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OMEN 17 Laptop with Intel 13th-Gen CPUs: A Complete Review
February 27, 2023
Every time someone alludes to the best gaming laptop, a formidable masterpiece seasoned gamers place on the highest pinnacles of admiration inevitably finds a mention. The OMEN 17 laptop - a name synonymous with the very best gaming machines of our time.
What makes OMEN a longstanding gamer’s dream? In a broader perspective, what distinctive features do gaming laptops need to power the increasingly elusive demands of modern gameplay?
A gamer’s laptop is a marvel of modern technology. Everything from the chassis design to the architecture of the heart and brain of the machine - its CPU and GPU - is carefully optimized for class-leading performance. A computing device this powerful needs high-octane cooling to ensure the only place that experiences intense heat is your mighty gamespace. Our new OMEN 17-inch laptop with Intel®’s latest Core™ processor has it all.
Introducing OMEN 17 laptops with Intel's 13th-Gen Core processors
It’s truly an era-defining moment for proud professional gamers the world over, as we unveil HP’s path-breaking new OMEN laptop. This gaming laptop doesn’t compromise on any specification to deliver the absolute gold standard for high-resolution, high-frame rate gaming.
The latest OMEN gaming laptop, armed with the newest Intel 13th generation CPU and NVIDIA® GPU, effortlessly propels and even surpasses the colossal gaming legacy of its predecessors.
Let’s explore everything the next-gen OMEN has to offer in this teardown - from its integrated and robust VR-ready design to its fiery chipsets and other specs to help you narrow down the best OMEN 17 model for your needs.
Intel’s 13th Generation Core CPU
OMEN, like every HP gaming PC, is peerlessly crafted with the best processors available. The OMEN 17 laptop is no exception, powered by the new Intel 13th Generation Core CPU that redefines performance for the most demanding gamers. The HP OMEN 17 has two variants with a choice of Intel Core i7 or i9 processors, depending on your performance requirements.
For those who test the limits of every game they play, the OMEN 17 Intel Core i9-13900HX model is a perfect companion. The laptop features a max turbo frequency of 5.40 GHz, which means it achieves a whopping 5.4 billion calculations per second when you’re immersed in the most intensive games out there. Every last bit of processor frequency matters for uncompromising gameplay.
The Intel i9 processor harnesses the might of 24 cores, featuring 8 performance (P) cores and 16 efficient (E) cores. Part of Intel’s breakthrough hybrid architecture, P-cores chew through graphics-intensive games while E-cores handle background tasks.
The 13th Generation processor also features 32 threads, which accelerate multi-tasking with hyper-threading, where multiple parallel processes run on a CPU. The Intel Thread Director intelligently manages workloads to elevate multitasking to a whole new level.
Last but not least, the Intel i9 is loaded with a vast on-chip 36MB Smart Cache, a fast memory space to accelerate processes by storing them close to the CPU itself rather than on the main memory.
If you’re looking for a high-end gaming laptop that’s more budget-friendly, the OMEN 17 Intel i7-13700HX model is the right choice. The CPU offers a massive max turbo frequency of 5 GHz, packs in 16 cores (8 performance cores, 8 efficient cores), 24 threads, and sports 30MB of Smart Cache.
Trailblazing graphics with the latest NVIDIA GeForce® RTX™ GPU
The HP OMEN 17 houses the newest NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4090 GPU. The AI-powered chip harnesses NVIDIA’s Ada Lovelace architecture, with streaming multiprocessors and Deep Learning Super Sampling (DLSS 3) for amping up game resolution. The GPU creates additional video frames when needed, so you can play even low-resolution games with a high-resolution flavor.
Constructing the byzantine virtual worlds of modern video games is no ordinary feat. The OMEN 17 relies on the NVIDIA GPU’s fourth-generation tensor cores for faster rendering of complex graphics scenes in your games, as well as third-generation ray tracing cores for hyper-realistic graphics.
The GPU is VR-ready, supporting high refresh rates and low latency, previously only possible with the mightiest HP OMEN gaming PCs. Enjoy maneuvering through detailed game landscapes with the confidence of your OMEN laptop’s ultra-high performance levels.
No one likes a gaming experience replete with stutter and delays in registering your commands. The NVIDIA GeForce RTX 40 Series GPU features NVIDIA Reflex and G-SYNC for responsive, lag-free gaming, even when you stream High Dynamic Range (HDR) games.
Class-leading memory for minimal latency
Akin to an OMEN PC that needs high-speed memory to match its processor performance, the OMEN 17 laptop features DDR5-5600 for the Intel Core i9 processor variant and DDR5-4800 for the base model with the Intel i7.
For either model, you can choose from 16GB and 32GB RAM depending on your target use. In general, the greater the memory, the more you can multitask with your laptop while still maintaining acceptable performance levels. Your games will also be smoother and load faster.
The DDR5 configuration ensures faster memory bandwidth with lower power consumption to ensure you can game for longer periods without needing to plug in.
What’s more, both DDR5-5600 and DDR5-4800 feature dual-channel support for accelerated memory access. The chips have two dedicated channels for data to move around for significantly pumped-up data transfer speeds. Every individual component in the OMEN 17 has been carefully handpicked for the fastest possible gameplay.
