On the surface, the Chillblast Defiant range of gaming laptops are both eye-catching and sleek. Under the silver and grey accents and RGB-lit keyboard beats the heart of a portable battlestation, designed by gamers and PC experts who know exactly what is expected of a gaming laptop in 2022.
The most common question asked at Chillblast when it comes to the Defiant range, however, is how the laptops stack up when it comes to benchmarks. Whether you are just playing AAA titles or you are creating HD videos, the specification across the range means you are getting the most out of every component – and this article will tell you just how well the Defiant laptops perform under pressure.
First, let’s look at the specifications on offer across the Defiant range, to see how the hardware stacks up at the different price points.
With each of the Chillblast Defiant laptops, you get standard features that speak to both gaming and productivity performance, designed to exceed the expectations of both hardcore gamers and creators.
|Screen Size: 16 inch LED||Intel® Wi-Fi 6 AX201|
|Resolution: 2560 x 1600 px||Bluetooth® V5.2|
|Refresh Rate: 165Hz|
|Panel Type: IPS||Audio|
|Brightness: 500 Nits||2 x 2W stereo speakers|
|CPU: Intel i7-12700H||Battery / Power|
|Total Cores: 14||Capacity: 4129 mAh / 4231 mAh *|
|# of Performance-cores: 6||Type: Lithium-Ion|
|# of Efficient-cores: 8||Power adapter: 300W|
|Max Turbo Frequency: 4.70 GHz|
|Memory||Keyboard and Touchpad|
|Capacity: 16GB / 32GB *||Keyboard Type: UK with 102 keys|
|Memory Slots: 2 x SO-DIMM||Keyboard Backlit: RGB|
|Maximum capacity: 64GB||Touch Pad: PTP Touch Pad with gesture support|
|Memory Type: DDR5|
|Graphics||Windows 11 Home|
|GPU: RTX 3060 / RTX 3070 Ti / RTX 3080 Ti *|
|Memory Size: 6GB / 8GB / 16GB *||I/O Ports|
|Memory Type: GDDR6||1x RJ45 port|
|Architecture: Ampere||1x HDMI 2.1 port|
|2x USB 2.1 Gen 1 (usb charger support)|
|Storage||1x USB 3.1 Gen 2|
|Capacity: 512GB / 1TB / 2TB *||1x USB Type-C (USB 3.1 Gen 2) supporting DP1.4 and TBT4|
|Slots: 2 x M.2 2280 PCI-E Gen 4||1x 3.5 mm Jack (Headphone out and Mic-in)|
|1x Mini-DP 1.4|
Chillblast Defiant Processor
As you can see, the Intel Core i7-12700H processor is the staple for the Defiant range, which offers a total of 14 Cores, comprising 6 Performance Cores and 8 Efficient Cores, using the Intel Alder Lake hybrid architecture. With Intel Thread Director technology, heavy workloads in demanding applications and games are organised and handed off efficiently, leaving you with plenty of performance for priority tasks.
This is a key ingredient in the gaming laptops of the next generation, allowing users to take their gaming and creativity seriously, without the worry of performance overhead and bottlenecks in a laptop. Intel’s technology is specifically designed to offer unparalleled performance in mobile devices, with the Core i7-12700H providing the horsepower for any workflow or gaming session you’d care to undertake on a laptop.
In NotebookCheck.com‘s benchmarks, the 12700H wins an important fight by being slightly quicker in multi-thread performance than the AMD mobile powerhouse – the Ryzen 9 6900HX. Though, perhaps more crucially, the 12700H virtually matches multi-thread benchmark scores of the more expensive Core i9-12900H to be an excellent value for the money processor overall.
One of the most versatile mobile processors, the 12700H manages to tick the box of even the most demanding user. Take for example the video compression performance of Quick Sync, which supports MPEG-2, AVC, and VC-1 decode in hardware, as well as JPEG, VP8 decoding, VP9, HEVC, and AV1 decode. This makes the CPU ideal for video editing, especially when paired with an RTX graphics card and NVIDIA Studio. The integrated graphics card in the 12700H is built on Intel’s Xe architecture with 96 EUs (Execution Units) that will run at speeds of up to 1.4 GHz.
