Last reviewed: 4th March 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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - With the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor in this laptop its excellent for 2021 gaming, capable of running today’s game processor system requirements. 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 run plenty of modern AAA game releases in 2021 and is a good gaming laptop GPU choice. The GPU in this laptop comes with 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for today’s AAA games.
System Memory - Our review laptop here has an excellent quantity of RAM for 2021 AAA games. The 16GB of RAM will meet the game requirements of the foreseeable future as well.
Screen Size - A laptop with a 17.3" screen size, like we find on this laptop, puts it into the excellent category for mobile laptops and top end 2021 gaming. Of course it always needs the hardware to backup this up.
Refresh Rate - A gaming laptop wants to have a higher refresh rate to accommodate more frames per second(FPS) in the games it runs. The refresh rate is like a hard cap on the games deliverable FPS. The better the refresh rate the more FPS the laptop can deliver in games, up to the panels refresh rate hertz, and then the sharper the in game play is when the player moves about. The top end refresh rate for this laptop is 144Hz for its screen. This makes it an excellent choice for gaming. Over 60Hz would be suitable, though for gaming.
With this gaming laptop we will be exploring how well it can run modern, demanding and popular games that are out now or will be coming out over the coming months. Currently we will want to understand its gaming performance compared to its overall laptop cost and we can do this by looking at how it could run popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. Coming loaded with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile, this laptop is capable of beating 489 games at their minimum system specs and 309 games at their recommended system specs. This is when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games.
As you have probably discovered during your research into buying your next gaming laptop, getting an up-to-date value assessment that enables you to compare a laptop’s hardware performance against today’s games is tricky. And especially so, when we factor in all variations of hardware and prices that the Omen 17t comes with. What we have done in this HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop review is give a price to performance rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 is getting a 8.6 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. This Omen 17t configuration is placed at 1st 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.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1609.99||0%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||6%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||8%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||8%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1899.99||16%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||17%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||21%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||21%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||22%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||26%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||26%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||29%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||29%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||31%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||31%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||34%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||36%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||36%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||39%|
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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop to that laptop we can see that it performs 82% 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 Omen 17t laptop is 72% worse on Price to Performance.
If you are looking for a strong CPU focused laptop then let's compare this Omen 17t laptop with the top CPU performance focused laptop available today and see how it compares. 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.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 443 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 in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 499 games.
Games these days have a range of processor requirements so let's look at a few popular games of today, and check our laptop CPU against the games recommended requirement. First off, Grand Theft Auto VI and our laptop processor gets 3% better performance rating. Next we have Battlefield 6 where our CPU gets 12% better performance and finally another popular title at the moment is Resident Evil 8, which has a performance difference of : 9% worse, when put against our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
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 Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it that performs 73% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics hardware.
The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile Graphics Card found in this machine can currently run 309 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop GPU beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 489 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 28% worse performance while against Battlefield 6 it’s 18% worse and finally compared to Resident Evil 8 it has a performance difference : 18% worse.
The HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 has a physical 17.3" screen size and a fixed number of pixels in that screen of 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall, or 1080p resolution. So is it ok to go for a 1080p laptop like this one or should I be considering a 4K screen resolution laptop instead of this? 4K laptops have a 60Hz screen refresh rate normally, that means a game would not be able to run at more than 60 frames per second even if the hardware could deliver more. While 60FPS would provide acceptable stability, a lot of gamers would prefer higher FPS than this. However, thats not the only issue here. Modern AAA game system requirements would need more powerful gaming hardware than is normally found in laptops, to play reliably at 4K Ultra graphics settings, even at 60FPS. This particular laptop refresh rate options are 144Hz.
Dropping a game’s screen resolution down below the native 4K resolution to 1080p or 1440p, would possibly deliver the much needed FPS for stable modern AAA gaming. Down scaling that native resolution comes at a price, though. As soon as you step away from the native resolution of any monitor/ panel it lowers the clean definition of a game as the physical number of screen pixels don't match those being sent by the game. The game starts to look blurry. The 1080p laptop could run games you love at 4K resolution, with a few tweaks to the graphics settings? In this situation you can always plug the gaming laptop 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.
4K streaming could be a viable reason to consider 4K over 1080p laptop panels.
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 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 $307.73. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $229.99, which we tracked on 9th Mar 2021.
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 $629.99 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $580 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. 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]
However, you could be after watching 4K streaming content on your laptop, while on the move. Then perhaps the 17inch laptop screen and 4K resolution is going to net a more enjoyable experience than a 1080p alternative.
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.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $37 during these past two weeks. 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||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
You could pick up a headset to go with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which today is $39.99. For reference, our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 and it was priced at $34.99.