Laptop announced date: 28th February 2021
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
Our Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2021 gaming. The 8GB that this graphics solution has is excellent for all modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - The 17.3" panel found in this laptop we would consider an excellent size for modern 2021 AAA games, and the sort of screen size more serious gamers would be looking for.
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 240Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
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 Far Cry 6, Battlefield 2042 and Halo Infinite Multiplayer 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. The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q card that's powering the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 495 at min system specs and will run 434 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 4.7 for P2P. Today the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop sits at 8th 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz||$2299.99||44%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2399.99||39%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz||$2599.99||35%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2699.99||31%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2899.99||22%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$3199.99||17%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 120Hz||$3599.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$3199.99||0%|
How about we compare our Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999.00) and our laptop is 235% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049.00. Our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop is 193% worse on Price to Performance.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor. That processor performs 53% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 442 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is Battlefield 2042 and our laptop CPU delivers 12% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Halo Infinite Multiplayer in which we see our laptop processor has 12% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 11% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Blade 17 Pro 2021 laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card. That graphics card performs 41% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 434 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 495 games.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is Battlefield 2042 and our laptop GPU delivers 4% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Halo Infinite Multiplayer in which we see our laptop graphics has 4% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 17% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
This laptop has a 17.3" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz’s 1080p panel? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. Our review laptop, the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has 240Hz monitor screen refresh rate of versions available.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $299.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $629.99 and should be a nice accompaniment to the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2021 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $580. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
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. This mouse has also dropped its price by $37 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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||$42.85|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$54.00|
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. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.