Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz review, including today's price to performance

Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021

Last reviewed: 2nd February 2021

P2P score 9.1
Futureproof High/Ultra 2 Years 2 Months Low/Medium 7 Years 0 Months
Gaming Laptop? Good

Today's gaming laptop review, for the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.

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Gaming Laptop Analysis

Is the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.

Graphics Card - This GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card is a good option for modern 2021 gaming and can run a number of AAA games smoothly. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.

System Memory - The system memory (16GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.

Screen Size - This laptop’s 15.6" screen is certainly a good size for 2021 gaming on the move. We would probably prefer the larger 17 inch size laptop for an ideal gamers laptop, but perhaps this smaller size would tick your requirement for smaller and more portable.

Refresh Rate - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. Now after those thoughts on refresh rates, today’s review laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, where we would say that is passable as a gaming laptop panel. For gaming we would consider getting a laptop with a higher refresh rate if our budget would stretch to it.

GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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, Grand Theft Auto VI or Battlefield 2042. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 4K. The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q in this machine is currently capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 343 games of the top 500 most demanding recommended system requirements.

Grand Theft Auto VI FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph

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Comparing Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges

We really want to see how the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz will compare across all permutations of the AERO 15 (2021) model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.

We score the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 9.1 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. Here we look at how our version of this AERO 15 (2021) laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 1st in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.

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Processor Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz
Graphics Card GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q
RAM 16GB DDR4 3200MHz
Screen 15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Storage 512GB M.2
Ports
  • 3x USB 3.2 Gen 1
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3

Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz model range price to performance comparison table

Laptop Name Price P2P Difference
i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz $1599.00 9.1 0%
i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz $2199.99 8.1 25%
i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz $3499.99 5.3 88%

The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 63% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999.00. 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 42% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.00.

How does the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. 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.

A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 478 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 500 games.

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 Resident Evil 8 which currently our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz is 6% better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 35% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 16% better.

How does the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?

A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. Today’s Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz comes with one of the more powerful laptop graphics solutions available for game crunching at the moment, making it a good one to compare against our review laptops GPU. We will use its GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile to compare against our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q card. The top end laptop’s GPU currently delivers 50% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.

Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 343 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.

But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 11% worse performance while against Resident Evil 8 it’s 2% worse and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 11% worse.

Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $36, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated 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 $42.99
*** Razer DeathAdder Elite $49.99

A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $41.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.

Quality Headset Price (USD) Check Regional Pricing
** HyperX Cloud Stinger $41.99
** Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround $49.99
*** Logitech G635 7.1 $86.48
*** SteelSeries Arctis 5 Surround 7.1 $89.14
Can the Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz run any game?

How well can the i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz run these popular games?

Grand Theft Auto V

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto V?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto V minimum and recommended system requirements
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Red Dead Redemption 2

Can this laptop run Red Dead Redemption 2?
The laptop can run Red Dead Redemption 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto VI

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto VI?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto VI minimum system requirements
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Call of Duty Warzone

Can this laptop run Call of Duty Warzone?
The laptop can run Call of Duty Warzone minimum and recommended system requirements
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Cyberpunk 2077

Can this laptop run Cyberpunk 2077?
The laptop can run Cyberpunk 2077 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Valorant

Can this laptop run Valorant?
The laptop can run Valorant minimum and recommended system requirements
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Minecraft

Can this laptop run Minecraft?
The laptop can run Minecraft minimum and recommended system requirements
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Battlefield V

Can this laptop run Battlefield V?
The laptop can run Battlefield V minimum system requirements
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Resident Evil 8

Can this laptop run Resident Evil 8?
The laptop can run Resident Evil 8 minimum system requirements
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Battlefield 1

Can this laptop run Battlefield 1?
The laptop can run Battlefield 1 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Assassins Creed: Valhalla

Can this laptop run Assassins Creed: Valhalla?
The laptop can run Assassins Creed: Valhalla minimum and recommended system requirements
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Battlefield 3

Can this laptop run Battlefield 3?
The laptop can run Battlefield 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

Can this laptop run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive?
The laptop can run Counter-Strike: Global Offensive minimum and recommended system requirements
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Genshin Impact

Can this laptop run Genshin Impact?
The laptop can run Genshin Impact minimum and recommended system requirements
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The Ascent

Can this laptop run The Ascent?
The laptop can run The Ascent minimum system requirements
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Fortnite

Can this laptop run Fortnite?
The laptop can run Fortnite minimum and recommended system requirements
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Battlefield 4

Can this laptop run Battlefield 4?
The laptop can run Battlefield 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Apex Legends

Can this laptop run Apex Legends?
The laptop can run Apex Legends minimum and recommended system requirements
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PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds

