Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: AERO 17 (2021) HDR XC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
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Our Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. This laptop CPU has 8 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming 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 - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is easily covered by the 16GB RAM in this machine, making this 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 - Gaming laptops might well be capable of getting high frames per second nowadays, but sometimes the laptop comes with a 60Hz refresh rate. This refresh rate is the number of times an image can be displayed by the screen. So if your graphics card and processor can get 100 FPS in most games, it will only ever be displayed by the laptop as 60FPS because of the refresh rate of 60Hz. Look for 120Hz on a good gaming laptop, or 144Hz on an excellent gaming laptop As far as refresh rates go, this laptop can be picked up with a 60Hz screen. When looking into modern gaming laptops this would be ok, but you would consider higher panel rates if you want to enjoy top frames per second..
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, Far Cry 6, New World and Battlefield 2042. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 4K resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. Coming loaded with the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q, this laptop is capable of beating 499 games at their minimum system specs and 476 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Far Cry 6 FPS Low to Ultra 1080p Graphics Settings Results Graph
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Comparing Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
A key focus of this laptop review is to compare the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz to all other laptops in terms of how much its $0 reflects the value of the gaming performance delivered by the this laptop’s hardware.
The Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz is getting a 0 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This AERO 17 (2021) configuration is placed at 3rd position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q
16GB DDR4 3200MHz
17.3 " 3840x2160 (4K)
Available refresh rates: 60Hz
Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz model range price to performance comparison table
Our AERO 17 (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 % 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. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049 and our laptop gets % against its price to performance rating.
How does the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Currently 472 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 16%better, and compared to New World it is 46%better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 35%better performance.
How does the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card in it that performs 23%better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics hardware.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 476 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 499 games.
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 New World which currently our GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q is 70%better next let's see how well it runs against Battlefield 2042. We can see it is 8%worse. Ok finally lets see it against Far Cry 6. Here our laptop is 5%better.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz laptop
We price track a number of good value gaming mice and the one that currently stands out is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which is currently available for $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the Gigabyte AERO 17 (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K 60Hz is, Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround with a price of $36.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.