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April 2, 2022 0 Comments

HP Omen 870-260 detailed review on desktop PC

Earlier this year, HP announced a new range of gaming hardware under its Women sub-brand. The company also showcased accessories – a monitor and HP Women’s desktop. I was there at the event and if you look at my first impressions, you will know that I was a bit skeptical about the high price tag on the Omen desktop. In the months that followed, my thinking about price tags or machines did not change. That being said, price has never been a limiting factor in the gaming world. What PC gamers are interested in is performance statistics and whether it can run our favorite gaming headlines, because at the end of the day, that’s important. To begin with, the specifications look promising, there are still a lot of questions that I think need to be answered.

Specification of our test unit
Processor: Intel i7-7700K
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (3GB)
Storage: 128GB SSD + 2TB HDD
PSU: 420W
Weight: 10.52 kg
Warranty: 3 years

Design and build: Excellent
The first thing that came to my mind when I saw the machine was whether it was a serious gaming machine or another HP workstation with gaming glasses and RGB lights. I mean, the typical red and black gaming lever is missing and there is no angular aspect. It even misses out on an aggressively sharp design. Still, the HP Women desktop looks great in its own small way. It is slightly smaller than a typical mid-tower case and similar in size to the NZXT S340 case. The front panel has a brushed aluminum finish, which boasts embedded RGB inlays. Next to the front panel is a RGB light under a low profile gill-shaped design. All of the I / O ports in the case have a recessed area at the top, which reminds me of the Cooler Master Centurion 690 II case that I used the day before. On the one hand the harmony, it is a good looking central tower.

Moving to the side panel, I think HP should have gone through a clear side window, to make the whole case look even cooler. To keep things in perspective, my three-year-old ‘underpowered’ PC tower looks even more attractive from the side profile. Looking inside HP Women, I’m glad the company didn’t. The reason behind this is that HP is using custom built parts for this desktop, without taking them from various third party vendors. For example, the 3GB variant of the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 packs some serious performance, but is not as good looking as a regular card. You can see it in the picture below.

HP Omen with side panel off

My 3 year old PC

Moreover, HP misses the ongoing trend of making the desktop smaller, or like the console if you want. Compared to the Asus ROG G20CB that I reviewed late last year, it looks rather dull and almost twice as big.

I / O: Good enough

On the front or top, it has two USB 2.0 ports, two USB 3.0 ports, one of which supports fast charging. Then there’s a microphone / headphone jack combo and an SD card slot.

On the back, you have the standard line-in, line-out, two USB 3.0 ports, four USB 2.0 ports, and an Ethernet jack. I would say that a machine so large and powerful should have 4 USB 3.0 ports in addition to a USB 3.1 Type-C port, but going with a pre-configured desktop is always a compromise. However, the entire rear I / O is in the lower half, which reduces the wiring clutter behind the yiur desk.

Performance: 1080p gaming and then good for anything
The HP Women desktop table brings an extremely powerful Intel Core i7-7700K, which in this particular case is water-cooled by an unknown single 120M radiator. This means gamers can overclock their chips out of the box, even without calculating the load and heat dissipation ratio. However, if you do, I urge you to do so with caution. The Z170 motherboard HP used in this machine is a standard MicroATX which is inverted to bring I / O to the bottom and the 420W power supply to the top.

You will get 16GB DDR4 RAM on the machine. I think the motherboard will support up to 64GB RAM. At the heart of this gaming PC is the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU, which looks pedestrian in its stripe out (stock) 3GB version, but hey it performs well. Also, looking at the chassis it looks like you can upgrade to a better GPU below the next line if needed.

I’ve hooked up this whole setup with our Resident 2K display from Asus and the PC has thrown away almost every game easily. While playing in 2K I noticed some demanding games go below 60 fps, but turn the resolution to 1080p and you will smile. Here’s how the HP Omen desktop performed during our gaming session.

This leads to our cooling and like the price I was also a bit skeptical here, because in addition to the main components including CPU, GPU and PSU, which have their own cooling, the rest have been passively cooled. Apparently this is not a problem because the temperature of the storage drive never went above 45 degrees Celsius even after loading. The Intel Core i7 also maintains sub-60 degree temperatures most of the time under heavy gaming. However, the GPU quickly touches 70 degrees and moves under heavy loads up to 100 degrees Celsius. I didn’t see any gaps in the games because of this, but in some games occasional frame drops were noticed.

Extras: keyboard and mouse

Along with the HP Women desktop, HP will also be dropping their stillsiries keyboard and mouse combo, which isn’t bad. The keyboard here is the standard steel series Apex 350 Omen badge and mouse, it is the rival 300. The Rival 300 is one of my favorite rats. Although, instead of a membrane based Apex 350, I personally preferred a mechanical keyboard.

Who will buy it?

With all its advantages and disadvantages, HP Omen makes a case for itself on the performance front. That being said, I still believe that anyone can create a better looking gaming desktop. Yes, you will not get a case with embedded RGB strip and a dedicated SD card slot, but this is what you have to compromise.

The large form factor is also one thing that gives me the pinch, as HP uses a MicroATX motherboard. HP could have shortened the whole case. The plus side is the CPU, GPU, RAM and storage user interchangeable, which is a big plus for PC gamers.

Then you come easy to use. I think it will appeal to a specific group of people who want to invest in a 1080p gaming PC and do not want the hassle of creating one. HP offers a three year warranty on the machine which is appreciated.

Overall, the HP Women desktop is a good alternative to a regular gaming desktop. It’s a little more expensive considering the hardware. You will get adequate performance, an RGB studded case and peace of mind for at least 3 years.

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