Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Aorus 15P (2021) 15P KC
Laptop announced date: 31st January 2021
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Our Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 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 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 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 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - The GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q is certainly a good gaming graphics card for a 2021 laptop. This GPU has 6GB of VRAM. This is considered a good amount of VRAm for modern games but some graphics solutions have more.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - This laptop screen (15.6") in 2021 offers up a good amount of gaming screen real estate for gamers on the move, while keeping the physical laptop footprint portable. In games the physical size of the screen can help with being able to read in game menus without squinting. In our minds, if you have a smaller 1.5Kg or larger 3.5Kg laptop with you, it's always going to be a lump to transport. And so for a gaming laptop we would rather see the games more clearly on a larger 17inch screen, upon arriving at a destination, rather than compromise a game’s experience. But for some it will be the other way around. Fortunately there will be something for everyone in the laptop marketplace.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 240Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop
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, God of War 2018 and Forza Horizon 5. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 491 games at minimum system requirements and 329 games at their recommended system requirements.
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Comparing Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 0 for P2P. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Aorus 15P (2021) lineup, is currently placed at 2nd once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
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|Processor||Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
15.6 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 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 let's look at where this laptop sits compared to all other laptops, including those outside of the Aorus 15P (2021) range. It currently offers % rating when comparing its price to performance rating against the best laptop available today for price to performance, which is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which currently costs $999. 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 Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
One of the key components in a laptop is of course its CPU. So let's see if our Aorus 15P (2021) laptop compares favourably when placed against the laptop that has one of the most powerful CPU’s around today. This comparison will at least help us know how this laptop performs against the top end CPU laptop and we can then see the amount of money we might have to pay to get that sort of laptop. For processor focused performance we choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for today’s comparison. This top end CPU laptop comes with a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it that performs 24% better if we put it against our review laptop’s Core i7-10870H 8-Core 2.20GHz processor.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 472 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
When compared to the recommended processor requirements of the most popular games today, like Far Cry 6 our laptop CPU is 16% better in performance. Compared to God of War 2018 our laptop processor is 37% better.
How does the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 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?
One of the most important focuses of a gaming PC is the graphics card and our review laptop is certainly no different. As such we will want to know how well our Aorus 15P (2021) laptop performs in the graphical visuals area compared to what is available on the current laptop market. A great way to consider this is by putting it into a comparison against a well priced laptop that has the most powerful laptop GPU around at the moment, and then we can review its performance against that top graphics card laptop. 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 45% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 3060 Max-Q graphics hardware.
Today there are 329 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 491 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
Recommended graphics requirements for modern games increase all the time, so we thought we would compare the performance of our laptop graphics card to some popular games of today. First off there is God of War 2018 and our laptop GPU delivers 27% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Forza Horizon 5 in which we see our laptop graphics has 2% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 11% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
The Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop has a 15.6" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. 4K laptops would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. What refresh rate does the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 240Hz refresh rates.
So lowering a game’s screen resolution down to 1080p or 1440p during your gaming of modern AAA games will help get more frames per second. But in doing so, by down scaling the game resolution will then make the game look blurry on a native 4K laptop panel. So the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming maybe lost at this point. 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?
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
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 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it cost $229.99.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
Today’s most competitive 4K gaming monitor by price is Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and could work well with the Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. It is priced at $618. We price track a number of carefully chosen laptop peripherals and during these past couple of weeks we saw that this 4k monitor has seen a slight price increase, but despite that it is still better quality to value compared to our other favourite monitors. Its recent price increased by $618, so perhaps it can be found a little cheaper elsewhere at the moment Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where we spotted it for $549.99.
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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.
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 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 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. 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. Looking over our tracked prices for this mouse, it was at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, which had it priced at $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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. With its a current price of $36.99 it should work well with this Gigabyte Aorus 15P (2021) i7-10870H RTX 3060 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 240Hz laptop. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.