Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Today's gaming laptop review, for the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2, will be taking a good look at how well its price compares to the hardware we find inside it. We will also have a look at the type of gaming performance it gets when running today’s more demanding games and help you judge if this is a gaming laptop that is worth your cash.
Is the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor is excellent, and it meets and runs AAA titles released during 2021 with little problem. The processor in this laptop has 8 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 graphics card is considered an excellent 2021 choice for modern AAA games. The graphics solution in the laptop also has 8GB of VRAM. This is an excellent gamers amount of VRAM and plenty for today’s big games.
System Memory - The 16GB is an excellent amount of system memory for modern gaming in 2021.
Screen Size - This panel, which is 17.3", is excellent for displaying 2021 AAA game details and having some nice space to showcase games on. We are often looking for a gaming laptop to have at least a 17 inch screen, to give the gaming laptop enough viewability for game details. The smaller the screen, the harder it can be to see some details on the game menus and hover over tips, that are so common in games nowadays.
Refresh Rate - If you want your gaming laptop to push past 60FPS, then make sure your laptop display panel has a higher refresh rate than 60Hz. Not all laptop manufacturers clearly state the screen refresh rate. If it is not clear, assume it is 60Hz. The laptop only turn out FPS (frames per second) as high as its screens refresh rate. 60hz refresh rate gets a max of 60FPS in all games, regardless of the hardware’s power in your laptop. This laptop can be found with a screen refresh rate of 144Hz. This laptop’s high refresh rate would make it excellent for serious gaming.
Getting the right graphics card for this mobile gaming machine will be one of our key focuses. As we know it can be tricky to break this down, but we will be looking at how this laptop hardware can run across demanding and popular modern games and therefore how well the price of the machine stacks up against other gaming laptops. A few of the modern demanding or popular games we will be looking at will be, New World, Resident Evil 8 and Battlefield 2042. Seeing how these games run on the laptops native 1080p resolution at ultra will certainly give us something tangible to consider and compare from. Now this comes with the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile installed as the mobile graphics card, and at the moment it is capable of running 499 games at their minimum graphics system specs and then running 486 recommended specs of today’s top 500 most demanding games.
Stepping into it, we can standardise our assessment of this HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop review by giving every laptop a relative price to performance rating. This rating, for all laptops, will adjust over time and keep the data in this review relevant to today's expectations and inline with ever increasing game demands of modern AAA laptop gaming.
P2P rating of 7 today the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. Our value to performance rating score will auto adjust as new hardware capability improves and prices drop. Here we look at how our version of this Omen 17t laptop compares against the other laptops in the range. This laptop is currently 27th 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 i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||16GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 model range price to performance comparison table
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1609.99||34%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||34%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||26%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||26%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||25%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||25%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||18%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||18%|
|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||15%|
|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||11%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||11%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||9%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||6%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||6%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||4%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||2%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||2%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||0%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||1%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||1%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||4%|
Now how does this laptop match to the top laptop for P2P today? The top laptop for P2P is the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2 and has a price of $999.00. This HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop is currently 143% worse rating when comparing price to performance. Another one to consider is the 2nd placed Price to Performance laptop, the MSI Bravo 15 R7 4800H RX 5500M 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. This one has a price listed as $1049.00 and our laptop gets 112% worse against its price to performance rating.
As one of the key focuses of any computer is the CPU we will want to know how well our Omen 17t laptop performs in this area. A good way of gauging this is to put it in a comparison with the best priced CPU focused laptop available today, and then check out its relative performance against that top CPU laptop. This top tier processor focused laptop is currently the ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 G733 (2021) R9 5900HX RTX 3080 8GB Max-Q 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 1080p 165Hz. With a Ryzen 9 5900HX 8-Core 3.3GHz CPU in it that performs 33% better compared to our laptop’s Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz.
Currently 479 games recommended system requirements of the top 500 most demanding games today are worse in performance than our laptop’s Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz. Or it is 500 games of the top 500 most demanding for minimum cpu specs.
Some of the most popular games today are really the primary benchmark for any laptop’s ability, so we thought we should compare our laptop CPU Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz against New World. This CPU performance comparison saw our laptop deliver 46% better performance against the game’s recommended CPU system requirements. Then we have Resident Evil 8 and our laptop was 6% better in processor performance and another popular title today is Battlefield 2042 which we saw our review laptop get 24% better compared to our laptop cpu.
A good comparison in terms of graphical power for our review model would be to compare it to one of the most powerful GPU focused laptop’s around today. This type of comparison can show us what another laptop, with a top end graphics hardware solution, can deliver and in turn provide us a relative point of laptop Graphics Card cost comparison. Lets grab a graphics focused laptop for comparison then. We have chosen the Dell Alienware M17 R4 (2021) i9-10980HK RTX 3080 16GB Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2 1080p 144Hz laptop for its graphical performance. This big hitting GPU laptop comes with a GeForce RTX 3080 16GB Mobile video card in it that performs 20% better if we bench it against our laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile graphics hardware.
A snapshot today of performance for our Graphics Card, we can currently see it beating 486 of the 500 most demanding games available right now. This is considering their recommended system requirements. For a the top 500 Minimum system specs this is 499 games.
But the real test is seeing how well the laptop GPU performs against today's popular games. Our GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compared against recommended graphics requirements for New World delivers 80% better performance while against Resident Evil 8 it’s 22% better and finally compared to Battlefield 2042 it has a performance difference : 22% better.
If you are looking for future proof laptops it doesnt take long before people are exploring the 4K panel laptops, but are they really the right choice or should you be focusing on a top end laptop that has the hardware to deliver 1080p gaming. The HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2’s 17.3" physical panel produces a native 1920 pixels wide by 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. The HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop’s monitor can be picked up with 144Hz refresh rate versions.
Drop the 4K screen resolution on your AAA games to 1080p to increase the games frame rate to something more playable, and in doing so will make a game look blurry as it wouldn't be displayed in the 4K laptop’s native resolution. And so is there a point in getting a 4K screen laptop at the moment? The laptop has got 4K capable hardware? Well when you are not on the move, plug the laptop into a 144Hz or better desktop monitor that’s 28inches and comes with a 1440p or 4K resolution to enjoy modern gaming without FPS or size limits.
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.
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.
If you wanted a desktop monitor to go with the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop then this ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS would go well and has 75Hz and today’s price of $299.00. The suggested 1440p monitor price tracker recorded on 9th Mar 2021, where it reached the low cost price of $229.99.
Today's best priced 4K gaming monitor comes with a 144Hz refresh rate. It is the Asus Predator XB273K 27 inch 4K GSYNC IPS 1ms 144Hz and is currently priced at $617.99. During these recent weeks we have price tracked this 4k monitor and noticed that it has increased its price by $582, so keep an eye out for deals, as this great value monitor might still be found for cheaper. Helping us to round out our information for this 4k monitor we can see it reached a low price on 13th Nov 2020, we noted the low price at $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.
You could pick up a mouse to go with the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the Kayinuo M738 Gaming Mouse 3200DPI wired 6 Buttons, which today is $12.99. Today's best value and good quality mouse has enjoyed a price reduction of $23, and provides another reason for us to suggest it to compliment this laptop. Another point of interest was that we saw this mouse priced at $11.99, which we tracked on 15th Aug 2020.
|Quality||Mouse||Price (USD)||Check Regional Pricing|
|**||PICTEK Gaming Mouse 7200DPI wired 7 Buttons||$13.99|
|**||Redragon M711 Cobra||$19.99|
|***||Cooler Master MM710||$38.39|
|***||Razer DeathAdder Elite||$50.00|
You could pick up a headset to go with the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $39.99. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.