Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 15G (2021) YC-8US2450SH
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review we are going to do today will look into how its purchase price stacks up against the performance on offer from the hardware housed inside it. We will also be taking a look at today’s more demanding games to see some Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop gaming frame rates to help you judge if the value to money ratio is a good deal or not.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - An excellent CPU for running AAA game requirements, especially during the 2022 gaming year. It will be solid for some time to come as well. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2022. This GPU has 8GB of VRAM. This is excellent and plenty for modern AAA gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB RAM can deal with everything modern games can throw at it and is a good step towards this being an excellent gaming laptop choice.
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. We normally choose a 17 inch laptop for gamer screen size. This larger sort of panel would help show menus in-game and game text more clearly.
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. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 240Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Star Citizen. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q, this laptop is capable of beating 499 games at their minimum system specs and 479 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During our research for the next best gaming laptop purchase we decided to compare Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz will compare across all permutations of the Aorus 15G (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.
With a P2P rating currently of 8.6 out of 10 for the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. This version of the Aorus 15G (2021) laptop is currently positioned at 2nd when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its price.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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||18%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$1999.99||0%|
|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|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $999. Our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop’s price to performance is 81% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. The next best model is MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which costs $1049. Our Aorus 15G (2021) review laptop is 58% worse when comparing Price/Performance against the next top P2P laptop. Again this is purely a value for performance comparison, and many things go into helping us choose the right laptop for us. This is a good indicator but it's certainly then worth looking through the range for other configurations of a laptop you are interested in to find the right price point for you.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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. The CPU performance laptop we picked today is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Its processor is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which delivers 24% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 465 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended processor requirements. This figure is 500 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
A game’s listed recommended CPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop CPU. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop processor. First off let's look at Star Citizen which shows our laptop CPU has 2% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our CPU is 16% better. Then there is 16% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Aorus 15G (2021) mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. We choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q. This comparison shows that laptop to be 15% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
The GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 479 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q is 80% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 13% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 13% better.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz’s 15.6" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. It’s worth noting that the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 240Hz.
Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? 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.
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, its 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 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $311.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
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 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. It is priced at $618. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $549.99.
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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 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. This mouse has also dropped its price by $32.26 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. 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|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, priced at $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.