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HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD) Laptop Review

X marks the spot. HP has unleashed a beast in the form of the HP Omen X 17. With a high-refresh rate panel, an overclockable Core i7 CPU, and the most powerful mobile GPU currently on the market, does the Omen X 17 have the "X factor" it needs to stand apart from the crowd, or is it just white noise in a highly competitive performance tier?

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Over the past two years, HP's Omen series has moved from an interesting experiment to a serious contender in the premium gaming laptop market. It's interesting that a company traditionally known for business-centric notebook and desktop computers has been pushing so heavily to capture some market share amongst gamers, but their recent offerings have been good contenders for consumers' wallets. However, in light of the increase of gaming laptop sales, it only makes sense for HP to put a heavier emphasis on this end of the market.

Today, we have the HP Omen X 17. Our model represents the most powerful configuration currently available from HP. Packing an overclockable Intel Core i7-7820HK and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, the Omen X 17 packs a wallop. Our model is also equipped with a Full HD 120 Hz IPS display that should make gameplay buttery smooth considering the internals. As is usual for HP laptops, there are several configurations available; CPU and GPU options include the Core i7-7700HQ and GeForce GTX 1070, respectively. RAM can be upgraded to 32 GB, and storage consists of up to a 2 TB mechanical HDD and a 1 TB PCIe NVMe SSD. Other niceties include a keyboard with mechanical switches in lieu of a standard membrane and RGB lighting options across the device. 

Despite the beast roaring inside this chassis, there's quite a bit of competition for the Omen X 17. Considering the feature set, we'll compare our review unit to the Alienware 17 R4, the MSI GT75VR, the Guru Mars K, the Aorus X9, and the Eurocom Sky X4C. This is only a small sample of devices at this end of the market, so please use our comparison tools to add in devices that catch your interest as well (via the search bar underneath the comparison charts).

As a point of interest, we will also compare some "thin-and-light" gaming laptops equipped with either an Nvidia GTX 1080 or 1070 (or the Max-Q variant of these). It will be interesting to see how the Razer Blade Pro 2017, the Acer Predator Triton 700, and the Asus Zephyrus GX501 measure up to HP's powerhouse despite these competitors having much thinner bodies.

HP Omen X 17-ap0xx (Omen X 17 Series)
Processor
Intel Core i7-7820HK (Intel Core i7), Quad-core, hyperthreading, 45 W TDP
Graphics adapter
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop) - 8192 MB, Core: 1566 MHz, Memory: 1733 MHz, GDDR5X, Nvidia GeForce Game Ready Driver 388.73, NVIDIA Optimus
Memory
16384 MB 
, DDR4-2666 / PC4-21300, 1333.3 MHz
Display
17.3 inch 16:9, 1920 x 1080 pixel 127 PPI, AU Optronics B173HW01, IPS, 120 Hz refresh, glossy: no
Mainboard
Intel CM238
Storage
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, 256 GB 
, 256 GB PCIe NVMe SSD + 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD, 1157 GB free
Soundcard
Intel Skylake PCH-H High Definition Audio Controller
Connections
3 USB 3.0 / 3.1 Gen1, 2 USB 3.1 Gen2, 2 Thunderbolt, 1 HDMI, 1 DisplayPort, 1 Kensington Lock, Audio Connections: Microphone in, Audio out, Card Reader: SD/SDXC/SDHC Card Reader
Networking
Realtek RTL8168/8111 Gigabit-LAN (10/100/1000MBit), Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC (a/b/g/n/ac)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 36.3 x 425 x 327 ( = 1.43 x 16.73 x 12.87 in)
Battery
99 Wh Lithium-Ion, 6-cell
Operating System
Microsoft Windows 10 Home 64 Bit
Camera
Webcam: Full HD
Additional features
Speakers: Bang & Olufsen, 2x 2W, Keyboard: Mechanical switches, beveled, RGB, Keyboard Light: yes, Omen Command Center, HP JumpStart, Windows Defender, 12 Months Warranty
Weight
4.867 kg ( = 171.68 oz / 10.73 pounds), Power Supply: 1.238 kg ( = 43.67 oz / 2.73 pounds)
Price
2270 USD

 

Case

The HP Omen X 17 is a striking hulk wrapped in aluminum. The back of the lid and keyboard deck are entirely metal, but the display bezel and underside are made from plastic. There is an acrylic window on the underside as well, allowing users a quick peek at some of the internals of the device. The chassis is rigid throughout with no visible flex across the keyboard deck or underside panel. The lid can be warped slightly with intentional torsion but cannot be twisted past about 5-6° off-center. This is a solid device that will likely stand up to abuse over its lifetime.

The overall fit and finish is excellent. Gaps across the chassis are tight and even. The body doesn't creak, no matter where or how much pressure is applied. The textured back panel of the display housing gives a nice flair that works with the RGB-backlit logo to make the device pop. People will notice the Omen X 17 when you pull it out. The only downside is that the black semi-gloss finish across the brushed metal surfaces looks nice until its touched. Fingerprints and smudges stick to the body like glue and require effort to remove.

HP uses a "hinge-forward" design for the display lid; there are two curved hinges attached to the front middle of the screen bezel, causing some of the laptop's body to protrude out the back (mostly for ventilation). We've seen this design before in several larger gaming laptops; as such, it shares many of the same benefits. Heat is exhausted out of the back vents far from the keyboard deck, making the chassis cool where users will touch it. However, it does make transporting the Omen X 17 that much more difficult; you'll need a large backpack to accommodate the extra length. These back vents also prevent the lid from opening more than about 110°. The hinge also bobbles while typing normally, which is disappointing.

This durability comes at a (quite literally) heavy cost. The Omen X 17 is more of a portable computer than a laptop, weighing in at a monstrous 4.9 kg (10.8 lbs). It is by far the heaviest machine in our comparison list and one of the heaviest we've reviewed in recent years. At 42.5 x 32.7 x 3.6 cm (16.7 x 12.9 x 1.4 in), the Omen X 17 is designed to be a desktop replacement with portability taking a faraway second place. The Alienware 17 R4 has a slightly bigger footprint but is about a half kilogram lighter. The MSI GT75VR is much thicker than the Omen X 17. This isn't a coffee shop computer; users looking to haul their devices around should look at some of the thin-and-light gaming notebooks, like the Zephyrus GX501 or the Predator Triton 700.

Connectivity

There are plenty of ports that should meet the needs of most users. Across the device are three USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A ports, two USB 3.1 Type-C ports (both of which support Thunderbolt 3), an HDMI 2.0 port, a mini-DisplayPort 1.4, and an Ethernet jack. Unfortunately, port placement leaves a lot to be desired. The sides are almost bare save for a single USB port on each. There are two 3.5 mm jacks on the left (one for audio in, the other for audio out) and an SD Card Reader on the right. The power input is also on the back corner of the right side, which is a rather poor location; the thick power cable gets in the way when using a mouse. The remaining ports are on the back. While this may be fine for some users, others will find these ports difficult and annoying to reach.

Left: Kensington lock, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A, Combo headset, dedicated mic in
Left: Kensington lock, USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A, Combo headset, dedicated mic in
Right: SD Card reader, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A, DC in
Right: SD Card reader, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A, DC in
Back: Ethernet, 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, mini-DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A
Back: Ethernet, 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-C w/ Thunderbolt 3, mini-DP 1.4, HDMI 2.0, USB 3.0 (Gen 1) Type-A

SD Card Reader

Card reader speeds using our Toshiba Exceria Pro SDXC 64 GB UHS-II Reference-Card are about average. While speeds around 75-85 MB/s aren't bad, there are much faster readers at this end of the market. The Aorus X9, Guru Mars K, and Eurocom Sky X4C all surpass 190 MB/s in our JPG Copy test, which is blazing fast. Users that rely on SD cards for file transfers won't find fault with the Omen X 17, but there are better options available.

