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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good Choice for Gamers and Power Users

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    Keyan
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    This PC is hitting a sweet spot for gamers who want a good value and solid performance in most of today’s games at full HD but don’t want to build their own PC or spend hours tweaking settings. If you are into overclocking the CPU and memory to get every ounce of performance out of your PC, you are still better off doing a custom build. If you want a relatively compact PC at a fair price that is very capable for gaming today and has components that can be easily upgraded for the future this PC should be on your list. Open the box, and there is the surprisingly compact case in a plastic bag with handles. Pull it up and out, get the power cord, and you are ready to go. There is also a very basic HP branded optical mouse and keyboard in the box…they are fine, but not gamer grade. First, the case. I REALLY like this case. Clear tempered side panel, clean lines, push button side panel release, and RGB LED lighting that isn’t crazy. Using micro ATX means that this case is smaller than most and it’s classy enough to fit in most homes. Inside, it has a removable air filter, two slide out drive bays for 3.5” drives, and space for a radiator on the top if you want to go liquid cooled some day. There is also a support for full length cards. A couple of notes – there are no 5.25 bays on this thing and no optical drive of any kind. Also, the slide out drive bays are tool-less, to remove a drive you squeeze the tabs, pull out the tray and gently pry the side rails open away from the side of the drive, there are 4 pins that go in where screws would traditionally go to hold a drive in place. The drive bays do have 4 screw holes for mounting a 2.5” drive (such as an SSD), but you will need your own screws for that. One nice touch is that the vacant bay does have both power and SATA cables run to it. Other case notes, it has two USB ports, a headphone/headset jack, a mic input, and the power button inset in a cutout wedge on the top of the case. One of the front USB ports supports higher output power so you can charge a tablet or other fast charge a device on it. The power supply is unremarkable, a 500W bronze efficiency part. A single 80mm rear exhaust fan rounds out the system support mechanicals of the unit. A 1TB 7200 rpm hard drive is included, which is OK for a system in this price range. I have the PC set into an under desk space, and I found that the drive created a very noticeable resonance hum from the drive motor. Combined with the noise from the drive head clunking around, it was overall pretty loud. Keeping with the price point, the part is adequate, but spinners are what they are and many users will want to replace this with an SSD as one of their first upgrades. The motherboard is a micro ATX board with OMEN branding. It has two RAM slots, two M.2 slots (both occupied, one with the NVMe primary drive and one with the wireless card), and an unused header for liquid cooling if that is in your plans. The NVMe on my system is a 256gb Western Digital part, and it is just ridiculously fast. I’m blown away with how fast NVMe is. It is almost like loading things from system RAM, the PC can boot in as little as 5 seconds to the Windows 10 login screen. The RAM slots allow for dual channel if both are occupied. On this model only one is in use with a single 16GB stick. More on that in a minute. The board supports two SATA drives and the cables are provided and run to the drive bays. The south bridge is an Intel H370 part..which means no overclocking of the CPU and RAM. It’s a solid part that doesn’t have to manage a lot since the board is limited in connectivity, but this is not a PC for overclockers. The back panel has one 10gb/s USB A port, one 10gb/s USB C port, 4 5gb USB A ports, one gigabit Ethernet port, and three analog audio ports. Finally, a single PCIe slot is there for the all-important GPU. The CPU is a 9th gen Core i9-9700. It has 8 cores and no hyperthreading. As it is a non-K variant, it has a slightly lower top clock speed and again no overclocking ability, carrying the theme in this box that while it has solid parts that gamers will use, it isn’t designed for the overclocking crowd. Personally, it doesn’t bother me as I am not a benchmark junkie and don’t like to run my system on the edge of stability to get a few more FPS. This part is more than adequate for 99% of users. The system RAM is one area that I wish HP had done better. A single 16GB stick labeled as HyperX Fury is included in the system running at 2666mhz (1333mhz actual). DDR memory sends data on the up and down portions of the clock signaling, so the advertised speeds are always twice the actual clock. 16GB is plenty for almost every user and gamer, unless they are doing extensive ultra quality video editing, CAD modeling, or running several Virtual Machines, so that isn’t the issue…. The RAM has a very high CAS latency at 19. Even though the RAM’s clock is running at 1333mhz, and the faster the clock the less the effective latency is as well, it is still very high and offsets the benefits of the higher clock speed. It is also a unique part number, HP26D4U9D8ME-16X. Since this is just a single stick and a unique part number with an oddly high CL of 19, it’s almost impossible to find another one that matches to enable dual channel memory access. Dual channel allows the CPU to use both RAM sticks as a pair and greatly increases memory bandwidth, which is important to feed that i7 CPU. It is almost like HP is using a lower quality yield of RAM from Kingston’s HyperX line that has to have a higher CL clock to run. I looked all over the HP shop, and even HPs parts store, which states that the RAM is not orderable there, trying to find another stick to no avail. If you want dual channel, you are basically throwing out this part and getting a new RAM pair for the system. I really wish HP had included two 8GB sticks, even of the higher CL RAM, so it was running in dual channel or at least allowed customers to easily buy a second stick. Another note that shows that this is a bit more of an “as is” box – the system BIOS does not allow for XMP to be enabled for the system memory. XMP is a technology that allows the system to clock the memory to a maximum clock the manufacturer has specified as stable. While the H370 chipset on this board supports it, it cannot be enabled here. In fact, the system BIOS is pure vanilla HP, with none of the options enthusiasts enjoy. While not unexpected from a support and warranty perspective, it just reinforces that most of the performance is in the parts and not in tweaking on this box. This will likely cause you frustration though if you buy higher performance RAM – almost all RAM is marketed with the faster XMP numbers and not with the “standard” clock speeds. If you want to replace the system RAM, find the manufacturer specs and look for the “SPD” or JEDEC table to see how fast the memory can run in your system. For example, I did replace the HyperX stick with a dual 8GB set with a CL of 15. While that memory says it can go to 3000mhz, it is capped in here at 2133 as that is the top JEDEC spec for it. On