HP Omen 17 Review: A Value-Priced Mobile Gaming Beast

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HP Omen 17: Storage And Content Creation

We tested the HP Omen 17 as it shipped to ensure we get the same out-of-box experience as your average gamer (save for uninstalling McAfee), with the latest driver updates installed. Many variables can affect performance, so our comparisons should serve as a reference point. Our benchmarking kicks off with storage, CPU, and game tests to get an idea how the Omen 17 performs in everyday tasks and gaming.

ATTO Disk Benchmark
Peak Sequential Storage Throughput

ATTO's disk benchmark gives us an idea of how well the system's SSD performs with sequential read and write operations of differing sizes. This system has a 256GB Samsung PM981 NVMe solid state drive with PCI Express 3.0 support. It's rated to deliver up to 2,800MB/s of sequential read performance and up to 1,100MB/s of sequential write performance.

HP Omen 17 ATTO

In our benchmark run, the SSD's sequential read performance peaked at 2.74GB/s, which is in striking distance of its advertised maximum speed. On the write side of the equation, it peaked at 1.44GB/s, coming in a bit faster than its rated top speed.

Cinebench R15 And R20
3D Rendering On The CPU And GPU

Cinebench tests the CPU and GPU independently and provides a glimpse into the system's throughput. The test is based on Maxon’s Cinema 4D modeling software that’s used in movie production studios.

HP Omen 17 Cinebench R15

The Omen 17 posted a single-core score of 142.18 and a multi-core score of 984 in Cinebench R15, the latter of which is slightly below the Omen X 2S and Alienware m15 R2, all of which are running the same Core i7-9750H processor. That's likely due to the Omen 17 throttling more aggressively than the other two with heavy CPU workloads.

HP Omen 17 Cinebench R20

We see a similar disparity in multi-core performance in Cinebench R20, when comparing against the Alienware m15 R2, though the single-core score notches a victory.

Geekbench 4
Single and multi-core

Geekbench 4 is a cross-platform benchmark that simulates real world processing workloads in image processing and particle physics scenarios. We tested the Omen 17 in Geekbench 4’s single and multi-core test workloads.

HP Omen 17 Geekbench 4

The Geekbench 4 results play out the same way. Single-core performance is strong, but when tapping multiple cores and threads on more taxing workloads, the quick throttle on this laptop dings performance a tad, compared to other laptops with the same processor.


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