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HP Omen 15 review: Fast, and with a ton of memory

By Koh Wanzi - 12 Dec 2018
Launch SRP: S$3599

Performance benchmarks

Test setup and performance

Here’s a full list of the notebooks we’re looking at:

  • HP Omen 15
  • Razer Blade
  • MSI GS65 Stealth Thin
  • Gigabyte Aero 15X

These laptops all feature the same Intel Core i7-8750H processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q GPU, so there’s little variance in terms of absolute performance. Instead, things like design, portability, and battery life will arguably matter more when drawing comparisons between them.

Test notebooks compared
  HP Omen 15 Razer Blade (2018) MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Gigabyte Aero 15X (2018)
  HP Omen 15 Razer Blade (2018) MSI GS65 Stealth Thin 8RF Gigabyte Aero 15X (2018)
Launch SRP
  • From S$3599
  • From S$3899
  • From S$3799
  • From S$3799
Processor and Chipset
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
  • Intel Core i7-8750H (2.2GHz, 9MB L3 cache)
Operating System
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 10 Home
System Memory
  • 32GB DDR4-2667 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2667 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2667 dual-channel RAM
  • 16GB DDR4-2666 single-channel RAM
Video & Display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS-type display
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Max-Q
  • 15.6-inch 1,920 x 1,080-pixel 144Hz IPS display
Storage
  • Samsung PM961 256GB PCIe M.2 SSD
  • Seagate Mobile 2TB SATA HDD
  • Samsung PM981 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Samsung PM981 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
  • Toshiba XG3 512GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Optical Drive
  • None
  • None
  • None
  • None
Connectivity
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9560
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Intel Wireless-AC 9260
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Killer Wireless-AC 1550i Wireless Network Adapter
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • Intel Wireless-AC 8265
  • Bluetooth 4.2
Audio
  • Built-in Bang & Olufsen stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • Built-in stereo speakers with Dolby Atmos
I/O Ports
  • 1x microphone-in, 1x headphone-out jack
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort
  • 1x RJ-45
  • 1x SD card reader
  • 1x microphone-in, headphone-out jack
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x HDMI 2.0b
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x microphone-in, headphone-out jack
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 3x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x HDMI
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort
  • 2x USB 3.1 (Gen 1) Type-A
  • 1x USB 3.1 (Gen 2) Type-A
  • 1x HDMI 2.0
  • 1x Mini DisplayPort 1.4
  • 1x Thunderbolt 3
  • 1x audio combo jack
  • 1x SD card reader
  • 1x RJ-45
Battery Type
  • 70Wh Li-ion polymer
  • 80Wh Li-ion polymer
  • 82Wh
  • 94.24Wh Li-ion polymer
Dimensions
  • 360 x 263 x 26mm
  • 355 x 235 x 17.3mm
  • 357.7 x 247.7 x 17.9 mm
  • 356.4 x 250 x 18.9mm
Weight
  • 2.4 kg
  • 2.1 kg
  • 1.88kg
  • 2.1kg
Miscellaneous
  • Per-key RGB illumination

We ran the notebooks through the following benchmarks:

  • PCMark 10
  • 3DMark
  • VRMark
  • Ashes of the Singularity
  • Deus Ex: Mankind Divided
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division

 

PCMark 10 Extended

PCMark 10 Extended assesses the performance of systems in a variety of workloads, including basic computing tasks, productivity applications, digital content creation, and gaming. Compared to PCMark 8, it also adds in new test metrics, such as app startup times, which quantifies how long it takes to launch a variety of real-world apps, and a rendering and visualization workload to simulate professional graphics and engineering applications. In addition, existing workloads have been updated to reflect modern usage.

The HP Omen 15 turned out quite a strong performance in PCMark 10, coming ahead in terms of overall scores. It was around 5 per cent faster than the MSI GS65 Stealth Thin, the next best performer. A look at the results breakdown shows the Omen 15 doing especially well in the Essentials benchmark, which comprises workloads such as web browsing, video conferencing, and app start-up. 

 

3DMark

3DMark is a more relevant assessment of gaming performance, and it puts the system through a range of graphics and computational performance tests at different resolutions, starting at 1080p and going all the way up to 4K.

The Omen 15 didn't really stand out in 3DMark, but it did manage to keep up with the other Max-Q notebooks. There was little to differentiate the different notebooks here, which isn't really surprising given their near identical configurations. 

 

VRMark

Futuremark’s VRMark benchmark is designed to assess a PC’s ability to handle high-performance headsets like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift. If a PC passes the Orange Room test, it is ready for the latter two systems. The benchmark also has a target frame rate of 109FPS, and I've included the average FPS each notebook managed to provide a clearer measure of their respective performance. 

The HP Omen 15 did especially well in VRMark, much to my surprise. It was a good 21 per cent quicker in VRMark than the Razer Blade, a pretty significant advantage. It's worth pointing out that the Omen 15 comes outfitted with 32GB of RAM while the other notebooks have just 16GB, so it's possible that the extra memory can help it in more demanding VR applications. 

 

Ashes of the Singularity

Ashes of the Singularity is a demanding real-time strategy game that puts thousands of units on screen, and it’s capable of pushing even the most powerful GPUs. However, it can be CPU-limiting at lower settings.

The HP Omen 15 performed more or less within expectations here, with the exception of the DirectX 11 test run at 1080p and High settings. That's probably the most CPU-limiting scenario out of all four test runs, but it's possible that as in VRMark, the generous 32GB helping of RAM helped it edge ahead. The Omen 15 squeezed out a 13 per cent lead over the Razer Blade at the aforementioned settings, although it wasn't able to replicate that advantage in the other test scenarios.  

 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided

Mankind Divided is one of the most demanding titles to run today, but the HP Omen 15 is quite capable of delivering a playable experience.

Once again, performance was very similar among all the notebooks, and the Omen 15 performed within a few frames of the other laptops.

 

Tom Clancy's The Division

The Division isn’t as demanding to run as Ashes of the Singularity or Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, but its Snowdrop engine can still stress cards with the use of dynamic lighting and the like.

The Razer Blade took the pole position here, although the Omen 15 wasn't that far behind. 

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8.0
  • Design 7.5
  • Features 8.5
  • Performance 8.5
  • Value 8
  • Mobility 6.5
The Good
144Hz G-Sync display
Solid build quality
One of the best speakers on a gaming notebook
Great gaming performance and generous 32GB of RAM
Rich selection of ports and connectors
The Bad
Thick and heavy for a Max-Q laptop
Battery life doesn't measure up to competitors
No Windows Precision Touchpad
No per-key RGB backlighting
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