the H370 the maximum XMP speed is 2666mhz, so the lack of XMP support is leaving some performance on the table here. Even at the lower speed, this RAM actually benchmarked faster than the included single stick since the CPU could leverage dual channel and the CL 15 meant that it had a lower effective latency even at the slower clock speed. Finally, we are on to the GPU. This GPU is an HP manufactured GeForce 1660 Ti. It has 6GB of GDDR6, and is remarkably small as a half length card. On the back is a dual-link DVI, DisplayPort, and HDMI port. The 1660 is an interesting card, it is the new Nvidia Turing core without the ray tracing bits, and runs about as well as a GTX 1070. It has some other add ons over the 10X0 cards, like hardware video encoders, that make it a really powerful part for the price. If you are gaming at full HD and looking for high frames per second, this card can do that and it allows this system to really perform above its price point. If you want to push into 4K gaming at 60fps or higher, this card may fall short, but considering how much the GPU alone costs to get to that goal, this system is a good value. Once powered up, the fan noise from the system is low and not annoying at all. When ramped up playing a game the fans become a little more audible, but since most gamers have a headset on it’s not noisy enough to be a problem. There are no whines or weird fan resonance noises, it just sounds like air moving as a white nose. Performance for the system is very good for the price. For most gamers, this will meet their needs with room to grow and the case allows for easy upgradability when the time comes for new hardware. Running several benchmarks show good numbers despite the weakness of the RAM in this system. The new 9th gen Core i7 and the new 1660 Ti really shine here. Fortnite averages about 110fps in the game on Epic settings at 1080p. On a whim, I priced out a similar system if I had built it as a DIY project, and came out to almost exactly the same price with an inferior case that didn’t have LED lighting or wireless, making this system a solid choice that isn’t ridiculously marked up over the consumer price of the components. This is a very capable system at a reasonable price for a gamer or power user who is looking for an off the shelf system that doesn’t require all the work and research for a DIY system. The case is a highlight of the system, along with the NVMe, brand new i7, and the GTX 1660 Ti. HP could have done better for gamers by having a system BIOS that allowed for a few more options, especially XMP support for RAM, and by selecting a better memory configuration for the system. Overall, I recommend the system and plan on using it for quite a while!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great All-around gaming PC for the cost-conscious

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    BADog
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    HP has come out with a new gaming tower, the OMEN Obelisk. There are different levels of hardware available, but this one works well for the money-conscious. The package comes with the PC tower, regular keyboard and mouse, power cord, and some paperwork. The PC comes with a basic HP 1-year warranty. Rather than go over ALL the specs which you can already find on this Bestbuy.com page, I'll try to give more observations of those specs instead. PROS: ----------- * Visually, the tower is simple, stylish, sleek, and gives great access visually to what's going on inside. * HP has created the ability for you to change the color, pattern, and frequency of light inside the chassis and on the OMEN logo on the front of the computer. Nice added feature. * The PC boots up lightning fast with the provided 256GB SSD as expected. And the best-in-class i7 9th-gen 9700F processor is what you want in a gaming PC * USB Superspeed with HP Sleep & Charge port (on the top/front). This is great for charging up wireless headphones when the computer is in sleep mode. Great feature by HP. * HP put a combo headset/mic jack and a single mic jack on the top/front in the event that you have one or the other. You are not forced to use what they choose - they give you the option. * Smooth seamless gaming. I have used for Fortnite and Grid 2 along with a couple of other less-intensive games on the Steam network. There is no lag when playing games even on wi-fi (we have 100Mb/s up/down fiber connection) * This PC comes with an extra HDD expansion slot in the chassis. Thank you HP for including a data cable in this model. (The last OMEN I had did not include an extra data cable so one had to be purchased.) * Easy access to the inside of the chassis. * Includes 16GB DDR4 SDRAM (1 stick). There is one more slot you can use to expand further; however, due to the nature of the SDRAM installed, if you do expand, you may have to buy 2 brand new sticks rather than 1 due to the nature of the existing one. It's complicated, but if the 16GB is working fine, just go with that. * For other tasks other than gaming, the system barely blinks. Windows Update and video authoring may be the only things to get it to work harder. CONS: ----------- * As is with most HP's, the keyboard and mouse are basic at best. Most gamers will have their own keyboard/mouse combo anyway, so HP decided to put the lowest of the low in the box. Probably a cost-effective decision on their part for them. * Lack of USB-C ports. There is only 1 on the back. I would prefer to have at least 1 available on the front somewhere with more and more devices going to USB-C now. * The unit can get a little loud if intense gaming is in progress; however I rarely was able to push it to that limit with the games I was playing. Most of the time, it looks to exert very little effort to make your experience a good one. * No optical drive (DVD/CD) * Minimalistic power button. Usually a power button is easier to find and is a highlight of controls. This one does have easy access though and does not light up. OTHER OBSERVATIONS: ------------------------------------- * For 1080p gameplay, you're good to go. If you get into 4K play @60fps, the Graphics card (GeForce 1660 Ti) may slow you down a little. This being a money-saving gaming tower, 4K doesn't seem to be taken as much into consideration. CONCLUSION: ============== Overall, this gaming desktop gives quite a lot of bang for your buck. It is minimal in its build but does give some expansion options in places. The lack of an optical drive may also be a make or break piece of hardware. At times, you really need one. I'll be using for a while. Looks cool with the see-through chassis and lighting, it's fast, and as long as you have your own keyboard/mouse, this is a great option. Unless you're a serious CPU-intensive gamer, this should work for most people.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Great Performing Desktop That Has a Temper

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    NAMO
