Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13

JT JT 04 January
Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13

Razer’s Blade Stealth 13 inch gaming laptop  has been updated with Intel's latest 11th   gen Processors, so how well does this newer  model with 1650 Ti Max-Q GPU perform in games?   I’ve tested 15 titles at both 720p and  1080p resolutions and also compared it   with other laptops to show you the differences. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13

Thunderbolt 4 / eGPU

This is my first Thunderbolt 4  laptop, I’ll also test it with   an external GPU in an upcoming review too so  make sure you’re subscribed for that one. The Razer Synapse software lets you select  between different performance modes. 

Software settings / drivers

  I’ve done all testing with gaming mode  enabled with the fan set to max speed   for best performance, but this doesn’t  apply any overclocking to the graphics.   There’s no option of disabling optimus  for a speed boost, so no G-Sync either. Anyway let’s start by seeing how  15 games perform then afterwards   I’ll compare it with other laptops  and check out screen response time.

15 games tested at 720p and 1080p

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was tested in  the games benchmark tool. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13I’ve got the   1080p results shown by the purple bars, and  the 720p results shown by the red bars. 720p   was still able to pass 60 FPS even  with the highest setting preset,   while low settings were needed for similar results at the higher 1080p resolution.

Battlefield 5 was tested in  campaign mode. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Max settings   at 1080p provided very inconsistent  results and wasn’t really usable,   high settings was better, while medium was  only just below 60 FPS. 720p on the other   hand was running fine even with the highest  setting preset, which was reaching 70 FPS.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was tested with the  game benchmark tool.Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 This game needs more   than 4 GB of VRAM to run with settings at  ultra, so I wasn’t able to test that here.   High settings weren't that great in  any case, medium was more usable.

Watch Dogs Legion was tested with the games  benchmark. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 131080p wasn’t even able to reach   60 FPS with low settings, while high settings at  720p was only just slightly under this. That said,   I don’t think this game needs a high frame rate  to enjoy, so 1080p at lower settings would be ok.

Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Assassin’s Creed Valhalla was also  tested using the games benchmark,   and again although this one doesn’t need  ultra-high FPS, 1080p is only really going   to go well at lower setting levels, 720p was  just capable of above 60 FPS at low settings.Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 Apex Legends was tested with either min or max  settings as it doesn’t have built in presets.   There were big differences here, even the 720p  results were reaching 1% lows above the average   FPS from the 1080p results. That said, 1080p was  still running above 60 FPS with all settings maxed   out which is still ok, though minimum was  closer to the screen’s 120Hz refresh rate.

Call of Duty Modern Warfare was also tested with  minimum or max settings for the same reason.  Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 1080p wasn’t quite able to get to 60  FPS even with all settings at minimum,   however max settings at 720p  was able to get us there. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Control was almost running at 60 FPS  1080p with the low setting preset,   so definitely usable as this game doesn’t  need a super high frame rate to play well,   plus I still think it looks decent even at low  settings. 720p on the other hand was still pretty   usable even with the high setting preset, and at  13 inches in many cases 720p doesn’t look too bad. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13CS:GO was still reaching high  frame rates even with 1080p,   even at max settings the average frame rate  was higher than the screens refresh rate,   though 1% lows dip down quite a  lot in this test due to the smokes. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Dota 2 also runs on basically anything, and there  are hardly any differences at all between 1080p   and 720p at the lower setting levels. Even  at ultra the difference still isn’t that big,   1080p is still running with an average frame  rate higher than the screen’s refresh rate.Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 Fortnite is another game that doesn’t need  high-end specs to run well. That said, 1080p   wasn’t quite reaching 60 FPS with the highest epic  setting preset, but it was still usable, and high   settings would get us there for even the 1% low.  720p was otherwise near 100 FPS with max settings.

Overwatch is another esports title, so it was also  doing well.Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 Above 60 FPS max settings with 1080p,   while even high settings was above the screens  refresh rate, but max settings 720p was also   above 120 FPS, but I’d prefer 1080p high settings  personally, given it’s still playing nicely.

