Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 15G (2021) 15G XC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Welcome to our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz performance to price review. We know its hard trying to find a way of knowing which new laptop makes the most sense. When speccing out a new laptop, as soon as you adjust a component the price jumps up and the performance gain from that component leaves you uncertain if that is worth it. We will be addressing exactly that here today. We will also be looking at how well this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Gaming Laptop Analysis
Is the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2021. The processor in this laptop has 8 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - A GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. 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 - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2021 and into the future.
Screen Size - This laptop screen size is capable of meeting 2021 gaming, making it a step closer to being a good laptop for gamers. Larger laptop screens normally equal less squinting at on screen text, providing the resolution is set inline with the screens native pixel count. We normally look to the 17 inch panels for focused gaming laptops, but this 15.6" screen is the most common and popular in the market, due to portability versus viewability. A gaming laptop screen size, in our eyes, would be 17 inches. We would certainly consider the more portable 15inch, but value gaming viewability and user experience over the slightly improved portability with the smaller screen sizes. A bigger laptop means heavier and harder to move around but more screen space to view games with.
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 After considering that, we can see that this laptop has an excellent 240Hz 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 Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Far Cry 6 and God of War 2018 in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q card that's powering the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
If we want to look at the gaming value offered by the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compared tto other gaming laptops, we focus on the performance ability of the hardware and then the relative price of the laptop. Of course a laptop is often more than just its core tech components, like CPU and GPU, but for this exercise we want a standardised way of looking across laptops to see what value they have to today’s laptop gamer. So we consider $0 of each laptop and its core hardware capability in running modern games.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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. With these hardware components the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop is placed at 3rd position within the Aorus 15G (2021) range, when put into the price to performance order. Those laptops closer to the number 1 position of this list are the better value propositions today.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$1499.99|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1080p 240Hz||$1999.99|
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
|i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
We will now check against leading Price 2 Performance laptops outside of this model range to see how the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $1049. We see our Aorus 15G (2021) laptop scores % against it for price to performance.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 15G (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. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, which comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor. That processor performs 24% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
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.
Recommended processor requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop CPU to some popular games of today. First off there is God of War 2018 and our laptop CPU delivers 37% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop processor has 38% better performance compared to the game's CPU specs. And then there is 16% better performance when we put our laptop cpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 23% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 476 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 499 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at God of War 2018 which shows our laptop video card has 50% better performance than it. How about Forza Horizon 5, where we see our GPU is 15% better. Then there is 5% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Far Cry 6.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a physical 15.6" 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? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has 240Hz screen refresh rate variants available.
It would be more likely that we would have to lower the AAA game resolution to 1080p or maybe 1440p and by doing so get back some of the FPS to a playable level. But by doing this the game moves away from its native 4K resolution and starts to look unclear. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
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?
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
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
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. 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. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
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 Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
You could pick up a mouse to go with the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. 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. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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|
If you are looking for a good value headset to go with your Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop, then the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround is our favourite today, of those we are price tracking. Currently it’s priced at $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.