The description «gaming computer» in relation to high-performance laptops has long been used without reservations about which projects are tough for mobile hardware, and which still need a desktop to play at maximum speed. Especially in our time, when a six- or eight-core CPU is no longer a rarity in a laptop, and discrete video adapters have made another leap in performance and energy efficiency thanks to Turing chips from NVIDIA. A screen with a refresh rate of 144 Hz, or even higher, and adaptive sync has also become an integral feature of a portable gaming platform. However, along with the capabilities of gaming laptops, prices are also rising — you have to pay extra for speed and mobility.
There is another «but», besides the cost. Most high-performance laptops with discrete graphics gravitate towards two opposite poles depending on their mass and size: relatively thin and light models in which the CPU and GPU can only work at significantly lower frequencies, or those that used to be called «desknotes» — heavy and thick, with a one-pound power adapter brick, but a decent cooling system and, accordingly, high operating frequencies. In order not to miscalculate with such a responsible purchase, you need to aim at the right point of the triangle between speed, price and dimensions. But you have to take into account a lot of other qualities: is it convenient to use the keyboard, touchpad, and how good is the image on the built-in screen — this is not written in the characteristics of the devices.
Luckily for buyers, they have 3DNews, and this time we’re taking a look at one of HP’s updated OMEN 17 gaming laptop upgrades. And in order to characterize the computer as briefly as possible, suffice it to say that this is one of the most inexpensive models with a six-core Intel processor and a full-fledged GeForce RTX 2080 video adapter on the Russian market (at least that was the statistics at the time of preparing the review). That is, in one of the key parameters for a gaming laptop — price — the HP OMEN 17-cb0006ur is obviously in order, it remains only to find out how things are with everyone else.
⇡#Specifications, scope of delivery, prices
In fact, laptops with an attractive price-to-power ratio have been released under the HP OMEN brand for several years now, but we haven’t had the opportunity to find out too often what’s new with HP on the gaming front. The last time we hosted an HP gaming laptop (also OMEN 17, by the way) was two years ago. Since then, the series has undergone profound changes both in the exterior and design features, and, moreover, in the technical characteristics.
OMEN 17 models released in 2019 are equipped with 9th generation Intel Core processors, ranging from the quad-core i5-9300H to the i9-9880H with eight cores, but most models contain the six-core i7-9750H chip. In turn, HP replaced NVIDIA’s 10-series discrete GPUs with Turing architecture GPUs — from the GeForce GTX 1660 Ti in basic configurations to the RTX 2080 in top ones. The screen with a diagonal of 17.3 inches has a resolution of 1080p with a refresh rate of 60, 144 or 240 Hz, but 4K matrices are also found in older versions of the laptop.
|HP Omen 17-cb0006ur|
|Display||17.3″, 1920×1080, IPS, 144Hz|
|CPU||Intel Core i7-9750H|
|video card||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6|
|RAM||32 GB, DDR4-2666, 2 channels|
|Installing Drives||1 × M.2 (PCI Express x4 3.0), 512 GB; 1 × HDD (7200 rpm, SATA 6 Gb/s), 1 TB|
|Interfaces||1 x USB 3.1 Gen2 Type-C (Thunderbolt 3); 3 × USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-A 2 × mini-jack 3.5 mm; 1 x DisplayPort 1.4a; 1 x HDMI 2.0b; 1 × RJ-45 (1Gbps)|
|Built-in battery||70 Wh|
|External power supply||330 W|
|Notebook weight||3.31 kg|
|Operating system||Windows 10 Home x64|
|Price in Russia||From RUB 182,519|
From all the current OMEN 17 models, we got a balanced build that perfectly matches the gaming orientation of this family and at the same time will allow us to find out how well the OMEN 17 chassis copes with cooling and maintaining high clock speeds when a bunch of hot Intel and NVIDIA chips are running inside. The OMEN 17-cb0006ur is equipped with a six-core Core i7-9750H central processor, which is the direct successor to the popular i7-8750H among gaming PC manufacturers, and from all the options for discrete graphics from NVIDIA (of course, NVIDIA, because AMD has no suitable analogues yet), the manufacturer chose the older model is the GeForce RTX 2080, and a full-fledged one, and not in the Max-Q modification, cut down in clock frequencies in favor of power consumption.