SDCardreader Transfer Speed
average JPG Copy Test (av. of 3 runs)
Aorus X9
 
199 MB/s ∼100% +172%
Guru Mars K
 
194 MB/s ∼97% +166%
Eurocom Sky X4C
 
193.6 MB/s ∼97% +165%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
 
83 MB/s ∼42% +14%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
 
73.04 MB/s ∼37%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
 
50 MB/s ∼25% -32%
maximum AS SSD Seq Read Test (1GB)
Aorus X9
 
240 MB/s ∼100% +175%
Eurocom Sky X4C
 
206.3 MB/s ∼86% +136%
Guru Mars K
 
205 MB/s ∼85% +135%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
 
88 MB/s ∼37% +1%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
 
87.35 MB/s ∼36%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
 
52 MB/s ∼22% -40%

Communication

Wireless transfer speeds are also about average. The Realtek 8822BE Wireless NIC puts up respectable receive speeds, averaging about 590-600 MBit/s. However, it just can't quite keep up with the Killer Wireless 1535 cards in some competitors; the offerings from MSI, Acer, and Razer were easily able to hit between 650-700 MBit/s when receiving files. Transmit speeds for the Omen X 17 are much better, hovering around 605 MBit/s. These numbers land just below the best. During our review period, download speeds and connections were consistent with no hiccups in transfer rates or dropped signals.

Networking
iperf3 Client (receive) TCP 1 m 4M x10
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
700 MBit/s ∼100% +18%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
682 MBit/s ∼97% +15%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
671 MBit/s ∼96% +13%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
662 MBit/s ∼95% +12%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
606 MBit/s ∼87% +2%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
593 MBit/s ∼85%
Aorus X9
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
396 MBit/s ∼57% -33%
Guru Mars K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
389 MBit/s ∼56% -34%
iperf3 Client (transmit) TCP 1 m 4M x10
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Wireless-AC 9260
611 MBit/s ∼100% +1%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Realtek 8822BE Wireless LAN 802.11ac PCI-E NIC
604 MBit/s ∼99%
Alienware 17 R4
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1435 Wireless Network Adapter
589 MBit/s ∼96% -2%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
558 MBit/s ∼91% -8%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
551 MBit/s ∼90% -9%
Aorus X9
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
536 MBit/s ∼88% -11%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Killer Wireless-n/a/ac 1535 Wireless Network Adapter
528 MBit/s ∼86% -13%
Guru Mars K
Intel Dual Band Wireless-AC 8265
406 MBit/s ∼66% -33%

Software

HP includes some preinstalled apps with the Omen X 17. In addition to typical software packages like casual games, the Pièce De Résistance is the Omen Command Center. Here, users can control the "extras" of the machine, including the RGB lighting modes across the keyboard and lid of the device, the macro keys, and an overclocking utility. The software is very user-friendly and allows for fairly granular control of aspects like network connection prioritization, RGB lighting effects, and more. The overclocking utility (discussed in further detail in the Processor section below) also includes a benchmark to test the stability of an overclock. Note that this option will disappear after a failed overclock attempt that causes a crash, but rebooting Windows brings the option back. Note that the BIOS is standard HP fare; the Omen Command Center is the only way to overclock the CPU. The BIOS does contain a setting for TPM for the security-conscious.

Omen Command Center: Main
Omen Command Center: Main
Omen Command Center: RGB lighting settings
Omen Command Center: RGB lighting settings
Omen Command Center: Macro key setup
Omen Command Center: Macro key setup
Omen Command Center: Network Booster
Omen Command Center: Network Booster
Omen Command Center: Overclocking utility
Omen Command Center: Overclocking utility
 

Maintenance & Warranty

Most gaming notebooks have ready access to the internal components, and the Omen X 17 is no exception. The bottom panel is held in place by 10 Phillips head screws (size #00) and several stubborn plastic clips. After prying these clips loose (we recommend starting near the acrylic panel and working around the chassis), the bottom panel comes off. Inside, users will have access to the two DDR4 SO-DIMM RAM slots, the 2.5-inch SATA drive bay, both M.2 PCIe drive bays, and the large 99 Wh battery. The fans can also easily be cleaned at this stage. Should users feel the need, the heat pipe assembly can be removed in order to access the soldered CPU and GPU for re-applying thermal paste. Curiously, the wireless card seems to be buried on the underside of the motherboard; further disassembly would be required to access this component.

Window on bottom panel
Window on bottom panel
Bottom panel
Bottom panel
Bottom panel removed
Bottom panel removed

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Input Devices

Keyboard

One of the defining features of the HP Omen X 17 is its mechanical RGB keyboard. The beveled keys offer a generous 2.5 mm of key travel which hits a "Goldilocks" zone (good travel that's not too deep). The switches have a tactile bump that, again, offers just the right amount of resistance; it is very obvious when a key press registers, and the key springs right back up. It is miles ahead of the membrane keyboards typically found on notebooks and more natural than the Razer Blade Pro's shallow mechanical keyboard. Typists will have to take time to get used to the beveled key shapes but should quickly get up to and surpass their typical typing speeds. Overall, the keyboard is excellent, rivaling some desktop mechanical keyboards.

The main downside to the keyboard is the noise produced by the switches. The keyboard will feel and sound very similar to one using Cherry MX Brown mechanical switches; the switches offer great feedback with a subtlely tactile bump, but they can be noisy. The noise is hard to describe; it's not similar to the clatter of notebooks like the MacBook Pro. Rather, this keyboard's switches produce a deep, full click. While it's not nearly as annoying as clatter made by shallow plastic keys, it's still noticeable in an office setting.

The Omen X 17 offers 9 preset RGB modes, ranging from the typical (breathing effects, color cycles, etc.) to the unique, such as a setting that lights the keys in an "X," spreading from the epicenter of the pressed key. There's even an audio mode that lights the keyboard in response to audio playing through the notebook's speakers (users can choose for the keyboard to react to either treble or bass registers). The per-key RGB effects are fun to play with and make for a colorful centerpiece. For more serious environments, the primary setting is a static mode that can be configured to display any color the user wishes.

Touchpad

The touchpad (101.6 x 58.7 mm, or 4 x 2.3 in) is average. Windows Precision drivers make tracking accurate, and glide across the plastic surface is fairly smooth. The dedicated mouse buttons below the trackpad are also adequate, offering a good amount of travel but somewhat spongy feedback. The buttons have an almost silent but unsatisfactory click and feel mushy. The touchpad is usable but pales compared to some competitors'. Users will definitely want to use a mouse for gaming, but the touchpad will work for basic navigation in a pinch.

Keyboard
Keyboard
Touchpad
Touchpad

Display

Subpixel Matrix
Subpixel Matrix

The 1920x1080 IPS display is another focal point of the Omen X 17, due primarily to its 120 Hz refresh rate. This feature aside, the AU Optronics panel is one of the better options currently on the market. Response times are a bit slower than most rivals, but the lack of any noticeable PWM is a huge plus. The screen is also reasonably bright at about 330 nits, although the bottom left corner is a bit dimmer than the rest of the panel. This is only noticeable on dark screens and isn't distracting during normal use. Black levels are good, resulting in an average contrast ratio of 980:1. Dark scenes in movies and games look clear and well-defined, but other notebooks (like the Acer Predator Triton 700) are slightly better in this regard.

The 120 Hz refresh rate is the real star of the show. Gameplay and motion across the screen have an almost unreal fluidity to it. The viewing experience is excellent, and games look gorgeous (if frame rates are able to climb into the hundreds). The panel also uses Nvidia's G-Sync for a smoother gameplay experience with minimal screen tearing. Competitive gamers who rely on quick response times to get the edge over their opponents will likely find little fault in this display.

HP also offers a FullHD 144 Hz option and a configuration with a 4K panel. There is a disappointing note to the display panel. While the Omen X 17 is targeted directly at enthusiast gamers, there is no option for display with fast response times (5 ms or lower). MSI, Aorus, and other manufacturers and retailers have several different models that offer quick response times, but this feature is missing from HP's lineup.

