Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 15G (2021) KC-8US2130SH
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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.
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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 2022. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2022 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 RAM found in this machine is considered an excellent 2022 amount for modern AAA titles and a solid gaming machine.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2022 gaming laptop. A gaming laptop screen size, in our eyes, would be 17 inches. We would certainly consider the more portable 15inch, but value gaming viewability and user experience over the slightly improved portability with the smaller screen sizes. A bigger laptop means heavier and harder to move around but more screen space to view games with.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. 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.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
Gamers looking at laptops will be needing to carefully consider the performance of the machine in relation to modern, often demanding, games. So getting the mobile graphics selected correctly is key to identifying the best price-to-performance laptop for you. We will take a look at the hardware and graphics card in this laptop in relation to how well it can deliver frame rates when running modern demanding or popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. We will consider the laptop when it runs these games in ultra graphics settings while gaming at its native 1080p screen resolution. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements and 316 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $1499.99 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
We currently give the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop a 9.4 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. Today the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop sits at 1st place compared to all the other permutations of the Aorus 15G (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 i7-10870H 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|
Now let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Aorus 15G (2021) range. It currently offers 53% worse rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 33% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Aorus 15G (2021) laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. Using the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 24% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Our laptop CPU beats 467 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 Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 16% better performance while against Star Citizen it’s 16% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 16% better.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
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 Aorus 15G (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. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 45% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics hardware.
Our laptop Graphics Card, the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 316 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 491 for the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 10% worse performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Grand Theft Auto VI, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 10% worse performance. We also see the 44% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Star Citizen for it’s graphics requirements.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 15.6" 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? 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz variant is available with 240Hz versions.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 $311.99. 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.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. It is priced at $618. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. 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. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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, 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.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. 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|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.