For more technical work, the Core i7-12700H also has GNA 3.0 and DL Boost for AI workloads via AVX2, perfectly suited for neural network inference. GNA is able to run moderate neural network models with outstanding energy efficiency for a mobile CPU.
The integrated memory controller in the Core i7-12700H supports DDR5-4800, DDR4-3200, LPDDR5-5200, and LPDDR4x-4267 memory types, and each of the Chillblast Defiant laptops come with up to 32GB DDR5 RAM, upgradeable to 64GB in the above clock-speeds.
Keyboard and Touchpad
Seldom have gamers looked at a laptop keyboard and instantly fell in love, but the Chillblast Defiant RGB-lit keyboard is a feast for the eyes. Designed to appeal to the gamer, with zoned RGB lighting, this 102-key UK keyboard provides a comfortable feel for gaming sessions, and tactile response for productivity. The precision touchpad offers excellent response for the user, with gesture support for accessibility and ease of use.
The highlighted WASD keys make a bold statement in terms of aesthetics, while pragmatic status lights for power, DC add a stylish finish.
- 16″ DISPLAY
- 165Hz REFRESH RATE
- 2560×1600 RESOLUTION
The ample QHD 16” IPS display offers breath-taking contrast and rich colour, with 100% sRGB colour reproduction, which means you’ll have the perfect lighting even when exploring darker game scenes, or working with the whole colour gamut in graphic design or video applications.
The high 165Hz refresh rate display and supremely appointed 2560 x 1600 screen resolution offers the gamer smooth visuals up to 165 FPS, and incredible levels of detail that are perfect for both the gamer and the creator. The Defiant’s 500 Nits brightness level provides clear visuals that can operate at high or low light levels, meaning you can see the detail on screen whether you’re using the laptop outdoors, on the train, in a game room or an office.
Chillblast Defiant Gaming Benchmarks
Clearly, the Chillblast Defiant is designed with gamers in mind. The only difference you will see across the range, however, is storage and RAM size, which have a marginal effect in some cases in terms of gaming performance.
Being capable of up to 165 FPS, the Defiant makes use of the RTX 3060 graphics card and Core i7-12700H processor to attain these high framerates in numerous titles.
Competitive Gaming Benchmarks
For the competitive gamer, the 1080p Defiant benchmarks are as follows: –
|Game Image||Game Title||Resolution||Graphics Settings||Frames Per Second (FPS)|
|League of Legends||1080p||Max||165 FPS|
|Apex Legends||1080p||Very High||140 FPS|
|COD Warzone||1080p||High||150 FPS|
|Rainbow Six: Siege||1080p||Max||165 FPS|
Mainstream & AAA Gaming Benchmarks
|Game Image||Game Title||Resolution||Graphics Settings||Frames Per Second (FPS)|
|Escape from Tarkov||1080p||High||165 FPS|
|Horizon Zero Dawn||1080p||Ultimate Quality||70 FPS|
|Elden Ring||1080p||Max||60 FPS|
|New World||1080p||Very High||85 FPS|
|Forza Horizon 5||1080p||Extreme||50 FPS|
|MS Flight Simulator||1080p||High-End||36 FPS|
|Red Dead Redemption 2||1080p||Ultra||75 FPS|
The more demanding titles were benchmarked with minimum, average and maximum framerates, and the above table represents the average framerates over 20 minutes of gameplay at the stated settings. It is important to note that these benchmarks are our own experience, so you may see higher or lower framerates under your own testing. But with that said, with some tweaking of in-game visuals or utilising driver-specific optimisations, you could see even higher framerates.
Chillblast Defiant Range
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The Chillblast Defiant range of laptops leave nothing to chance for gamers and creators. Every aspect of the design and build quality is specifically chosen to get the most performance possible for every pound spent.
Reviews for the Defiant have been outstanding, with Gfinity Esports saying they are “built for serious gamers“, which is unsurprising considering the type of Chillblast customers who have been snapping them up since launch.
For the gamer who wants to play AAA and competitive games without compromise on budget or specification, Chillblast Defiant laptops deliver on all counts.