Last reviewed: 4th March 2020
Our HP Omen 17t i9-9880H 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 i9-9880H 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 i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 good as a gaming laptop? Excellent
Processor - This processor, the Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz, is excellent and can meet 2020 AAA title requirements with relative ease. Games are beginning to lean on more CPU cores for extra processing. Fortunately this CPU has 8 cores, making it an excellent gamers processor choice.
Graphics Card - This laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile is an excellent gaming graphics card for 2020 gaming. AAA games often want a lot of VRAM from graphics cards. This laptop GPU has 8GB of VRAM, which isexcellent for modern gaming.
System Memory - This laptop’s 32GB of RAM is excellent for 2020 gaming.
Screen Size - The review laptop here has a 17.3" physical screen, which we find a lot of modern gaming laptops sport nowadays. This panel size is an excellent size for 2020 gaming, that will help a gamer make out the details and menus in a game. Obviously the native resolution of the screen size will also make a difference to the on-screen definition, but the physical panel real estate offered here will be appreciated again and again for today’s gaming.
Refresh Rate - The higher the screen panel refresh rate, the better for gaming laptops. The refresh rate is the number of times a second the screen is capable of refreshing the game’s image. If a laptop can deliver 100 frames per second (FPS) in a game and your laptop has a 60Hz refresh rate, then you will only get a max of 60 frames per second. The higher the refresh rate and the game’s FPS the smoother the sharpness is as the screen view moves around in game. Ok so after that refresh rate recap we can see that this laptop can be found with the excellent gaming refresh rate of 144Hz. However, you can always look for others, but try to find something with more than 60Hz.
No two laptops are the same. But one of the primary gaming laptop components is of course the graphics card. Often a slightly weaker mobile solution, when compared to its desktop equivalent. Today we will consider this laptop's hardware, when running modern popular and sometimes demanding games, like Cyberpunk 2077, Watch Dogs Legion and Assassins Creed: Valhalla which will help us know if this mobile graphics card and the overall laptop hardware is considered a good price to performance point. We consider it running these titles at its native 1080p resolution, and at Ultra video settings. This laptop has the GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile in it. Of the 500 most demanding games around today this graphics card is capable of running 500 games at minimum system requirements and 492 games at their recommended system requirements.
Have you been looking for the best gaming laptop for your buck? Well you have probably encountered what we have, which is that, only certain laptops are normally reviewed and even then the review is often using games that are now getting out of date. So we decided to factor in all permutations of the Omen 17t model range and compare them against the price adjustments those hardware variations incur when you change a GPU, for example. And so we have created this HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop price to performance review with a P2P rating to help standardise our comparisons.
The HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 is getting a 6.8 for its P2P score out of 10. This relative value will change as game performance, hardware costs and laptop expectations adjust over time. As not all laptops and their prices are of course valued equally we can see that this version of the Omen 17t laptop is in 30th position on the best Price to Performance value rating. Those closer to 1st place are simply better gaming laptop options regarding the gaming performance they deliver for their price.
Show Laptop Specifications
|Processor||Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz|
|Graphics Card||GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile|
|RAM||32GB DDR4 2666MHz|
17.3" 1920x1080 (1080p)
Available refresh rates: 144Hz
HP Omen 17t i9-9880H 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||39%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1609.99||39%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1739.99||31%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1739.99||31%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1809.99||29%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1809.99||29%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1769.99||27%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$1939.99||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$1939.99||22%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1899.99||20%|
|i7-9750H GTX 1660 Ti 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$1969.99||19%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2089.99||16%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2089.99||16%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2239.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2239.99||15%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2060 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2099.99||13%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2429.99||10%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2429.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2289.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2289.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2439.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2439.99||10%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2249.99||7%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2399.99||7%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB M.2||$2629.99||6%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 512GB SSD||$2629.99||6%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2589.99||4%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2070 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2449.99||2%|
|i7-9750H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2599.99||2%|
|i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2||$2789.99||0%|
Lets now see how our HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop compares to the best P2P laptop, which is currently the ASUS TUF A15 R7 4800H GTX 1660 Ti 16GB RAM 512GB M.2. Our review laptop has 155% worse rating in price to performance and the best laptop for P2P 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 137% worse Price to Performance score when compared against the 2nd best laptop range for P2P.
