Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 15G (2021) 15G YC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
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Is the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz, is excellent and can meet 2022 AAA title requirements with relative ease. 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 - This graphics card, GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile, is excellent for running 2022 AAA titles. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
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 - This laptop comes with a good screen size (15.6") which is certainly capable of viewing and playing 2022 titles. Larger screens can offer better in-game views, as often game HUDs and menus can take up a fair amount of a smaller laptop screen space and leave you squinting at the detail or text. We would probably prefer the larger 17 inch size laptop for an ideal gamers laptop, but perhaps this smaller size would tick your requirement for smaller and more portable.
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. This laptop can be picked up with a refresh rate of 240Hz option. It is an excellent gamers choice for screen refresh rates.
GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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, Grand Theft Auto VI and Star Citizen in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. We find a GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 500 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile is also capable of running 496 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
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Comparing Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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 Aorus 15G (2021) comes with. What we have done in this Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
P2P rating of 0 today the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. With a number of Aorus 15G (2021) laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 4th 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 i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 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|
Lets now see how our Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz 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. Another great model is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $1049. Our Aorus 15G (2021) laptop is % on Price to Performance.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Aorus 15G (2021) laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. 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 i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 24% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz.
Today there are 465 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor system requirements.
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 Star Citizen which shows our laptop CPU has 2% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our CPU is 16% better. Then there is 16% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. We choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 Super 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 3080 8GB Mobile. This comparison shows that laptop to be 1% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
Today there are 496 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 500 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
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 Star Citizen which shows our laptop video card has 106% better performance than it. How about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 (2022), where we see our GPU is 29% better. Then there is 29% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop has a 15.6" physical screen size and displays 1920 pixel by 1080 pixels tall native 1080p resolution. Is this 1080p laptop good for your needs though or should you instead be looking to buy a 4K screen mobile PC rather than this? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. This review laptop has 240Hz refresh rate versions available.
So a quick lowering of a AAA game’s screen resolution, from a native 4K laptop panel down to either 1080p or perhaps 1440p would increase the frame rate. And thus improve the stability of your gameplay. But a laptop display panel has a fixed number of pixels. Moving away from that exact number of pixels in a game lowers the definition quality of the graphics in the game. Making the experience sub par and if you do this often, then this seriously puts into question your choice for a 4K gaming 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.
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.
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
Today’s well priced 1440p desktop monitor we have found is a ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that has a 75Hz refresh rate and priced at $311.99. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $618. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. 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. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $549.99, which we recorded on 13th Nov 2020.
[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.
We still feel it's not the time to spend extra cash for the 4K gaming laptop due to the limitations laid out above. It would surely feel somewhat disappointing to boot up your new 4K laptop, only to then realise you have to drop down the resolution on modern titles to get them to run smoothly. And then see that anything you play is somewhat less sharp than you have seen on your older PC and capped at a maximum of 60FPS due to the usual 60Hz 4K screen tech.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte Aorus 15G (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3080 8GB Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
Of the mice we monitor and price track, today’s top mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, priced at $12.99. Our suggested mouse has actually lowered its price during these past two weeks, dropping by $32.26. This was part of the reason we selected it as a good mouse for the price and a great accompanying peripheral for this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked 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|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $36.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.