Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 17G (2021) XC-8US6430SH
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2021 gaming. Dont underestimate the importance of your GPU VRAM in modern gaming. Fortunately this GPU has 8GB, making it an excellent gamers choice of GPU.
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 - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2021 games to be clearly displayed. Sometimes getting smaller laptops can mean squinting and struggling to see menu wording in games or being able to read hover over tags of units.
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. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 300Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz 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: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition or Far Cry 6. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q card that's powering the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop, when compared to today’s top 500 most demanding games, can run 499 at min system specs and will run 476 games when comparing to their increased recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $2099.99 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz gaming laptop is currently getting a 8.3 on our P2P rating out of 10. Higher is better and this figure will adjust as new hardware and prices shift over time There look to be a number of Aorus 17G (2021) versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 1st in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2099.99||0%|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$2699.99||26%|
Our Aorus 17G (2021) laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 94% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Aorus 17G (2021) laptop currently has 70% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Aorus 17G (2021) laptop does in the grand scheme of CPU focused laptops. Let's compare this laptop with a top CPU performance laptop available today and see how its CPU performance stacks up. 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.
A snapshot today of performance for our processor, we can currently see it beating 472 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.
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 God of War 2018 which shows our laptop CPU has 37% better performance than it. How about Far Cry 6, where we see our CPU is 16% better. Then there is 44% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Aorus 17G (2021) by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. Lets look at the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB which we compare to the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 23% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Interestingly we can see 476 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is God of War 2018 and our laptop GPU delivers 50% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Far Cry 6 in which we see our laptop graphics has 5% better performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 70% better performance when we put our laptop gpu against Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition recommended specs.
The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
The Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a physical 17.3" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. This review laptop has 300Hz refresh rate versions available.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming laptop. 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.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
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
An example of a well priced 1440p desktop monitor would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which has 75Hz and is currently available for $311.99. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Perhaps you could grab something like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K gaming monitor we have spotted today. It is our current best priced 4K monitor at $618 with a 144Hz refresh rate. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $618 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
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The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
Paying extra for 4K gaming in a laptop is not really a good investment of your cash at the moment. We would put our extra cash in to a 1080p with better graphics card or maybe a nice mouse or headset. Because with the 4K laptop you may be sad when having to drop your favourite modern games screen resolution to get an ok frame rate. Or perhaps lowering the graphics setting to increase 4K FPS up to a stable and playable amount, only to hit a 60FPS ceiling due to the 60Hz 4K panel limit.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for 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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Gigabyte Aorus 17G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $36.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 on 28th Nov 2019.