HP Omen 45L gaming PC review

HP's Omen PCs are a few of the greatest pre-built gaming PCs out there. HP makes use of dependable, name-brand parts you'd wish to purchase in case you have been constructing your individual PC, so there's no guesswork with regards to what's contained in the field. That reduces a whole lot of the concern that may include letting a giant firm make your gaming PC. 

HP Omen 45L specs

CPU: Core i9 12900Ok
GPU: Nvidia RTX 3090
RAM: HyperX Fury 64GB DDR4-3733
Motherboard: HP Micro ATX
Storage: 2x 2TB WD_Black PCIe four.zero SSD
Entrance I/O: 2x USB 2.zero, 2x USB three.2 Sort-A
Again I/O: 2x USB 2.zero, 2x USB three.2 Sort-A, 2x USB three.2 Sort-C, 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Connectivity: 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, Ethernet
PSU: Cooler Grasp 800W 80 Plus Gold ATX
Case: HP Omen Cryo Chamber case
OS: Home windows 11 Professional
Dimensions: 21.eight x eight x 18.5 inches
Guarantee: 1 12 months
Value: $four,700

The HP Omen 45L is the corporate's latest prebuilt gaming PC chassis, revitalizing its earlier 40L desktop. It's the primary of its type to have a chamber hooked up to the highest of the case that homes a 240mm radiator for the CPU's liquid cooling loop. HP claims the hole between the radiator enclosure and the remainder of the case permits for higher airflow, a cooler CPU, and a spot to carry onto the case if it’s essential transfer your PC. Our colleagues at Tom's Hardware had that part of the case come partially disconnected of their assessment unit, and whereas my unit's chamber had no points, that potential level of failure is a priority given the value of this PC. In my checks, the cooler didn't provide any noteworthy affect in CPU temperatures. It's what you'd count on from a liquid cooler and never a lot else moreover a unique-looking case. Offered it detaching is a uncommon prevalence, the chamber feels extra like a gimmick than one thing that's truly essential to the design of this PC.

It's a configurable system that begins at $1,900. The machine I've bought for assessment right here prices far more than that, rolling in at $four,700 on the official web site. You might have the choice to purchase an Omen 45L constructed round what I’ve right here, a Core i9 12900Ok and an RTX 3090, or a Ryzen 7 5800X and an RTX 3070. Each programs include an 800W Cooler Grasp energy provide. The low-end system begins with 16GB of HyperX 3733MHz DDR4 reminiscence and 512GB PCIe four.zero of SSD storage. You possibly can bump the RAM as much as 64GB and package out the storage with as much as two 2TB WD Black drives or add in a WD Black 1TB 7200 RPM arduous drive to avoid wasting money. In response to HP, it isn't providing DDR5 programs due to the ridiculously excessive costs and common shortage for the time being. I can't argue with that call: the Omen 45L's costs could be unfathomable if HP tried to wrangle DDR5 sticks for the time being.

The Omen 45L's connective tissue for all its elements is HP's personal micro ATX motherboard, which introduces some probably annoying limits that you simply won’t get with one other model's board. The most important problem is the paucity of USB choices. The highest edge carries 4 USB ports (two of that are 2.zero for some cause), and the again panel has two extra USB 2.zero ports alongside 4 USB three.zero (two Sort-A and two Sort-C) ports. For easy setups this received't be a lot of a hassle, however, in case you're somebody like me, and add in a headset, microphone, and webcam along with a keyboard and mouse, issues would possibly begin to get crowded. 

The Omen 45L's packaging is disappointing with regards to defending all of this useful hardware. My assessment unit's field was made out of pretty skinny cardboard and lacked any kind of cushioning foam. A couple of bumps throughout transport may have carried out some severe harm to the case or at the least unseated a RAM stick. For a PC that might price as much as $four,700, I count on higher assurance that it's not going to be dinged up or have one thing come unseated in transit.