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    KEY FEATURES 9th Generation Intel Core i7 Processor (8 Cores / 8 Threads). This is an octa-core processor without hyper-threading, operating at 3.0GHz, 4.7GHz in Turbo mode. nVidia GTX 1660Ti Video Card 16GB Kingston HyperX DDR4 RAM +1 Open Expansion Slot 256GB Western Digital SSD + 1TB Western Digital 3.5” HDD Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wireless Ports: 6 USB 3.1 Ports (Gen 1), Headphone, Mic, and Speaker jacks (3.5mm) Windows 10 Home 64-bit This isn’t an all-encompassing list, just some of the highlights. AESTHETICS This is a good-looking desktop. It is all black with the HP Omen logo angled on the front. The left side has a clear cover, allowing an unobstructed view of the internals. Cable management within the case is tidy, but the PSU is not modular, so there are quite a few extra wires in the bottom. The components are upgradeable, and the case claims to be a tool-less design with components and dimensions that adhere to the micro-ATX form factor standard. The case has an LED strip on the inside and the HP Omen logo on the front is LED backlit. Both are controlled by the HP Omen app and can be changed from several preset colors or can be set to cycle through the colors independently of each other. Note, that these are not individually addressable LED’s, so each individual LED in the light strip can’t be programmed, it is all or none. Furthermore, you don’t have a full selection of available colors to choose from, there are only about 8 different colors. The included mouse and keyboard serve the purpose but are nothing special. The keyboard is quite compact for a desktop model but is comfortable to type on without feeling cramped. I would have loved to have a backlight option, but sadly it isn’t available on this keyboard. The mouse was even more basic. One that I would not want to spend a lot of time with. I replaced it after about 15 minutes of use. It is cheap and hard to click. GENERAL PEFORMANCE Bottom line: This desktop performs extremely well, and it is very quick. The 8 core processor, combined with an SSD, make for a speedy machine. The computer will boot from completely off in about 6 seconds, while most applications open in around 2 seconds. Application access, file saving, file transfers, web browsing are super quick; some of the quickest I have experienced. No applications, even photo and image editing ever seem to fully tax or utilize the system to its full potential. GAMING PERFORMANCE I have spent many hours and played a lot of games on this computer utilizing Microsoft’s new Game Pass Ultimate. To test the CPU and GPU, all games were played at full HD resolution (1920 x 1080) and all video settings set to their highest values. Resource monitors showed system utilization consistently at 100% for the CPU and 60% for the GPU. I had no issues with any game I installed and played. Frame rates remained consistent and game play never got choppy. I never experienced any screen tearing from the GPU failing to keep up or from the CPU bottlenecking the throughput. The nVidia 1660Ti was able to take advantage of my monitor’s G-Sync compatibility and gaming remained smooth and consistent. NEGATIVES Cooling. My major complaint with this machine is the cooling. There are 4 fans in the system in total: Chassis, PSU, GPU, and CPU. Normal, daily computing does not even cause the machine to break a sweat. E-mail, web browsing, watching videos, document creation, etc. aren’t even a challenge for the machine. The computer sits there quietly humming away not making itself known. Games, however, are a different story. Games cause the CPU to spike to 100% utilization, with the GPU ramping up along with it. Shortly thereafter, all the fans are running at 100%. This desktop gets loud. Those fans make a lot of noise when gaming. Most concerning is the CPU. It appears that HP has chosen to utilize a stock Intel cooler. It does not seem adequate for the job at hand. After only a minute or two, CPU temperature breaks 80o Celsius and climbs, never falling back under that threshold until after the gaming sessions. To be fair, Intel claims the maximum thermal limit for this CPU is 100C, which I never did hit, but managed to come close. Dumping all that hot air into the case only cooled by a 92mm exhaust fan heats up EVERYTHING inside. HP includes provisions for an AIO (All In One) liquid cooler and I think it is a must have option for gamers or someone using programs that tax the CPU near its full potential (i.e. video editing / transcoding). Hard Drive. The machine comes with 1 SSD and 1 3.5-inch HDD, both manufactured by Western Digital. The SSD performs flawlessly and is super quick. The old school rotating hard drive is not as good. It is mounted at the front of the chassis, behind the front panel. I’m not sure if it is because there are no rubber isolators between the HDD caddy and the chassis or just the HDD itself, but the HDD is noisy. It sounds like a rodent is in the computer. Saving files to the drive, Windows 10 indexing, when it gets used for a swap file, it squeaks and makes all kinds of unpleasant noises not typical to normal rotating hard drives. Hard drive tests, including the SMART tests, show it is working so far, but not sure if it will last much longer. Accessories. Like I mentioned earlier in the review, the mouse and keyboard leave a lot to be desired. I can live with the keyboard, but wish it had, at the very least, basic backlighting. The mouse was a true no-go for me. It was cheap feeling and extremely hard to click. It was not pleasant to use. Sadly, those items are a letdown and do not fit with an otherwise premium feeling system. But, rest assured HP will sell you custom Omen keyboards and mice with any and all options you could want (at an additional cost). I will fully admit, that this is just a small quibble on my part, as I know most serious users and / or gamers will already have their preferred mouse / keyboard combo. CONCLUSION This is a very nice computer. The 8-core processor is very powerful. The CPU works well with the installed Western Digital SSD and the Kingston HyperX RAM. Start-up times are quick and application loading is impressively fast. Normal day-to-day use proves to be no challenge for the system. However, load up some graphic intensive games, or CPU intensive programs, and things change. CPU core temps quickly ramp up and the fans become obnoxiously loud. It really detracts from an overall good system and an enjoyable experience. I know that 80C is less than the maximum limit Intel sets for the chip, but it is hotter than I like to run a processor. This is especially concerning as all that heat gets dumped inside the case with the other components before being extracted. If you are a gamer or use CPU intensive apps, I would highly recommend liquid cooling (it would really quiet the system down too). If you are not a regular gamer or don’t use a bunch of CPU intensive apps, this would be a great configuration for just about anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awsome 1080P Gaming Performance

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    ITJim
