When last we saw the 14-inch Razer Blade, it was toting 7th-gen Intel CPUs and NVIDIA’s GTX 1650 graphics. Now it’s back, and it’s powered by AMD’s Ryzen 5900HX and up to an RTX 3080 GPU. What a difference three years can make!

Recently, Razer has focused on cramming more specs into its Blade 15 and 17 notebooks, while pushing for portability with its 13-inch Blade Stealth. That didn’t leave much room for a 14-inch model. But now that AMD’s laptop CPUs are offering some serious benefits over Intel, it makes sense for Razer to experiment with different models again. (And personally, I’ve been waiting for something between the cramped Blade Stealth’s screen and the Blade 15.)

Razer isn’t changing much with the Blade 14’s design: It has the same unibody aluminum case that the company has been relying on for years. But it’s what’s under the hood that’s important. This Blade 14 marks the first time Razer has used an AMD CPU. And the eight-core, 16-three 5900HX should be compelling to creatives and gamers alike.

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