Laptop announced date: 20th May 2020
Last reviewed: 20th July 2020
If you adjust the spec you are looking at on a gaming laptop, the price hikes up and makes it harder to judge price to performance. Today's Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is going to give us all a good sense of these sorts of values. We will take a look at what sort of performance you can expect the Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is an excellent 2021 hardware component for running modern AAA games. The 8 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - Today’s AAA 2021 gaming is dealt with well by the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q. Not perfect but certainly this is a good gamer laptop choice of graphics card. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern 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 - The screen on this laptop is certainly a good option for game releases in 2021, but there is room for better, should your budget allow. But sometimes larger than this 15.6" is too big and this is definitely a good, portable option for some gamers. 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 - Refresh rates can be hard to see, when the laptop reseller doesn't make it clear. Assume 60Hz if this is the case. Ideally for a gaming laptop you want 120Hz. This means the games you run can get up to 120 frames per second, assuming the hardware inside them is powerful enough to deliver that FPS. The refresh rate caps a games deliverable FPS even if the hardware can deliver more FPS than the Hz. If you were to get the 300Hz laptop screen option that we see this is available with then this would be an excellent refresh rate gaming laptop choice.
One of the most important components to a gamer for this laptop is getting it’s graphics card right. We will be taking a look at the sort of price to performance ratio the laptop hardware has and in particular help us know if how well the graphics card can run New World at 1080p ultra settings. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 492 games at minimum system requirements and 348 games at their recommended system requirements.
Now let us compare the Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to other gaming laptops, with regards to the performance ability it delivers and when considering the price of the laptop. Obviously there are many things that go into a quality laptop build, but at this point we want a standardised system to compare across laptops just on that criteria. It will consider $ of the laptop with regards to its key hardware capability in running modern games performance delivered by this laptop’s hardware.
A 6.5 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This Blade 15 2020 configuration is placed at 7th 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 i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
15.6" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,398.94||68%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,581.99||51%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$1,798.72||35%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1,981.03||22%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,482.99||10%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 4K||$2199.99||10%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2599.99||0%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$2,999.99||10%|
|i7-10875H RTX 5000 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$4299.99||60%|
The best performing laptop for Price to Performance is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. So if we compare this Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 160% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999.00. Again only comparing against Price to Performance we can see that the second best model in today’s P2P ranking list is the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, and our laptop is 127% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.00.
You might be considering a CPU heavy laptop and wondering how this Blade 15 2020 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. Using the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop for the best CPU laptop performer comparison tests with our laptop. This puts the top end Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor from that laptop against our review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz, and this comparison shows that laptop to be 28% better in performance compared to our review laptop.
Today there are 484 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.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 27% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, New World, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 47% better performance. We also see the 9% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Resident Evil 8 for it’s processor requirements.
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. Lets look at the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile which we compare to the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 46% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Interestingly we can see 348 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 492 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Battlefield 2042 recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 1% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, New World, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 48% better performance. We also see the 1% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Resident Evil 8 for it’s graphics requirements.
With 4K monitors being ever present and often talked about in the same breath as the term ‘future proof’, its always worth exploring the idea that you should be looking at 4K instead of this 1080p laptop. Our Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s physical 15.6" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has 300Hz screen refresh rate variants 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. But if the laptop does have the hardware to run today's AAA titles at 4K resolution, a normal sized portable PC comes with a 15 or 17 inch panel. This might not be physically big enough to make the most of the splendors of your game. It would of course look great still, but perhaps a dedicated monitor for your desk, one that isnt 60Hz restricted would accommodate that gaming scenario.
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.
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.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $299.00. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
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 $617.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $582 during recent weeks. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 13th Nov 2020, it reached the lower price of $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its enough of a selling point for you to consider a 4K laptop..
For now in the laptop space, it looks best to stick with 1080p panels. This way your laptop’s physical size remains practical and portable, 17inch laptops are plenty big enough. And at the moment you will still have to lower game resolutions down from 4K, on the bigger hitting AAA titles, that would then get playable, but sub par visuals and you would still hit the 60FPS cap if your hardware could go beyond 60FPS.
A mouse that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Razer Blade 15 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Of the mice we price track, it is one of the best valued mice today and currently priced at $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $23 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$38.39|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$50.00|
Of the headset we monitor and price track, today’s top headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, priced at $39.99. For reference, the lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $25.98 on 12th Mar 2020.