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    The HP Omen Obelisk Gaming Desktop with Intel i7 9700 CPU, 16GB Kingston HyperX 2666MHz memory, and Nvidia 1660 TI 6GB graphics card are a powerful combination. First, I want to satisfy the benchmark crowd. Benchmark Numbers: PCMark10 – 5,829 3D Mark – Time Spy score of 6,191 NovaBench - 2521 SuperPosition – 1080P High – 8577 Game performance: Apex Legends – 1080P, high settings – 100+ FPS The Division 2 – 1080P – High settings FortNite – 100 TO 130 FPS Ultra Detail Settings Mechwarrior Online – 60 to 100 FPS at Very High Settings and TXAA. These are the best benchmarks and performance numbers I have been able to achieve while on a budget. So, how does this translate into a super awesome computer experience? Setup: Setup was super easy. The 1660 TI graphics card has a Display Port, HDMI, and a single DVI connector. The graphics card can easily accommodate two HP Omen, or other, Displays. My primary display is an Omen X 25F 24.5” display connected via Display Port. My secondary is an HP Pavilion 25X 24.5” screen connected via HDMI. I have not seen any issue regardless of content or configuration. Both displays will support 144hz refresh so combining them into a single display should not prove an issue. The system also has five rear facing USB 3 ports, a single USB C port, and two USB 3 ports in a recessed top panel. More than enough ports for a gaming mouse, gaming keyboard, and gaming headset. The system does have an integrated Realtek Audio processor. There are rear facing and front facing Mic and headphone ports. The included Mouse and Keyboard were the typical low end, get you by on a budget, devices. You will want to check out the Omen Keyboard and Mouse if you want to complete your Omen gaming experience. Windows 10 setup is its usual simple, follow the bouncing ball, kind of setup. HP Jumpstart is the first program that pops-up after Windows 10 setup is complete. It will ask if you want to install some popular Windows 10 applications. Then, you will be asked if you want HP to use your information to register McAfee LiveSafe. You will want to download all Microsoft updates and install the latest Nvidia driver before you get to gaming. Experience: This computer is fast! I can go from cold boot to logon screen in about five seconds. Part of this speed is due to the NVMe 256GB SSD. You should expect similar performance with your games and applications if you load them to the C drive. I personally chose to load all my games to the 1TB Toshiba HDD. It is slower but it has all the space I need for all the games I load. The good news is that case has an extra drive bay for a third storage device. The good news is that the bay is toolless. The SATA cable and power cable for the extra drive is already installed. The bad news is that there is no adapter for a solid-state drive. What else would someone put in the additional bay? HP? The case is small, handsome, and very well thought out. The case vents are located on the bottom, top and there are vents located at the front of the glass side window. The top connection pane is recessed into the top of the case so as not to stand out. The lighted Omen logo looks fantastic against the satin black finish. Cable management is good; not great. The power cables from the PSU to the motherboard and Video card are neatly arranged but still make a bit of a mess. I wish HP had decided to go with a power supply shroud like other gaming PC manufacturers. The good news is the backlighting does not extend to the bottom of the case. And, the background and wires are all black. The GEFORCE GTX logo is front and center on the 1660 TI video card. You can also see the OMEN and HyperX logos on the different components. It would have been a nice touch if the NVMe Western Digital also stood out on a black PCB. The case lighting is a bit harsh. There is a single LED RGB light strip running along the top edge of the case. There is no light diffuser to soften the lighting effect. I think HP missed an opportunity by not including a diffuser to soften the lighting effect. I love the window on this case. It is a screwless design. Press one button on the back of the case and the window leans out from the top of the case. Then lift the window free. So easy! I also love the Omen logo silkscreen on the window. Putting the window back is just as easy. I wish other manufacturers would come up with as simple and clean a system. Finally, the system ships with a single stick of 16GB of Kinston HyperX Fury memory. There is an additional open socket for another stick. The most RAM I utilized during testing was 70% of memory. 16GB is enough for all modern games. Gaming: Gaming was fun. I collected FPS as I played through multiple games. Settings for all games were ultra-high. I started with the Division 2. I had to back off on the settings to medium-high. The gaming experience was still top notch with the settings slightly reduced. Apex Legends looked fantastic. Frame rates were high, color and special effects were spectacular, and I did not experience any screen tearing. I had the same experience with Fortnight. All game settings were set to Ultra. Butter smooth performance. Both Apex Legends and The Division 2 are heavily multi-threaded. The Intel i7 9700 has eight cores. I had Task Manager running on my second monitor during game play. All eight CPU cores were pegged at 100% during gameplay. I was not expecting that. I could hear the fans blowing to keep the case cool. The sound was not overwhelming and in line with what I would expect from a system this heavily utilized. The only game that gave me any issues was Mechwarrior Online. I did play the game with all fidelity settings maxed out. The FPS remained ranged bound between 60 to 80 for most maps. The CryEngine3 is bound to the single threaded performance of CPU. The game favors the i7-9700 in this case. For fun, I turned the graphical settings to this game all the way down. I got the same FPS experience. So, it is CPU bound and not GPU bound. Overall, the HP Obelisk made every game I own look effortless and beautiful. Omen Command Center: The Omen Command Center is pre-installed. It detected the computer, my Omen Mindframe headset, and my Omen X 25f monitor. My biggest gripe with the Omen Command Center is that there is so little to command. This is most apparent with the Omen monitor. But, more on that in my monitor review. The Omen Desktop section does show some basic system vitals: GPU Utilization and Temp, CPU Utilization and Temp, Memory Utilization, Download and Upload speeds. There is a lighting sections that allows you to customize the system lighting. Lighting is broken up into two zones: the Omen Logo and the case lighting. You can choose a static color (either basic or custom color), Animation, or turn the lights off. There are currently five animation. Each animation does have its own set of tweaks allowing you to flavor to your personal taste. There is also an option here for Network booster. There is little information on this feature other than what is on the Omen Command Center screen. The Unit does have a Wireless adapter. I could connect it wirelessly to my router. This tool appears to work with the integrated network adapter (hard wired connection) and the wireless adapter. Priority traffic will flow along hardwired adapter and lesser priority traffic will flow along the WIFI. I was not able to enable this feature to test. There needs to be more help screens or a better description of this feature before I feel comfortable poking around. There is the ability to set network priority per application. Not sure I want to mess with that. Final impressions: The case is sharp looking. I love the side glass panel and how easy it is to remove and reattach. There are plenty of cooling vents to allow adequate airflow. Expandability is limited to an additional memory module, a third hard drive, and a larger video card. The system is a monster with 1080P gaming. Handsome addition to my gaming space. I encourage you to check this system out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Solid HW with poor Cooling

