Laptop announced date: 2nd April 2020
Last reviewed: 21st 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 Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H 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 Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - The processor we find in this laptop can meet modern AAA game requirements with ease, making it an excellent 2020 laptop gaming choice for CPU. This laptop CPU has 6 cores. This is excellent for modern AAA gaming as the games start to require more cores for simultaneous activities.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can chew through modern AAA titles and is an excellent laptop gaming choice of GPU. 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 2020 gaming.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2020 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
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. The top refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz which is excellent for gaming. Get a panel with over 60Hz refresh rate would certainly be suitable for gaming.
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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War in ultra graphics settings on its native screen resolution of 1080p. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 494 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 393 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
During your research for your next laptop, you have probably seen that the laptops reviewed are often the top permutation of the range and even then they were reviewed some time back against games that were released around the time of the review. Today we will be working to provide an up to date value assessment on this Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware performance against today’s games and then consider how it compares to all other laptops and how it sits within its own Aero 17 XB (2020) range.
With a P2P rating currently of 7.9 out of 10 for the Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This relative value will change as hardware costs and their performance change over time for laptops. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Aero 17 XB (2020) lineup, is currently placed at 2nd once we order it by the price to performance figure. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position is preferable.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 3200MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 8GB RAM 256GB M.2||$1,457.99||1%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,038.68||0%|
|i7-10750H RTX 2080 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2,568.75||15%|
|i7-10875H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 4K||$3,823.66||74%|
Our Aero 17 XB (2020) 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 115% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $985.33 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $858.54 and our laptop gets 99% worse against its price to performance rating.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Aero 17 XB (2020) laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. Selecting todays ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop, we will use its mighty Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz to compare against our Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 35% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz.
Currently 480 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-10750H 6-Core 2.60GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended processor requirements, our laptop CPU performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop CPU is 28% better and then looking at Assassins Creed: Valhalla our laptop CPU is 28% better and finally compared to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War it has a performance difference : 31% better.
Graphics power is a primary laptop hardware area for consideration and so let's check our Aero 17 XB (2020) by comparing it against a top GPU focused laptop thats available today. We have chosen this next laptop for its GPU power, which is the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, and comes packing a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card. That graphics card performs 40% better when compared to our review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 393 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 ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 494 games.
Games these days have a range of graphics requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop GPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Cyberpunk 2077 and our laptop graphics gets 31% better performance rating. Next we have Assassins Creed: Valhalla where our graphics card gets 31% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, which has a performance difference of : 22% better, when put against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2070 Super Max-Q.
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? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. A higher refresh rate is better and this Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 variant is available with 144Hz versions.
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? If your laptop has hardware to deliver 4K you dont need the laptop to have a 4K display to enjoy modern gaming in this way. Just plug your laptop into a 4K desktop monitor, that will likely not have the 60Hz of most 4K laptop panels.
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 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.
Incidentally our research shows the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS as our best priced 1440p monitor today. This monitor has a 75Hz refresh rate and a price tag at the moment of $294.99. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it reached the low cost price of $272.99.
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 Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop. It is priced at $829.99. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $780, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Interestingly we spotted this 4k monitor at its lowest recorded price on 11th Aug 2020, where it was priced up as $797.05.
[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?
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 Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H 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 $11.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $38, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. 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|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$58.95|
A headset that is well priced at the moment and could accompany the Gigabyte Aero 17 XB (2020) i7-10750H RTX 2070 Super Max-Q 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Of the headsets we price track, it is one of the best valued headsets today and currently priced at $30.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.