348.1
cd/m²
357.5
cd/m²
339.6
cd/m²
310.6
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
297.4
cd/m²
318.4
cd/m²
349.3
cd/m²
327.6
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 357.5 cd/m² Average: 332.4 cd/m² Minimum: 16.04 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 83 %
Center on Battery: 343 cd/m²
Contrast: 980:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 3.35 | 0.4-29.43 Ø6.3, calibrated: 2.5
ΔE Greyscale 2.4 | 0.64-98 Ø6.5
88% sRGB (Argyll 3D) 57% AdobeRGB 1998 (Argyll 3D)
Gamma: 2.35
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
AU Optronics B173HW01, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
Acer Predator Triton 700
AUO B156HAN04.2 (AUO42ED), IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Alienware 17 R4
TN LED, 17.3, 2560x1440
Eurocom Sky X4C
ID: SHP142A, Name: LQ156D1JX01B, IPS, 15.6, 3840x2160
Guru Mars K
LGD046E, IPS, 17.3, 1920x1080
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
CMN N173HHE-G32 (CMN1747), TN LED, 17.3, 1920x1080
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Sharp LQ173D1JW33 (SHP145A), IGZO, 17.3, 3840x2160
Aorus X9
AUO B173QTN01.3 (AUO1396), TN, 17.3, 2560x1440
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
ID: AUO42ED, Name: AU Optronics B156HAN04.2, IPS, 15.6, 1920x1080
Response Times
2%
46%
10%
16%
76%
-30%
65%
18%
Response Time Grey 50% / Grey 80% *
44 (22, 22)
44.8 (21.2, 23.6)
-2%
30 (18.8, 11.2)
32%
33.6 (19.6, 14)
24%
37.6 (18.8, 18.8)
15%
11.6 (6.4, 5.2)
74%
60.8 (28.8, 32)
-38%
21.6 (11.6, 10)
51%
33.2 (18.4, 14.8)
25%
Response Time Black / White *
31.6 (16, 15.6)
29.6 (15.6, 14)
6%
12.8 (10.8, 2)
59%
33.2 (21.2, 12)
-5%
26.4 (14, 12.4)
16%
6.8 (4.8, 2)
78%
38.4 (22, 16.4)
-22%
6.6 (4.6, 2)
79%
28 (15.6, 12.4)
11%
PWM Frequency
1000 (20)
133.3 (95)
25000 (15)
204.9 (20)
Screen
-29%
-33%
-17%
-6%
21%
-18%
-37%
-3%
Brightness middle
343
291
-15%
402.3
17%
324.7
-5%
343
0%
274
-20%
230
-33%
346
1%
307.1
-10%
Brightness
332
277
-17%
372
12%
318
-4%
330
-1%
262
-21%
207
-38%
326
-2%
309
-7%
Brightness Distribution
83
84
1%
86
4%
81
-2%
91
10%
87
5%
83
0%
88
6%
86
4%
Black Level *
0.35
0.22
37%
0.62
-77%
0.26
26%
0.32
9%
0.26
26%
0.2
43%
0.54
-54%
0.35
-0%
Contrast
980
1323
35%
649
-34%
1249
27%
1072
9%
1054
8%
1150
17%
641
-35%
877
-11%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
3.35
5.52
-65%
5.6
-67%
4.67
-39%
3.61
-8%
1.36
59%
5.62
-68%
5.98
-79%
3.4
-1%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 max. *
5.62
10.72
-91%
9.8
-74%
8.16
-45%
8.16
-45%
4.1
27%
10.24
-82%
9.77
-74%
8.2
-46%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 calibrated *
2.5
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
2.4
6.59
-175%
4.7
-96%
5.9
-146%
3.03
-26%
0.64
73%
4.54
-89%
5.47
-128%
1.4
42%
Gamma
2.35 102%
2.44 98%
2.14 112%
2.14 112%
2.41 100%
2.19 110%
2.36 102%
2.21 109%
2.19 110%
CCT
6495 100%
7816 83%
7519 86%
7176 91%
6568 99%
6551 99%
6625 98%
7721 84%
6558 99%
Color Space (Percent of AdobeRGB 1998)
57
58
2%
53.7
-6%
61.1
7%
56
-2%
77
35%
88
54%
55
-4%
55.6
-2%
Color Space (Percent of sRGB)
88
89
1%
82.2
-7%
96.1
9%
85
-3%
100
14%
100
14%
84
-5%
85
-3%
Total Average (Program / Settings)
-14% / -24%
7% / -20%
-4% / -13%
5% / -2%
49% / 30%
-24% / -20%
14% / -20%
8% / 0%

* ... smaller is better

Out of the box, color reproduction is fairly good. The DeltaE2000 score for colors and grays hit 3.4 and 2.4, respectively. This is very good for a gaming notebook; competitors typically hit DeltaE scores between 5 and 6. (As a reference, a DeltaE2000 of 3 or less is generally considered acceptable for professional color work.) With calibration, these numbers improve to 3.3 and 1.7 respectively. Gamma is about average at 2.35 and color temperature is nearly centered at 6495º K (6500º K is considered perfectly balanced). The biggest weakness here is color space coverage; the panel covers 88% of the sRGB color space and only 57% of the AdobeRGB color space. These scores aren't terrible and should be more than adequate for gaming, but professional photographers and videographers may find these limited coverages unacceptable. Considering the Omen X 17 is first and foremost a gaming notebook, the screen is excellent and presents a well-blended medium between cost and features that will satisfy all but the most scrutinous of gamers.

CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN ColorChecker (calibrated)
CalMAN Greyscale
CalMAN Greyscale
CalMAN Greyscale (calibrated)
CalMAN Greyscale (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
Saturation Sweeps (calibrated)
vs. sRGB: 88%
vs. sRGB: 88%
vs. AdobeRGB: 57%
vs. AdobeRGB: 57%

Display Response Times

Display response times show how fast the screen is able to change from one color to the next. Slow response times can lead to afterimages and can cause moving objects to appear blurry (ghosting). Gamers of fast-paced 3D titles should pay special attention to fast response times.
       Response Time Black to White
31.6 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 16 ms rise
↘ 15.6 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.8 (minimum) to 240 (maximum) ms. » 81 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is worse than the average of all tested devices (25.9 ms).
       Response Time 50% Grey to 80% Grey
44 ms ... rise ↗ and fall ↘ combined↗ 22 ms rise
↘ 22 ms fall
The screen shows slow response rates in our tests and will be unsatisfactory for gamers.
In comparison, all tested devices range from 0.9 (minimum) to 636 (maximum) ms. » 64 % of all devices are better.
This means that the measured response time is similar to the average of all tested devices (41.4 ms).

Screen Flickering / PWM (Pulse-Width Modulation)

To dim the screen, some notebooks will simply cycle the backlight on and off in rapid succession - a method called Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) . This cycling frequency should ideally be undetectable to the human eye. If said frequency is too low, users with sensitive eyes may experience strain or headaches or even notice the flickering altogether.
Screen flickering / PWM not detected

In comparison: 54 % of all tested devices do not use PWM to dim the display. If PWM was detected, an average of 8882 (minimum: 43 - maximum: 142900) Hz was measured.

Owing to its IPS panel, viewing angles are good. The screen tends to dim when viewed at extreme angles (greater than 45°), and the color temperature noticeably shifts to a cooler tone, giving everything a blue hue. Otherwise, the viewing experience is typical of a high-quality IPS display. Backlight bleed is minimal, but the top of the display bezel doesn't sit quite flush with the panel. The bleed is only noticeable in completely dark environments and shouldn't detract from normal viewing.

Backlight bleed is not very noticeable
Backlight bleed is not very noticeable
Exposure increased to show backlight
Exposure increased to show backlight

Performance

The HP Omen X 17 is in the upper echelon of gaming notebooks. As such, its hardware represents the best of the best currently available for laptops. While most top-tier gaming notebooks feature the expected Intel Core i7-7700HQ / Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 combo, the Omen X 17 goes a step further by including an option for a Core i7-7820HK. While the 7820HK retains the 45 W TDP of its locked cousin, the fact that it can be overclocked opens the doors for better performance. All-in-all, the Omen X 17 is a serious contender in the gaming market and (on paper) sits underneath very few competitors. However, the main factor limiting performance is thermal output. We'll take a close look at whether or not the Omen X 17 can take full advantage of its powerful (and power-hungry) components.

CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: CPU
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Caches
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Mainboard
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: Memory
CPU-Z: SPD
CPU-Z: SPD
GPU-Z
GPU-Z
HWiNFO64
HWiNFO64
 

Processor

The Intel Core i7-7820HK shares quite a bit in common with the Core i7-7700HQ. Both processors are 45 W, quad-core hyperthreaded Kaby Lake chips designed for power and are commonly found in gaming notebooks or high-end workstation machines. However, the 7820HK has a few features that place it above the 7700HQ. Featuring a slight increase in base clock speed (2.9 GHz vs. the 7700HQ's 2.8 GHz), a slightly higher boost clock (3.9 GHz vs. 3.8 GHz), and a small bump in L3 cache (8 MB vs. 6 MB), the 7820HK is the more powerful of the two. Out of the box, the Omen X 17's CPU performs about 5% better than notebooks equipped with the 7700HQ, which is expected given the 2% bump in boost clock frequency. Single-threaded testing pegs the Omen X 17 toward the bottom of the 7820HK stack by about 5-7%.  Multi-threaded testing shows a similar result; the Omen X 17 beats out only the MSI GT75VR Titan Pro, with the other 7820HK notebooks trumping it by about 9-13%. (Surprisingly, the Core i7-8650U in the Surface Book 2 edges out the 7820HK in Cinebench's single-threaded render test.) These scores are consistent when the device is on battery power.

The 7820HK is an unlocked processor, which means it can be overclocked (provided there is enough thermal headroom for the CPU to remain stable). HP includes its own overclocking tool via the Omen Control Center software suite; this tool consists of CPU multiplier and voltage sliders that can be tweaked and a benchmark that measures the stability of the CPU. The default multiplier is set to 35x. In our testing, we were unable to get a stable overclock at any multiplier between 37x and 40x with voltage set to +0.510V. Performance was shaky in both the Omen Center benchmark and Cinebench with some multipliers giving lower scores and hitting lower clock speeds, and one setting (38x CPU multiplier, +0.505 V) crashed the system and forced a full reboot. Given the high thermal output of the CPU at its base multiplier (more on this in the Stress Test below), we opted not to push the silicon any further.

At its base configuration, the 7820HK is fairly stable. Our Cinebench R15 loop sees most scores consistently hit between 740 and 750 CB with the occasional dip into the upper 730 range.

For more information about the Intel Core i7-7820HK, visit our dedicated CPU page here.

Cinebench R10
Cinebench R10
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R11.5
Cinebench R15
Cinebench R15
Built-in benchmark tool for overclocking.
Built-in benchmark tool for overclocking.
Default settings.
Default settings.
 
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Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64 Bit
Cinebench R15
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
192 Points ∼93% +19%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
181 Points ∼87% +12%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
178 Points ∼86% +10%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
177 Points ∼86% +9%
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
174 Points ∼84% +7%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
171 Points ∼83% +6%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
162 Points ∼78%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
160 Points ∼77% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
158 Points ∼76% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
156 Points ∼75% -4%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
152 Points ∼73% -6%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
150 Points ∼72% -7%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
144 Points ∼70% -11%
Alienware 13 R3 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050 Ti)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
136 Points ∼66% -16%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
1359 Points ∼46% +76%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
988 Points ∼34% +28%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
867 Points ∼29% +13%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
857 Points ∼29% +11%
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
837 Points ∼28% +9%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
771 Points ∼26% 0%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
770 Points ∼26%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
758 Points ∼26% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼25% -5%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
734 Points ∼25% -5%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
673 Points ∼23% -13%
Dell XPS 13 9370 FHD i5
Intel Core i5-8250U
669 Points ∼23% -13%
Alienware 13 R3 (i5-7300HQ, GTX 1050 Ti)
Intel Core i5-7300HQ
512 Points ∼17% -34%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
489 Points ∼17% -36%
Cinebench R11.5
CPU Single 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
2.16 Points ∼92% +17%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
2.02 Points ∼86% +10%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
2.01 Points ∼86% +9%
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.97 Points ∼84% +7%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.84 Points ∼79%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.82 Points ∼78% -1%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.81 Points ∼77% -2%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.81 Points ∼77% -2%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
1.81 Points ∼77% -2%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
1.76 Points ∼75% -4%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
1.69 Points ∼72% -8%
CPU Multi 64Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
14.98 Points ∼63% +77%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.53 Points ∼40% +13%
Guru Mars K
Intel Core i7-7700
9.52 Points ∼40% +12%
Aorus X9
Intel Core i7-7820HK
9.19 Points ∼38% +9%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.47 Points ∼35%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.39 Points ∼35% -1%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
Intel Core i7-7820HK
8.34 Points ∼35% -2%
Acer Predator Triton 700
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.13 Points ∼34% -4%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
8.06 Points ∼34% -5%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
7.24 Points ∼30% -15%
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
5.35 Points ∼22% -37%
Cinebench R10
Rendering Single 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
7243 Points ∼67% +19%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6566 Points ∼61% +8%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
6531 Points ∼60% +8%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
6062 Points ∼56%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
5860 Points ∼54% -3%
Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
38810 Points ∼78% +68%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
26081 Points ∼52% +13%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
23052 Points ∼46%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
22243 Points ∼45% -4%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
21455 Points ∼43% -7%
wPrime 2.0x - 1024m
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
435 s * ∼5% -102%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
215.4 s * ∼3%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
211.05 s * ∼2% +2%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
188.756 s * ∼2% +12%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
179.449 s * ∼2% +17%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
120.923 s * ∼1% +44%
Super Pi Mod 1.5 XS 32M - ---
HP Spectre x360 13t-ae000
Intel Core i7-8550U
601 Seconds * ∼3% -10%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Intel Core i7-7820HK
545.92 Seconds * ∼2%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Intel Core i7-7700HQ
539.478 Seconds * ∼2% +1%
Microsoft Surface Book 2
Intel Core i7-8650U
505.9 Seconds * ∼2% +7%
Alienware 17 R4
Intel Core i7-7820HK
490.548 Seconds * ∼2% +10%
Smart7 Karme GX17E G2
Intel Core i5-8600K
488.9 Seconds * ∼2% +10%
Eurocom Sky X4C
Intel Core i7-8700K
465.128 Seconds * ∼2% +15%

* ... smaller is better

Cinebench R10 Shading 32Bit
11481
Cinebench R10 Rendering Multiple CPUs 32Bit
23052
Cinebench R10 Rendering Single 32Bit
6062
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Multi 64Bit
8.47 Points
Cinebench R11.5 OpenGL 64Bit
75.05 fps
Cinebench R11.5 CPU Single 64Bit
1.84 Points
Cinebench R15 CPU Single 64Bit
162 Points
Cinebench R15 Ref. Match 64Bit
99.6 %
Cinebench R15 OpenGL 64Bit
116.5 fps
Cinebench R15 CPU Multi 64Bit
770 Points
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System Performance

Overall system performance is very quick. The combination of the powerful Core i7-7820HK CPU, the GeForce GTX 1080 GPU, and the snappy Samsung PM961 NVMe SSD makes for a highly responsive experience. PCMark 8 scores are among the best in our database, and real-world use reflects these numbers. Apps open almost instantaneously and move with the fluidity expected of a high-end machine. Users will not be left waiting for the system to respond.

PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Home
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Work
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Creative
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 8 Storage
PCMark 10
PCMark 10
PCMark 8
Work Score Accelerated v2
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
6015 Points ∼92% +10%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5450 Points ∼84%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
5444 Points ∼84% 0%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5358 Points ∼82% -2%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5240 Points ∼80% -4%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
5211 Points ∼80% -4%
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
5181 Points ∼80% -5%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5088 Points ∼78% -7%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
2486 Points ∼38% -54%
Creative Score Accelerated v2
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
9222 Points ∼97% +11%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
8306 Points ∼87%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
8272 Points ∼87% 0%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
7653 Points ∼80% -8%
Home Score Accelerated v2
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
5847 Points ∼96% +12%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
5237 Points ∼86% 0%
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
5225 Points ∼86% 0%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
5221 Points ∼86%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
5160 Points ∼85% -1%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
5064 Points ∼83% -3%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
5020 Points ∼82% -4%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
5009 Points ∼82% -4%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
4531 Points ∼74% -13%
PCMark 8 Home Score Accelerated v2
5221 points
PCMark 8 Creative Score Accelerated v2
8306 points
PCMark 8 Work Score Accelerated v2
5450 points
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Storage Devices

The Samsung PM961 is among the fastest PCIe NVMe drives currently available, and the Omen X 17 is able to take advantage of the fast read and write speeds it offers. Read speeds hover around 2300-2400 MB/s, which are very quick. Write speeds are somewhat disappointing, managing only 1150 MB/s. There are faster notebooks on the market, but they are either configured in RAID 0 or have a larger storage capacity, both of which result in faster read and write speeds for SSDs. The comparatively meager 256 GB drive in our review unit is limited in both speed and capacity compared to a large drive. The Omen X 17 is typically configured with a 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD for mass storage, which offers speeds expected of a mechanical drive (~130-150 MB/s read and write). This drive is attached through a SATA III interface and could be swapped with a 2.5-inch SSD or HDD by the end user if desired.