In addition, the OMEN 17-cb0006ur has a generous amount of RAM (two DDR4 modules with a frequency of 2666 MHz, 16 GB each), so this laptop is worth paying attention not only to gamers, but also to video editing and 3D rendering professionals. Not so long ago we compared several mobile PCs in such tasks and were pleasantly surprised by the results of modern machines with powerful discrete GPUs.
The ROM is a combination of a 512 GB Samsung PM981 (MZVLB512HAJQ-000H1) SSD for PCI Express 3.0 x4 bus, which is a complete analogue of the retail model 970 EVO, and a Seagate BarraCuda (ST1000LM049) terabyte hard drive. The Intel Wireless-AC 9560NGW module with support for the IEEE 802.11ac standard and a bandwidth of 1.73 Gbps is responsible for the wireless network. It also provides the Bluetooth 5 interface. There is also a gigabit wired NIC, although other gaming laptops were quick to get rid of this feature. The OMEN 17-cb0006ur display is a 17-inch anti-glare IPS panel with a 144Hz refresh rate and, of course, G-SYNC adaptive sync support.
The only feature where the updated laptop has been forced to take a step back from the previous generation is battery capacity. 70 Wh is a rather modest supply of energy for such a powerful filling, but once in OMEN 17 there was a battery for 82 Wh. But to be honest, from gaming laptops that claim to be a full-fledged replacement for a desktop computer, you should not expect long battery life. The battery in them is more of an integrated UPS, and is needed in order to carry the laptop from place to place, instead of playing somewhere on the go.
That’s something, but the power supply OMEN 17 certainly can not be called small. In order to service such components as in OMEN 17-cb0006ur (and there are more voracious models in this family), a PSU of as much as 330 watts was needed. It weighs no less than 1.15 kg and has the appropriate dimensions. If you add the mass of the machine itself, the gamer-traveler will have to carry a load of almost 4.5 kg.
It is not for nothing that, in addition to this computer, the manufacturer offers to buy a backpack made of waterproof OMENX Transceptor fabric — just the size of a 17-inch laptop and with a headphone compartment. Among other accessories that match the style of OMEN laptops, HP has the OMEN Photon mouse, OMEN Outpost mouse pad, OMEN Sequencer keyboard and OMEN Mindframe headset. Gamers cannot do without a mouse, but whether a laptop needs external acoustics (and, moreover, a keyboard), or whether the built-in one can handle it, we have yet to find out in practice.
But first, let’s close the money issue. The story about OMEN 17-cb0006ur started out as a relatively inexpensive machine for its configuration, but a few days before the review was published, it was the most affordable among all machines based on the Core i7-8750H / 9750H and GeForce RTX 2080 with 17- inch screen, which were found in Russia on market.yandex.ru. With the minimum price of this model at 182,519 rubles, most of its analogues cost at least 200 thousand, while others cost three hundred.
⇡#Appearance and input devices
The exterior of the OMEN 17 in 2019 retained the recognizable features of its predecessors, but there are also important differences that clearly benefit HP’s flagship gaming laptop. The shape of the case still sets the OMEN apart from similar offerings, especially in this comparatively low price range, thanks to the screen being raised above the keyboard when the laptop is open. On the back, the OMEN 17 looks no less spectacular thanks to massive air vents that evoke associations with a sports car. HP’s industrial designers certainly counted on such a comparison, because in the previous iteration of the chassis, the cover was finished in carbon fiber. Only OMEN 17 has already got rid of the “carbon” decorations along with aggressive red accents. These changes are clearly for the better — in appearance, the laptop seemed to have matured.