As soon as out of the field, you'll see the 45L's distinctive “cryo chamber” case—which HP says it can promote individually at a later date. Behind the entrance glass panel, it has three 140mm RGB followers, which you’ll be able to customise with HP's Omen software program. There's one other glass panel on the left aspect that sits over an RGB gentle strip on the highest, an RGB-equipped CPU cooler, and RGB RAM. It appears like a whole lot of RGB and it’s, however with some software program tweaking I used to be capable of cease the PC from turning right into a disco ball each time I powered it on.

I used to be delighted to search out that it's a totally toolless operation to take away the entrance and aspect case panels through recessed buttons. All the parts and wires are cleanly put in inside, and it has room and spare cable for arduous drive and SSD upgrades must you select to do both sooner or later.

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HP Omen 45L Horizon Zero Dawn benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L 3D Mark Time Spy benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L Hitman 3 (Dubai)  benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L Metro Exodus 4K benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L 3D Mark Port Royal benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L Metro Exodus 4K RTX benchmarks

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The Core i9 12900Ok and RTX 3090 are a strong combo. Gaming efficiency on the Omen 45L is the perfect you’ll be able to fairly get proper now. At 1080p, it pulled in over 200 fps in my Hitman three benchmarks and stored a gradual 109 fps in an RTX-enabled Metro Exodus take a look at. At 1440p, the typical fps in my checks solely dropped 10 to 20 frames. It did all of this whereas sustaining a mean GPU temperature of 64C, though it did trigger the PC's followers to ramp up and get pretty loud. It's not a dealbreaker, however count on some noise when maxing out new video games.

At 4K, which might be what you're taking pictures for in case you're spending this a lot on a PC, the 45L stored a mean 60 fps in all of my checks, which incorporates Hitman three, Metro Exodus, Horizon Zero Daybreak, and F1 2021.

For those who spend the $four,700 on the perfect model of the Omen 45L, you shouldn't have a problem taking part in any new recreation at 1440p. At 4K, you would possibly want to start out decreasing settings, however that's true of any system proper now, particularly if you wish to make full use of a excessive refresh fee show. The tech simply isn't at a spot the place 4K is easy.

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HP Omen 45L Cinebench R20 benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L X264 v5.0.1 benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L Hitman 3 (Dartmoor) benchmarks

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HP Omen 45L Final Fantasy 14 benchmarks

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The Core i9 12900Ok in my assessment unit completely kills in processing energy; it burned by means of all of my checks. Intel's Alder Lake CPUs reignited the competitors in opposition to AMD for a cause, and my outcomes present it. It blasted by means of my Cinebench R20 and X264 rendering checks. For a prebuilt purchaser, this implies the full-priced Omen 45L will deal with issues like streaming and video enhancing simply. That's a boon for individuals who wish to dabble in that stuff or who plan to make use of the Omen 45L as a workstation.

The CPU solely peaked at about 91C throughout my utilization and benchmarks. Typically it sat round 60C to 70C. In my checks, the cryo chamber design didn't have an effect on temperatures in a noteworthy manner, but it surely additionally didn't harm them, so the gimmick is fairly impartial except you hate the way in which the case appears to be like.

The Omen 45L is a powerful alternative if you would like a prebuilt gaming PC that can play something you throw at it, particularly in 4K. Whilst you can stream and edit video on decrease specs, the beefiest model will deal with these duties superbly.

This assessment unit is the perfect you may get, however the choices on HP's web site are nonetheless promising in case you don't want all of that. A rig with 16GB of reminiscence and a RTX 3080 or 3060 is completely high-quality for most individuals, and is one technique to truly get your arms on a GPU in the course of the chip scarcity. Particularly, I'd recommend choosing up the GT22-0450t model of the PC and upgrading the reminiscence to 32GB and including extra storage if wanted. The best way issues are proper now, you'd most likely pay extra by shopping for the parts a la carte.

With the Omen 45L, you get a PC that works out of the field, has virtually no bloatware (ExpressVPN and McAfee are fairly simple to do away with), and performs trendy video games with out flinching. The one-year guarantee could possibly be higher, particularly given the packaging scenario, however you're getting one thing extra dependable than the weirdly-named prebuilts with thriller elements that may be discovered within the depths of Amazon.

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