Our review unit came with a GTX 1070 Max-Q, and not surprisingly, the Razer Blade had no trouble handling any game I threw at it. I saw over 100 FPS in Destiny 2, and between 110 and 144 FPS in Overwatch, while playing both in 1080p at the highest graphical settings. What's key is that they went well beyond 60 FPS, making gameplay look smoother on the Blade's 144Hz display. Honestly, that's a more noticeable visual upgrade than the jump to 4K, especially on a 15.6-inch screen.
Unfortunately, the Blade doesn't offer HDR, a technology that lets monitors handle higher-peak brightness and darker black levels. We're seeing HDR in more PC games and streaming video these days, but unfortunately, it hasn't made its way into many laptops. Even without it, though, the Blade has a fantastic display. It's bright enough to use outdoors, and it did a stellar job of recreating Overwatch's vibrant battlegrounds.
When you're not gaming, the Blade's screen is perfect for binging all of your favorite shows. We tested the 144Hz display, which not only smoothed out gameplay, but also added a bit of polish to everyday tasks. After seeing how silky merely scrolling through a web page could be made it hard to go back to my usual 60Hz monitor.
To keep heat in check, Razer designed a thin vapor cooling chamber that covers the CPU and GPU. After half an hour of play, the Blade's GPU temperature hovered between 80 and 84 Celsius, which is close to what I saw from MSI's Stealth Thin. In comparison, the MacBook Pro's GPU sits around 85 to 90 degrees Celsius under load. The Blade gets very hot along the bottom, as well as right above the keyboard, so don't plan to do much gaming directly on your lap.
There are also two fans underneath the laptop, which blast cool air through heat spreaders. They get a bit loud while you're gaming, but not much more so than the competition. It probably won't matter much if you're wearing headphones, but it could be distracting for people nearby in a quiet bedroom or office.