HP Announces Omen X Laptop: 17.3” LCD, Core i7 + GeForce GTX with Overclockingby Anton Shilov on August 26, 2017 3:00 PM EST
HP has announced its first Omen X gaming notebook targeting the most demanding segment of the market — customers seeking for maximum performance and not afraid of overclocking. The new systems will feature ultra-high-end mobile components, such as Intel’s unlocked Core i7 mobile CPUs, NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070/1080 GPUs, high-end DIMMs, advanced SSDs, and will be user-upgradeable, just like the existing Omen X desktops. The Omen X laptops will be available later this year in multiple configurations.
Unlike some of its rivals on the market of gaming PCs in general, HP has not addressed the ultra-high-end of the gaming market either with desktops (the company does not offer any HEDT-based machines) or with laptops for quite some time. HP’s Omen gaming notebooks available today are rather powerful and up-to-date, but they don’t offer overclocking and voltage tweaking capabilities to those who want to push their PCs to the limits. With the new Omen X laptop, HP is changing its approach and getting to a new segment of the market, which can hardly boast to be high volume, but promises to be lucrative.
Like many other enthusiast-class systems, the HP Omen X laptop will be all about customization and choice. The PC will feature a 17.3” display and HP will offer to selection of two panels: a 4Kp60 panel and a FHD panel with a 120 Hz refresh rate. Such a choice makes a lot of sense since some may consider 3840×2160 resolution too high for a 17.3” screen, but find a 1920×1080@120 Hz especially suitable for gaming. Both panels are expected to support NVIDIA’s G-Sync adaptive refresh rate technology.
HP does not want to disclose all the specifications of the Omen X just now, but it says that select models will be come with unlocked/overclockable processors, which means Intel’s Core i7-7820HK CPU — the only overclocking-friendly mobile Kaby Lake processor in Intel’s arsenal (at present). The CPU will be paired with DDR4 memory operating at up to 2800 MT/s (i.e., overclocked). As for graphics, HP will use NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 notebook GPUs, which will be overclockable and/or factory-overclocked. HP says that select Omen X configurations will be equipped with a cooling system featuring a vapor chamber and four 3.5-mm heat pipes that transfer heat to four radiators.
As for storage sub-system, HP says that the Omen X laptop will be able to accommodate two SSDs in RAID 0 as well as a 2.5” HDD with 7200 RPM spindle speed for bulk storage, wedding performance and capacity. HP promises that memory and storage upgrades of the Omen X notebook will be easy because all components will be accessible by opening up a single bay.
Connectivity capabilities of the Omen X laptop will be rather rich: it will feature a 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth module (with software that prioritizes packets from gaming applications), an Ethernet port, two Thunderbolt 3 (USB-C) headers, one HDMI 2.0a output, one Mini DisplayPort, three USB 3.0 Type-A connectors, an SD card reader as well as 3.5-mm audio connectors for headphones (supporting DTS Headphone:X enhancements) and a microphone. Speaking of audio, the PC will also feature an audio sub-system co-developed with Bang & Olufsen.
To top things off, the HP Omen X will come with a mechanical RGB LED-backlit keyboard with programmable keys and N-key rollover support. RGB lights will also be present on the backside of the display lid and across the chassis (eight zones in total). All RGB lights will be customozable using the Omen Command Center Software.
|HP Omen X Laptop|
|1080p144 Model||4Kp60 Model|
|Refresh||120 Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync||60 Hz, NVIDIA G-Sync|
|CPU||Core i7-7820K (4C/8T, 8 MB, 2.9/3.9GHz) in select models|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070
|RAM||DDR4-2800 (upgradeable, presumably to 32 GB)|
|Storage||SSD||Up to two SSDs (presumably M.2 with PCIe 3.0 x4 interface) in RAID 0|
|HDD||Up to one 2.5" HDD with 7200 RPM spindle speed|
|Ethernet||1 GbE controller|
|USB||3 × USB 3.0 Type-A
2 × USB 3.1 Type-C (via TB3 connectors)
|Thunderbolt||2 × USB Type-C Thunderbolt 3 connectors|
|Display Outputs||1 × Mini DisplayPort 1.2
1 × HDMI 2.0a
|Keyboard||LED RGB-backlit keyboard|
|Other I/O||Microphone, stereo speakers, audio jacks, webcam|
|Weight||4.9 kilograms/10.8 lbs|
|Price||Starting at $2,299|
The HP Omen X laptop will hit the market sometimes in Q4. An entry-level configuration featuring NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1070 will cost $2,299, but the remaining specs are yet to be confirmed. One of the things that we can be sure about is that HP’s rather massive Omen X will not be easily transportable because of its 4.9 kilograms (10.8 lbs) weight.