And at the same time, it has become 480 g lighter and more compact, which is especially noticeable in the size of the side and top frames around the display. The thickness has also decreased from 33 to 27 mm, although there is a nuance: the legs hold the body at an angle, and if you measure the height from the table surface, you will get 32 mm in front and 37 in the back. Let’s not deceive anyone: OMEN 17 is not at all from those laptops that are easy to carry around for hours on end, because despite the fact that the previous generation was noticeably heavier, the new model still pulls 3.31 kg even without an external power supply.
Another reason that encourages using the OMEN 17 primarily in a stationary mode is the design of the cooling system. The coolers exhaust air through holes in the right and rear sides of the chassis, but take it in through a large mesh underneath. As a result, keeping a laptop on your lap is not only uncomfortable — the legs dig into your hips, but also harmful to the cooling of internal components (and, as they say, not only the laptop, but also the user).
All wired interfaces HP placed on the side faces of the case. Most of the connectors are on the left: power, USB (two Type-A and one Type-C), Mini DisplayPort, full HDMI, audio in and out, gigabit wired network. And on the right, only an additional USB Type-A and a card reader. There is no longer an optical drive in the OMEN 17, and rightly so.
We did not find any critical flaws in the quality of materials and assembly of the laptop, but at the same time we must admit that it looks more serious than it feels. The well-known one-handed opening test of the OMEN 17 failed: to raise the screen, you need to hold the base. In addition, the display cover turned out to be quite delicate — in some places it is easy to squeeze or bend it. What to do, it’s plastic, and the screen size of the OMEN 17 is significant. But the work surface around the keyboard and touchpad, even if it is made of metal with a brushed texture, can also be easily squeezed with your fingers. Alas, you have to put up with the lack of rigidity when the device already weighs more than 3 kg, because only an all-metal case of the appropriate mass could solve the problem at the root. In addition, the main detail — the horizontal chassis frame with all its components — is reinforced from the inside and does not lend itself to deformation, and otherwise the OMEN 17 mechanics are quite solid: the panels fit perfectly, nothing creaks.
Under the 17-inch screen, there is enough space to accommodate a full-size keyboard with a number pad, except that the keys had to be pushed together more tightly. To the left of the standard set, there are even six programmable keys that can be “binded” by game macros in the Omen Command Center program (it opens with its own key next to the number pad). The backlight is also configured there, because each key has an RGB LED.
Working with text on the OMEN 17 keyboard is quite easy and pleasant, which can sometimes not be said about laptops that are sold for large sums. And yet it is not ideal for typing large texts. The keys are almost flat, but most importantly, there is no hard base under them, and the tactile response is blurry. But the touchpad was a pleasant surprise, although in a gaming machine it was completely possible to do without it. It’s quite small in size, and after Macbooks and similar computers with buttonless touchpads, it’s hard to go back to separate keys for right and left clicking, but you have to give credit to HP — the surface is smooth, and the driver filter is fine-tuned for cursor tracking and two-finger scrolling.
Before looking inside the laptop, let’s say a few words about the built-in acoustics. Two stereo speakers look down and pass the waves through separate grilles in the bottom of the case. Bang & Olufsen helped work on the HP audio path, and for sure not in vain. According to subjective impressions, the built-in speakers have a pretty good amplitude-frequency response, especially by the standards of an acoustic system with tiny drivers and without a subwoofer. Volume headroom, on the other hand, is comparatively low, but that’s pardonable when you consider that powerful gaming laptops are more sedentary than nomadic.
Oh yes, the OMEN 17 also has a “webcam” with stereo microphone holes on the sides. Compared to last year’s models, HP has upgraded the sensor to 1080p resolution with a refresh rate of 30 Hz, but the demand from the built-in webcam is no more than from acoustics — the picture quality is enough for video calls, and that’s fine.
⇡#Internal arrangement and upgrade options
There are no separate panels on the bottom of the OMEN 17 that would make it easier to access components to be replaced, but we easily removed the entire cover — it only took a few screws to remove with a regular Phillips screwdriver. Then it became clear how HP managed to make the laptop thinner and lighter than last year’s models: the main thing is to throw away the optical drive, which is unnecessary in modern conditions, but, alas, the battery capacity had to be cut from 82 to 70 Wh.
