Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2020 with little problem. Modern AAA gaming can use multiple cores and this processor comes with 6 of them. This makes it excellent for today’s gaming.
Graphics Card - Our laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile card is considered good for modern 2020 AAA gaming. AAA games will use a fair amount of VRAM that is on the laptop graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 6GB of VRAM, which isnt the most amount of VRAM but it is still good enough for modern gaming.
System Memory - A laptop with 16GB of system memory, like this laptop, makes it an excellent amount of RAM for the AAA gaming needs of 2020 and into the future.
Screen Size - The 17.3" of physical panel screen, found in this laptop, is an excellent size to deal with the viewability requirements of 2020 AAA gaming on the move. The hardware will still need to run the games properly but this is the right sort of size screen for modern mobile AAA gaming.
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. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 144Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious 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, Cyberpunk 2077 or Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We will be seeing how it deals with these games in ultra graphics settings on its laptop screen resolution of 1080p. A first point of reference is seeing how many the mobile gpu, a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile found in this laptop, can run of today's 500 most demanding games. In particular it would seem that it can currently run 352 at recommended graphics requirements and then 492 games at their min specs.
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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB 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 Omen 17t range.
This laptop gets a 8.2 for P2P. This version of the Omen 17t laptop is currently positioned at 7th when ordered in the range lineup for Price to Performance value rating. The closer to 1st place the better gaming performance it deliver for its 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 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1609.99||10%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||3%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||2%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||2%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1899.99||6%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||9%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||9%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||11%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||11%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||12%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||15%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||18%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||19%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||19%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||24%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||24%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||27%|
Looking outside of this range lets us compare the Price to Performance rating of the very best laptops we have listed. Today's top laptop model for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and the price we have for it is $986.99. Our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 101% worse when comparing it with the top laptop, purely on a performance for money basis, and as we know lots of things go into our decision when choosing the right laptop for us. Lets move down the P2P ranking list to position 2. Here we find the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, which has a price at $858.54. The Omen 17t laptop in this review is 87% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
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 Omen 17t laptop is when compared against CPU performance with a top CPU focused laptop thats available today. We have chosen our comparison CPU focused laptop today as the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p, which comes armed with the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz laptop CPU. This top tier CPU is currently delivering 43% 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 466 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.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop CPU performs against today's popular games. Our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz compared against recommended processor requirements for Cyberpunk 2077 delivers 24% better performance while against Watch Dogs Legion it’s 24% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 24% better.
We may well be looking for a GPU centric laptop, and if that’s the case then let's see how this Omen 17t mobile pc competes with a top GPU performance laptop that is available today. A good laptop to compare against, that is GPU focused, would be the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K. This showcases one of the laptops for the current cheapest price, while still housing one of the most powerful laptop GPUs. It comes with a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB graphics card slotted inside it, which can deliver 67% better performance when compared to our GPU, GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile from our review laptop.
Our laptop GPU beats 352 games recommended system requirements when looking at today’s top 500 most demanding games. This number changes to 492 games if we compare to the top 500 most demanding games for minimum system requirements.
A game’s listed recommended GPU requirements are a good way to compare the performance of our laptop graphics card. Lets see today's popular titles up against our laptop graphics. First off let's look at Watch Dogs Legion which shows our laptop video card has 10% better performance than it. How about Assassins Creed: Valhalla, where we see our GPU is 10% better. Then there is 10% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Cyberpunk 2077.
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? 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. Our review laptop, the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 has 144Hz monitor screen refresh rate of 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? 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.
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.
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.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $294.99. For extra price trend information on this desktop 1440p monitor, it reached its lowest tracked price on 5th Aug 2020, where it would cost $272.99.
Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz is a good value, high performing desktop display that might work well with this laptop. It's currently priced up at $829.99 and 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 $799, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. To give a bit more info about this monitor we saw it cost its lowest of $797.05, which we recorded on 11th Aug 2020.
[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 great priced gaming mouse today, that could accompany the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is the, Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons that is currently priced at $11.99. This mouse has also dropped its price by $19 during the past two weeks, which is a solid reason for us to select it with this laptop. Further to our mouse information, this mouse had a lowest price recorded by us of $11.99 dated on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|*||Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons||$11.99|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which is currently available for $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.