Can this laptop run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds?
The laptop can run PlayerUnknowns Battlegrounds minimum and recommended system requirements
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Grand Theft Auto IV

Can this laptop run Grand Theft Auto IV?
The laptop can run Grand Theft Auto IV minimum and recommended system requirements
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Star Citizen

Can this laptop run Star Citizen?
The laptop can run Star Citizen minimum system requirements
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Can this laptop run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare?
The laptop can run Call of Duty: Modern Warfare minimum and recommended system requirements
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The Witcher III

Can this laptop run The Witcher III?
The laptop can run The Witcher III minimum and recommended system requirements
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Fallout 4

Can this laptop run Fallout 4?
The laptop can run Fallout 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
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FIFA 21

Can this laptop run FIFA 21?
The laptop can run FIFA 21 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Forza Horizon 4

Can this laptop run Forza Horizon 4?
The laptop can run Forza Horizon 4 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Forza Horizon 3

Can this laptop run Forza Horizon 3?
The laptop can run Forza Horizon 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Microsoft Flight Simulator

Can this laptop run Microsoft Flight Simulator?
The laptop can run Microsoft Flight Simulator minimum system requirements
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ARK: Survival Evolved

Can this laptop run ARK: Survival Evolved?
The laptop can run ARK: Survival Evolved minimum and recommended system requirements
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Far Cry 5

Can this laptop run Far Cry 5?
The laptop can run Far Cry 5 minimum system requirements
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DOTA 2

Can this laptop run DOTA 2?
The laptop can run DOTA 2 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Halo Infinite

Can this laptop run Halo Infinite?
The laptop can run Halo Infinite minimum system requirements
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The Elder Scrolls V

Can this laptop run The Elder Scrolls V?
The laptop can run The Elder Scrolls V minimum and recommended system requirements
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Battlefield 6

Can this laptop run Battlefield 6?
The laptop can run Battlefield 6 minimum system requirements
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Days Gone

Can this laptop run Days Gone?
The laptop can run Days Gone minimum and recommended system requirements
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Far Cry 3

Can this laptop run Far Cry 3?
The laptop can run Far Cry 3 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Watch Dogs

Can this laptop run Watch Dogs?
The laptop can run Watch Dogs minimum and recommended system requirements
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eFootball PES 2021

Can this laptop run eFootball PES 2021?
The laptop can run eFootball PES 2021 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin

Can this laptop run Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin?
The laptop can run Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin minimum and recommended system requirements
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Rust

Can this laptop run Rust?
The laptop can run Rust minimum and recommended system requirements
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How well do we think the i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz can run these upcoming popular games?

Battlefield 2042

Could this laptop run Battlefield 2042?
We think the laptop can run Battlefield 2042 minimum system requirements
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Far Cry 6

Could this laptop run Far Cry 6?
We think the laptop can run Far Cry 6 minimum system requirements
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New World

Could this laptop run New World?
We think the laptop can run New World minimum and recommended system requirements
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Back 4 Blood

Could this laptop run Back 4 Blood?
We think the laptop can run Back 4 Blood minimum system requirements
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Forza Horizon 5

Could this laptop run Forza Horizon 5?
We think the laptop can run Forza Horizon 5 minimum and recommended system requirements
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FIFA 22

Could this laptop run FIFA 22?
We think the laptop can run FIFA 22 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Dying Light 2

Could this laptop run Dying Light 2?
We think the laptop can run Dying Light 2 minimum system requirements
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Age of Empires IV

Could this laptop run Age of Empires IV?
We think the laptop can run Age of Empires IV minimum and recommended system requirements
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Farming Simulator 22

Could this laptop run Farming Simulator 22?
We think the laptop can run Farming Simulator 22 minimum and recommended system requirements
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Diablo 2 Resurrected

Could this laptop run Diablo 2 Resurrected?
We think the laptop can run Diablo 2 Resurrected minimum and recommended system requirements
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S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2

Could this laptop run S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2?
We think the laptop can run S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 minimum system requirements
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Aliens: Fireteam

Could this laptop run Aliens: Fireteam?
We think the laptop can run Aliens: Fireteam minimum and recommended system requirements
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Aliens: Fireteam Elite

Could this laptop run Aliens: Fireteam Elite?
We think the laptop can run Aliens: Fireteam Elite minimum and recommended system requirements
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Naraka: Bladepoint

Could this laptop run Naraka: Bladepoint?
We think the laptop can run Naraka: Bladepoint minimum and recommended system requirements
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Kena: Bridge of Spirits

Could this laptop run Kena: Bridge of Spirits?
We think the laptop can run Kena: Bridge of Spirits minimum system requirements
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