The upgrade options here are very extensive. So, the practice of soldering RAM chips directly on the motherboard, with which ultrabooks infected gaming brothers, has not yet reached systems such as OMEN 17. In the experimental device, two SO-DIMM slots are already occupied by 16 GB strips — games, and most work tasks, will be enough with a margin — but the ability to get laptop RAM up to 64 GB looks tempting in the context of resource-intensive applications.
There are two M.2 slots for NVMe solid-state drives. In the cb0006ur modification, one is already occupied by a Samsung PM981 device (MZVLB512HAJQ-000H1) with a capacity of 512 GB, and in addition to the SSD, there is a Seagate BarraCuda (ST1000LM049) terabyte hard drive — which is typical, with a spindle speed of 7200 rpm instead of five thousandths typical for laptops. The Wireless-AC 9560NGW module took up another M.2 slot, so that it can be changed if necessary (it’s a pity that the third antenna can’t be added to the 2 × 2 configuration).
The creators of the new OMEN 17 approached the cooling of components with all responsibility, because this chassis is designed for six- or even eight-core CPUs and discrete GeForce RTX 2080 graphics. In addition to two copper radiators located opposite the exhaust holes in the back of the case, a third , on the right side, but the main thing is the system of heat sinks. In addition to the CPU, the entire zone of the video adapter is covered with a metal plate on which four thermal tubes converge, and even the cooling of the main voltage regulators is connected to a common circuit. What can I say, SSD has its own heatsink, although simplified. If HP had to save on something to release the most affordable gaming laptop in Russia with a similar configuration, then this is definitely not a cooling system.
An uncompromising hardware configuration with a six-core CPU and discrete GeForce RTX 2080 graphics gave the green light to gaming tests of the laptop with maximum graphics quality settings. Plus, our version of OMEN 17 has a 1080p screen instead of 4K, which even powerful desktop PCs still struggle with.
|Name||API||Graphics quality||Full screen anti-aliasing|
|Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, built-in benchmark||DirectX 11||Mode «Highest»||high|
|Far Cry New Dawn, built-in benchmark||Maximum quality, HD textures included.||TAA|
|GTA V built-in benchmark (last scene)||Max. quality, advanced quality settings — on, image resolution scaling — off, 16 × AF||FXAA + 4 × MSAA|
|Metro Exodus, built-in benchmark||DirectX 12||Ultra Mode||TAA|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider, built-in benchmark||Max. quality, DXR off||SMAAT2X|
|Total War: Three Kingdoms, built-in benchmark||Max. quality||TAA|
The average and minimum frame rates on the charts are taken from the array of individual frame render times, which is recorded by the game’s built-in benchmark (or external utilities FRAPS, OCAT or MSI Afterburner, if not available). The average frame rate is the reciprocal of the average frame time, and the value corresponding to the 99th percentile of the frame time distribution is calculated to estimate the minimum frame rate.
CPU and memory performance was measured using the following software:
- Corona 1.3. Testing rendering speed using the renderer of the same name. Measures the build speed of the standard BTR scene used to measure performance.
- WinRAR 5.40. Archiving a folder of 11 GB with various data in RAR5 format and with the maximum degree of compression.
- Blender 2.80 RC1. Determination of the final rendering speed in one of the popular free packages for creating three-dimensional graphics. The duration of building the final model from Blender Cycles Benchmark rev4 (BMW) is measured.
- x264 FHD Benchmark. Testing the speed of transcoding video to H.264 format.
- x265 HD Benchmark. Testing the speed of transcoding video to H.265 format.
- CINEBENCH R15. Performance measurement of photorealistic 3D rendering in CINEMA 4D animation package, CPU test.
- Fritz 9 Chess Benchmarks. Testing the speed of a popular chess engine.
