Despite delays and shipping delays, AMD’s latest Zen 4 mobile chip with RDNA 3 graphics and Ryzen AI, the Ryzen 7040HS mobile chip, is becoming more widely available. Razer has adopted his Ryzen 7040HS series notebooks for its flagship Blade 14 model. This one is powered by his Ryzen 9 7940HS and is powered by either an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 (140 W TGP) or his higher spec RTX 4070 (140 W TGP). Prices range from $2,400 up to $2,800, and Razer claims the latest Blade 14 with AMD Ryzen 7940HS is the most powerful Blade 14 they’ve ever made.
Aside from the latest Razer Blade 14 featuring AMD’s Ryzen 7940HS 8C/16T mobile Zen 4 chip, it feels like it’s been a long time since AMD first unveiled the Ryzen 7040HS series at CES 2023. Expected to go back to spring, AMD seems to have fixed all the issues, started shipping Ryzen 7040HS mobile parts to partners and vendors, and has a range of new notebooks coming soon from multiple vendors. I plan to
Below are the details of the AMD Ryzen 7040HS series.
Razer Blade 14 (2023): Ryzen 7940HS, up to RTX 4070 graphics
Moving on to Razer’s latest offering in the popular Blade 14 series, the updated Razer Blade 14 is powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7940HS processor and is the first generation Blade 14 available in both “Mercury” white and black. The latest Razer Blade 14 chassis is made from precision-machined aluminum, anodized finish and anti-fingerprint coating.
In terms of size and profile, it’s 228mm deep, 310.7mm wide, only 17.99mm thick and weighs just 4.05 pounds. This is a powerful, thin and light powerful tool in a paper notebook. Compared to the previous Blade 14, Razer claims that his Ryzen 7040HS Blade 14 is 9% lighter and 11.5% more compact than the current Blade 15 model.
Focusing on the core specifications of the AMD Ryzen 7040HS Razer Blade 14, there are three main configurations for users, one powered by RTX 4060 and two versions powered by RTX 4070. We start with AMD’s top 8-7040HS SKU, which is a common parameter for both models. The Ryzen 9 7940HS will feature 8 Zen 4 cores and 16 threads, running at a base of 4.0 GHz and a boost frequency of up to 5.2 GHz, featuring 16MB of L3 cache and a TDP of 35-54W.
All three new models are direct replacements and upgrades to last year’s Razer Blade 14, which featured an AMD Ryzen 9 6900HX processor (Zen 3+) and an RTX 3070 Ti mobile graphics card. Razer’s latest update to the Blade 14 includes AMD’s Zen 4 core. Also, key elements such as the IPS panel have been significantly upgraded, offering various additional benefits of being a new model.
A 1TB PCIe 4.0 x4 M.2 NVMe SSD is also shared, but configured to support up to 4 TB 4.0 x4 drives. Razer doesn’t say if there’s just one slot available, or if there’s room for additional expansion. Both feature high-spec 240 Hz (3 ms response) 2560 x 1440p displays with a 16:10 aspect ratio and a maximum brightness of 500 nits. At the time of this writing, it’s unclear what panel technology Razer is using (such as TN or IPS), as it has yet to be revealed.
The base model comes in a black finish and features an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card with up to 140W graphics power (TGP). The base model also comes with 16 GB of DDR5-5600 dual-channel memory, which users can expand by installing up to 64 GB of memory capacity. This means that LPDDDR5x memory is not supported as the memory is not soldered onto the mainboard like many vendors do.
Speaking of last year’s Blade 14 memory specs, it was based on Zen 3+ and supported DDR4-4800 memory soldered to the PCB, making it non-upgradeable. Razer has prioritized his 2023 Blade 14 as the more configurable and customizable Blade 14 for users who need or want to install more memory.
The only difference on the Blade 14 in the middle is that the graphics have been upgraded to a more powerful NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 graphics card, allotted the same 140W TGP power budget. Specifications such as black anodized finish are the same.
Each Razer Blade 14 features two front-firing speakers, a custom CNC-milled aluminum grille, and a 3.5mm audio jack with THX Spatial Audio support. Each key within the slim profile keyboard includes per-key RGB customization with Razer’s Chroma software, and the touchpad is constructed with a glass finish that supports Windows Precision.
Of the three Razer Blade 14s with the Ryzen 7040HS option, the pricier model also includes RTX 4070 graphics, but with 32 GB of DDR5-5600 memory, double that of the previous two models. and the same 64 GB scalability applies here as well. The main difference is that this model comes in Razer’s stylish “Mercury White” finish, with an extra $100 premium that includes a memory upgrade.
Like most Razer Blade models, the new Blade 14 comes with many features, including one USB 4 Type-C port, a second non-specific Type-C port, and two additional USB 3.2 G2 Type-A ports. with premium connectivity. A single HDMI 2.1 video output and Kensington lock allow users to secure their laptops and prevent theft. The Razer Blade 14’s top bezel houses a 1080p webcam with a built-in privacy shutter. Additionally, hardware support for Microsoft Pluton built into the Ryzen CPUs themselves provides an extra layer of security for users. Razer includes a Wi-Fi 6E wireless interface that supports the latest BT 5.2 devices for networking capabilities.
When it comes to cooling, the Razer Blade 14 uses a vapor chamber cooling design, featuring the thinnest exhaust fins to date according to Razer, with a 0.05mm gap between each fin. According to Razer, this cooling design covers 59% of the surface area and features customizable cooling controls, including fan curve profiles. In practice, however, most gaming notebooks can get unusually hot when playing games on high settings, and it’s usually a trade-off between heat and noise. A few words about the battery, Razer claims up to 10 hours of battery life with its massive 68.1 Wh battery. However, as with any heat situation, the amount of time it takes the battery to drain while gaming is significantly reduced.
AMD Ryzen 7040HS Series Coming Soon To More Models
AMD and its partners have more notebooks to launch in the coming months, so the Razer Blade 14 powered by AMD’s Ryzen 7940HS 8C/16T Zen 4 processor is just the beginning. This includes leading models from Acer, ASUS, HP, Lenovo, and other notebook vendors.
Already promoted models (powered by AMD) include the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14, one of ASUS’ most popular models, and the ROG Flow X13, which debuted in 2021. It’s worth highlighting that ASUS already has his ROG model with his Ryzen 9 7940HS. , the RTX 4070 8G, and a 14-inch 165 Hz QHD display are already on the market for $1850. As of this writing, HP is set to launch the Victus 16.1 notebook with the Ryzen 7040HS mobile chip and the more gaming-focused HP Omen 16.1.
Lenovo has both the 14 and 16 models of the Legion Slim model and the IdeaPad 5 Pro, while Acer has the Nitro 16 and 17 models in its pipeline. Expect more notebooks with AMD Ryzen 7040HS mobile processors to be announced in the coming months.
When it comes to pricing and availability of the three Razer Blade 14 models, the cheapest starts at $2400 with RTX 4060 graphics and 16 GB DDR5-5600, while the Blade 14 model with RTX 4070 also sells for $2700. It has been. Both of these models have a black finish. With 32 GB DDR5-5600, RTX 4070 graphics and a stylish Mercury White finish, the Razer Blade 14 is priced at $2,800. All three of his Razer Blade 14 models are available for pre-order now, with a full launch slated for his June 20th.