Laptop announced date: 1st May 2020
Last reviewed: 24th August 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - A Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2020. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, is excellent for running 2020 AAA titles. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2020 gaming is easily covered by the 16GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - The 17.3" panel found in this laptop we would consider an excellent size for modern 2020 AAA games, and the sort of screen size more serious gamers would be looking for.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 300Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
Getting a good price to performance gaming laptop is what we are all trying to do when looking for our next mobile machine. The key component in this is usually the graphics card. So we will of course be considering this hardware setup and how well it could run modern popular games like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla to help us know if this graphics card and laptop is a good price to performance point. We do this by considering the gaming frame rates achieved at its native 1080p resolution while the games would be running at Ultra video settings. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 493 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 384 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the G7 17 (2020) model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
This laptop gets a 8.1 for P2P. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own G7 17 (2020) lineup, is currently placed at 4th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1478.98||24%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1578.98||18%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1678.98||12%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1878.98||0%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 104% worse rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $986.99. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $858.54. Our G7 17 (2020) laptop currently has 90% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this G7 17 (2020) laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 35% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 480 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 500 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 28% better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 28% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 28% better.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our G7 17 (2020) by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 53% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 384 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 493 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is 20% better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 20% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 20% better.
With 4K monitors being ever present and often talked about in the same breath as the term ‘future proof’, its always worth exploring the idea that you should be looking at 4K instead of this 1080p laptop. Our Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s physical 17.3" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. Today’s 4K laptops normally have a 60Hz screen refresh rate which would mean that should the laptop’s hardware be capable of running a 4K game, it would be restricted to a cap of 60 frames per second. As game system requirements continue to push for more powerful hardware, the components in a laptop, and many desktops as well, are simply not capable of delivering playable frame rates at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution. You can find the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel with 300Hz refresh rate variants.
It would be more likely that we would have to lower the AAA game resolution to 1080p or maybe 1440p and by doing so get back some of the FPS to a playable level. But by doing this the game moves away from its native 4K resolution and starts to look unclear. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $294.99. We like to price track our favourite laptop hardware and peripherals. And as a point of note the lowest tracked price for this 1440p monitor was recorded on 5th Aug 2020, which was priced at $272.99.
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $829.99. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $799, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $11.99 it should work well with this Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. This mouse has also dropped its price by $19 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Dell G7 17 (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is, HyperX Cloud Stinger with a price of $47.14. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 recorded at 12th Mar 2020.