Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop review today is going to help us understand how well the hardware components in this machine can run today’s modern games. Taking a look at some of the most demanding popular titles we will see some expected frame rates for the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD good as a gaming laptop? Good
Processor - This processor, the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. The processor in this laptop has 6 cores, which makes it excellent for modern gamers, minimising the risk of throttling game processes due to a lack of available cores.
Graphics Card - This laptop graphics solution can certainly run a number of new 2020 releases and is a good 2020 laptop GPU choice for gamers. This GPU has 6GB VRAM, which is a good amount for AAA gaming but you could find other modern GPU’s that provide more.
System Memory - Today’s AAA 2020 gaming is easily covered by the 32GB RAM in this machine, making this an excellent gaming laptop choice.
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. With that in mind, we see that this laptop comes with an excellent 144Hz refresh rate for gaming. Of course, anything over 60Hz is good for gaming focused laptops.
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. We find a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile mobile graphics card in this laptop, which is currently capable of playing 492 games, if you consider their minimum graphics system requirements as the playable level to beat. However, today the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti 6GB Mobile is also capable of running 352 games at their recommended specs, this is when compared to the top 500 most demanding games.
We really want to see how the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD will compare across all permutations of the Omen 17t model range. This will give us a good sense of how well it sits in terms of cost to performance within its own lineup, and will better help us decide if this laptop represents good value to us today.
We currently give the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop a 8.3 out of 10 for its P2P score. Where the higher the better rating. As mentioned the figure will adjust as new hardware is released and performance expectations shift over time. There look to be a number of Omen 17t versions of this laptop and currently this hardware configuration sits at 6th 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 512GB SSD 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%|
Our Omen 17t laptop should also be compared to today’s best Price to Performance model, the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. When stacked up against this, our laptop has 98% worse rating difference on its P2P. It's worth noting that the very best P2P model has a recorded price of $986.99 to consider and of course this is purely a value for performance basis. Another great model is the Acer Nitro 5 2020 R5 4600H GTX 1650 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2, which we have priced at $858.54. Our Omen 17t laptop is 83% worse on Price to Performance.
To get a good comparison when considering how well this laptop performs in terms of processing power, we will compare it to today’s most powerful CPU focused laptop. This will at least show us what other sorts of processor-centric laptops exist and give us a relative point of laptop processor cost comparison. 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.
Currently 466 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz. Or it is 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Today’s games are getting more demanding so let's see how our gaming laptop performs against their recommended cpu system requirements. First off we have the Watch Dogs Legion which currently our Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz is 24% better next let's see how well it runs against Assassins Creed: Valhalla. We can see it is 24% better. Ok finally lets see it against Cyberpunk 2077. Here our laptop is 24% better.
Wondering how strong this laptop is in the GPU department, then let's have a look at it compared to one of the current best GPU performing laptops available today and this should show us the relative graphics performance of our review model. 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.
Interestingly we can see 352 games recommended system requirements are lower in performance than our laptop’s GPU performance capability. This is when we look at the top 500 most demanding games around today. For minimum system requirements in this same area the number is 492 games are worse than our GPU performance, again looking at the top 500 most demanding 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.
The HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD 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 would likely come with a 60 FPS cap on games, set by the laptop screen’s 60Hz refresh rate. So regardless of what the hardware is capable of in the 4K laptop they couldn't push their FPS beyond that screen refresh rate. Now AAA games today when played at Ultra graphics settings and a 4K resolution likely don't have hardware capable of 60 FPS anyway. With higher the better refresh rates for your laptop monitor, this particular HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop is available in 144Hz variety.
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. 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.
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?
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 best priced 1440p gaming monitor, to work nicely with our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD, would be the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS, which is priced at $294.99 and has a refresh rate of 75Hz. To help you get a bit more insight into the pricing trends of this 1440p monitor, we have price tracked this monitor and saw its lowest price recorded at $272.99, which was taken on 5th Aug 2020.
Here is a 4K monitor to compliment any laptop - Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz. We watch a handful and it is currently the best priced at $829.99. It has a 144Hz refresh rate as well. 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. Once we spot a monitor we like we start price tracking it. The lowest tracked price we have for this monitor was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where it was seen at $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
So why would you get a 4K capable laptop? If you enjoy movies or Netflix at 4K and have access to 4K content via those types of services then perhaps the quality of 4K resolution on a 17inch panel would be a great experience, but we still think you wouldn't miss that 4K.
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.
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 $11.99 and is topping our price tracking charts as a best value mouse. 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. To give some extra insight into this mouse, we had it price tracked on 15th Aug 2020, where it was at its lowest price of $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|
Of our regular price tracked gaming headset the best value headset today is the HyperX Cloud Stinger. With its a current price of $47.14 it should work well with this HP Omen 17t i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD laptop. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 12th Mar 2020 where we saw it for $25.98.