ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: ROG Strix G17 (2021) G713QR-ES96
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 8 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2021. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - This laptop system memory is excellent at meeting today’s 2021 system requirements demands and with its 16GB of RAM it will certainly meet the requirements of games into the near future as well.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - I personally wouldnt consider getting a gaming laptop with a screen panel that had a refresh rate of 60Hz. The refresh rate number is the number of times an image can be displayed to the screen by the laptop's own screen. So if I had paid more money for a good graphics card and CPU and RAM then even though the hardware might be able to get 150FPS on Ultra settings in the latest games, the laptop screen would only display 60FPS. The more FPS capable of being displayed to screen the smoother and sharper the response of the game you are playing. An ideal minimum refresh rate amount would be around 144Hz for a great gaming laptop, but you can certainly get some with even higher refresh rates than that. After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 300Hz gaming laptop refresh rate. But otherwise for peace of mind, try and find a laptop panel that is more than 60Hz and that will still be ok.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
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 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 499 games at minimum system requirements and 476 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the ROG Strix G17 (2021) comes with. What we have done in this ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
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 9.3 for P2P. There look to be a number of ROG Strix G17 (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||Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$1799.99||0%|
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 ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop’s price to performance is 56% 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 ROG Strix G17 (2021) review laptop is 36% 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 ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 7% worse performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz.
Our laptop processor, the Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz, can currently meet the recommended system requirements of 500 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.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Forza Horizon 5 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 58% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 12% better performance. We also see the 58% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game God of War 2018 for it’s processor requirements.
How does the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Shall we see if our review laptop holds out favourably against a top GPU performance focused laptop PC that is currently available. We have the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K as one of today’s best graphics crunching laptop. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it, which currently has 23% better performance compared to our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 476, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 499.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 5% better, and compared to God of War 2018 it is 50% better , where as against Forza Horizon 5 it delivers 15% better performance.
The ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
There is a lot of talk about getting 4K capable monitors and our review laptop has a 1080p native resolution, and a physical 17.3" panel. Lets explore if it would be better for you to grab a laptop with a 4K screen rather than the 1080p offered here? 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 300Hz.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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.
We think don't spend your extra cash on getting a 4K laptop to game on, as it's likely to feel disappointing to buy a super shiny new 4K laptop, then have to lower the resolution while playing your games, delivering a blurry in-game experience, and only getting up to a maximum 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K panel restriction.
Today’s best 1440p desktop monitor for a laptop is - ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $311.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $618 and should be a nice accompaniment to the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $618. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. For some extra info about this 4k monitor, during our price tracking we can see the lowest price recorded by us was $549.99, which was 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 ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop
Of our regular price tracked gaming mice the best value mouse today is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. With its a current price of $12.99 it should work well with this ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz laptop. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $32.26, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Reviewing all our records the lowest tracked price we have for this mouse was recorded on 15th Aug 2020, where it was 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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the ASUS ROG Strix G17 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.