Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 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 RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop and understand the type of price to performance on offer.
Is the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - Modern AAA 2021 gaming with the Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz processor is no problem. As it meets game requirements of today it will likely hold its own against future release titles as well, this is an excellent CPU for a gaming laptop. 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 - This laptop graphics card is excellent at running AAA titles released during 2021. This GPU comes with 8GB, which is excellent and plenty powerful to meet the VRAM requirements of modern games.
System Memory - An excellent amount of system memory, the 32GB is capable of running AAA titles during the 2021 gaming year and we would expect beyond that as well.
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. And so considering that, this laptop is available with up to 144Hz as its refresh rate. This high refresh rate would be an excellent choice in a gamers laptop, but anything over 60Hz would be suitable.
The big one in any gaming PC is making sure the graphics card is up to the task of modern gaming. And this is of course the same for choosing the right gaming laptop as well. Therefore we will be considering this laptop’s hardware in relation to its overall price and how well it could run modern demanding or popular games like Grand Theft Auto VI, Battlefield 6 and Resident Evil 8. This is done in relation to its native 1080p resolution at Ultra video settings to give us something to compare against other laptops. Lets compare the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile found in this laptop to today’s top 500 most demanding games. Of those games, this laptops GPU can run 499 at their minimum system requirements and then 487 games when looking at their recommended system 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 RTX 2080 Mobile 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.
We review performance and allocate a P2P rating out of 10 that will adjust over time as the prices for hardware adjust. This laptop is currently given a 7 for P2P. This Omen 17t configuration is placed at 29th position, when we order the range by their price to performance ratings. Those getting closer to the 1st position in this list will be better gaming laptops for their price.
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|Processor||Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 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||36%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||36%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||28%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||28%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||26%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||26%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||24%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||20%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1899.99||17%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||16%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||13%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||12%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||12%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||11%|
|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||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||5%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||5%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||4%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||4%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||1%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||0%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||2%|
How about we compare our HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop to the laptop with the leading P2P rating out of all laptops and see how it compares. Today's best gaming laptop for Price to Performance is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 ($999.00) and our laptop is 146% worse if we directly compare the price to performance rating against that best hardware performance to value laptop. 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 $853.00. The Omen 17t laptop in this review is 133% worse when compared solely on price to performance against that 2nd best model.
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. So the laptop we have chosen for its CPU performance is the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz, which comes with a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz processor. That processor performs 53% better compared to our review laptop’s Core i7-9750H 6-Core 2.6GHz.
Today there are 443 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.
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 Grand Theft Auto VI delivers 3% better performance while against Battlefield 6 it’s 3% better and finally compared to Resident Evil 8 it has a performance difference : 9% worse.
Looking for a new gaming laptop often leads us quickly to consider the sort of performance the mobile graphics card can deliver. Mobile graphics cards are often underpowered versions of their desktop equivalent, but still often very capable. To gauge the performance ability in this graphics department we compare our laptop to a GPU focused laptop that is around at the moment, to help provide us with a good graphics performance metric and comparison. 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 RTX 2080 Mobile graphics card in our review laptop. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop GPU to be 20% better in performance compared to our laptop’s graphics processing power.
Currently 487 games of the top 500 most demanding games today (recommended graphics requirements) can run on the review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile. Or 499 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum GPU specs can run on it.
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 Battlefield 6 which shows our laptop video card has 22% better performance than it. How about Resident Evil 8, where we see our GPU is 22% better. Then there is 13% better performance when compared against today’s most popular title, Grand Theft Auto VI.
The HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB 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? Screen refresh rate on a 4K panel laptop will normally be 60Hz and this will cap out any game’s Frames Per Second at 60 even if it’s hardware could deliver more FPS. Along with that upset most AAA games would struggle to reach that 60 FPS at 4K Ultra graphics settings on most laptop hardware today. What refresh rate does the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 panel have available? It can be picked up with the following 144Hz refresh rates.
Dropping a game’s resolution down from the laptop’s native 4K resolution to a more sustainable 1080p or maybe 1440p, would certainly deliver extra frames and improve stability. So there is always that option if the experience is unplayable due to low frame rates. But know that this action comes at a price. Dropping from a monitor or laptop panel’s native resolution immediately reduces in-game visual definition across all the game’s graphics. It basically makes the game look blurry. Not an ideal situation if you just bought your new 4K gaming 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.
If you are looking for a desktop monitor with a reasonable refresh rate to accompany the well priced HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop, then the 1440p ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS is our favourite today. It has a 75Hz refresh rate and is currently priced at $307.73. Our cheapest tracked price for the desktop 1440p monitor was $229.99, which we recorded on 9th Mar 2021.
The 4K Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz display is our current suggestion if you wanted to grab a desktop monitor. With a $629.99 price at the moment it also has a 144Hz refresh rate. Providing some more insight, this 4K Monitor has increased its price by $580 during these past two weeks. So keep your eyes out as it could be cheaper than we have recorded here today. 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]
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.
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 well priced gaming mouse at the moment, that will go nicely with the HP Omen 17t i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons. Today it is priced at $12.99. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $37 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. 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|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$15.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$49.22|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$59.99|
We price track a number of good value gaming headset and the one that currently stands out is the Corsair HS45-7.1 Surround, which is currently available for $39.99. Out of interest our lowest price tracked on this headset was on 28th Nov 2019 where we saw it for $34.99.