Razer has been a staunch supporter of Team Blue for a long time. However, it’s likely that the tech giant has finally bit the bullet and joined Team Red. If the recently discovered 3DMark submissions (via _rogame) are right, Razer will release its first-ever AMD-powered gaming laptop in the near future.
The Razer PI411 was revealed to be the mysterious laptop. It’s possible that the codename refers to the Razer Blade 14, which was released in 2013. The Razer Blade 14 hasn’t been updated since 2016, so it’s time for a well-deserved update. Nonetheless, the probability that PI411 is only a codename for another Razer system cannot be ruled out.
The AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX (Cezanne) processor is used in the Razer PI411. The Ryzen 9 5900HX is AMD’s first overclockable mobile processor, and it’s designed to compete with Intel’s HK-series mobile processors, such as the Core i9-10900HK and the soon-to-be-released Core i9-11980HK.
The Ryzen 9 5900HX has eight Zen 3 cores and 16MB of L3 cache, with a 3.3 GHz base clock and a 4.6 GHz boost clock. Its cTDP (configurable thermal design power) ranges from 35 to 54 watts. The Core i7-6700HQ, a 45W Skylake processor, was used in the last Razer Blade 14 (2016). If Razer wishes to use the Ryzen 9 5900HX in the Razer Blade 14, the latest version would most likely need a more powerful cooling solution than its predecessors to enable manual overclocking.
In addition, the Razer PI411 comes with 16GB of DDR4-3200 memory and a 512GB NVMe SSD. However, because this is most likely only an engineering sample, the final product could have more memory and a larger SSD. So far, the Razer PI411 has been shown with two discrete Nvidia graphics card options. As a reminder, the chip maker’s new mobile GeForce RTX 3000 (Ampere) offerings come in a variety of TDP limits, which can be confusing if the vendor doesn’t specify the value.
The GeForce RTX 3060 is used in the first Razer PI411 unit. The 14 Gbps memory indicates that the Razer PI411 uses the GeForce RTX 3060 Mobile or Max-P version rather than the Max-Q variant of the GeForce RTX 3060. The 80W variant is pointed by the 900 MHz base clock. On the other hand, the second and most recent Razer PI411 device uses the more powerful GeForce RT3070. The memory is clocked at 12 Gbps, meaning it’s the Max-Q variant. This GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q has a base clock of 780 MHz, which makes it compatible with the 80W version as well.
The 3DMark submissions aren’t proof that Razer is sold on the concept. However, we hope Razer follows through, as the market could use another high-end AMD-based laptop.