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    OmieOne
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    Solid HW with poor Cooling TDLR: HP Omen has very solid HW that makes a great PC for gaming with the ability to tinker with it in a solid looking case, hampered however by poor airflow. SPECS Solid Intel 9700 that will give you 8 full CPU cores that provide solid performance for any game you want to throw at the CPU. The Nvidia 1660 TI 6GB card is a solid gaming card at 1080p with just about everything turned on or 1440p with some adjustments to keep the framerate at 60fps+. It does have 16GB of RAM and HP clearly sates it is one stick. Depending on the workload you want use the PC for a single stick of RAM can have a slight to noticeable performance impact. It depends on how Memory intensive the application is. However this difference is really only noticeable if you had two sticks and then took one out, if you are starting with this PC no worries, but I highly recommend you plan on getting a second stick for the extra performance. The boot drive is an NVME so you will get plenty of speed on bootup and Windows will be snappy no doubt. They have a 1TB standard HDD to store your games. They also added a Wireless Bluetooth card as well as a decent amount of USB and other ports for connecting peripherals. The Power Supply is 500W 80+ standard looking ATX. The Case The Case allows for simple upgrades to add or swap parts, and it was nice to see HP providing a case designed for easy user upgrade. It is a Nice looking case with tempered glass. The down side is HP doesn’t believe in a thing called airflow. To make this look clean they have the front panel blocked with your HDD, and the exhaust fan isn’t even 120MM for airflow. No additional intake, so as you use your PC it will get hot, and while Intel CPU’s can get to 90C before really wanting to throttle, Nvidia GPU’s tend to slow down, per Gamers Nexus, for every extra 5C in the case. So keeping a case cool with airflow improves your performance. The design of the case as well doesn’t leave many options to add fans. Though they did include a Water cooling AIO Header so you can improve your CPU Cooling. Ideally I’d like more intake. Honestly as nice as the case look I may just find something like a Fractal Meshify or some other airflow case and move the parts to get the max out of them. Use Note, I don’t know what HP installed by default since I wiped the drive and loaded Windows 10 1903 that was just released, so I can’t say if they pre-installed anything like McAfee which makes the PC perform sub optimally. Installing Windows though was fast on the NVME drive and once I got Steam/GOG installed and a few games moved over I was happy with the performance, though after a longer session I noticed my GPU max boost clock dropping and I was losing frames. To deal with it in the interim I removed the side panel and pointed a fan at it (I know dust) and that allowed the gaming to continue at the higher clocks I saw when I first started my game. Overall, I love the HW it has great potential and a decent upgrade path, but the lack of airflow limits this hardware from reaching true battle station and lives in the middle of the road. The parts are good with a nice forward upgrade path and if you are daring swapping the case to something with more airflow, taking off the sides or adding some fans may make it reach higher then the 3 stars I gave it. Hopefully going forward HP will focus not only the look but allowing the case to breath so the gaming can go all the time.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great system, poor but solvable cooling

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    EvilChaderCheez
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    There are many versions of the HP – OMEN Obelisk available, each with varying sets of components. This review is specific to the version with the following components: Intel Core i7-9700 Processor 16GB DDR4 Memory 256GB M.2 NVMe SSD + 1TB 7200 rpm 3.5” HDD NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 Ti Graphics Card To start, I really like the case. It comes with a clear side panel, RGB lighting that can be controlled via the included OMEN software, and it is quite small due to the use of a micro ATX motherboard. Despite its small size, this system packs a powerful punch. Both the front logo lighting and case interior lighting can be controlled. The software allows you to control each independently which includes a wide range of colors or you can even turn off both sets of lights completely. I’m glad this is an option as the interior lights are pretty bright and I certainly would not want them on in a bedroom at night. When it comes to performance, this system really excels. The M.2 NVMe SSD boot drive really makes a huge difference in boot and program loading times and the system is great as is if you don’t plan on doing much gaming. If you do plan on gaming (which this system is more than capable of handling aside from the point I am about to make), you should really consider doing what I did by adding at least one additional fan to the case. The case only comes with one exhaust fan which is likely enough if you only plan on using the system for normal day-to-day use but certainly is not enough if you plan on pushing the system to its full potential. In my case, I added a 120mm exhaust fan to the top of the case and I am contemplating adding an intake fan to the bottom of the case as well. The only problem with adding a fan to the bottom of the case is the fact that the legs of the case do not allow much clearance from the bottom of the case to the ground. This can be resolved in several ways such as using some sort of risers under each of the legs or by using a desktop computer stand which is what I ended up doing. Even if you don’t plan on adding a fan to the bottom of the case, I suggest raising the case up a bit so at least some fresh air can be pulled in due to the pressure that is created by even just the one stock exhaust fan. Installing the extra fan to the top of the case wasn’t all that difficult once I figured out how to do it. There is a metal plate attached to the top of the case by two screws which has four holes for attaching a standard 120mm fan. There are four mini plates that can be removed from the main metal plate to allow air to flow through. The mini plates are easily removed by simply pressing firmly on each one. Once your new fan is installed to the metal plate, you just have to screw it back in to the top of the case using the original two screws. One other thing to note is that there is only one fan header available on the motherboard, a 4-pin header listed as “LC_PUMP”. This particular header is designed to be used by a liquid cooler radiator fan which means any fan installed to it will always run at full capacity. I didn’t necessarily want the fan I added to always be running at full capacity since that would be pretty noisy and unnecessary so I also purchased a PWM fan splitter which I then attached to the fan header which the pre-installed exhaust fan was using and then connected each of the fans to this splitter. This allows the fans to be controlled based on the system’s cooling needs. Overall, this is a great system and I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Build with almost all the bases covered

