Omen by HP Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer, Intel Core i7-9700K Processor, NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8 GB, HyperX 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD, VR Ready, Windows 10 Home
This PC is particularly interesting for players who want good value for money and solid performance in Full HD resolution in most games today, but do not want to build their own PC or spend hours working on the configuration. If you want to overclock the CPU and memory to get the best performance from your PC, it is better to make a custom compilation. If you are looking for a relatively compact PC at a fair price that is very ready for the game today and has components that can be easily updated in the future, this PC should be on your list.
Open the box and you will find the box surprisingly compact in a plastic bag with handles. Take it out and take out the power cord, and voila. There is also a very simple HP optical mouse and keyboard in the box. They are fine, but not suitable for players.
First, the case. I really like this case. Transparent and hardened side wall, clear lines, side wall release with button and non-crazy RGB LED lighting. The use of Micro-ATX means that this case is smaller than most others and is suitable for most homes. Inside there is a removable air filter, two compartments of removable drives for 3.5-inch drives and space for a refrigerator on top if you want a day to cool with liquid. There is also support for long-term cards. Some notes: there are no 5.25 compartments in this thing or optical drive of any kind. In addition, drive bays can be removed without tools. To remove a unit, squeeze the tabs, remove the tray and gently lift the side rails on the side of the unit traditionally to keep the trip in place. There are 4 screw holes in the drive bays to mount a 2.5-inch drive (for example, an SSD). However, you will need your own screws for this. A good detail is that the power and SATA cables are placed in the free position. In other cases, there are two USB ports, a headphone / headphone port, a microphone input and the power button in a cutout 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 device.
The power supply is discrete, a 500W bronze efficiency piece.
A single 80 mm extractor completes the mechanics of the device system support.
A 1 TB hard drive with 7200 rpm is included, which is fine for a system in this price range. I placed the PC in a room under the desk and discovered that the unit generated a very clear resonance hum of the unit’s motor. Combined with the sound of the head of the sound unit, it was generally quite loud. The part is reasonable in terms of price, but spinners are what they are, and many users will want to replace this with an SSD as one of their first updates.
The motherboard is a micro ATX board with the OMEN brand. It has two RAM slots, two M.2 slots (both occupied, one with the NVMe main unit and one with the WLAN card) and an unused header for liquid cooling, if this is provided in your plans. The NVMe on my system is a 256GB Western Digital part and is ridiculously fast. I love how fast NVMe is. It’s almost like loading stuff from system RAM. The PC can start the Windows 10 login screen in just 5 seconds. The RAM slots allow two channels if both are busy. This model only uses one with a single 16 GB device. More on that in a minute. The card supports two SATA drives, and the cables are provisioned and routed to the drive bays. The South Bridge is a part of Intel H370. This means that the CPU and RAM are not overclocked. It is a solid part that does not need to manage much since the connectivity of the board is limited, but this is not a PC for overclockers. The back has a 10 Gbit / s USB-A port, a 10 Gbit / s USB-C port, 4 5 Gbit / s USB A ports, a Gigabit Ethernet port and three analog audio connections. Finally, there is a single PCIe slot for the most important GPU.
The CPU is a 9th generation Core i9-9700. It has 8 cores and has no hyperthreading. As it is a variant that is not K, it has a slightly lower clock speed and also has no overclocking capability. The theme in this box is that it contains solid parts that players use but are not designed for the mass of overclocking. Personally, it doesn’t bother me because I’m not a reference junkie and I don’t like keeping my system up to date on stability to get some more SPF. This part is more than enough for 99% of users.
System RAM is an area that could have been improved with HP. A single 16 GB drive called HyperX Fury is included in the system with a speed of 2666 MHz (1333 MHz actually). DDR memory sends data in the upper and lower areas of the clock signaling, so that the specified speeds are always twice as high as the actual clock frequency. 16 GB is enough for almost all users and players unless they edit the highest quality video, create CAD models or run multiple virtual machines. So this is not the problem. At 19, RAM has a very high CAS latency. Although the RAM clock operates at 1333 MHz and the faster the clock, the lower the effective latency. It is still very high and balances the advantages of the higher clock frequency. It is also a unique part number, HP26D4U9D8ME-16X. Since it is just a stick and a unique part number with an unusually high CL of 19, it is almost impossible to find another that is suitable for accessing dual channel memory. By using two channels, the CPU can use both RAMs as a pair and significantly increase the memory bandwidth. This is important to supply the i7 CPU. It’s almost as if HP were using a lower RAM quality from Kingston’s HyperX line, which requires a higher CL clock to work. I looked around the entire HP Store and even at the HP Parts Store, which says you can’t ask for RAM there, and tried to find another useless device. If you want to double channel, basically discard this part and get a new pair of RAM for the system. I really wish HP had included two 8GB drives, even the highest CL-RAM, so it worked in dual channel mode or at least allowed customers to buy a second unit. Another note that shows that it is more of an “as is” box: the system BIOS does not allow XMP to be enabled for system memory. XMP is a technology with which the system can register the memory at a maximum clock specified by the manufacturer as stable. The H370 chipset on this board supports this, but it cannot be activated here. In fact, the system BIOS is pure HP without any of the options that enthusiasts enjoy. Although this is not unexpected from the standpoint of support and warranty, it only emphasizes that most of the performance is in the parts and not in the optimization of this box. However, this is likely to frustrate you when you buy more powerful memory. Almost all RAM is marketed with the fastest XMP numbers and not with “normal” clock speeds. If you want to replace the system RAM, look for the manufacturer’s specifications.
Finally we are in the GPU. This GPU is a GeForce 1660 Ti manufactured by HP. It has 6 GB of GDDR6 and is remarkably small as a half-length card. There is a dual link DVI, a DisplayPort and an HDMI connection on the back. The 1660 is an interesting card, it is the new core of Nvidia Turing without the ray tracing bits and works as well as a GTX 1070. It has some other add-ons on the 10X0 cards, such as hardware video Encoders that make them a part really Powerful for the price. If you play in Full HD and look for high frames per second, this card can do this and allows this system to really work above the price. If you want to enter 4K games at 60 fps or more, this card may not be enough, but considering how much the GPU only costs to achieve this goal, this system is good value for money.
After turning it on, the system fan noise is quiet and does not bother at all. When fans play a game, they become a little more audible, but since most players have headphones, it is not loud enough to be a problem. There are no moans or strange fan resonance noises, it just sounds like air moving like a white nose.
System performance is very good for the price. For most players, this will meet their needs as they have more room for maneuver and the case offers an easy upgrade capability when the time comes for new hardware. Running several benchmarks shows good numbers despite the weakness of RAM in this system. The new 9th generation Core i7 and the new 1660 Ti really shine here. Fortnite achieves an average of 110 fps in the game with epic configurations with 1080p.
On a whim, I came up with a similar system when I built it as a home improvement project, and I came out with a lower housing that had no LED or WiFi lighting at almost the same price as this system. The solid choice is not ridiculous about the consumer price of marked components.
This is a very powerful system at a reasonable price for an advanced player or user who is looking for a standard system that does not require all the work and research for a home improvement system. Together with the new NVMe i7 and the GTX 1660 Ti, the case is the highlight of the system. HP could have been better for players if a system BIOS had provided some additional options, in particular XMP support for RAM and better memory settings for the system. In general, I recommend the system and plan to use it for a while.