Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Its not easy trying to find out how well today’s laptops compare against other mobile gaming solutions. This review will take a look at the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 and compare it against today's current demanding games. We will also be working out how its release price relates to the performance of the laptop, to give us a guide on how well the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 hardware compares to other laptops available today.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - A Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz CPU that is housed in this laptop is excellent for modern AAA gaming during 2021. This CPU comes with 6 cores, which is excellent providing it extra resource to chew through game processing when required.
Graphics Card - This laptop comes with a good choice of graphics card capable of running lots of 2021 AAA games. 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 - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2021 gaming.
Screen Size - An excellent panel size, the 17.3" screen on this laptop has the physical viewability and real estate for 2021 games to be clearly displayed. Sometimes getting smaller laptops can mean squinting and struggling to see menu wording in games or being able to read hover over tags of units.
Refresh Rate - If you are focused on a gaming laptop then ideally you want a refresh rate of 120Hz or 144Hz or more. A lot of laptops come with 60Hz and this will stop your games being able to run in more than 60 Frames per second. Even if you hardware is capable of far more frames per second. 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.
While it can be tricky to work out the best price to performance hardware for a gaming laptop, we will be looking at how well this mobile graphics card can run demanding games that are available today or coming out over the coming months.We will consider how well it can perform while gaming at Ultra graphics setting on a 1080p resolution, which is the native resolution for this laptop. We will also look at a few of the more popular games like, Grand Theft Auto VI or Resident Evil 8. 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 309 at recommended graphics requirements and then 489 games at their min specs.
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 32GB 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 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 is getting a 8.3 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. Here we look at how our version of this Omen 17t laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 5th in this range for hardware value. Laptops closer to the 1st position of the model range represent the better gaming performance bang for your buck.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1609.99||8%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||1%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||1%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||0%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||0%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||2%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||5%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||5%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1899.99||8%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||9%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||12%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||12%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||14%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||17%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||17%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||20%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||22%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||22%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||25%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||26%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||26%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||29%|
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 $999.00. Our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop’s price to performance is 95% 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. 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 $853.00. We see our Omen 17t laptop scores 85% worse against it for price to performance.
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. 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.
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 Grand Theft Auto VI our laptop is 3% better, and compared to Resident Evil 8 it is 9% worse , where as against Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it delivers 23% better performance.
One of the key hardware aspects in any laptop is certainly the graphics card. Our Omen 17t laptop’s GPU solution can be compared against a laptop that has one of the most powerful GPU’s around today, which will give us a relative benchmark. And will help us know how this laptop performs against the top end GPU laptop available today. Lets look at the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop due to its graphics processing power. The GPU it houses is ideal for comparison benchmarking, because it currently has one of the best laptop graphics solutions, at the cheapest laptop price. Its GPU is the GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile which we compare to the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 73% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
A quick review of the number of games our laptop Graphics Card can run at recommended requirements is 309, taken from the top 500 most demanding games today. For min GPU specs this figure for number of games it can run is 489.
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 Resident Evil 8 it’s 18% worse and finally compared to Metro Exodus Enhanced Edition it has a performance difference : 48% worse.
The HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB 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? A 4K panel usually comes with 60Hz screen refresh rate that would be also setting a max FPS on any game played on the laptop, even if it’s laptop hardware could return higher FPS. Factor into the decision process about getting a 4K laptop, that most AAA games would struggle to reach 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on today’s regular laptop hardware. You can find the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 panel with 144Hz refresh rate variants.
We can always lower the game’s displayed screen resolution to something like 1080p or 1440p which is below the 4K laptop’s native pixel count. This will get a more stable game experience, increasing a game’s FPS that might be needed across a number of modern AAA games on a 4K laptop. However, getting away from the laptop’s more native 4K resolution, will take away in-game graphics definition. Not an ideal situation, playing blurry games on your new 4K laptop. A 1080p laptop can still have some powerful gaming hardware in it and if it is good enough to run AAA games at larger resolutions like 4K or 1440p then attach it to a desktop monitor while you are at home and stationary. If the desktop monitor is pretty good then it wont have a 60Hz refresh rate limiting its FPS count in game. And is likely to be a whole lot more enjoyable playing on a 24 inch or larger monitor than the more standard 15 or 17inch screen normally found on gaming laptops.
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.
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.
Here is today’s best priced 1440p gaming monitor that could accompany the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2, ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS that is currently priced at $299.00. We have seen this desktop 1440p monitor recorded at a low price on 9th Mar 2021, where we saw it was costing $229.99.
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. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $580, 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 13th Nov 2020, where it was priced up as $549.99.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you stream 4K content, films, services like Netflix then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be better than the 1080p alternative that the majority of laptops provide.
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.
Incidentally our price track research shows us that a good gaming mouse is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Its price tag today is $12.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. Over the past couple of weeks this mouse has dropped its price by $37, giving us extra confidence in matching it with today’s laptop as a good purchase. Another point of reference for this mouse, is that our lowest recorded price for this mouse was on 15th Aug 2020 where it was costing $11.99.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.38|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
Of our price tracked headsets, the gaming headset that catches our eye today, to go well with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 laptop, is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround. Today this headset is priced at $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 28th Nov 2019, which had it priced at $34.99.