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    ZBMILLER
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    The HP OMEN Obelisk is a really nice machine with a modern style case, interior lighting, and nearly all of the components you may ever need. This build has a very nice i7-9700 processor, that runs at 3.0GHz, 4.7GHz in Turbo mode. The operating system (Windows 10) is installed on the 256GB M.2 SSD while you have a 1TB 3.5 HDD for all of your other storage. A single stick of 16GB Kingston HyperX DDR4 RAM sits on the motherboard leaving a second slot open for expansion. nVidia GTX 1660Ti graphics card, a newer release from nVidia which has been amazing in all of my gaming sessions thus far. Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11ac Wireless plus all of your usual I/O. As mentioned above, the nVidia GTX 1660Ti has been great at running the games in my rotation at this time. I am able to run The Division 2 on Ultra while sticking right around the 60FPS mark. Gears of War 4, State of Decay 2 and Beat Hazard were all very enjoyable. I had a little fun trying to get Apex Legends and Final Fantasy XIV running because of an issue with ActiveX continuing to fail, morely this is an OS issue and I can't verify for anyone else with this build if they experienced the same issue. Once I did get them installed it was all smooth sailing. With my current layout I played all of these games on wireless and have to say network performance was great and I did not experience any lag. I gave this machine a 5 star, because for most, this is a solid build, with simple improvements available that would be easy to complete yourself. The one downside is there are not very many PCI slot (if any additional, didn't remove the GPU). I count that as a negative because when I started getting into computers I purchased a prebuilt machine and overtime opened it up, replaced components and added additional HDDs and cards getting me comfortable with repairing things myself. (This was before WiFi was included so one of my upgrades) For a lot of people this isn't even a factor so I didn't ding the machine because this is just a negative to me. With my small complaint, I am happy with this machine, those that purchase this machine would have everything needed preinstalled, checks pretty much every box off. You have a keyboard and mouse to get you started, it's very simple slimline on both, I tested them briefly before swapping them out with a gaming keyboard and mouse. This machine has high enough specs to handle your gaming needs, with the ability to upgrade key components down the line if you choose to. **Box has a little wear from shipping, however packaged very well nothing was damaged even the glass panel. I also included photos of the Motherboard and I/O Panel incase anyone was curious.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great for Gaming

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    Danno
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    Initial inspections and glances made me feel confident with this desktop. HP clearly did well and will continue doing so if they improve on products such as this. It’s outer case feels sturdy and not cheap. Out of the box, the desktop comes with: keyboard, mouse and power cord. I don’t game everyday, but I do intend to use it for medium gaming. I saw that because I don’t plan on “pushing” the limits of the computer, but will enjoy things like Fortnite, Fall Out and Borderlands. Pros: Easy fast setup Super Fast Boot Time Connected well with my wireless mouse Connected well with my keyboard My Alienware headphones synced nicely. Doing basic things like search the web is very fast. First game played – Fortnite and wow! Fast load and install time Perfect for Streaming Sturdy build Cons: Two USB ports on top Can be little loud Serious gamers might need a cooling fan or something soon No DVD drive To be honest, I highly recommend you upgrade your gear and don’t use the keyboard and mouse that comes with it. I’m not trying to be snotty, but I’m sure most gamers already have their own gear or something far superior than the basic. If you’re using this more for family situations or the occasional game, then no worries. Overall: This is a great gaming computer. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles, but it allows you to upgrade where you see fit. At $1,200+ for no DVD drive is a little disappointing. I get we’re in a digital age, but it’d be cool to have Bluray capabilities with this device. It’s a simple fix to get an external drive to plug in, but that’s more money out of the pocket. Streaming gamers will really enjoy it. I noticed when I really pushed it; it got a little loud and warm to the touch. I suspect I’ll have to invest in some cooling device if I ever become a hardcore gamer. But I’m sure hardcore gamers prefer to customize their computers. I haven’t experienced any issues or lag when I’ve used this computer, but I have heard some people have. Overall, I highly recommend for the average gamer. If you’re a serious time gamer, there are better products out there for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A solid mid-range gaming PC for a decent price

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    jago
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    This PC will boot up fast thanks to the M.2 NVMe SSD, which is becoming more and more common these days. Boot up takes a quick 6-10 seconds due to the small SSD being used to hold the Windows 10 Home operating system, it’s a small drive, but you also get a 1TB SATA HD that you can store all your data on. 16GB of SDRAM, running at 2666MHz, with room for another 16GB stick as well for a total of 32GB that it will take. You also get an Intel Core i7-9700 (9th gen) processor (eight-core). Video is provided by a Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti dedicated card with 6GB of RAM with a DVI, HDMI, and Display Port output. This card takes up a lot of space inside with the onboard fan to keep it cool. There are no additional slots to add any other cards though, so you are stuck with just one PCI-E slot. The outside of the case makes you believe that you could add additional peripherals, but I don’t believe you can. The side of the case is glass that provides a nice view of the internals. There are lighting options that you can play around with as well. You can change the light inside using the OMEN command center software and you can also change the OMEN logo color as well. Visually, this computer is very nice and clean looking. Now, there is no DVD drive so if you want to use optical media, you will have to get an external USB device. Not a big deal to me since nearly everything now you can download easily. There is a total of 7 superspeed 5Gbs USB ports (2 being on the top front, and the rest are on the back along with 1 type C variety). I found it strange that an SD card slot was not included with this either and the specs page lists that it has a memory card reader. The power button is a little recessed and you