Display testing performed using the X-Rite i1Display Pro colorimeter and the HCFR app.
Notebook battery life was measured in three modes. The first load option — web surfing — involves alternately opening and closing the tabs of the 3DNews.ru, Computeruniverse.ru and Unsplash.com sites with an interval of 30 seconds. This test uses the Google Chrome browser with the «Block data and cookies from third-party sites» and «Do not allow sites to save data» options enabled. In the second mode, H.265 (HEVC) video is played in the standard Windows 10 player with the repeat function activated. In all three cases, the same display brightness was set to 200 cd / m2.
The following devices took part in performance testing:
|Acer Predator Helios 500 (PH517-61)||17.3″, 1920×1080, IPS||AMD Ryzen 7 2700 8/16 Cores/Threads 3.2GHz 65W||32 GB DDR4-2400 dual channel||AMD Radeon RX Vega 56 8 GB HBM2||HDD, 2 TB, 5400 rpm + SSD, 512 GB, PCI Express x4 3.0||74 Wh|
|Acer Predator Triton 900 PT917-71||17.3″, 3840×2160, IPS||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 (4.1) GHz, 45W||32GB DDR4-2666 Dual Channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB, RAID 0||71.9 Wh|
|ASUS ROG Strix SCAR III (G531GW-AZ124T)||15.6″, 1920×1080, IPS||Intel Core i9-9880H, 8/16 cores/threads, 2.3 (4.8) GHz, 45W||32GB DDR4-2666 Dual Channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB||There is no data|
|ASUS ROG Zephyrus S (GX701GX)||17.3″, 1920×1080, IPS||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 (4.1) GHz, 45W||24GB DDR4-2666 Dual Channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB, PCI Express x4 3.0||76 Wh|
|HP OMEN 17-cb0006ur||17.3″, 1920×1080, IPS||Intel Core i7-9750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.6 (4.5) GHz, 45W||32GB DDR4-2666 Dual Channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 8GB GDDR6||HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm + SSD, 512 GB, PCI Express x4 3.0||70 Wh|
|MSI P65 Creator 9SF||15.6″, 3840×2160, IPS||Intel Core i9-9880H, 8/16 cores/threads, 2.3 (4.8) GHz, 45W||32GB DDR4-2666 Dual Channel||NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 Max-Q 8GB GDDR6||SSD, 1 TB, RAID 0||82 Wh|
|MSI GE73 Raider RGB 8RF||17.3″, 1920×1080 TN||Intel Core i7-8750H, 6/12 cores/threads, 2.2 (4.1) GHz, 45W||32 GB DDR4-2400 dual channel||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8 GB GDDR5||HDD, 1 TB, 7200 rpm + SSD, 256 GB, SATA 6 Gb / s||51 Wh|
⇡#Display and sound
To display the image, the manufacturer equipped the OMEN 17 with a high-quality AUO449D IPS matrix from AU Optronix. At least that’s the screen we found in our copy — HP may well have a backup supplier. Models in the vast OMEN 17 family use 1080p panels with a refresh rate of 60 or 240 Hz and there is even a 4K option, but the cb0006ur specs don’t fluctuate – it’s a 144 Hz screen with a resolution of 1920 × 1080 and G-SYNC adaptive sync technology.
Testing with a colorimeter shed light on the remaining qualities of the panel. We recorded a maximum white point brightness of 299 cd/m2and the brightness of black at the same time is 0.33 cd / m2, which gives a ratio of 1:906. Thus, the OMEN 17-cb0006ur screen is both bright and very contrasty compared to the vast majority of notebook matrices.
But before you use a laptop for demanding work tasks related to color correction, you can not do without additional calibration. The color gamut of the matrix is decent — the sRGB space is covered almost entirely — but the manufacturer sacrificed the tone of the shades for the sake of a large supply of brightness: the image is very cold, with a color temperature above 7500K. The deltaE value (average difference at 10.53 and maximum at 18.17) also indicates that the gray tone curve is deviating from the target setting of 6500K. And the approximate value of the gamma curve of 1.97 does not correspond to the norm of 2.2 — as a result, the contrast in midtones is partially lost on the screen, especially when you play in the dark.
