Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Blade 15 2021 RZ09-0367BED3-R3U1
Laptop announced date: 28th February 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Welcome to our Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Is the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2022 laptop gaming choice for CPU. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2022. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
Screen Size - Our review laptop has a 15.6" panel. We certainly feel this is a good gaming laptop size in 2022 and gives a happy balance between portability and physical gaming viewability. When laptops get much smaller, it makes it harder to see in-game menus and some of the game huds can take up a lot of the screen area, leaving less space for you to see main game playing areas on physically smaller screens. We normally choose a 17 inch laptop for gamer screen size. This larger sort of panel would help show menus in-game and game text more clearly.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 240Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Grand Theft Auto VI, Star Citizen and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements and 473 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $2499.99 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
With a P2P rating of 7.2 today the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Blade 15 2021 lineup, is currently placed at 4th once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1699.99||38%|
|i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz||$1999.99||21%|
|i7-10750H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 165Hz||$2199.99||10%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$2499.99||0%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2599.99||4%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$2899.99||9%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 360Hz||$2999.99||13%|
|i7-10875H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz||$3299.99||24%|
It's good to see how this Blade 15 2021 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 138% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999. Second on the Price to Performance laptop ranking at the moment is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 which we have a recorded price of $1049. If we compare our laptop to this one then our laptop returns with 107% worse performance/ price rating figure than it.
How does the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Blade 15 2021 laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 20% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz.
Currently 474 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz is 5% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 19% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 19% better.
How does the Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 23% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q from our review laptop.
Our laptop GPU beats 473 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.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 7% better performance while against Star Citizen it’s 70% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 7% better.
The Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
A common thing to explore is, what is the best gaming laptop screen resolution at the moment, as our review laptop is a 1080p. This laptop also has a 15.6" physical screen size (that's measured from a top corner to the bottom corner on the other side of the screen) and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall resolution. With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. This review laptop has 240Hz refresh rate versions available.
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. 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.
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.
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. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 9th Mar 2021, where it would cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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.
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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Razer Blade 15 2021 i7-10875H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 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|
|**||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|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.