Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Blade 17 Pro 2020 RZ09-03297E42-R3U1
Laptop announced date: 20th May 2020
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Welcome to our Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 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 Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop can run today’s modern demanding games
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Is the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz processor in the laptop is an excellent gaming CPU choice for 2021 gaming. 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 - The GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q is certainly a good gaming graphics card for a 2021 laptop. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - The system memory (16GB) we find in this gaming laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements. This amount of RAM is an excellent 2021 gaming laptop choice, that will help meet game requirements now and into the future.
Screen Size - The review laptop here has a 17.3" physical screen, which we find a lot of modern gaming laptops sport nowadays. This panel size is an excellent size for 2021 gaming, that will help a gamer make out the details and menus in a game. Obviously the native resolution of the screen size will also make a difference to the on-screen definition, but the physical panel real estate offered here will be appreciated again and again for today’s gaming.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 300Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 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. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 321 at recommended graphics requirements and then 491 games at their min specs.
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Comparing Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 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.
With a P2P rating of 5.8 today the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Here we look at how our version of this Blade 17 Pro 2020 laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 2nd in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
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|Processor||Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 300Hz
Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2,449.99||23%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,779.00||0%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3,749.99||25%|
It's good to see how this Blade 17 Pro 2020 laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 186% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $999. Moving to the 2nd position of the P2P ranking list sits the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, where it has a price of $1049. Our Blade 17 Pro 2020 laptop currently has 150% worse Price to Performance rating against this 2nd best model.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Now the processing power is one of the primary areas that we will pay for in any PC and so let's see how our Blade 17 Pro 2020 laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i7-10875H 8-Core 2.30GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 20% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 478, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 500.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Forza Horizon 5 recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 40% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Far Cry 6, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 19% better performance. We also see the 38% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game God of War 2018 for it’s processor requirements.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best graphics card performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Blade 17 Pro 2020 by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. 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 53% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics hardware.
Currently 321 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q. Or 491 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Far Cry 6 our laptop video card is 16% worse and then looking at God of War 2018 our laptop GPU is 20% better and finally compared to Forza Horizon 5 it has a performance difference : 8% worse.
The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. With a bigger refresh rate helping your FPS this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 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. And if your laptop does have the power to run some of the modern games in 4K Ultra, you are likely to want to enjoy them on a larger than 17inch laptop panel. So at a later point perhaps buy a dedicated monitor for your desk that isnt 60Hz restricted, for those games, thus keeping your laptop for mobility.
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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. 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
A nice performing 4K desktop monitor, should you want one to accompany this laptop, is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. Today it is priced at $618 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these past 2 weeks, this 4K monitor’s price has gone up by $618. The cheapest we have tracked this 4k monitor was for the price of $549.99, on 13th Nov 2020.
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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.
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 Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
The gaming mouse with today’s best price to value that would go well with the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2020 i7-10875H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its current price is $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $32.26 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|
|**||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. The lowest price recorded by us so far for the headset is $34.99 recorded at 28th Nov 2019.