AS SSD
AS SSD
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (SSD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
CrystalDiskMark 5.2 (HDD)
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Predator Triton 700
2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R4
SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Eurocom Sky X4C
Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Razer Blade Pro 2017
2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
Aorus X9
Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
AS SSD
9%
-41%
33%
24%
-12%
27%
14%
Copy Game MB/s
982.69
573.6
-42%
1054.98
7%
718.5
-27%
Copy Program MB/s
492.06
446.13
-9%
467.16
-5%
383.33
-22%
Copy ISO MB/s
1834.1
1227.03
-33%
1908.08
4%
1794.95
-2%
Score Total
2862
3282
15%
2072
-28%
4615
61%
3392
19%
2715
-5%
3753
31%
3995
40%
Score Write
1029
1243
21%
858
-17%
1703
66%
1289
25%
676
-34%
1478
44%
1293
26%
Score Read
1248
1350
8%
831
-33%
1945
56%
1412
13%
1414
13%
1534
23%
1818
46%
Access Time Write *
0.032
0.041
-28%
0.123
-284%
0.03
6%
0.029
9%
0.036
-13%
0.028
12%
0.032
-0%
Access Time Read *
0.05
0.062
-24%
0.042
16%
0.032
36%
0.041
18%
0.051
-2%
0.039
22%
0.047
6%
4K-64 Write
798.39
913.1
14%
671.01
-16%
1374.74
72%
924.67
16%
512.87
-36%
1175.9
47%
1034.83
30%
4K-64 Read
967.46
1056.86
9%
620.48
-36%
1645.75
70%
1047.94
8%
1116.21
15%
1213.85
25%
1526.85
58%
4K Write
116.23
92.99
-20%
113.36
-2%
129.64
12%
128.75
11%
104.44
-10%
134.28
16%
117.29
1%
4K Read
44.81
41.47
-7%
35.61
-21%
44.83
0%
50.12
12%
37.57
-16%
50.63
13%
50.15
12%
Seq Write
1145.25
2371.95
107%
734.8
-36%
1988.74
74%
2352.3
105%
587.97
-49%
1677.74
46%
1409.1
23%
Seq Read
2352.48
2517.2
7%
1752.03
-26%
2541.23
8%
3136.95
33%
2599.35
10%
2694.9
15%
2412.19
3%

* ... smaller is better

Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
CDM 5/6 Read Seq Q32T1: 3450 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write Seq Q32T1: 1210 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K Q32T1: 535 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K Q32T1: 444 MB/s
CDM 5 Read Seq: 1461 MB/s
CDM 5 Write Seq: 1216 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Read 4K: 46.64 MB/s
CDM 5/6 Write 4K: 148.8 MB/s

GPU Performance

Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1080 needs no introduction. The top-tier card is currently the most powerful non-SLI GPU option for laptops. The card boasts 2560 CUDA cores clocked at 1582 MHz and 8 GB of GDDR5X VRAM. To put it plainly, the GTX 1080 chews through any graphical workload thrown its way. In 3DMark's Fire Strike test, the Omen X 17's graphics score is comparable to our desktop GTX 1080 test bench but sits near below other similarly-specced devices. The MSI GT75VR, Guru Marks K, and Alienware 17 R4 all beat the Omen X 17 by 5-8%. Gamers looking for the penultimate powerhouse notebook should consider the Aorus X9, whose dual GTX 1070s beat out the Omen X 17 by a whopping 61%. 

Compared to the thin-and-light devices in our roundup, the Omen X 17 beats out the Acer Predator Triton 700 (GTX 1080 Max Q) and the Asus Zephyrus GX501VS (GTX 1070 Max-Q) by 12% and 26%, respectively. Keep in mind that these thinner notebooks may produce more heat under similar loads due to their smaller chassis.

As a quick note, the integrated graphics chip is disabled due to the G-Sync display. This can be re-enabled via the BIOS, but this setting disables the GTX 1080. For more information about the Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080, visit our dedicated GPU page here.

Fire Strike
Fire Strike
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Extreme
Fire Strike Ultra
Fire Strike Ultra
Time Spy
Time Spy
Sky Diver
Sky Diver
Cloud Gate
Cloud Gate
3DMark 11
1280x720 Performance Combined
i9-7900X Asus X299 Prime
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7900X
15444 Points ∼88% +54%
Eurocom Sky X4C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K
13928 Points ∼79% +39%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
11623 Points ∼66% +16%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700
10459 Points ∼60% +4%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10349 Points ∼59% +3%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10129 Points ∼58% +1%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
10020 Points ∼57%
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
9929 Points ∼56% -1%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
9878 Points ∼56% -1%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (Nvidia Reference GX501)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9148 Points ∼52% -9%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9075 Points ∼52% -9%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
9065 Points ∼52% -10%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
8738 Points ∼50% -13%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
7573 Points ∼43% -24%
1280x720 Performance GPU
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
41469 Points ∼81% +53%
i9-7900X Asus X299 Prime
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7900X
38335 Points ∼75% +41%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700
29615 Points ∼58% +9%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
29443 Points ∼58% +9%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
29109 Points ∼57% +7%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
27109 Points ∼53%
Eurocom Sky X4C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K
26912 Points ∼53% -1%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
26438 Points ∼52% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
24868 Points ∼49% -8%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
23694 Points ∼46% -13%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (Nvidia Reference GX501)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
21816 Points ∼43% -20%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
20240 Points ∼40% -25%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18205 Points ∼36% -33%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
14958 Points ∼29% -45%
3DMark
1920x1080 Fire Strike Graphics
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
32640 Points ∼80% +61%
i9-7900X Asus X299 Prime
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Ti (Desktop), 7900X
27582 Points ∼68% +36%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
21846 Points ∼54% +8%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700
21778 Points ∼54% +7%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
21366 Points ∼53% +5%
Eurocom Sky X4C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K
20909 Points ∼51% +3%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
20307 Points ∼50%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
20268 Points ∼50% 0%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
18879 Points ∼46% -7%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
18120 Points ∼45% -11%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (Nvidia Reference GX501)
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
17151 Points ∼42% -16%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
16165 Points ∼40% -20%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
14394 Points ∼35% -29%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
11780 Points ∼29% -42%
Razer Blade (2017) UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
10715 Points ∼26% -47%
1280x720 Cloud Gate Standard Graphics
Aorus X9
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK
152370 Points ∼83% +72%
Guru Mars K
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700
134669 Points ∼73% +52%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
132575 Points ∼72% +50%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
130202 Points ∼71% +47%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K
129042 Points ∼70% +46%
Eurocom Sky X4C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K
124077 Points ∼67% +40%
Acer Predator Triton 700
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
115579 Points ∼63% +31%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
107807 Points ∼58% +22%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
107110 Points ∼58% +21%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
95118 Points ∼52% +8%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
88432 Points ∼48%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
82368 Points ∼45% -7%
Razer Blade (2017) UHD
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
48409 Points ∼26% -45%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics
Eurocom Sky X4C
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K
390417 Points ∼53% +109%
Alienware 17 R4
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
349270 Points ∼48% +87%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
244900 Points ∼34% +31%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ
205498 Points ∼28% +10%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ
191265 Points ∼26% +3%
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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK
186545 Points ∼26%
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Gaming Performance

The HP Omen X 17 sits in the upper echelon of gaming notebooks thanks to the power of its internal components. Our review model is able to take full advantage of its 120 Hz display, pushing frame rates past 100 frames per second in most titles. Of particular interest are competitive games like Overwatch; our review unit averaged over 180 fps using Epic settings at a 100% render scale. The game is smooth and conducive to the twitch reactions necessary for top-tier play. Competitive gamers will greatly appreciate the combination of the high-powered GPU and high refresh rate G-Sync monitor. There is also a 4K display option for gamers in search of razor-sharp pixels. The GTX 1080 should be able to handle most titles at UHD, but settings will likely need to be scaled back to medium.

