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HP Omen 30L review

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HP Omen 30L
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TechRadar Verdict

The HP Omen 30L fits in some high-end hardware into a bit of a tight space. It keeps the performance up, but doesn’t have many options for improving thermals beyond increasing the noise if they start to become a problem.

Pros

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    Elegant looks

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    Fair pricing

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    Standardized parts

Cons

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    Limited cooling options

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    No front USB-C

Two-minute review

The HP Omen 30L is a slightly slim beast that can pack some seriously fast components into a narrow and elegant chassis that shows them off. Arguably the best gaming PC in HP's lineup, the Omen 30L comes in a variety of configurations that don’t come cheap but do offer a fair value. The HP Omen 30L line starts at $1,699 for a modest 11th Gen Core i7/RTX 3060 Ti model and jumps up to $2,999 for a model that squeezes in an RTX 3090. Configuration options also allow for a lot more granular control over the hardware included and therefore the final price.

SPEC SHEET

Here is the HP Omen 30L configuration sent to TechRadar for review:
CPU: Intel Core i9-10900K (3.7GHz base, 5.3GHz boost, 20MB cache)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080
RAM: 4 x 8GB HyperX Fury DDR4 @ 3,200MHz
Motherboard: Intel Z490
Power Supply: Cooler Master 750W 80 Plus Platinum
Storage: 2TB WD_Black PCIe NVMe SSD ; 2TB Seagate Barracuda HDD (7,200RPM)
Ports (front): 2 x USB-A 3.2 Gen1; 1 x 3.5mm combo; 1 x 3.5mm mic
Ports (rear): 3 x DisplayPort, 1 x HDMI, 1 x LAN, 1 x USB-C 3.2 Gen2, 2 x USB 3.2 Gen2, 2 USB 3.2 Gen1, 2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Audio out, 1 x Audio in, 1 x Mic
Connectivity: Gigabit Ethernet, Wi-Fi 6 2x2, Bluetooth 5.0

Curiously, our exact test configuration isn’t one HP appears to make available even through customization, but the closest configuration to our test unit comes with an Intel Core i9-10850K and an RTX 3080 alongside ample storage and RAM for $2,229 (about £1,580, AU$2,890). That’s a fairly compelling price when compared to another powerful option like the $2,919 (about £2,070, AU$3,780) Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition with a similar storage and RAM configuration alongside an RTX 3080 and Ryzen 9 5900. 

And, given issues with graphics card availability, it could be hard to build your own comparable system for less. HP also manages to stay below the prices of more boutique-style builds like the  iCUE Infinity Gaming PC, which starts at roughly $2,470 (£1,749, AU$3,200) for a model that has a 10th-Gen Core i7, half the RAM, and a RTX 3060 instead of a 3080.

HP Omen 30L

(Image credit: Future)

The HP Omen 30L has a stylish look to it. From the front, it has the cold feeling with a semi-transparent tempered glass panel that shows off the HP Omen logo at the top and a single ring light on the front intake fan near the bottom. Coming around the side of the HP Omen 30L, you get to see the interior lit by internal RGB lighting. Our test model also includes RGB memory modules to really keep the light-show going.

HP Omen 30L

(Image credit: Future)

There’s a decent smattering of ports available on the computer, including two USB-A ports on the front of the case alongside a combo headset jack and a dedicated mic-in port. Unfortunately, there’s no USB-C port on the front of the case. We also notice a hint of noise in the signal to the headset port on the front, with a faint static always present and a hiss that links perfectly to our mouse movements (tested both with our wireless mouse’s receiver inserted in a USB port next to the headset jack and connected to a USB on our monitor). Thankfully, the noise level is low enough to easily be drowned out.

