Razer's updated Blade gaming laptop has a slimmed-down design

The 256GB version also got a $400 price drop.

The gaming show GDC has just begun, and Razer used the opportunity to unveil the fifth generation of its popular Blade gaming laptop. The new edition will offer significant performance improvements over its predecessor from 2014, with fresh specs that include an Intel Core i7 CPU, 16GB of DDR4 RAM, a GeForce GTX 970M GPU powered by 6GB of video memory, 802.11 AC WiFI and a PCIe solid-state drive. Additionally, the machine has a 3,200 x 1,800 QHD+ display and Chroma backlit keyboard, with a slimmed-down CNC-milled aluminum case that's less than three-quarters of an inch thick and weighs just 4.25 pounds.

In addition, with the release of the its Blade Stealth Ultrabook, which we recently reviewed, Razer is dropping the price on the Blade from $2,400 to $2,000 for the 256GB capacity (it'll be $2,200 if you want a 512GB drive). You can pre-order the Blade from Razer's website starting today. It will begin shipping in April.

Edgar Alvarez contributed to this report.