It should be noted that while the Omen X 17 can handle most AAA titles at max settings at FHD, it's not the fastest gaming notebook out there. The Alienware 17 R4 consistently beat it in games that we tested. Long-term stability is also questionable. During an hour-long play session of The Witcher 3 (FHD, Ultra settings), frames per second bounced between 60 and 70 depending on the scene (mostly due to day-to-night shifts). While not terribly noticeable, keen-eyed gamers used to higher refresh rate monitors may notice the drop in performance.

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The Witcher 3 ultra
BioShock Infinite - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset, DX11 (DDOF)
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
181.2 fps ∼68% +20%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
181 fps ∼68% +20%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
162.9 fps ∼61% +8%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
151 fps ∼57%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
131.6 fps ∼50% -13%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
109.6 fps ∼41% -27%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
106.7 fps ∼40% -29%
Razer Blade (2017) UHD
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung PM961 NVMe MZVLW512HMJP
86.71 fps ∼33% -43%
Rise of the Tomb Raider - 1920x1080 Very High Preset AA:FX AF:16x
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
118.3 fps ∼73% +9%
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (Nvidia Reference GX501)
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
114.2 fps ∼71% +5%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
112 (min: 105, max: 124) fps ∼70% +3%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
112 (min: 105) fps ∼70% +3%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
112 fps ∼70% +3%
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
111.7 fps ∼69% +2%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
109 fps ∼68%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
85.9 fps ∼53% -21%
Resident Evil 7 - 1920x1080 Very High / On AA:FXAA+T
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
163 fps ∼53%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
152 fps ∼49% -7%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
142 fps ∼46% -13%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
123 fps ∼40% -25%
Rocket League - 1920x1080 High Quality AA:High FX
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
240 fps ∼96% +3%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
239 fps ∼96% +3%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
233 fps ∼93%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
230 fps ∼92% -1%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
228 fps ∼91% -2%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
219 fps ∼88% -6%
Ark Survival Evolved - 1920x1080 Epic Preset (100 % Resolution Scale)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
53 fps ∼83%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
44.7 fps ∼70%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
39.6 fps ∼62%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
38.6 fps ∼61%
Hitman 2016 - 1920x1080 Ultra / On AA:SM AF:16x
NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q (Nvidia Reference GX501)
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ
105.3 fps ∼100% +39%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
78 (min: 61, max: 96) fps ∼74% +3%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
76 fps ∼72%
Assassin´s Creed Origins - 1920x1080 Ultra High Preset
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
44 fps ∼51%
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
97 (min: 71, max: 110) fps ∼88% +5%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
93.4 fps ∼85% +2%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
93.3 fps ∼85% +1%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
92 fps ∼84%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
90.1 fps ∼82% -2%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
84.4 fps ∼77% -8%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
81.8 fps ∼74% -11%
Battlefield 1 - 1920x1080 Ultra Preset AA:T
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
147 (min: 132, max: 155) fps ∼93%
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
129 fps ∼82%
Overwatch - 1920x1080 Epic (Render Scale 100 %) AA:SM AF:16x
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
196 (min: 164, max: 231) fps ∼65% +5%
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
195.6 fps ∼65% +5%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
188 fps ∼63% +1%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
187 fps ∼62%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
81.3 fps ∼27% -57%
The Witcher 3 - 1920x1080 Ultra Graphics & Postprocessing (HBAO+)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
99.9 fps ∼87% +54%
i9-7900X Asus X299 Prime
GeForce GTX 1080 Ti, 7900X
97 (min: 80, max: 112) fps ∼84% +49%
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
78.1 fps ∼68% +20%
Nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition
GeForce GTX 1080 (Desktop), 4790K, Samsung SSD 840 Pro 256GB MZ7PD256HAFV-0Z000
76.4 (min: 64, max: 85) fps ∼66% +18%
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
75.9 fps ∼66% +17%
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
75.9 fps ∼66% +17%
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
75.3 fps ∼65% +16%
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
65 fps ∼57%
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
64.9 fps ∼56% 0%
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
62.9 fps ∼55% -3%
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
51 fps ∼44% -22%
MSI GS63VR 7RG-005
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
50.2 fps ∼44% -23%
MSI GP72MVR 7RFX Leopard Pro
GeForce GTX 1060 (Laptop), 7700HQ, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 250GB m.2 NVMe
37.8 fps ∼33% -42%
low med. high ultra
BioShock Infinite (2013) 151fps
Company of Heroes 2 (2013) 67fps
Thief (2014) 111fps
The Witcher 3 (2015) 65fps
Fallout 4 (2015) 136fps
Just Cause 3 (2015) 127fps
Rise of the Tomb Raider (2016) 109fps
Hitman 2016 (2016) 76fps
Ashes of the Singularity (2016) 64fps
Overwatch (2016) 187fps
No Man's Sky (2016) 95fps
Deus Ex Mankind Divided (2016) 52fps
Mafia 3 (2016) 66fps
Civilization VI (2016) 83fps
Resident Evil 7 (2017) 163fps
Rocket League (2017) 233fps
Playerunknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) (2017) 92fps
F1 2017 (2017) 108fps

Stress Test

With its overclockable CPU and top-of-the-line GPU, stress testing is of particular interest. Our stress testing somewhat explains the limits we ran into while overclocking the CPU: synthetic stress on the system sees the CPU rise in excess of 90° C. While this is within Intel's rated thermal limits (100° C), these temperatures are still extremely hot. At its default settings, the i7-7820HK managed to boost to 3.9 GHz before falling back to about 3.3 GHz across all cores during our hour-long Prime95 stress test. There is a dip in power consumption during this test as denoted by the Metrahit graph (below under the Power Consumption section); this likely explains the drop in clock speed. Temperatures cap out at 86° C and average 81° C. However, bringing the GPU into the mix by running FurMark sees the CPU climb into the upper 90s. Running FurMark and Prime95 concurrently keeps the CPU at bay; while the 7820HK is able to intermittently hit its full boost of 3.9 GHz, average performance hovers close to its base clock speed.

This heat output could explain why we ran into inconsistent performance during our overclocking attempts; the CPU could have been throttled to keep temperatures at bay when voltage settings were pushed. The GTX 1080 performs admirably under stress, maintaining a respectable 1400-1470 MHz clock while averaging about 70° C.

Running The Witcher 3 for an hour gives us a more realistic picture of what to expect from the system. Both the CPU and GPU do well during this test, holding at 3.6 GHz and 1725 MHz, respectively. Temperatures are also acceptable, hitting 89° C on the CPU and 74° C on the GPU. The processor temperatures are a bit high for extended gameplay, but gamers shouldn't need to worry about throttling or excessive component heat during long play sessions.

Prime95
Prime95
FurMark
FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
Prime95 + FurMark
The Witcher 3
The Witcher 3
CPU Clock (GHz) GPU Clock (MHz) Average CPU Temperature (°C) Average GPU Temperature (°C)
Prime95 Stress 3.3 - 81 -
FurMark Stress 3.6 1407 93 70
Prime95 + FurMark Stress 3.0 1470 94 70
Witcher 3 Stress (if applicable) 3.6 1725 89 74

Emissions

System Noise

Fan noise profile
Fan noise profile

The dual fans move heat out of the Omen X 17's body efficiently at the cost of high noise. When the system is idle, the notebook is fairly quiet; fan noise hums subtly underneath ambient sounds. When gaming, the fans will ramp up aggressively but smoothly. While gaming, users can expect the system to hit about 45-50 dB(A). While this is not atypical of a high-end gaming laptop, the higher pitch of the fans makes them quite noticeable. The noise can grate on the nerves after a time, so headphones are highly encouraged. There is no pre-installed software for controlling the fans. It should be noted that the Omen X 17 is quieter than most of its large-bodied competitors. There is no discernible coil whine present anywhere in the machine.

