Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Blade 17 Pro 2021 RZ09-0368AEA2-R3U1
Laptop announced date: 28th February 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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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 - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2021 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. This CPU comes with 8 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2021 and is a good gaming laptop GPU choice. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is a good amount for AAA gaming but you could find other modern GPU’s that provide more.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - We were looking for 17 inch panels as the gaming standard for top tier gaming laptops. You can certainly game on smaller laptops but we have found that often the extra physical space helps provide 2021 games with the chance to read and make out in game menus and details that smaller panels can struggle to display clearly. So this 17.3" panel is an excellent gaming laptop choice for screen size.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 165Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Far Cry 6 or Battlefield 2042. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card that's powering the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 491 at min system specs and will run 331 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Blade 17 Pro 2021 comes with. What we have done in this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
We score the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz 7.3 out of ten on the P2P score today. Our price to performance rating value will change for all laptops automatically, as new hardware capability is put into modern laptops and the price for hardware adjusts. Today the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop sits at 1st place compared to all the other permutations of the Blade 17 Pro 2021 range. Laptops placed nearer to 1st place in the P2P list of the model range will be better value for your money when looking at gaming laptops in this range.
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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. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop scores 103% worse against it for price to performance.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 20% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 478 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.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Far Cry 6 and our laptop processor gets 19% better performance rating. Next we have New World where our CPU gets 47% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Battlefield 2042, which has a performance difference of : 37% better, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 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 45% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 331 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 491 games.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 11% worse, and compared to New World it is 44% better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 22% worse performance.
The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? 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. Our review laptop, the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz has 165Hz monitor screen refresh rate of versions available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $618 and also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
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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.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was priced at $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||IBats X8 gray 9 Btns||$12.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$42.99|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$49.29|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.