Laptop announced date: 28th February 2021
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
If you are looking to buy a new gaming laptop and want to know how well the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz compares to other laptops on offer then you have come to the right place. Today we are going to explore the type of performance return we can expect from this mobile gaming solution by comparing it to today’s demanding games
Is the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This graphics card, GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, is good at running 2021 AAA titles and a good choice for a gamer on the move. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2021 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
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 165Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Days Gone at 1080p ultra settings. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 354 at recommended graphics requirements and then 491 games at their min specs.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Blade 17 Pro 2021 range.
With a P2P rating of 7.3 today the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 1st position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 165Hz
Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz||$2299.99||0%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2399.99||4%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz||$2599.99||7%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2699.99||10%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2899.99||19%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$3199.99||23%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 120Hz||$3599.99||39%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$3199.99||44%|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has 132% 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 $999.00. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $853.00. Our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop is 120% worse on Price to Performance.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. Using the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 28% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Our laptop CPU beats 485 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Resident Evil 8 which shows our laptop CPU has 9% better performance than it. How about Mass Effect: Legendary Edition, where we see our CPU is 19% better. Then there is 38% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Days Gone.
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 50% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
Currently 354 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q. Or 491 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Days Gone our laptop video card is 27% better and then looking at Resident Evil 8 our laptop GPU is 2% worse and finally compared to Mass Effect: Legendary Edition it has a performance difference : 2% worse.
The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz has a physical 17.3" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. It’s worth noting that the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 165Hz.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $299.00. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $629.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $580 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $37 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$59.49|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.