Noise Level

Idle
31.5 / 31.6 / 31.6 dB(A)
Load
36.8 / 52.1 dB(A)
  red to green bar
 
 
30 dB
silent
40 dB(A)
audible
50 dB(A)
loud
 
min: dark, med: mid, max: light   BK Precision 732A (15 cm distance)   environment noise: 28.3 dB(A)
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
Noise
-6%
-11%
-1%
-13%
-13%
-6%
-19%
7%
off / environment *
28.3
31
-10%
28.2
-0%
28.6
-1%
29
-2%
30
-6%
30
-6%
30
-6%
28.5
-1%
Idle Minimum *
31.5
33
-5%
35.6
-13%
28.6
9%
36
-14%
33
-5%
30
5%
35
-11%
28.5
10%
Idle Average *
31.6
34
-8%
35.6
-13%
28.6
9%
37
-17%
34
-8%
31
2%
37
-17%
28.5
10%
Idle Maximum *
31.6
40
-27%
35.7
-13%
31.1
2%
40
-27%
38
-20%
33
-4%
43
-36%
30.1
5%
Load Average *
36.8
41
-11%
50.2
-36%
42.2
-15%
45
-22%
44
-20%
43
-17%
49
-33%
35.2
4%
Witcher 3 ultra *
48.2
43
11%
50.2
-4%
53.8
-12%
50
-4%
56
-16%
55
-14%
56
-16%
41.7
13%
Load Maximum *
52.1
48
8%
50.2
4%
50
4%
55
-6%
62
-19%
58
-11%
60
-15%
48.8
6%

* ... smaller is better

Temperature

Due to the combination of its larger chassis, its efficient fans, and its aggressive ventilation, the HP Omen X 17 is able to remain surprisingly cool across both the keyboard deck and bottom panel. While most gaming notebooks of this caliber have hot spots that reach past 45° C (e.g., the Alienware 17 R4 and MSI GT75VR), the Omen X 17 never tops 40° C, which is excellent. Of note, the keyboard temperature remains almost unchanged when the system is under load. The palm rests also stay nice and cool while gaming. So long as the vents along the back and sides are left with plenty of breathing room, the chassis will keep its cool without breaking a sweat. Keep in mind that the power supply does get warm at about 45° C.

Heat map (idle, keyboard)
Heat map (idle, keyboard)
Heat map (idle, underside)
Heat map (idle, underside)
Heat map (load, keyboard)
Heat map (load, keyboard)
Heat map (load, underside)
Heat map (load, underside)
Heat map (power supply, The Witcher 3)
Heat map (power supply, The Witcher 3)
Heat map of ventiliation (The Witcher 3)
Heat map of ventiliation (The Witcher 3)
Max. Load
 35.6 °C
96 F
33.6 °C
92 F
26.2 °C
79 F
 
 24 °C
75 F
26 °C
79 F
26.4 °C
80 F
 
 22.4 °C
72 F
21.6 °C
71 F
22.4 °C
72 F
 
Maximum: 35.6 °C = 96 F
Average: 26.5 °C = 80 F
37.8 °C
100 F
32.4 °C
90 F
34.2 °C
94 F
27.2 °C
81 F
39 °C
102 F
23.8 °C
75 F
19.2 °C
67 F
20.4 °C
69 F
19 °C
66 F
Maximum: 39 °C = 102 F
Average: 28.1 °C = 83 F
Power Supply (max.)  45 °C = 113 F | Room Temperature 20 °C = 68 F | Fluke 62 Mini
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP
Acer Predator Triton 700
GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 7700HQ, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0)
Alienware 17 R4
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB
Eurocom Sky X4C
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 8700K, Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe
Guru Mars K
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7700, Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0)
Razer Blade Pro 2017
GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 7820HK, 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0)
Aorus X9
GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 7820HK, Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 7700HQ, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL
Heat
-46%
-28%
-22%
-23%
-36%
-41%
-31%
-22%
Maximum Upper Side *
35.6
61
-71%
49.6
-39%
43.8
-23%
46
-29%
46
-29%
53
-49%
47
-32%
54.4
-53%
Maximum Bottom *
39
69
-77%
56
-44%
49.6
-27%
46
-18%
57
-46%
53
-36%
62
-59%
41.2
-6%
Idle Upper Side *
24.2
29
-20%
29.6
-22%
29.4
-21%
32
-32%
34
-40%
35
-45%
30
-24%
31.2
-29%
Idle Bottom *
27.4
32
-17%
29.2
-7%
31.8
-16%
31
-13%
35
-28%
37
-35%
30
-9%
27.6
-1%

* ... smaller is better

Speakers

Speaker profile
Speaker profile

The Bang & Olufsen branded speakers are sadly mediocre. Volume is limited and comes across as thin and weak. The addition of a subwoofer (like the one used in MSI's GT75VR Titan Pro) would work wonders for the sound profile. As it stands, the overall sound is weak. Users should opt for external speakers or headphones.

dB(A) 0102030405060708090Deep BassMiddle BassHigh BassLower RangeMidsHigher MidsLower HighsMid HighsUpper HighsSuper Highs2035.737.22533.530.93133.831.54032.331.65031.632.86332.530.58029.33010029.530.312527.63416027.441.520026.545.425025.748.531525.851.240024.951.350024.551.763024.760.880025.164.410002463.9125023.760160024.259.9200023.660.4250023.362.3315023.459.9400023.464.6500023.661630023.559.5800023.265.71000023.261.51250023.258.5160002453.2SPL3673.8N2.633.2median 24HP Omen X 17-ap0xxmedian 59.9Delta1.5640.253.133.156.829.258.330.657.727.557.925.559.626.56125.762.323.764.123.167.52273.822.276.720.379.318.681.218.277.517.476.217.279.217.180.417.283.217.486.517.388.817.39017.388.217.288.417.386.817.581.517.277.717.77717.873.417.270.429.797.91.3130.6median 17.4MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Promedian 79.21.85.2hearing rangehide median Pink Noise
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx audio analysis

(-) | not very loud speakers (65.7 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(-) | nearly no bass - on average 18.1% lower than median
(±) | linearity of bass is average (9.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.4% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (6.3% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(+) | balanced highs - only 2.3% away from median
(±) | linearity of highs is average (9.8% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(±) | linearity of overall sound is average (19.3% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 63% of all tested devices in this class were better, 7% similar, 30% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 39% of all tested devices were better, 5% similar, 56% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro audio analysis

(+) | speakers can play relatively loud (98 dB)
Bass 100 - 315 Hz
(±) | reduced bass - on average 8.7% lower than median
(+) | bass is linear (4.9% delta to prev. frequency)
Mids 400 - 2000 Hz
(+) | balanced mids - only 3.6% away from median
(+) | mids are linear (4% delta to prev. frequency)
Highs 2 - 16 kHz
(±) | higher highs - on average 6.1% higher than median
(+) | highs are linear (3.4% delta to prev. frequency)
Overall 100 - 16.000 Hz
(+) | overall sound is linear (9.7% difference to median)
Compared to same class
» 3% of all tested devices in this class were better, 2% similar, 95% worse
» The best had a delta of 6%, average was 17%, worst was 37%
Compared to all devices tested
» 2% of all tested devices were better, 0% similar, 98% worse
» The best had a delta of 3%, average was 21%, worst was 53%

Frequency Comparison (Checkbox selectable!)
Graph 1: Pink Noise 100% Vol.; Graph 2: Audio off

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The Omen X 17 is about as power-hungry as other large form factor gaming notebooks. Interestingly, power draw was rather inconsistent during our load test. While average power draw sits at 199 Watts, this should be taken with a grain of salt; wattage pulled from the wall hit between 150 and 250 Watts without any regular pattern. While gaming, we do see a steadier trend to power use. Average power draw during a gameplay session of The Witcher 3 sits at about 221.7 Watts, which is well below the 330 Watt rating of the included power supply.

Speaking of the power supply, the Omen-branded brick is very large. Its square design makes it almost the size of a small desktop computer (150 x 150 x 38 mm, or 5.9 x 5.9 x 1.5 in) and thicker than the notebook itself. This hampers the portability of the system.

