Laptop announced date: 15th October 2019
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 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 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 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, is excellent and can meet 2021 AAA title requirements with relative ease. The 6 cores that this processor has is excellent and very capable for today and future AAA gaming.
Graphics Card - The GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is an excellent gaming GPU for 2021. Loaded up with a huge amount of VRAM, this GPU has 8GB, which makes it excellent for AAA gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 16GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - This laptop panel is an excellent 2021 size at 17.3". This will certainly help gamers see in game details and text. You can game on smaller physical screens, but once you get to this sort of screen size its a nicer experience, while still providing mobile gaming.
Refresh Rate - If you want a gaming laptop then aim for a refresh rate that is more than 60Hz. If you don't clearly see the advertised laptops screen refresh rate then assume it is 60Hz. This would mean that the laptop will be capped at 60FPS when running games. The higher the refresh rate and the FPS then the smoother the game plays as it delivers more images a second to your screen and makes movement feel more responsive 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.
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 Grand Theft Auto VI at 1080p ultra settings. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 495 games at minimum system requirements and 435 games at their recommended system requirements.
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 Blade 17 Pro 2019 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 Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
This laptop gets a 7.2 for P2P. Looking at how this configuration of the Blade 17 Pro 2019 laptop compares against other laptops within its range we can see it currently is placed at the 1st spot. Those laptops that are closer to the top 1st place of the model range are considered better gaming laptops regarding performance and laptop price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2933MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 240Hz
Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 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||$2,275.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,499.97||17%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,760.00||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$2,989.11||31%|
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 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 138% worse on Price to Performance rating. Out of interest, the top P2P laptop currently has a recorded price of $999.00. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $853.00. Our Blade 17 Pro 2019 laptop is 125% worse on Price to Performance.
Now we will see if our laptop compares favourably against the top CPU performance focused mobile PC that is currently available. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz to compare against our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 53% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop processor can run at recommended requirements is 443, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min cpu specs this figure for number of games it can run is 499.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Resident Evil 8 which currently our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is 9% worse next let's see how well it runs against Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. We can see it is 3% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 3% better.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 41% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 435 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 495 games.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended gpu system requirements. First off we have the Resident Evil 8 which currently our GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q is 4% better next let's see how well it runs against Mass Effect: Legendary Edition. We can see it is 4% better. Ok finally lets see it against Grand Theft Auto VI. Here our laptop is 4% worse.
A common thing to explore is, what is the best gaming laptop screen resolution at the moment, as our review laptop is a 1080p. This laptop also has a 17.3" physical screen size (that's measured from a top corner to the bottom corner on the other side of the screen) and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall resolution. A 4K panel laptop is often restricted to 60Hz. This means that even if you did have the hardware inside your laptop to run a game at 4K, you wouldnt be able to get more than 60 FPS. Most laptop hardware, and desktop hardware for that matter, is not capable of 4K ultra graphics on modern games. This review laptop has 240Hz refresh rate versions available.
Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? 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.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 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. 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.
Why not grab a monitor like the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz 4K screen. It is currently coming in with the best price tag in the 4K range of monitors that we are watching, at $629.99 and has a 144Hz refresh rate. This 4K monitor, during these past couple of weeks, has increased its price by $629.99. It’s still a solid purchase to accompany this laptop but it means you may find it for even cheaper at the moment, if you look around. 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]
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.
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. These past few weeks this mouse has had a price increase of $12.99, so keep your eyes out online as it shows that this great value mouse can be picked up even cheaper. Our lowest price tracked for this mouse was marked down at $11.99, which we spotted 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||$42.99|
|***||Logitech MX Master 2S||$59.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the Razer Blade 17 Pro 2019 i7-9750H RTX 2080 Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. Its price over the past couple of weeks has increased a bit by $39.99, which makes us think additional savings can be made here if you shop around. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.