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

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HP Omen 17: Gaming Benchmarks

With all of our synthetic testing out of the way, this is where the rubber meets the road for gaming laptops—actual games. On paper, the HP Omen is well-equipped for gaming, with a muscular Core i7-9750H processor and stout GeForce RTX 2070. Here's how things shook out...

Middle Earth: Shadow Of War Performance
Glorious Orc-Slaying Vengeance

We’ve recently switched to using Middle Earth: Shadow of War on gaming notebook reviews, so we don’t have too many notebooks to serve as reference points. However, the Lenovo Legion Y740 provides a reference point for GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q performance while the Alienware m15 R2 provides previous generation gaming notebook performance.

HP Omen 17 Shadow of War

We also sprinkled in some desktop GPU averages, just to flesh things out. It's also relevant because the GeForce RTX 2070 inside the Omen 17 is not a Max-Q variant, but a full 2070. This proved beneficial in Shadow of War, with the Omen 17 averaging 121 frames per second. That puts it just a hair behind the Omen X 2S with its GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q GPU.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider
DirectX 12 performance

The finale in the rebooted Tomb Raider trilogy, Shadow of the Tomb Raider is easily the best-looking of the bunch. It's also brimming with Tobii eye-tracking hardware support, which we discussed earlier. To test this game out, we again turned the visuals up to High and tested at the full-HD resolution of 1920x1080.

Tomb Raider

Here again we see the Omen 17 pull ahead of other laptops that are using the Max-Q version of the GeForce RTX 2070. Performance is not quite as strong as a desktop configuration, but it's not far behind, either. At 1920x1080, the Omen 17 averaged 95 fps.

FarCry 5
The Dunia Engine lives on

Far Cry 5 takes the franchise to Montana with lush environments and incredible graphics fidelity. We ran the Omen 17 through the built-in benchmarks with Ultra Quality settings.

HP Omen 17 Far Cry 5

We don't have a ton of systems to compare with, but out of the ones we do, the Omen 17 assumes its expected place on the totem pole—above the Lenovo Legion Y740 15 with a GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q, and below systems with a GeForce RTX 2080 (regular or Max-Q).

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