Power consumption (full load)
Power consumption (full load)
Power consumption (The Witcher 3)
Power consumption (The Witcher 3)
Power consumption (Prime95)
Power consumption (Prime95)
There's no getting around it...
There's no getting around it...
...the power supply...
...the power supply...
...is huge.
...is huge.
Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0.09 / 0.95 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 21.6 / 26.4 / 26.6 Watt
Load midlight 95.6 / 199.6 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Metrahit Energy
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung PM961 MZVLW256HEHP, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
Acer Predator Triton 700
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 2x SK Hynix Canvas SC300 512GB M.2 (HFS512G39MND) (RAID 0), IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Alienware 17 R4
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), SK Hynix PC300 NVMe 512 GB, TN LED, 2560x1440, 17.3
Eurocom Sky X4C
8700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Pro 1TB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 3840x2160, 15.6
Guru Mars K
7700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), Samsung SSD 960 Evo 500GB m.2 NVMe, IPS, 1920x1080, 17.3
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL NVMe (RAID 0), TN LED, 1920x1080, 17.3
Razer Blade Pro 2017
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 2x Samsung SSD PM951 MZVLV256HCHP (RAID 0), IGZO, 3840x2160, 17.3
Aorus X9
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), Samsung SM961 MZVKW512HMJP m.2 PCI-e, TN, 2560x1440, 17.3
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, Samsung SM961 MZVPW256HEGL, IPS, 1920x1080, 15.6
Power Consumption
-15%
-34%
-23%
-41%
-48%
-30%
-45%
21%
Idle Minimum *
21.6
28
-30%
37.5
-74%
30.2
-40%
31
-44%
34
-57%
31
-44%
29
-34%
19.1
12%
Idle Average *
26.4
33
-25%
37.6
-42%
34.7
-31%
37
-40%
41
-55%
36
-36%
35
-33%
20.8
21%
Idle Maximum *
26.6
41
-54%
37.6
-41%
37.8
-42%
44
-65%
50
-88%
44
-65%
42
-58%
21.8
18%
Load Average *
95.6
94
2%
122.4
-28%
130.3
-36%
116
-21%
106
-11%
107
-12%
140
-46%
73.7
23%
Load Maximum *
199.6
222
-11%
277.4
-39%
217.7
-9%
312
-56%
320
-60%
258
-29%
334
-67%
173.1
13%
Witcher 3 ultra *
221.7
160
28%
180.3
19%
172.2
22%
259
-17%
257
-16%
212
4%
295
-33%
130.2
41%

* ... smaller is better

Battery Life

The 99 Wh battery does a respectable job of powering the device for normal use. While most large gaming notebooks have similarly large batteries, the Omen X 17's leaves them in the dust. Even without the benefit of Nvidia's Optimus, the Omen X 17 lasted five and a half hours in our WiFi test (Balanced profile, screen set to 150 nits, opening a new webpage every 30-40 seconds). Every competitor in our roundup shut down after 2-3 hours. While the Omen X 17 isn't designed to be a "take anywhere" device, users can still get some work done when an outlet isn't available.

Battery Runtime
Idle (without WLAN, min brightness)
5h 48min
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
5h 33min
Load (maximum brightness)
1h 57min
HP Omen X 17-ap0xx
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Acer Predator Triton 700
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1080 Max-Q, 54 Wh
Alienware 17 R4
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Eurocom Sky X4C
8700K, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 82 Wh
Guru Mars K
7700, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 82 Wh
MSI GT75VR 7RF-012 Titan Pro
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 75 Wh
Razer Blade Pro 2017
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1080 (Laptop), 99 Wh
Aorus X9
7820HK, GeForce GTX 1070 SLI (Laptop), 94.24 Wh
Asus Zephyrus GX501VS
7700HQ, GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q, 50 Wh
Battery Runtime
-51%
-36%
-44%
-26%
-50%
-33%
-50%
-49%
Reader / Idle
348
150
-57%
276
-21%
182
-48%
200
-43%
182
-48%
253
-27%
174
-50%
229
-34%
WiFi v1.3
333
144
-57%
181
-46%
156
-53%
144
-57%
197
-41%
134
-60%
147
-56%
Load
117
70
-40%
69
-41%
81
-31%
107
-9%
65
-44%
81
-31%
71
-39%
49
-58%

Pros

+ excellent keyboard feel thanks to mechanical switches
+ 120 Hz G-Sync display makes for buttery smooth motion and gameplay
+ well-built chassis
+ good maintenance options
+ chassis remains cool while gaming
+ good gaming performance
+ excellent battery life (for a gaming laptop)
+ lots of RGB lighting options
+ screen fairly color accurate out of the box

Cons

- bulky and heavy
- power supply is cumbersome
- fans are high-pitched and annoying
- internal components (especially CPU) run hot while gaming/under stress
- so-so SD card transfer rates
- Overclocking capabilities are limited
- Speakers are thin and anemic
- sub-optimal port layout
- hinges bobble under normal use and only extend to 110 degrees

Verdict

In review: HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD). Review unit courtesy of CUKUSA.com. Use code NBC10 for $10 off
In review: HP Omen X 17 (7820HK, GTX 1080, 120 Hz FHD). Review unit courtesy of CUKUSA.com. Use code NBC10 for $10 off

HP hit the mark with the Omen X 17. The Omen brand has vaulted from near-obscurity to a major gaming contender in a few short years, and the X 17 is the pinnacle of the line so far. There are several things that the Omen X 17 does right, but there are also a few that fall short of the target.

The mechanical keyboard is excellent and one of the better implementations we've seen in a notebook thus far. Key travel and resistance are very well-tuned, and while veteran laptop typists may need some time to acclimate to the beveled key shape, many will find the keyboard to their liking. The RGB lighting modes are fun to play with and add a nice touch to the otherwise colorless chassis. That chassis is solid, rigid, and feels like a premium tank that will stand the test of time. The 99 Wh battery has some serious endurance considering the competition. Whereas most gaming notebooks are lucky to last 2 hours, the 5+ hour runtimes of the Omen X allow for users to get some work done on the road (when necessary). 

The 120 Hz G-Sync display is a major plus. Coupled with the powerful internals, the display allows for silky smooth gameplay. Competitive gamers and enthusiasts alike will find that the 120 Hz refresh rate raises their gaming experience to the next level, so much so that going back to a standard 60 Hz panel may be difficult. The excellent cooling system also keeps the main body of the laptop perfectly comfortable during those long play sessions. 

Unfortunately, the Omen X suffers from the same maladies as other high-end gaming notebooks. The device is massive, and its power supply is almost comically large. This makes the Omen X 17 more of a "desktop replacement" than a laptop; the Omen X 17 is a machine that will likely spend more of its life on a desk than on the road. The overclockable CPU is a nice option, but overclocking is limited by the poor thermal performance of the CPU die when under load. There's little point to spending extra money on an overclockable CPU if it can't be overclocked, but remember that not all CPUs are binned equally. Other users may have more luck.

All said, the HP Omen X 17 is a kind of "Jack of all trades" gaming notebook that checks almost all the boxes at this end of the market. Gaming performance isn't the best in class but should be good enough. Throw in the high refresh rate display, the well-built chassis that remains cool under pressure, and the excellent keyboard, and the Omen X 17 should be considered one of the most complete packages on the market today.

HP Omen X 17-ap0xx - 02/12/2018 v6
Sam Medley

Chassis
88 / 98 → 90%
Keyboard
88%
Pointing Device
78%
Connectivity
64 / 81 → 79%
Weight
39 / 10-66 → 52%
Battery
85%
Display
90%
Games Performance
97%
Application Performance
97%
Temperature
94 / 95 → 99%
Noise
80 / 90 → 89%
Audio
64%
Camera
50 / 85 → 59%
Average
78%
87%
Gaming - Weighted Average

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Sam Medley, 2018-02-16 (Update: 2018-02-24)
Sam Medley
Sam Medley - Review Editor - @samuel_medley
I've been a "tech-head" my entire life. After graduating college with a degree in Mathematics, I worked in finance and banking a few years before taking a job as a Systems Analyst for my local school district. I started working with Notebookcheck in October of 2016 and have enjoyed writing news articles and notebook reviews. My areas of interest include the business side of technology, retro gaming, Linux, and innovative gadgets. When I'm not hunched over an electronic device or writing code for a new database, I'm either outside with my family, playing a decade-old video game, or sitting behind a drum set.