Laptop announced date: 16th June 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
The Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
Is the Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Not for gaming
Processor - The Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz CPU is not a gamers processor in 2021. Sometimes some lower requirement games could run on it, but it struggles to run the newest releases. Stick to indy game titles and casual gaming. The 4 cores found in this laptop’s processor is a good quantity for modern games. Helping minimise the chance of bottlenecked processes.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution is not for modern AAA 2021 releases. It is not a gamers choice. This laptop has 4GB of VRAM available. This graphics solution is OK for today’s gaming, but will struggle with some games and certainly start to cause a problem in the near future of AAA gaming.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2021 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This laptop is an OK choice of laptop panel size. Gaming and running modern titles during 2021 on this 13.3" laptop screen size is not ideal. Our preference for gaming laptops is actually 17 inch, which provides plenty of screen real estate for the in-game detail, while still providing a portable enough PC.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. Ok, after considering those thoughts on refresh rates, we have 60Hz refresh rate in the review laptop here. This isn’t great but would be mostly ok for gaming. That is unless you felt like this laptop could achieve higher FPS than the refresh rate offered here. In this case, and providing your budget allowed, look for a better refresh rate screen.
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Grand Theft Auto VI, Resident Evil 8 and Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. We find a GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 303 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q is also capable of running 0 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to all other laptops in terms of how much its $1429.99 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
With a P2P rating of 7.9 today the Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With these hardware components the Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is placed at 1st position within the Blade Stealth 13 2020 range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
13.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,429.99||0%|
|i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,699.00||19%|
|i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1,799.99||22%|
Lets now see how our Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 110% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999.00. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $853.00. Our Blade Stealth 13 2020 laptop currently has 98% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Blade Stealth 13 2020 laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz which delivers 156% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz.
Currently 0 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-1065G7 4-Core 1.30GHz. Or it is 264 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Mass Effect: Legendary Edition recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 62% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 62% worse performance. We also see the 82% worse performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Resident Evil 8 for it’s processor requirements.
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Blade Stealth 13 2020 review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. We have the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it, which currently has 149% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q.
The GeForce GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 0 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 303 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Resident Evil 8 which shows our laptop video card has 70% worse performance than it. How about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, where we see our GPU is 70% worse. Then there is 84% worse performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
This laptop has a 13.3" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s 1080p panel? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. You can find the Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel with 60Hz refresh rate variants.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $299.00 it should go nicely with this Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $629.99 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $629.99 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Razer Blade Stealth 13 2020 i7-1065G7 GTX 1650 Ti Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced mouse at the moment, it’s pricing history shows it has increased its price by $12.99 over the past two weeks. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$59.99|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Its price tag today is $39.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Over the last few weeks we have noticed it increase its price by $39.99, proving that additional savings can be found you will just need to shop around. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.