As a point of benchmark lets see how well our laptop looks when directly compared on processing performance against the top CPU focused laptop currently available. We will choose the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 R9 4900HS RTX 2060 Mobile 16GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 1440p laptop for our CPU comparison tests as that laptop currently has the best CPU in it at the cheapest laptop price. Its CPU is the Ryzen 9 4900HS 8-Core 3.0GHz which we will compare to our review laptop’s Core i9-9880H 8-Core 2.3GHz processor. Our performance comparison shows the top end laptop CPU to be 24% better in performance compared to our laptop’s processor.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop CPU can currently meet or beat 494 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put in a similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
How about we compare our laptop processor performance against Assassins Creed: Valhalla recommended processor requirement? Our laptop gets 34% 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 34% better performance. We also see the 34% 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. Our comparison GPU focused laptop today that we have selected is a MSI GT76 Titan i9-10900K RTX 2080 64GB RAM 2.0TB M.2 4K, which comes loaded with the GeForce RTX 2080 Super 8GB card. This top end GPU is currently delivering 16% better performance when stacked against our own review laptop’s GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile.
Today’s performance comparison for all games shows our laptop GPU can currently meet or beat 492 game’s recommended system requirements when we put the 500 most demanding games into a list. With a list of 500 Minimum system specs put ina similar most demanding order this changes to it being able to run 500 games.
Lets take a look and see how well our GeForce RTX 2080 Mobile compares against today’s most popular games. Against the recommended graphics specs for Cyberpunk 2077 our laptop is 59% better, and compared to Watch Dogs Legion it is 59% better , where as against Assassins Creed: Valhalla it delivers 59% better performance.
We thought we would explore this question about best screen resolutions for your laptop, as it comes up a lot. This HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop has a 17.3" screen and is 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall and in other words has a 1080p resolution. A 4K laptops will likely run with 60Hz screen refresh rate, so should the laptop’s hardware be able to get good frame rates at 4K resolution and due to the refresh rate the laptop would max out at 60 frames per second as its screen would not be capable of delivering any higher. Modern games in Ultra graphics settings are also normally too demanding for a 4K resolution anyway. This review laptop has 144Hz refresh rate versions available.
To get back some of those missing FPS on a AAA game we lower the game’s displayed screen resolution and get some stability in the game’s performance. This is usually a last resort for gamers though and not the sort of action taken by someone who has just shelled out for a new 4K laptop. Lowering down from a native 4K resolution, perhaps to 1080p or 1440p ups the game’s FPS but veering from the native 4K resolution leaves a game looking blurry. Definition of graphics drops and surely this puts forward the need to question someone’s choice for a 4K gaming laptop. However, a 1080p laptop could very well have some good hardware in it, capable of playing AAA games comfortably at 4K with a few graphics setting tweaks. If this is the case then hook up the gaming laptop to a 4K or 1440p desktop monitor, for some serious home based gaming sessions. A decent desktop monitor is not going to have 60Hz getting in the way of extra FPS and is going to be enjoyably larger than the 15inch or 17inch screen thats most common on laptops.
The primary use we can think of is for streaming 4K movie and TV content, assuming you have access to these services. If this is your primary use for the laptop, rather than gaming then it certainly might be worth considering this.
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.
A well priced 1440p gaming monitor today is the ASUS ProArt Display PA278QV 27 inch 1440p 75Hz 5ms IPS. With its 75Hz refresh rate and a current price of $294.99 it should go nicely with this HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2 laptop. To help provide some further information into this desktop monitor price trends we saw it cost a recorded low of $272.99, which we tracked on 5th Aug 2020.
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. We have noticed that this 4K monitor has raised its price by $799 recently. And while it is a good 4K monitor even at this current price, it could probably be found for a bit cheaper. Reviewing tracked prices for our suggested 4k monitor, its lowest price was recorded on 11th Aug 2020, where we spotted it for $797.05.
[Note - check that monitor display connectors are compatible between a monitor and a laptop before purchase]
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..
As you can probably gather from the information above, it's 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 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. Price watching this mouse shows that it has had a price drop by $19 during the past couple of weeks, which gives us more reason to select it to go with today’s laptop. 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|
|*||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|
You could pick up a headset to go with the HP Omen 17t i9-9880H RTX 2080 Mobile 32GB RAM 1.0TB M.2. In our spotlight at the moment is the HyperX Cloud Stinger, which today is $47.14. Checking our records our lowest tracked price for this headset was on 12th Mar 2020, which had it priced at $25.98.