Perhaps the weak sensor calibration is the only serious flaw in the OMEN 17-cb0006ur that we have encountered so far. But fortunately, in any case, professionals cannot do without finalizing the image with a colorimeter, and gamers will only need to adjust it by eye using a function that is in every second game, or a separate program.
The rest of the screen does not cause any complaints. We did not notice flicker associated with backlight modulation even at low brightness, the matte finish is not so rough that a “crystalline effect” appears, and the purple tint at sharp angles, although present, like any IPS panel, is also moderately expressed.
⇡#Temperature, clock speeds and noise level
Mobile six-core processor Intel Core i7-9750H is characterized by very optimistic performance parameters. Let the base frequency of the chip be 2.6 GHz, with a full load of six cores, it is allowed to accelerate up to 4 GHz. But this, as you know, is only a theoretical range within which silicon guarantees stable operation. In practice, a jump to the performance limit is only acceptable for a short period of time, when the CPU can reach power consumption up to 60 W, but after a few seconds it will inevitably return to the safe long-term value of 45 W. The other variables in the equation that governs clock speeds are unique to the laptop chassis: temperature and fan speeds.
So in the case of OMEN 17-cb0006ur, the CPU rushed to 4 GHz under the load of the LinX stress test, and the temperature of the cores reached 95 ° C for a moment, but after a few minutes of operation, the parameters stabilized at 2.4-2.5 GHz and 73°C. In other words, the chip had to completely deactivate Turbo Boost and agree to frequency throttling in the amount of 100-200 MHz. Almost every system with a six-core Intel on board behaves in a similar way, and most importantly, what you need to pay attention to is how loud the cooling system is and whether the chip is overheating. As you can see, the temperature of the OMEN 17-cb0006ur is in perfect order, and the noise level of 41.4 dBA at a distance of 30 cm from the cooler exhaust grille is quite acceptable.
|Laptop Cooling Efficiency and CPU Performance|
|CPU clock speed||Minimum||2.39 GHz|
|CPU Temperature (Core Max)||Medium||73°C|
|Noise level||Maximum||41.4 dBA|
Note that the Omen Command Center program, which we mentioned earlier, makes it possible to switch the computer to the “Performance” mode, and then the stable frequency of the central processor tends to the coveted 4 GHz. But this is real overclocking, because the CPU power consumption in LinX is kept at 60 W, and most importantly, the cooling system starts up at maximum speed and the noise becomes unbearable for continuous operation.
⇡#Performance in demanding applications
We measured the performance in the CPU test section and all subsequent tasks in the «Default» mode, rejecting the «Performance» profile as a clear threat to the user’s ears. Most of the devices we chose to compare against the OMEN 17-cb0006ur are based on sister models of the popular six-core Intel CPU (Core i7-8750H or i7-9750H), so the relative benchmark results are determined by how high the clock speeds of the chassis of a particular laptop are. allows the chip to evolve. In addition, the duration of the benchmark plays a role, since the time window for going beyond the stable TDP is different for different systems.
Based on the totality of test data, OMEN 17-cb0006ur does not stand out from the galaxy of similar devices, and you should expect higher performance only from eight-core processors, and even then only in specific tasks, because they still have cooling requirements and / or power reserve per CPU core. stricter.
At the moment, there are not many laptops equipped with a full version of the GeForce RTX 2080 graphics adapter that the 3DNews test lab has dealt with. Much more often come across laptops with RTX 2060 or RTX 2070, and if the flagship mobile chip is NVIDIA, then the Max-Q version, which runs at reduced clock speeds.
It is all the more pleasant to know that the GPU in the OMEN 17-cb0006ur is clocked at 1550-1600 MHz under the load of the 3DMark Fire Strike stress test, and its temperature does not exceed 80 ° C. Alas, the noise of the cooling system turned out to be significantly higher than in the CPU stress test — up to 45 dBA, which, you see, is already on the verge of comfortable conditions for work and leisure.
