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
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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.
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 excellent2021 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.
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
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 60Hz9.1 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
15.6" 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
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
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?
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.
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.