Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
There are so many variables influencing gaming laptop prices. The hardware they have in them can be adjusted and as soon as we change it it becomes hard to know how one laptop compares to another. This laptop review will take a look at how well the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD can run today’s latest games and what sort of frame rates this HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD might achieve. Then we will look at its release price and summarise how good its price in regards to its gaming performance. From there you can compare this laptop and get a good idea of whether this is a good value choice for your gaming needs today and into the future.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - The Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is an excellent gaming CPU for 2020. This CPU comes with 6 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - A good graphics card for gamers, capable of running titles during this 2020 gaming year. The 6GB VRAM found in this laptop’s GPU is certainly a good quantity for modern games.
System Memory - The 16GB of RAM found in this laptop is an excellent quantity to deal with the requirements of 2020 AAA gaming.
Screen Size - The review laptop here has a 17.3" physical screen, which we find a lot of modern gaming laptops sport nowadays. This panel size is an excellent size for 2020 gaming, that will help a gamer make out the details and menus in a game. Obviously the native resolution of the screen size will also make a difference to the on-screen definition, but the physical panel real estate offered here will be appreciated again and again for today’s gaming.
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. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
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 Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p ultra settings. The GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile in this machine is currently capable of running 492 games at minimum system requirements of the 500 most demanding games available today. Where as it is capable of running 352 games of the top 500 most demanding 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 Omen 17t 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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
A 8.6 P2P score rating out of 10 has been allocated today to the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD. This value will adjust automatically as hardware and modern performance requirements from laptops improve over time. This laptop’s configuration, when compared to its own Omen 17t 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 i7-9750H 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 SSD 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%|
Lets now see how our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 84% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P has a listed price of $986.99. How about we also look at the 2nd ranked laptop for excellent Price/Performance ratings, which is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a recorded cost of $858.54. We see our Omen 17t laptop scores 71% worse against it for price to performance.
CPU performance is always going to be something we are interested in, when looking to buy a new laptop. So if we compare this Omen 17t laptop to a CPU focused laptop, we will pick today’s top CPU performing laptop at the cheapest price point, then we can use this as a good measuring point for our laptop in question. 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 i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor from our review laptop. We can see that the top end CPU currently delivers 43% better performance when benched against our own review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Today there are 466 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our CPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 499 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum processor 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 Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 24% better, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 24% better , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 24% better performance.
You will likely be considering buying a graphics and pixel crunching laptop perhaps to meet the latest and future game requirements. We will therefore be wondering how our Omen 17t review laptop competes against other GPU centric laptops in the gaming laptop market. To give us a bit of insight we will compare our laptop with a leading GPU performance laptop and see how its graphics capability performs against it. 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.
Today there are 352 games recommended system requirements that are worse than our GPU’s performance capability, this is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games right now. This figure becomes 492 games, when we look at the 500 demanding games for minimum Graphics Card system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop graphics performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended graphics requirement? Our laptop gets 10% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s gpu against that game’s system specs gets 10% better performance. We also see the 10% better performance from our laptop gpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s graphics requirements.
This laptop has a 17.3" physical screen size with a native resolution of 1920x1080. So should you instead be thinking of picking up a 4K monitor rather than this HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD’s 1080p panel? With 60Hz being the usual screen refresh rate on 4K laptop panels this would cap a game to run at no more than 60 frames per second, even if the 4K laptop hardware could deliver more. And then most AAA games require more powerful hardware than a laptop houses to play stable 4K Ultra graphics setting games, even at a passable but, some would consider, a bit low, 60FPS. What refresh rate does the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 144Hz refresh rates.
As a somewhat last resort a gamer could lower a game’s displayed screen resolution away from the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. Dropping down to 1080p or maybe 1440p would deliver more frames per second in game and help provide a more stable FPS in modern AAA games. But taking this action, moving away from the native 4K resolution, immediately reduces game graphics definition and makes it look blurry. Not an ideal situation on a new gaming 4K laptop. If the following is the case, where the 1080p gaming laptop could run games you love at a higher 4K resolution then you could always hook up the PC laptop to a desktop monitor. One that was much bigger than the laptop screen size, like a 31inch with 144Hz refresh rate to enjoy 1440p or 4K resolution when gaming at home. Then still have your laptop for mobile gaming as well.
The primary 4K use would most likely be streaming movie and TV content at that resolution, assuming you have access to these services in 4K. At which point perhaps its 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.
The 1440p gaming monitor that has a great price today and should be a nice accompaniment to the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. Its current price is $294.99 and it has a 75Hz refresh rate. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $272.99, which we recorded on 5th Aug 2020.
If you wanted to pick up a 4K desktop monitor to go alongside this laptop then the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz looks well priced right now. At $829.99 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 $799, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
Maybe you are hoping to enjoy your 4K streamed movies and TV shows while on the move. And if you have access to this 4K content and it's your prime use for your new laptop then perhaps it's worth considering a 4K panel, rather than this 1080p.
Hold that 4K gaming laptop cash for perhaps a more powerful GPU or fancy mouse or headset. That's our usual advice. Otherwise it might be a bit disheartening to pay for a 4K gaming laptop, and then be forced to turn the resolution down on modern games to get them to run smoothly.
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $11.99. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $19, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. 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||$16.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$44.99|
|***||Logitech G502 SE Hero||$55.99|
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming headset is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. Its price tag today is $47.14 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value headset. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 which had it priced at $25.98.