AMD Navi: Pushing for a Better GPU Market

With AMD focused for the better part of their career on the entry and mid-level GPU market, it has become more and more apparent that Nvidia is in control of the high-end side of things. Products like the GTX 1080 and its “Ti” counterpart offer so much to the gaming and creative market that it almost seems like a no-brainer to go with the green team. But AMD has been quietly scheming; they recently announced their next GPU architecture. Goodbye Vega.

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Are Gaming Laptops Really Here? – Razer Blade Stealth

I never was a huge fan of laptops simply because they were weighed tons and weren’t optimized for high performance. Back in the days, I remember how amazed I was when my father bought me a laptop until I found out that the only games I could play were Alien VS Predator 2 – Primal Hunt and IGI2 – Covert Strike.

Why would you invest in a laptop which is as expensive as a desktop PC? We are always on the move and with technology becoming more portable, we seek thin, powerful machines to fulfill our daily needs. We want the power to enjoy resource-demanding experiences but also to be able to move our workstation. Furthermore, with the introduction of VR and holograms, having a portable machine will not only be a problem for gamers but also to the rapidly advancing technology industry.

Truth be told, gaming laptops have never been able to contain all the power to run the latest, most powerful games. Size, weight, and most importantly, their battery lives have always been huge obstacles. It doesn’t matter whether you go to Alienware, Asus, MSI or some smaller computer shop like Geekz Computers, they cannot offer you a laptop that can actually handle current and future applications or video games with high graphical fidelity. Yet, in CES 2016, Razer displayed the Razer Blade Stealth. I was left with goosebumps after seeing what it can really do here.

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The Razer Blade Stealth and its accompanying Razer Core GPU box.

The Razer Blade Stealth ultrabook is a real treat to the eyes. Depending on how much you love your display, the Razer Blade Stealth comes with either an QHD or UHD display, which in other words is how much color your screen can display and the resolution. It features an Intel Core i7 with Hyper Threading of 2.5GHz allowing the user to do some heavy-multitasking. What makes the Blade Stealth stand out is the Thunderbolt 3 port which hooked into a Razer Core. The Razer Core is a big aluminium box into which you can strap full-sized desktop graphics cards. Is it cheating if the Razer Blade Stealth requires a separate box to turn from a kitty into a roaring lion?

Even if gaming is not everyone’s priority, using programs like Adobe but also with the rise of VR, a powerful, high-quality GPU will become an important asset in a near future.