CES 2022 | HP Omen 45L: Pre-built gaming desktop launched globally with high-end Intel, Nvidia, and AMD hardware
Those looking for a graphics card in these tumultuous times will be pleased to know that HP is bringing the new Omen 45L gaming desktop to international markets months after they made their debut in China and Japan. The top-of-the-line pre-built cuts no corners and can be configured with the latest hardware from Nvidia, AMD and Intel. Unlike its sibling, the HP Envy Desktop, the HP Omen 45 has copious amounts of RGB. One can purchase it from HP's official website on January 5, starting at US$1,899 for the base variant.
One can configure the HP Omen 45L gaming PC with an Intel Core i9-12900K or AMD Ryzen 9 5900X processor. Other variants with lower-end processors are also available. On the graphics card side, options max out at an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 or an AMD Radeon RX 6700XT. The disparity in graphics card choices is a tad confusing, and one can't help but wonder why the better-specced Radeon RX 6800XT and RX 6900XT didn't make the cut.
To make matters worse, the best power supply one can get with the pre-built caps out at 800W, which could be a tad problematic with some of the higher-end Alder Lake processors. The HP Omen 45L ships with a 1TB NVMe SSD out of the box, but one can add extra storage via two 3.5-inch and 2.5-inch SATA slots on the motherboard. One variant gets 32GB of 3,733MT/s DDR4 RAM, which can be bumped up to 128GB. At the front, we get a total of four USB Type-A ports (two USB 3/two USB 2) and two 3.5mm audio jacks for a headset/mic. At the rear, there are four USB Type-A ports (identical to the front), two USB Type-C ports, an RJ45 Ethernet jack, and the standard audio fare, along with Bluetooth 5.2 and Wi-Fi 6. Video output is handled by the three DP1.4 and HDMI ports on the graphics card.
It is a premium product, so the HP Omen 45L gaming desktop uses a liquid AIO cooler for its processor. There are three configurable RGB fans at the front connected to a fan controller on the motherboard. A tempered glass side panel lets you flex your internals. The RAM might not be DDR5, but at the very least, it looks pretty thanks to all the RGB. HP claims that one can take off the HP Omen 45L's side panel with the click of a quick-release button.