Portable performance at its peak
The 2023 OMEN 17 is a work of art. The crisp sandblasted finish on the keyboard upper cover (C cover) and palm rest imparts an even, slip-free texture for the virtuoso in you to steer gameplay exactly as you want it. The laptop is made from aluminum and plastic for a highly durable and robust construction that can stand the test of time.
HP is committed to engineering products that make a positive impact on the environment. The new OMEN gaming laptop is constructed from sustainable materials like recycled metal and post-consumer recycled plastic. The speaker enclosure uses ocean-bound plastic while the packaging is 100% sustainably sourced and recyclable too. We know it’s a small step, but it goes a long way in building greener go-to systems you love.
The absolute best in gaming laptop display
Most gamers simply seek high-resolution displays. There’s more to the story, though, if immersive, life-like graphics is what you seek. Refresh rates are important, especially if you play high frames per second (FPS) and adventure games where every second counts. Simply put, it’s the number of times the display refreshes itself to draw a realistic image.
The OMEN 17 features a crystal clear 17.3-inch IPS 16:9 micro-edge screen with anti-glare technology. You can choose from three different screen variants offering varying combinations:
Top tier: Quad High Definition (QHD) 2560 x 1440 pixels at 240 Hz with a 3-millisecond response time
Middle tier: QHD (2560 x 1440 pixels) at 165 Hz with a 3-millisecond response time
Beginning tier: Full High Definition (FHD) 1920 x 1080 pixels at 144 Hz with a 7-millisecond response time
Remember that challenging strategy game you recently played, your eyes fixated on the screen, and the eye strain that came afterward? A good gaming laptop will facilitate intense gameplay without straining your eyes. All HP OMEN 17 variants are TÜV Eyesafe® certified with low blue light to keep your eyes relaxed.
Keep everything close and load your games faster
A game can only load as fast as the CPU can access it from your system disk. The new 2023 OMEN by HP features PCIe NVMe TLC M.2 SSD (solid state drive) memory which accelerates game launch significantly compared to traditional HDDs (hard disk drive).
Modern games are increasingly larger in terms of storage footprint, and OMEN 17 can store them all without the need to sacrifice other games on your disk. Pick the OMEN 17 with the 2TB SSD drive, which packs plenty of storage for everything you’ll ever need.
If you have more modest memory needs or prefer online or cloud games over offline games, 1TB or 512GB SSD options will work just as well.
Unleash uninterrupted gaming with HP Fast Charge
The power-churning OMEN 17 laptop integrates a mighty 6-cell, 83 Wh Li-ion polymer battery for extended gaming sessions without needing to plug in every few hours.
Need to recharge the laptop for your next gaming gig but don’t have the time? The OMEN 17 battery uses HP Fast charge technology to recharge from 0 to 50% in just 30 minutes.
A versatile gaming laptop for all your gaming accessories
The OMEN has an array of input and output ports - Thunderbolt 4, Thunderbolt 3, and USB Type-C for super-fast data transfers.
It’s also got USB Type-A, HDMI 2.1, Mini DisplayPort, and an RJ-45 port, so you can connect all your gaming accessories in your backpack to the laptop without issues.
Feel your game with the advanced integrated gaming keyboard
The new OMEN has an integrated shadow black backlit RGB keyboard for seamless gameplay. Pick the per-key RGB keyboard if you’d like to change the color of individual keys. This option also features N-Key Rollover (NKRO) anti-ghosting technology to register multiple keypresses all at once and an optical switch for faster response times. Now that’s a super versatile game controller.
Alternatively, you can choose a 4-zone RGB keyboard with 26-key rollover anti-ghosting technology if that suits your gaming style better.
Tempest Cooling Tech for smokin’ hot gaming
Only your game dragons should spew fire, not your laptop’s motherboard. The OMEN 17 employs award-winning HP OMEN Tempest Cooling technology with three-sided venting and five-way airflow design to keep the laptop cool even during the most intense gaming sessions.
Step into your game with immersive spatial audio
Finally, a gaming laptop that’ll mesmerize audiophiles. The OMEN laptop benefits from custom audio tuning by Bang & Olufsen, DTS:X Ultra support, dual speakers, and HP AudioBoost 2.0. These major audio upgrades provide spatially accurate 3D cinematic sounds that not only complement your games, but enhance what you hear.
Customize your OMEN
The OMEN Gaming Hub (OGH) is an application you can use to customize your OMEN laptop’s performance and personalize your system and accessories.
It has a built-in Gaming Performance Toolkit to automatically optimize the entire system for the best game experience. Overclock your CPU or change your NVIDIA GPU settings - the OMEN Gaming Hub makes it all possible.
OGH also features a fully-fledged Light Studio to tweak lighting effects across peripherals. You can even enable audio-enabled light effects and ambient light synchronization.
Unlock pro gaming with the OMEN 17 Laptop
The HP OMEN 17 is built to last. Every single aspect of this next-generation gaming laptop has been carefully engineered with a singular focus on pro-gaming for the demanding modern virtual worlds of today.
About the Author
Vidhu Jain is a contributing writer for HP Tech Takes. A Fortune 500 experienced brand storyteller, she’s a voracious reader who loves traveling and exploring the world.
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