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 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to return across the more demanding games of today.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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 2020. Loaded up with plenty of processor cores, this CPU has 6, which is excellent for AAA gaming that wants extra cores for processing.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics card is certainly solid and capable of running a number of AAA titles that are released during 2020, making it a good gamer’s laptop choice. Modern AAA gaming uses GPU VRAM to help deliver a smooth performance in game. The graphics solution we find here has 6GB of VRAM. This is a good amount for modern gaming.
System Memory - The 32GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2020.
Screen Size - This laptop’s 17.3" screen can deliver a good viewable amount of real estate for modern games and in terms of screen size this is a step towards the laptop being an excellent gaming laptop choice. You can of course game on smaller screen laptops, but in game menus could become tricky to see on smaller screens.
Refresh Rate - Look for higher refresh rate hertz for a gaming laptop. Ideally around 120Hz or more refresh rate on a gaming laptop screen. The laptop can only deliver FPS(frames per second) up to the listed refresh rate. So if you have hardware in your laptop that can turn out awesome frame rates on all the latest AAA titles, but a 60hz refresh rate, your laptop will be stuck at a maximum of 60FPS in all games. We can see this laptop can support high gaming refresh rates, with 144Hz screen panel built in. This is excellent refresh rates for gaming. More than 60Hz would still be suitable for gaming.
As gamers, one of the biggest choices we make for a new portable machine is to select a laptop with the right mobile graphics card. With this laptop we are specifically considering how the price-to-performance of the graphics card looks and if it has the capability to run modern popular games like today’s most popular titles, Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs Legion in ultra graphics settings on its native 1080p resolution. Now this comes with the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 492 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 352 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 HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB 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.
With a P2P rating of 7.9 today the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. There look to be a number of Omen 17t versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 11th in the Price to Performance order. Obviously scoring towards the 1st position represents the better value laptop from a purely gaming performance and price tag perspective.
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 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1609.99||17%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||17%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||10%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||9%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||9%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||7%|
|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||1%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||3%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||5%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||8%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||8%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||11%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||11%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||12%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||12%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||16%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||16%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||19%|
It's good to see how this Omen 17t laptop compares to models outside of its own model range as well. If we look at the very best P2P laptop, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, our laptop has 115% worse performance difference when comparing its price to performance rating. That top laptop currently has a listed price of $986.99. The 2nd best model for Price to Performance ratings today is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. It’s price is listed as $858.54. Comparing our Omen 17t laptop on its P2P shows our review model to have 99% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
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. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p is today’s best performer in the laptop CPU department. It has a Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz processor in it, which currently has 43% better performance than our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
The Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor found in this machine can currently run 466 games of the top 500 most demanding games right now. This is basically how many recommended game system requirements our laptop cpu beats in performance today, but we will update this figure as new games come out. This is 499 games when looking at beating minimum system requirements.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 24% better performance. Next let's check the top game of the moment, Cyberpunk 2077, which shows the review laptop’s cpu against that game’s system specs gets 24% better performance. We also see the 24% better performance from our laptop cpu when looking at the game Watch Dogs Legion for it’s processor requirements.
Now lets see how well our review laptop holds up compared against graphical performance with the top performing GPU laptop available today. We choose the MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K laptop as one of the best GPU laptop performers today to compare graphics ability with our laptop. This puts a GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB video card from that laptop, one of the best laptop graphics cards available at the moment, against our review laptop’s GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile. This comparison shows that laptop to be 67% better comparably in performance as our review laptop.
Our laptop’s GPU can currently run 352 of today’s top 500 demanding games meeting their recommended Graphics Card requirements. This figure is 492 for the top 500 minimum requirement games that can be run by the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile.
When compared to the most popular games around today, against their recommended graphics requirements, our laptop graphics card performs as follows - Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop video card is 10% better and then looking at Watch Dogs Legion our laptop GPU is 10% better and finally compared to Assassins Creed: Valhalla it has a performance difference : 10% better.
With 4K monitors being ever present and often talked about in the same breath as the term ‘future proof’, its always worth exploring the idea that you should be looking at 4K instead of this 1080p laptop. Our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s physical 17.3" panel delivers 1920 pixels across its width and 1080 pixels tall. We normally see a 60Hz screen refresh rate accompanying most 4K laptop panels. Which means a game would reach a top 60 FPS before it maxed out, even if the laptop’s hardware was powerful enough to deliver frame rates that were better than that. Today’s AAA games are usually too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. A higher refresh rate is better and this HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 variant is available with 144Hz versions.
So more likely, you will have to lower the screen resolution on your 4K laptop to 1080p or 1440p to run modern AAA games at a frame rate that doesnt stutter. By lowering the pixel count, your game will start to look blurry, as you move away from your laptop monitor’s native resolution in order to get more frames per second. Which immediately defeats the purpose of getting a 4K laptop monitor for gaming. If your 1080p laptop has the hardware to run today’s AAA games comfortably at 4K, then plug your laptop into your desktop 4K monitor, when you are at home for some serious gaming sessions. As that desktop monitor probably isn't 60Hz restricted and is physically larger than the relatively small 17inch laptop screen size. We do just that here, with a 27inch 144Hz Nvidia GSync 1440p desktop monitor and an Alienware 51M laptop sporting a desktop RTX 2080.
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.
As you can probably gather from the information above, its probably not worth the extra cash for a 4K laptop if gaming is your Laptop purpose. 1080p is likely plenty and has enough alternative gaming options for when you want better resolution. It feels like you might not get what you were after if you picked up a shiny new 4K laptop, then was needing to lower game resolution, while getting blurry in-game experience and achieving a max 60FPS when you could push the hardware into better frame rates.
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. We like to review tracked prices for our suggested hardware and this 1440p monitor is no different. We spotted its lowest price, recorded on 5th Aug 2020, where it cost $272.99.
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. It's interesting that even though this is a well priced 4K monitor today, our price tracking shows it has gone up in price by $799 during recent weeks. Our 4k monitor price tracker recorded and marked its lowest price on 11th Aug 2020, it reached the lower price of $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
If you are looking to view 4K streaming content, while keeping yourself mobile with your laptop, then maybe a 4K resolution panel would be a better experience than the normal 1080p. In general, we think it's probably not worth the extra money for any visual gains you might not spot, without a direct comparison, especially if you are thinking to game on your laptop as well.
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.
A well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $11.99. Another interesting point about this mouse is that as we price track it we can see it has dropped in price by $19 during these past two weeks. Our mice price tracker had this mouse marked at its lowest price on 15th Aug 2020, where it cost $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|
A good value gaming headset available at the moment, one that should go well with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is, HyperX Cloud Stinger with a price of $47.14. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.