ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: TUF A17 (2021)
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Today's gaming laptop review, for the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz, 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.
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - A Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 8, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop has an excellent choice of graphics card for modern AAA games during 2021. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big 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 excellent 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - We were looking for 17 inch panels as the gaming standard for top tier gaming laptops. You can certainly game on smaller laptops but we have found that often the extra physical space helps provide 2021 games with the chance to read and make out in game menus and details that smaller panels can struggle to display clearly. So this 17.3" panel is an excellent gaming laptop choice for screen size.
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. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run Back 4 Blood at 1080p ultra settings. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 499 at their minimum system requirements and then 477 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Now let us compare the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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 $0 of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
A 0 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. Looking at how this configuration of the TUF A17 (2021) laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 2nd 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.
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|Processor||Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R7 5800H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3070 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
|R5 5600H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz||Price Unknown|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz compares. Looking at the best gaming laptop on price to performance, our laptop has % rating between its price to performance rating and today's best valued laptop, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 that is currently priced at $999. 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 % when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 1% worse performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz.
Our laptop’s CPU can currently run 500 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 Ryzen 7 5800H 8-Core 3.2GHz.
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 Battlefield 2042 which shows our laptop CPU has 9% better performance than it. How about Grand Theft Auto VI, where we see our CPU is 36% better. Then there is 23% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Back 4 Blood.
How does the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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.
Our laptop GPU beats 477 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 499 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Back 4 Blood and our laptop graphics gets 70% better performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 2042 where our graphics card gets 7% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Grand Theft Auto VI, which has a performance difference of : 7% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
The ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
With a 1080p native screen panel our ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz has a 17.3" physical screen size. This inch panel size is measured starting in one corner, say the top corner and then across the middle of the screen down to the bottom corner on the other side. And in our case it has a fixed number of pixels in that screen that are 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. 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 particular laptop refresh rate options are 144Hz.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
Possibly a suitable purpose for a 4K laptop would be if you were keen to watch 4K streaming services like Netflix. At which point perhaps it's enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop?
At the moment our advice would be, stick to the 1080p laptop panels for now. Your laptop remains portable and 4K laptop’s just aren't quite there yet. The 4K needs to be a no brainer but at the moment you will still have to lower resolution in game to get playable but sub par visuals that still can't raise above 60FPS.
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 TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz 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. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. 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. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
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So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
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 TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the ASUS TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $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. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted on 15th Aug 2020.
|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 TUF A17 (2021) R7 5800H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 144Hz. 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.