must use your finger nail to toggle it. I find that helpful and it keeps my little ones from pushing the power button when I am in the middle of a gaming session. You are given a wired USB keyboard and mouse and they are cheap and are not comfortable to use so you would probably want to get a higher end set up for gaming, but it’s nice that they included those, nevertheless. The system has built in wireless-AC and Bluetooth 4.2 to connect devices. I found the Wi-Fi to work great and the bluetooth to handle my headphones just fine, but I prefer to use my wired set when I am gaming. I was very impressed with the graphics while playing the games that I like. Currently I am playing Fortnite and Apex legends. I was able to play at their highest settings and the framerate was smooth and looked great. I did observe some heating issues and excessive noise coming from the PC while playing for extended periods of time. Air movement doesn’t seem that good in this case and I will probably be upgrading the fans to provide more air flow in the near future. Overall, this system is a great starter system for the money (when on sale). It can handle most anything you throw at it and unless you are the most hard-core gamer, you can’t go wrong with this. Most people don’t mod their systems or even upgrade them and just want something to work right out of the box. I can say that you would be happy with this one…except for the mouse, keyboard, and maybe the optical and SD card slot options that are missing. I will be recommending this PC for anyone that is looking for a nice solid system and doesn’t want to spend a fortune to get one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Hardware Choice, Good for Gaming/Power Users

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    stangapds
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    TLDR: HP has assembled another great hardware choice, in a great case! It needs a minor tweak or two to become the true beast it could be, but you can't beat an affordable, powerful, great looking PC. SPECS SUMMARY Intel i7-9700 (8 Cores/8 Threads), 16GB RAM *single stick, NVIDIA GTX 1660 TI, 256GB SSD/1TB HDD FIRST IMPRESSIONS Unboxing was extremely pleasant. The case was nicely supported, but it was an easy, no frills opening experience. You pulled the PC right out, pulled off the protective foam cover, and laid your eyes on the beauty before you. The case is very sleek, and almost minimalist until you turn it on and the LED lighting comes to life. The tempered glass looks amazing, and I love how easy the case is to open up and get inside the case. The included keyboard and mouse were even pretty nice quality for an OEM PC in a box. POWERING ON The PC powered on swiftly and quietly. I was surprised at how limited the bloatware was on this machine. The first thing I usually do is wipe the drive with a fresh clean install of Windows. This PC has the bare essentials to get you right up and going. After getting logged in, I launched the Omen software and explored the options to adjust the lighting in the case. There are 2 zones, the inside color, and the Omen logo color on the front. You can adjust to a solid color, choose some different lighting effects, or turn them off completely. PERFORMANCE If you're looking for a quick and snappy, powerful, reliable, every day power user computer, this unit won't let you down. With a 8-Core CPU, 16GB of Ram, and a SSD backing it all, you'll be booting, launching programs, and downloading effortlessly. Gaming wise, this handled every game I threw at it with one exception, the minor cooling design. Every game I played, I maxed out settings, and the system performed flawlessly. I ran at Full HD 1080P without struggle, never getting choppy or any frame tears. The one thing that was not to my liking, is just how hot the PC can get doing that. I didn't experience any issues with the heat, but with the levels I was seeing, if this is going to be your continuous gaming rig, you'll want to invest in upgrading airflow for the case and CPU, or switching to a AIO Liquid cooler. The CPU generates quite a bit of heat when it's in game, and keeping it cool will definitely extend the life and keep your company happy for many games to come. QUIRKS Something to note for future upgrade paths, if you ever want to upgrade to a more powerful motherboard, CPU, or GPU, the lack of cooling throughput will be a serious bottleneck in this case. The case looks great, and will run absolutely fine for most people, but if you're one of the few that really knows how to tax your system, you'll find a cooling upgrade is necessary. OVERALL If you're looking for a performance PC in this price range, you can't go wrong. You'll be hard pressed to build a comparable PC spec wise for the same money. The powerful CPU, GPU, RAM, and SSD will leave others in the dust as you load programs, games, and web pages faster than the competition. HP has continued knocking this out of the park with the Omen series.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Another HP Homerun

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    laserwizard
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    Up until a year ago, I'd no more consider HP for a computer purchase than I would ask for the flu. Suddenly, however, in the past year, I've had a chance to experience an HP Envy laptop and now this HP Obelisk Gaming Tower and I am so impressed with both. FIRST IMPRESSIONS Out of the box, this unit comes with 16gb of ram and features a 256 gb ssd for the operating system and programs and a 7200 rpm 1 TB drive for data. This was fantastic. The unit came installed with windows 10 version 1809 so the updates were minimal - I moved the system to version 1903 with relative ease. Boot times are blazing fast and the system is fairly quiet under normal operations. The exterior lights up with the Omen logo in red (though you can change color) and the interior lights up as well (see pictures for clarification). I ran the 3dMark bench test using the Time Spy test and the unit came out with a score of 6945 which now makes it the most robust computer I have; I played enjoyable sessions with Starcraft 2 both on the system and over the network and was impressed with the speed of the start and the flawless visuals. This unit can (and will soon) be upgraded to 32 gb of ram - hyperx ddr4 16 gb comes standard. NOT SO IMPRESSIVE Keyboard and mouse and real let downs. You'll need to upgrade to gaming backlit keyboard and a quality mouse for sure if you want to get the most out of this. For the price of the unit, I was surprised something better was not included. This item is the ONLY negative that I can see. TAKEAWAYS This unit is much faster than my Dell first generation RYZEN 7 gaming tower (though I still like it) - both are equipped with 16 gb of ram and the Dell recently was upgraded to an NVME ssd which is superb (Western Digital) - the 3dMark test on that Dell was much lower than the HP Omen - 4213. I have neither the time or the interest in building a gaming unit so I wanted something that was off the shelf and ready to go and this HP is superb. It looks wonderful Aside from the plebian keyboard and horrible mouse, this is a very nice machine that is fast and has some upgrade ability to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This system rocks!

