the Razer PI411 with two dedicated graphics card options from NVIDIA. The first unit uses a GeForce RTX 3060 in its Max-P variant, while the second uses the more powerful GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q. Obviously, at the moment, waiting for an official confirmation from Razer, this information should simply be taken as a rumor.

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Razer Gaming Laptop Leaks Again With Ryzen 9 5900HX And GeForce RTX 3070 GPU

These days, chip architectures like Bulldozer are ancient history, as AMD has found its moment of Zen. So too have several hardware partners. That includes Razer, which at long last is apparently preparing to launch its first AMD-powered laptop as previously rumored. The timing could not be better, either, because AMD's Zen 3 architecture is the real deal.To be crystal clear, Razer has not announced any plans to launch a Blade laptop with Zen 3 inside. Models that are currently available in 17-inch, 15-inch, and 13-inch form factors all sport Intel CPUs, including Comet Lake, Ice Lake, and Tiger Lake options, depending on the specific configuration. AMD processors are nowhere to be found.Well, not on any of Razer's laptop pages, anyway. But hidden somewhere in 3DMark's database are at least two entries linking an unreleased Razer laptop configuration with a Ryzen CPU inside. There were spotted by @_rogame, a prominent leaker who posted partial screenshots of the listings, but did not link to the source (we searched high and low, and could not find the listings).

Here's a look at the the higher-end config...

The laptop, identified as a Razer model with a 'Razer PI411' motherboard, is shown pairing an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX processor with a mobile GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. This is said to be a Max-Q configuration, with a 780MHz base clock speed and 1,500MHz memory frequency. These specifications coincide with an 80W power envelope.

As for the CPU, the Zen 3 part is an 8-core/16-thread model with a 3.3GHz base clock and 4.6GHz max boost clock. It also sports 16MP of L3 cache. Pairing it with a GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q GPU in a presumably thin profile is an attractive proposition.

We don't get any benchmark data here, though there is one final bit of potentially revealing information to glean from this entry. The 'PI411' designation possibly indicates this marks a return of the Blade 14, which has not seen a refresh in several years.

The second listing (which we've cropped—click to enlarge for the full entry) showcases a separate Razer PI411 configuration with the same Zen 3 processor, but paired with a mobile GeForce RTX 3060. It also sports 16GB of DDR4-3200 RAM and a 512GB M.2 NVMe SSD. Other RAM and storage options will undoubtedly be offered, if this setup comes to fruition.

According to the benchmark entry, the GeForce RTX 3060 inside this laptop is also set at 80W, with a 900MHz base clock and the memory running at 1,750MHz. Though the power envelope is the same, this suggests a full-power (Max-P) variant, as the Max-Q design on the GeForce RTX 3060 is actually set at 60W.

It scored 7,305, which is pretty decent, based on our collection of Time Spy scores. You can check out our most recent data in our Alienware m15 R4 review, but to the point, a 7,305 score puts this in the mix with laptops outfitted with a GeForce RTX 2070 and the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.

Hopefully this means Razer is close to launching a new or refreshed laptop line with AMD inside, but until there is an actual announcement, this stays in rumor territory.