Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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 15P (2021) 15P XC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz hardware compares to other laptops available today.
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Is the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - With the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. With 8 of CPU cores available, this processor doesn’t have to worry too much about gaming processes bottlenecking as few games will be able to use all of these cores completely
Graphics Card - With the GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card this is an excellent gaming GPU for 2021 AAA gaming 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 - 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 - Today’s 2021 games are well supported by the 15.6" panel found attached to this laptop. While you could find a portable laptop with more screen real estate, this is a good gamer laptop choice. Our preference for gaming laptops is actually 17 inch, which provides plenty of screen real estate for the in-game detail, while still providing a portable enough PC.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 240Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable for gaming.
GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition, God of War 2018 and Far Cry 6. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. The GeForce RTX 3070 Max-Q card that's powering the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Aorus 15P (2021) model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
P2P rating of 0 today the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. This Aorus 15P (2021) configuration is placed at 1st 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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|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 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
|i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz||Price Unknown|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999. This Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop is currently % rating when comparing price to performance. 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 15P (2021) laptop is % on Price to Performance.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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?
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. 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.
Today there are 472 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.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition delivers 44% better performance while against God of War 2018 it’s 44% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 16% better.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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?
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 3070 Max-Q. This comparison shows that laptop to be 23% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
Interestingly we can see 476 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 499 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Grand Theft Auto: The Trilogy - Definitive Edition our laptop video card is 70% better and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop GPU is 50% better and finally compared to Far Cry 6 it has a performance difference : 5% better.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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 15P (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? 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. It’s worth noting that the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz panel is available with the following panel refresh rates 240Hz.
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 the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor with 75Hz, is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is currently priced at $311.99 and would work well with our Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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
A well priced 4K gaming monitor with 144Hz refresh rate is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. It has a price today of $618 and should be a nice accompaniment to the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. 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. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
Perhaps in the future the 4K gaming laptop would make sense but for now certainly move forward on the 1080p laptop over the 4K options. This way your new laptop remains, well mobile and built for purpose. Picking up a 4K laptop for gaming should be a great choice but at the moment you would sadly be turning down the display quality by dropping resolution or game settings to get the game to deliver more FPS, and even then the 4K panel will likely be capped at 60FPS due to the hertz refresh rate it often comes with.
Today's Best Priced Mouse and Headset for Gigabyte Aorus 15P (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 15P (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. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $32.26 during these past two weeks. 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|
The gaming headset with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its current price is $36.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 which had it priced at $34.99.