HP Omen Desktop PC


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HP have significantly expanded their Omen gaming lineup to include everything from high-end desktops to gaming laptops, monitors and even peripherals. The Omen X is one of the more striking pre-built systems on the market with its cube design and red highlights, though naturally this desktop is mostly intended for high-end buyers that demand powerful graphics, plenty of expansion opportunities and a beefy liquid cooling system.

Here’s a quick look at what HP provides in the Omen Desktop at both the entry level and high end price points, as well as the system I was provided to review.

Entry-Level Reviewed High-End
Processor AMD Ryzen 5 1600 AMD Ryzen 7 1800X Intel Core i7-7700K
Memory 8GB 16GB 16GB
Storage 1TB HDD 256GB SSD + 2TB HDD 512GB SSD + 2TB HDD
Heatsink Air Cooling Liquid Cooling Liquid Cooling
Graphics Card AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 SLI
Power Supply 500W 80Plus Bronze 500W 80Plus Bronze 750W 80Plus Titanium
Optical Drive None DVD Writer DVD Writer
Price $999.99 $1909.99 $3218.99

For cooling, there are plenty of vents around the place, though most are hidden to a degree such that there are no large vent areas like some cases you can buy. There’s a single 120mm fan on the front for intake, which draws air through the v-shaped illuminated vent on the front, as well as a strip of vents along each edge. There are no vents along the top, a small vent on the bottom for the power supply, another small vent on the left side, and a large exhaust vent on the rear. This case has clearly been designed for just two 120mm fans, and that’s what you get pre-installed.

The Omen Desktop embraces expansion through toolless design, which is fantastic to see. Along the top front edge are two flaps which can be opened to reveal two 3.5-inch hard drive bays, complete with cool locking mechanisms. All configurations of the Desktop have at least one hard drive installed in the two additional internal bays, which keeps these two bays free for user expansion. Adding more storage space is something many users will want to do, so these highly accessible bays are a neat addition. Oh, and there’s also a slimline optical drive on the front of the desktop, again hidden behind a flap.

However it should be noted that my system was just one of many options available. Those who purchase an Omen Desktop with an Intel CPU will receive an entirely different motherboard, as will those that opt for a dual-GPU setup. My review unit doesn’t have a second PCIe x16 slot for a second graphics card, though HP offers dual-GPU configurations, so it seems several different motherboards are used. Hopefully some of these come with a few more SATA ports.

It’s also worth pointing out that cable management wasn’t particularly neat. While the general area around the graphics card and CPU is neat, and the liquid cooling tubes are clearly designed for this specific setup, there are a lot of other cables running around the motherboard and all over the place. For those that like excellent internal aesthetics, things like the multi-colored 24-pin power cables and many loose-hanging cables will disappoint. I suspect most users buying a pre-built desktop won’t care though.

SOURCES : https://www.techspot.com/review/1492-hp-omen-desktop/

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