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Is the SSD for the Razer Blade 14 2017 worth upgrading?

Discussion in 'Systems' started by Fahbreezio, Mar 20, 2017.

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Is it worth upgrading the SSD in Razer Blade 14?

  1. Yes

    16.7%
  2. No

    83.3%
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  1. Fahbreezio

    Fahbreezio New Member

    Hi,

    I have just received my 2017 Razer Blade 14 today and it really blew me away how powerful and sleek this thing is in person. I've read reviews online that the SSD in the Razer is 'average', and I was thinking about swapping the SSD for a Samsung NVME M.2 (Not sure of the difference between Pro or Evo). Has anyone already done this with their Razer Blade? Is it noticeably faster? Is it worth it? I've just spent $2000 on a gaming laptop, i'm okay with spending another $500 if it means noticeably faster boot speeds and downloads. Plus 1TB of storage would really last me in the long run, speaking of which, how long could I expect to use this laptop before encountering problems?

    Thanks :smile_::smile_:
     
  2. BenjaminVien95

    BenjaminVien95 Active Member

    The ssd swap is unnecessary. You really won't notice any real world differences :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye_:.
    I don't think the laptop will run into issues for another 3-4 years at most. My last Razer blade's original Samsung ssd failed on me and that is about all the problems I've had with it.
    Just my speculation, but I've also noticed Samsung ssd warranty time dropping from 5 to 3 years. This could imply something about their confidence in longevity.
     
  3. Katana_x_II7

    Katana_x_II7 Well-Known Member

    The boot speeds wont be that noticable. Maybe by 1 second or so, but not worth upgrading for that. And downloading will be based on your internet download speed, not the speed of your hard drive, the hard drive is way faster then your internet probably is. It might speed up some game loads, but only by a few seconds. Nothing huge. But if you do wanna upgrade size, then it would be worth it for that IMO
     
  4. My 2017 512GB Razer Blade came with a Samsung PM961 already in it. Mine is a rocket! This benchmark was with multiple background processes and open programs all chugging along.
     

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  5. Joikansai

    Joikansai Well-Known Member

    Just buy external HDD for your Storages, even you upgrade to 1TB, it won't be enough, in my case ;) Bought 2 HDD 2 TB, one for games one for files, recently my HDD for games reach almost its limit:/
    I use Blade 14 2015 for one year without problem and (gaming a lot), never open the backcover, tweaking or undervolting it, just driver/ software update. sold it last year for upgrade to late 2016 model.
     
  6. FearLezZ90

    FearLezZ90 Active Member

    You shouldn't notice any major difference in terms of the fluidness of the system at all. It would only make sense if you wanted more capacity. The 256GB version is the only one which is the PM951- not that fast, but still no match for traditional SSD.
     
  7. Fahbreezio

    Fahbreezio New Member

    Thanks for all the answers guys!

    I spoke with a customer service rep. today and he told me that it is recommended that I charge the Razer Blade for 8 hours, even if its is fully charged, for the first charge. He never really explained why... Is there a benefit in doing so? Like does it make your battery life longer or increase your batteries longevity?
     
  8. IceStorm_III

    IceStorm_III Member

    Swapped out the 2016 Gen 1's 512GB drive with a 1TB drive (OCZ RD400). No difference.

    Swapped out the 2014 512GB drive for a 1TB SATA drive (SanDisk X400). No difference.

    I find 1TB of capacity to be much more comfortable than 512GB, but you aren't going to see a performance difference worth mentioning for games. You can probably even fit a 1TB SATA drive in place of the 512GB NVMe drive if you really want - $270 and you'd have 1TB of drive space.
     
  9. RazerGwynbleidd

    RazerGwynbleidd Administrator Staff Member

    Hi Fahbreezio,

    I'm glad to hear that you like your new Razer Blade, it's a beast of a machine. I'd like to remind you, however, that opening your Blade or changing parts will cancel its warranty. I understand your enthusiasm but still be careful. I wouldn't want you to do something you may regret later.

    You can drop me a PM if you have further questions :)

    Cheers.
     
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