Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 18th August 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This laptop processor can run modern AAA titles with little problem and is an excellent laptop CPU gaming choice for 2021. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can certainly run a number of new 2021 releases and is a good 2021 laptop GPU choice for gamers. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 16GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
Screen Size - This laptops screen dimensions create a good balance between portable and visually suitable, when considering your next gaming laptop. With 17 inch currently being the more preferable for gaming, a lot of people will prefer the smaller form factor on offer with this 15.6" screen. Exploring for a suitable gaming laptop, we look at 17 inches for the better viewing size, 15 inches is always a good size if portability is more your focus, but in our minds we want the largest screen size while still being portable, so we can more clearly see the games.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 240Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
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 Halo Infinite Multiplayer. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. We find a GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 491 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q is also capable of running 350 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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 Aorus 15G (2021) comes with. What we have done in this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
P2P rating of 9.4 today the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of Aorus 15G (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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$1499.99||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$1999.99||18%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
How about we compare our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 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 53% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. Right, now let's look at one more of the top placed Price to Performance models today. Comparing our Aorus 15G (2021) laptop against the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 shows us that our laptop gets 33% worse rating against it for price to performance. The other laptop does currently have a listed price of $1049.00 to consider.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. 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 32% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 481 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.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Far Cry 6 delivers 23% better performance while against Battlefield 2042 it’s 23% better and finally compared to Halo Infinite Multiplayer it has a performance difference : 25% better.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. Lets look at the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile which we compare to the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 50% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 350 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 491 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Far Cry 6 our laptop video card is 25% worse and then looking at Battlefield 2042 our laptop GPU is 2% worse and finally compared to Halo Infinite Multiplayer it has a performance difference : 2% worse.
This Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? 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. The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 240Hz refresh rate versions.
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. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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 priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $299.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. 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 9th Mar 2021, which was priced at $229.99.
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 Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $580, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $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.
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|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|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.