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    JolietJohn
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    I usually build my own systems, but this one had everything I wanted and cost less than what I'd spend to build it (I got it on sale for around $1,000). For this price, this is a very fast, very capable system. I'm not much of a gamer, I just play a few games occasionally. Performance for my use is outstanding. I imagine for a hard core gamer, that might not be the case. I do use the system for a lot of graphics and video work. The system performance with those applications is excellent! As mentioned in many other reviews, the case provided has some limits on expansion. Access to the inside is extremely easy - push a button and the side of the case opens right up and comes off. There is one open hard drive bay (SATA and power connections are already there). No tools required, so it's very easy to pop drives in or out. There is also an open mount at the top of the case for liquid cooling or you can install a 120mm fan there. (More on that later). Other than that, you have no other options for adding anything to this system. However, one of the great features of this system is HP has made it very easy to upgrade any of the installed components. Cooling/System Temps - This area is addressed in many reviews, with several reviewers stating their system runs very hot. I have not found that to be true. My system temps are: GPU 37°/CPU 56° at idle - GPU 39° / CPU 63° at load (running GTA V along with 4 videos playing, or while doing heavy graphics work). Those are actually much lower than I would expect of any system. I haven't changed anything in the stock system (i.e., have not added additional cooling or changed anything else). The bottom of the case is vented and sits very close to the floor. The power supply and graphics card are both at or near the bottom of the case. I suspect if you place the system on carpet, this would be blocked and may create an issue with cooling. No matter what, it is likely raising the system up off the floor a bit would be a benefit. As it comes with very small rubber feet, even on a hard floor, the system only sits about 2mm off the floor. Although I don't have any heat issues, based on everything I've read, I decided to install a 120mm fan at the top of the case to see how what it might change. Surprisingly, with the fan installed to blow air into the case, or install to suck air out of the case, my temps went UP. Obviously, I uninstalled the fan and left the stock configuration. Noting that, I would say if you're pushing this system hard and need additional cooling, liquid cooling would be the best solution. This is not a hardcore overclocker/gamer system (and it doesn't cost $2,500 or more). What it is, is a kick as, fast, capable system at an awesome price. Even at the normal price (around $1,200), it's well worth it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great computer

    Posted
    Erik77
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    Very good and powerful desktop tower with very impressive specs. Packaging: Nice packaging inside of black box with red Omen logo and picture of the tower itself. It kind or reminds me of fire with black background which symbolize the power. Tower comes with keyboard and mouse, which I did not like much, and ended up using my existing ones. Case: Very beautiful case with clear access panel on the left side, color changing LED light inside of the case itself and LED illuminated color changing Omen logo at top front of the case. Mentioned two LED lights color could be changed thru the software itself and settings are available per light itself, so they can be in different color at the time. Case has clean look and everything seems to be packed neat and nicely. It does have 500W power supply and very quiet fans, one for CPU itself and other for case cooling. My only complaint about the case airflow design which I think it should be better. Performance: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1660 video card combined with Intel I7 processor and 16GB of HyperX RAM will make all your gaming and video streaming experience pleasant as possible. With this configuration you can easily do several task at time and have several application opened and you wont feel lags or glitching. RAM could be upgraded to 32GB and it has one free slot to do so. No matter what I do and how many apps I have running it stays quiet all the time. Storage: Computer has plenty of storage and 2 individual hard drives: 1st: 256GB Solid state drive where OS is installed - which makes this computer startup instant 2nd: 1TB 7200RPM drive which I use as primary destination to save files and install my apps and games Ports/connections: This computer has lots of port and I will try to separate them in two groups per location. Backside of the tower has: 1 HDMI port, 1 Display Port, DVI, 5 of USB 3.1 ports , 1 USB type C, RJ45 (network jack), audio, microphone jack. Front of the tower: 2 USB 3.0, audio and microphone jacks. Overall: This computer is pretty much a computer a have been dreaming for and it feels like holidays are early this year. Even the plastic material used for this tower feels different, rich and very high quality material. Since this is a desktop tower I was surprised that it does not have optical drive but I guess everything comes on flash drives these days. Even with "cons" I mentioned below I still feel this product should get 5 star, I simply am impressed with it. Pros: Case Graphics Very fast start up Strong power supply Quiet Storage High performance Cons: Poor airflow design No optical drive Keyboard and mouse not really good for gaming

    I would recommend this to a friend