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nerd1 - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - link$2299 for 1070? I think clevo laptop with 7700K + 1080 can be bought at around the same price...
jordanclock - Monday, August 28, 2017 - linkI can't find any 7700K+1080 models that are the same price (at best it's another $200). Plus, comparing the 7700K and 7820HK doesn't make a lot of sense considering the latter is a mobile CPU and has half the TDP. That's going to make a bit of a difference in cooling and thus noise.
Also I can't seem to get a solid answer on if the Clevo laptops have 120Hz+ displays.
Penti - Sunday, August 27, 2017 - linkDon't really get why we see these things, and more of them with new branding and all, this is ~6 kg to carry around with the weight of the backpack factored in. They can dial down the gamer aesthetics and deliver GTX 1070-1080 performance in 2.5 kg or lower (or so) laptops nowadays. This doesn't even have a desktop CPU and clearly aren't a workstation replacement either, so why all the weight and size? It's probably still way to laud. In a small stationary machine you can at least upgrade, here the machine is a 4.9 kg paper weight in 2 or 3 years and aren't all that useful for people who needs their gaming to be portable in those few years. Aren't really useful "on the go" or on batteries. When the gaming performance starts to lag behind it's essentially useless.
Well I guess you could have been doing some type of productivity on it too, but that would probably entail 10GbE thunderbolt-adapters or something, which you can't really carry around either.
It's just stupid to try to compete at this market, Omen? B&O? All that means nothing. As a Scandinavian B&O mostly stands for overprice crap that the average Joe thinks are good and looks cool, at least for me. I don't see them as an audio brand at all and doubt any HiFi-enthusiast would buy any of their products. Will probably sound about as terrible as expected too. Plus what do they bring to the table that Clevo/Compal doesn't? It's just a large machine that makes a lot of noise and needs to be connected to power at all times.
HStewart - Monday, August 28, 2017 - linkI big to be different on statement "This doesn't even have a desktop CPU and clearly aren't a workstation replacement either" -- mobile CPU's like this are replacing workstations now - especially when you can carry them home or to office table or a lab.
Now of course this could be used as workstation, but it really aim at mobile gaming, I remember by special carried from desktop to carried to Lan party. In those days - it was a work out even taking two drips.
The big thing with announcement of 4 Core U's - I would expect some quite power cores coming in this line of cpu's. And advantage of these cpu's is lighter weigh and smaller size - but the big issue with power now - is these high end CPU's - they take up much more power than CPU's.
Hope NVidia is learning from Intel has been doing the last couple on years and start focus on lower power - but still powerful CPU/GPU's.
Like or not - this is where the future is going and I surprise desktops are still being made - so old fashion - my last desktop was Dual Xeon 5160 - huge monster - but still run and faster than a lot of machines purchase today.
Penti - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - linkMost workstation notebooks are way more portable (even 17-inch models) than this. For this market a luggable notebook with desktop parts makes more sense, you can't really power it on battery just because it has a mobile CPU and games is one of those workloads where it helps having a faster CPU with higher turbos and base frequency. It has a desktop class GPU either way.
Can you carry a 1.78 – 3.5 kg / 3.93 – 7.7 lbs notebook to and from work? Yeah, but this one is easily 6 kg or more than 13 lbs with it's powerbricks and backpack. There's plenty of power to be had around 2 kg. Of course a sub 2 kg notebook won't be able to cool a GTX 1080, but mobile workstation users won't really need 1080's in most cases either, but rather something that's certified for their cad suite or whatever.
Penti - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - linkMy point was that there is plenty of DTR's around already, why do we need more luggable gaming notebooks when there's plenty around from Clevo, MSI, Asus etc already? It's not something to carry around either way. It's not something you can put in your briefcase or messenger bag either way. You would need a proper backpack for that kind of weight and you wouldn't want to carry it around when commuting.
Jedi2155 - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - linkLook up the Gigabyte Aero 15.
Penti - Wednesday, August 30, 2017 - linkKnow about it, and that's my point there isn't much need to go to this niche where you compete with Clevo, MSI, Asus etc machines with desktop (sometimes at least) CPUs and GTX 1080 GPUs when there is plenty of room for more sensible gaming laptops around the 1.7–2.5 kg mark that probably does fine as a laptop which no around 5 kg / 11 lbs gaming laptop will, those neither has portability or any battery life. You can even get decently portable machine with 1070s.
ejas147 - Monday, August 28, 2017 - linkwaoo mennn with what i have seen from the spec this is an incredible laptops. and it what the price
peevee - Tuesday, August 29, 2017 - linkHuge unnecessary borders around the screen again.