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 product code: AERO 15 (2021) KC-8US5130SP
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 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 processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. 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 solution can certainly run a number of new 2021 releases and is a good2021 laptop GPU choice for gamers. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is certainly a good amount for most modern games.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - The 15.6" screen on this laptop is a good size for a 2021 gaming laptop. Look for 17 inch laptops, if you want a gaming laptop with a suitable viewing area. But the larger laptop means you compromise on portability.
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. As far as refresh rates go, this laptop can be picked up with a 60Hz screen. When looking into modern gaming laptops this would be ok, but you would consider higher panel rates if you want to enjoy top frames per second..
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Far Cry 6, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5. This is done in relation to its native 4K resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. A good way of considering performance of this mobile graphics card is by seeing how many of today's 500 most demanding games can be run at recommended graphics settings by the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q found in this laptop. We can also then look at the weaker minimum requirement to see how many this laptop card can run of them, and it is 491 games at their min specs and then 329 games can be run at recommended graphics requirements.
Far Cry 6 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 review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 9.1 for P2P. Looking at how this configuration of the AERO 15 (2021) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 1st spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
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
How about we compare our Gigabyte AERO 15 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K 60Hz 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) and our laptop is 63%worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. 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.
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?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our AERO 15 (2021) laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 24%better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 472 games when compared against the top 500 most demanding games right now. This number changes to 500 for the top 500 most demanding 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 16%better performance while against God of War 2018 it’s 16%better and finally compared to Forza Horizon 5 it has a performance difference : 38%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?
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our AERO 15 (2021) laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 45%better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 329 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 491 games.
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 11%worse and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop GPU is 27%better and finally compared to Forza Horizon 5 it has a performance difference : 2%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. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $32.26, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.