As for GPU performance in several demanding games, only in one project — Metro Exodus — OMEN 17-cb0006ur, the average frame rate dropped significantly below the target 60 FPS, although it passed all tests at maximum speeds. However, the minimum FPS margin for laptop graphics, even as powerful as the GeForce RTX 2080, still leaves much to be desired — the spread in frame rendering time is quite significant, and drawdowns below 30 are not ruled out in games with heavy graphics.
|HP OMEN 17-cb0006ur|
|#!MARKER#!1920 × 1080|
|Min. FPS (1%)||Avg. FPS|
|Far Cry New Dawn, built-in benchmark||52||87|
|GTA V built-in benchmark (last scene)||nineteen||74|
|Assassin’s Creed: Odyssey, built-in benchmark||24||58|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider, built-in benchmark||60||90|
|Metro Exodus, built-in benchmark||29||53|
|Total War: Three Kingdoms, built-in benchmark||38||65|
As we have already noted, the main drive on which the OS is installed in this OMEN 17 configuration is Samsung PM981 marked MZVLB512HAJQ-000H1. With a usable capacity of 512 GB, this SSD is a full analogue of the retail model 970 EVO based on a proprietary Phoenix controller and 64-layer TLC 3D V-NAND flash memory stacks. It is made in the M.2 form factor, and the OMEN 17 motherboard provides four PCI Express 3.0 lanes for NVMe operation with the highest possible bandwidth. Alas, in solid state drives, performance is inextricably linked with volume, so the half-terabyte version of the PM981 does not reveal the full potential of a fast communication channel between the CPU and SSD, but its read and write speeds are in any case very, very decent, and mostly games and standard desktop applications dont need.
Test part of the review We’ll end the HP OMEN 17-cb0006ur on a humorous rather than sad note, embodying the battery life of this, and perhaps any of the similar gaming laptops. Even in a relatively frugal mode of web surfing or watching videos, when a separate ASIC inside the GPU is responsible for decoding the HEVC stream, such a machine will not last more than two and a half hours with a reduced screen brightness. Like it or not, both powerful hardware and a large display are not designed for a long separation from the power supply. The fact that OMEN 17 always outputs the image through a discrete GPU does not contribute to mobility, forgetting about the integrated Intel graphics. And in order to regain strength, the laptop battery takes a significant amount of time — about 1 hour 50 minutes to charge from zero to 100%.
|Battery life, 200 cd/m2|
|Web (opening tabs in Google Chrome)||2 h 31 min|
|Video viewing (4K, HEVC)||2 h 21 min|
For a fairly low price compared to similar configurations of gaming laptops, we agreed in advance to forgive a lot of HP OMEN 17-cb0006ur, but it turned out that he did not need concessions. The duet of the six-core Core i7-9750H and full-fledged GeForce RTX 2080 graphics is capable of the ultimate performance that is only possible in games on a mobile platform (eight cores are probably useless for gamers, although there is such a version in the OMEN 17 family). But silicon is only the starting point, the main thing is that the updated HP chassis was able to unleash the potential of top-end Intel and NVIDIA chips thanks to an efficient cooling system. The OMEN 17-cb0006ur did not disappoint in the rest: 32 GB of RAM is enough not only for games, but also for demanding work applications, there is a fast 512 GB SSD, and the built-in IPS display with a refresh rate of 144 Hz is bright and contrasting. A lot of gaming laptops with similar parameters have already passed through the 3DNews laboratory, but in terms of the combination of qualities and cost, the OMEN 17-cb0006ur is difficult to choose an equal opponent.
If with such data one can find some reason for serious criticism, then it applies to all large-caliber mobile computers without exception. So, even though this is far from the largest and heaviest laptop among its kind, it is still tied to the table as dimensions with weight, as well as a modest battery life. Well, the price, although low in comparison with analogues, whatever one may say, bites very much.