Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: AERO 17 (2021) HDR YC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
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Is the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2023 gaming. AAA games often need extra cores to run smoothly and minimise bottleneck. This laptop processor has 8 cores, which is excellent for modern gaming.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2023. With 8GB of VRAM available to the GPU, this graphics solution doesn’t have to worry about a shortage, when it comes to modern AAA gaming, making it an excellent choice..
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB 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 - The review laptop here has a 17.3" physical screen, which we find a lot of modern gaming laptops sport nowadays. This panel size is an excellent size for 2023 gaming, that will help a gamer make out the details and menus in a game. Obviously the native resolution of the screen size will also make a difference to the on-screen definition, but the physical panel real estate offered here will be appreciated again and again for today’s gaming.
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. So with those thoughts in mind and how the refresh rate impacts gaming, the review laptop has an ok refresh rate available to it. The 60Hz is certainly not great though, and if your hardware can deliver better FPS than the refresh rate, then perhaps shop around for a better refresh rate panel.
GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz 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 Grand Theft Auto VI at 4K ultra settings. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 500 games at their minimum system specs and 496 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own AERO 17 (2021) range.
With a P2P rating of 0 today the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of AERO 17 (2021) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 2nd position for Price to Performance value. Laptops closer to the top place (1st) are value gaming laptop options that deliver the best performance for the laptop price.
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|Processor||Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 300Hz||$1699|
|i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz||Price Unknown|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz||Price Unknown|
Lets now see how our Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has % rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $999. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $1049. The AERO 17 (2021) laptop in this review is % when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
How does the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are wondering if this laptop is relatively well endowed in the CPU department then let's take a look at how it stacks up against the current best priced CPU focused laptop available today, to see its relative performance. 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 Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 23% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz.
Our laptop CPU beats 467 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 500 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Star Citizen which currently our Core i9-10980HK 8-Core 2.40GHz is 2% better next let's see how well it runs against Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022). We can see it is 17% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 17% better.
How does the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB 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 17 (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. 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 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 1% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 496, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop video card is 29% better and then looking at Star Citizen our laptop GPU is 106% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022) it has a performance difference : 29% better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. 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. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $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 Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.