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HP Omen 17 review: Great gaming performance at a great price

Gordon Mah Ung | Oct. 18, 2016
The updated Omen 17 may not look like much, but it has it where it counts

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3Dmark FireStrike Extreme’s overall score counts the CPU and GPU performance but it’s still mostly a graphics tests.

Tomb Raider Performance

Even though 3DMark is a very reliable test, it’s still synthetic. People want to see performance based on actual game play. I ran the numbers in Tomb Raider set to Ultimate quality level and 1920x1080 resolution.

The results mostly mirror the 3DMark scores: GTX 1080 is on top by a comfortable margin, followed by GTX 1070, GTX 980, GTX 1060 and then GTX 980m and GTX 970m.

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The performance you get from the GTX 1070 in the Omen 17 is just plain impressive.

Rise of the Tomb Raider Performance

Tomb Raider is an elderly game at this point, so I also crunched the numbers in the fairly new Rise of the Tomb Raider. At 1920x1080, the Omen 17 is pushing nearly 95 fps, far more than you need. The bad news? It’s about 10 percent slower than the Asus G752VS OC Edition, which I’d attribute to the higher clock speeds of the GPU in that model. I didn’t happen to have scores for the GTX 980m and GTX 970m available in this test, but you can assume both of them would be slower. 

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is newer than Tomb Raider and you see you need a bigger GPU to run it.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor 4K performance

As the Omen 17 has a 4K display I also wanted to see how it would game at its native resolution. For that I fired up Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor with the 4K textures installed. The performance, again, just trails the Asus G752VS OC Edition a tad. It’s not huge, but it’s still roughly 5 percent slower.

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Rise of the Tomb Raider is newer than Tomb Raider and you see you need a bigger GPU to run it.

Rise of the Tomb Raider 4K performance

I also ran Rise of the Tomb Raider at 4K set to Very High. The result drags the laptops down even further. In fact, I’d recommend trimming some game settings if you really want to play on the Omen 17. At this resolution, you really need at least a GTX 1080 to hit the magical 60 fps. The good news for the Omen 17 is that 4K panel supports G-Sync, which smooths out low frame rates exceptionally well. It’s enough that playing games in the 40 fps range isn’t as atrocious as you might imagine.

 

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