Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 review, including today's price to performance
Laptop product code: Blade 17 Pro 2019 RZ09-03147E02-R3U1
Laptop announced date: 15th October 2019
Last reviewed: 10th August 2021
Gaming laptops are often expensive when compared to similar specced desktops. So today’s Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review will be focusing on helping us demystify it’s performance capability in relation to its price. We will take a look at some of the latest demanding games to see the types of FPS returns we could expect to see for this mobile gaming price point.
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Is the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - A Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. With 6 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. Modern AAA gaming can lean on GPU VRAM and this graphics solution comes with 8GB. This makes it excellent for gaming.
System Memory - This system memory, 16GB, is excellent for meeting 2021 AAA game requirements.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" screen can deliver a good viewable amount of real estate for modern games and in terms of screen size this is a step towards the laptop being an excellent gaming laptop choice. You can of course game on smaller screen laptops, but in game menus could become tricky to see on smaller screens.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 240Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q graphics card gaming performance in the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A key choice in any gaming laptop is making sure we identify the right graphics card in the laptop and know what it is capable of in today's gaming landscape. With this laptop we are taking a closer look at how its total laptop value compares to its capability when it comes to running modern demanding games. Also lets take a look at it when running modern popular games like, Far Cry 6 or Battlefield 2042 in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 491 at their minimum system requirements and then 323 games when looking at their recommended system specs.
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Comparing Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 to today’s best price to performance laptop ranges
We really want to see how the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 will compare across all permutations of the Blade 17 Pro 2019 model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
We currently give the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop a 5.7 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. With a number of Blade 17 Pro 2019 laptops in the model lineup this particular variant places at the 3rd 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 i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3 " 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,230.00||23%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,499.97||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,629.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$2,989.11||9%|
Our Blade 17 Pro 2019 laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 187% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $999 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. 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 151% worse when compared against this price to performance rating. The price of the 2nd best laptop is listed as $1049.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop compare to the best CPU performance focused laptops and today’s most popular games?
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Blade 17 Pro 2019 laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. A suitable comparison laptop that is CPU focused is the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. This represents one of the laptops for the current cheapest price with the most powerful CPUs in it today. It has the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor tucked inside it which can deliver 43% better performance when compared to our CPU, Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz which is found in this review laptop.
The Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 429 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 497 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
Let's take a look and see how well our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended CPU specs for Far Cry 6 our laptop is 3% better, and compared to New World it is 37% better , where as against Battlefield 2042 it delivers 24% better performance.
How does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H 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?
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. 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.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 323, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 491.
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 New World and our laptop GPU delivers 36% better performance compared to that game’s requirement. Next we have Battlefield 2042 in which we see our laptop graphics has 27% worse performance compared to the game's video card specs. And then there is 16% worse performance when we put our laptop gpu against Far Cry 6 recommended specs.
The Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a 1080p screen resolution, should I get a 4K resolution gaming laptop instead?
This laptop’s panel has a physical 17.3" screen that delivers 1920x1080 pixels natively. But should you consider moving from this 1080p laptop and searching for a 4K laptop instead, with the intention of getting better visuals for your games or movies? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. What refresh rate does the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 240Hz refresh rates.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $311.99 it should go nicely with this Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $229.99, which was taken on 9th Mar 2021.
Today’s best 4K desktop monitor for a laptop is - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $618 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $618, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 13th Nov 2020, where it was seen at $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 Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop
A great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $12.99. We have seen this mouse lower its price during these past couple of weeks by $32.26, which is part of the reason we are considering it as a good option for this laptop. 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|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Its price tag today is $36.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.