Rainbow Six Siege was tested with the games  benchmark tool. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 131080p max settings was still near   100 FPS, while the 1% lows from 720p were higher  than the averages from 1080p, so quite a large   improvement. Even the 1% low from high settings  at 720p was above the screens refresh rate. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13The Witcher 3 wasn’t quite at 60 FPS with  720p at ultra settings, though 1080p was   able to get passed this at high settings, but  again like some of the other titles tested,   the 1% lows from the 720p results were  ahead of the average FPS from 1080p.

Borderlands 3 was tested with the games  benchmark tool. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Every time I test this game   there tends to be big improvements stepping  down just one level from high to medium,   and 1080p was a little under 60 FPS with medium  settings, but 720p was able to get to 80 FPS.

Compared to other laptops

Now let’s take a look at how the 11th gen Razer  Blade Stealth 13 compares against other laptops,   use these results as a rough guide only,   as they were tested at different  times with different drivers.

I’ve tested Battlefield 5 in campaign mode at  ultra settings, and the 11th gen Blade Stealth   13 is highlighted in red. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13It’s just a little ahead  of the 10th gen model I tested a few months ago,   but interestingly both were behind the even older  model with non Ti graphics just ahead of it.   All three models had some fairly inconsistent  results in this test though, so it may just be   that this title with max settings is difficult to  use for comparison purposes on lower end hardware.

These are the results from Far Cry 5 with  ultra settings in the built in benchmark.  Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13 This time the 11th gen blade stealth was about  where I’d expect to see it relative to the other   machines. It was only about 1 FPS ahead of the  10th gen model though, I honestly expected better   as this is a CPU heavier test and the performance  differences between 10th and 11th gen is actually   fairly large, but I’ll compare that in an  upcoming video so make sure you’re subscribed.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider was also tested with  the games benchmark tool with the highest setting   preset. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Again just 1 FPS ahead of the last  gen blade stealth 13 with 10th gen processor   and same graphics, which was 1 FPS ahead of the  blade stealth prior to that with non Ti graphics.   That’s not too surprising though, I’m working on  a 1650 vs 1650 Ti comparison video at the moment, and it really seems like Ti isn’t worth it,  but again make sure you’re subbed for that.

Other options / who is this for?

The gaming performance of the Blade Stealth  13 isn’t that impressive when compared to   other larger and cheaper machines,  but that’s because they’re able to   fit more powerful hardware inside  and have more space for cooling. The Stealth is the only 13-inch gaming laptop  I’ve tested that still fits in discrete Nvidia   graphics above the weaker MX tier, so when you  factor in just how small it is this is quite   impressive. You’ll only really be looking at  something like this if portability is critical, and you’re willing to pay more but still  need some level of GPU performance on the go.

Screen response time

The Blade Stealth 13 that I tested had  the same 120Hz panel as the 10th gen   model that came out earlier this year,  and while this sounds cool on paper,   the average grey-to-grey response time is on  the lower side when compared against others. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13I   don’t think I’m that sensitive to it, but I still  noticed some ghosting and blurriness when playing. Intel 11th Gen Game Testing - 1080p & 720p Benchmarks with Razer Blade Stealth 13Apart from this panel that Razer are using, I’ve  never seen a high refresh option at 13 inches,   so my guess is there’s simply a lack of panels  available and that’s why the response time isn’t   amazing. 13-inch gaming laptops aren’t  exactly popular due to increased costs,   and combined with the fact that we’re only  just recently getting the GPUs to kind of   make this happens at the lower end, it explains  why there aren’t lots of options. It’s kind of   a chicken and egg problem where there are no  good panels to use in a 13-inch gaming laptop,   but not enough people buying 13-inch gaming  laptops to justify investing in making them. 

  Basically Razer can only use the panels available  in the market as they don’t make them themselves,   but yeah this is definitely a big  downside for the 120Hz screen. Let me know what you thought of the gaming  performance from the Razer Blade Stealth 13   gaming laptop down in the comments.

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