HP touts this as its “most customizable gaming PC [it’s] ever made,” and it offers tool-less access through the removable glass side panel. But taking a look inside, this doesn’t look like a PC that’s easy to do much customization with. To start, there’s not a lot of extra, unoccupied space, especially when it comes to custom cooling. There’s only one fan slot at the front and top of the case, and the rear exhaust slot only has space for a single small fan (90mm, from the looks of it). The hard drive cage is also squeezed in at the front of the case. A standardized motherboard and power supply may be the main components allowing some customization. But even that motherboard lacks extra PCIe slots for expansion cards beyond the installed graphics card.

HP Omen 30L

(Image credit: Future)
BENCHMARKS

Here's how the HP Omen 30L performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark: Night Raid: 66,802; Fire Strike: 30,687; Time Spy: 16,799
Cinebench R23 Multi-core:14,614 points
GeekBench 5: 1,397 (single-core); 11,168 (multi-core)
PCMark 10 (Home Test): 7,739 points
Total War: Three Kingdoms (1080p, Ultra): 193.4fps; (1080p, Low): 342.2 fps
Metro Exodus (1080p, Ultra): 125.75 fps; (1080p, Low): 210.7fps; (1080p, RTX): 108.4fps

Fortunately, there’s plenty of performance available from the HP Omen 30L without going deep into after-market customization. In our regular suite of benchmarks, the HP Omen 30L performs in line with what we’d expect from its components. With settings dialed down, it can offer blistering speeds at 1080p, and it can keep cruising even at 1080p with Ultra settings even in demanding games like Metro Exodus. We even see it deliver over 100fps on average in Metro Exodus with its RTX setting in benchmarks. That said, for 1080p gaming, it’s important to dial up graphics settings in order to get the most out of this type of configuration, as we’ve seen the Alienware Aurora R10 Ryzen Edition speed ahead even with its Radeon RX 6800 XT when the graphics card isn’t doing the brunt of the work.

HP Omen 30L

(Image credit: Future)

Playing through some casual CS:GO, we generally see the fps counter clocking in over 300 without the system resource monitor even showing the CPU or GPU at close to 100% utilization. Throughout our testing of Cyberpunk 2077 at 1080p with graphics all dialed up and RTX enabled, the HP Omen 30L maintains a steady framerate often close to 90fps with occasional dips to around 70fps, but never noticeably lower than that. 

We were a little worried about cooling performance. The single intake fan is doing some heavy lifting given the components inside, and the 10-core CPU is cooled only by a 120mm radiator. Though the liquid cooling system for the CPU regularly turns into a jet engine noise-wise, the system holds up its performance even through extended play sessions. Our PCMark 10 test also sees the processor hold a sustained boost clock around 4.9GHz and keep thermals steady . That said, we tested in a controlled environment, and it could start to struggle in a hot room. We also notice what seems like coil whine, but really only when the system is spitting out 500-1,000 frames per second, as it does in the 3DMark Night Raid benchmark.

HP Omen 30L

(Image credit: Future)

Buy it if…

You want your money’s worth
The HP Omen 30L is offering a fair value for the components it includes, particularly with respect to the processor and graphics card. Given the graphics card shortage, it’d be hard to build a similar system for a similar price.

You prefer a subtler design
The HP Omen 30L does have a bit of flair with a few RGB zones, but it’s not the most ostentatious case nor is it a desk-dominating size.

You want to be able to swap components
HP has used standardized components, so you’ll be able to swap motherboards, power supplies, and the like to keep your rig alive through the years.

Don’t buy it if…

You hate fan noise
The HP Omen 30L is generally quiet in casual use, but when the CPU starts to feel the heat, the single fan of the 120mm radiator kicks up a serious racket as loud as a box fan.

You love toying around with cooling
There are just not a lot of slots to put fans or radiators on the case of the HP Omen 30L, so for all that you can customize, the cooling will likely always end up the same.

You like over-the-top style
Even the logo for the HP Omen brand is simple, so it should be no surprise that the case follows in that line. You do get a bit of RGB, at least.

Over the last several years, Mark has been tasked as a writer, an editor, and a manager, interacting with published content from all angles. He is intimately familiar with the editorial process from the inception of an article idea, through the iterative process, past publishing, and down the road into performance analysis.