HP Omen 45L Specifications
CPU: Core i9 12900 K
GPU: NVIDIA RTX 3090
RAM: Hyper X Fury 64 GB DDR4-3733
Motherboard: HP Micro ATX
storage: 2x 2TB WD_Black PCIe 4.0 SSD
Front Input/Output: 2 USB 2.0 and 2 USB 3.2 Type A
Return I/O: 2x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.2 Type-A, 2x USB 3.2 Type-C, 3x DisplayPort, 1x HDMI
Delivery: 802.11ax, Bluetooth 5.1, Ethernet
Prince sultan university: Cooler Master 800 Watt 80 Plus Gold ATX
Issue: HP Omen Cryo Chamber . Case
Operating System: Windows 11 Pro
Dimensions: 21.8 x 8 x 18.5 inches
Guarantee: One year
price: 4700 dollars
The HP Omen 45L is the company’s latest pre-built gaming PC chassis, revitalizing the previous 40L desktop. It is the first of its kind to have a compartment attached to the top of the case that houses a 240mm cooler for the CPU liquid cooling ring. HP claims that the gap between the cooler housing and the rest of the case allows for better airflow, a cooler CPU, and a place to keep the case if you need to move your computer. Our colleagues at Tom’s Hardware had this enclosure partially disassembled in their review unit, and while I had no issues in my unit room, this potential point of failure is a concern given the price of this PC. In my tests, the cooler did not provide any noticeable effect on CPU temperatures. It’s what you’d expect from a liquid cooler and nothing else besides a unique looking case. Provided that separation is a rarity, the room seems more like a gimmick than is actually something important to this computer’s design.
It’s a configurable system that starts at $1,900. The device I’m putting here for review costs a lot more than that, with a price tag of $4,700 on the official website. You have the option of buying an Omen 45L built around what I have here, a Core i9 12900K and RTX 3090, or a Ryzen 7 5800X and RTX 3070. Both systems come with an 800W Cooler Master power supply. The low-end system starts with 16GB of DDR4 HyperX 3733MHz memory and 512GB PCIe 4.0 of SSD storage. You can boost the RAM up to 64GB and outfit the storage with up to a 2TB WD Black hard drive or add a WD Black 1TB 7200RPM hard drive to save some cash. According to HP, they do not offer DDR5 systems due to the ridiculously high prices and general scarcity at the moment. I can’t argue with that decision: the prices of the Omen 45L would be incomprehensible if HP tried to quarrel with DDR5 for the time being.
The connective tissue Omen 45L for all its part is HP’s own micro ATX motherboard, which offers some annoying limits that you might not get with another brand board. The biggest problem is the dearth of USB options. The top edge holds four USB ports (two of which are 2.0 for a reason), and the back panel has two more USB 2.0 ports along with four USB 3.0 ports (two Type A and two Type C). For simple settings, this wouldn’t be a huge inconvenience, but if you’re someone like me, and you add a headset, microphone, and webcam in addition to a keyboard and mouse, things can start to get cluttered.
The Omen 45L packaging is a disappointment when it comes to protecting all of this valuable hardware. The box of my review unit was made of fairly thin cardboard and lacked any type of lining foam. Some bumps while charging can cause some serious damage to the case or at least remove the ram stick. For a computer that can cost up to $4,700, I’d expect a better guarantee that it won’t be deflated or something removed in transit.
Once you’re out of the box, you’ll see the unique 45-liter “heatsink” canister — which HP says will be sold separately at a later time. Behind the front glass panel are three 140mm RGB fans, which you can customize using HP’s Omen software. There is another glass panel on the left side above the RGB lighting strip on top, the RGB-equipped CPU cooler, and the RGB RAM. It sounds like a lot of RGB and it is, but with a few tweaks and software tweaks, I was able to prevent my computer from turning into a disco ball every time I turned it on.
I was pleased to find that it is a completely tool-free process of removing the front and side panels via the convenient buttons. Components and wiring are all cleanly installed inside, and it has space and a spare cable for your hard drive and SSD upgrades if you choose to do either in the future.
The Core i9 12900K and RTX 3090 are a solid combination. Gaming performance on the Omen 45L is the best you can reasonably get right now. At 1080p, it clocked over 200fps in my Hitman 3 benchmarks and maintained a steady 109fps in our RTX-enabled Metro Exodus test. At 1440p, the average frames per second in my tests dropped from just 10-20 fps. It did all this while keeping the average GPU temperature at 64°C, although it did cause the computer fans to overheat and turn up the volume somewhat. It’s no bargain, but expect some noise when maxed out on new games.
At 4K resolution, which is probably what you’d shoot if you’re spending a lot on a PC, the 45L held a 60fps average in all of my tests, which include Hitman 3, Metro Exodus, Horizon Zero Dawn, and F1 2021.
If you spend $4,700 on the best version of the Omen 45L, you’ll have no problem playing any new game at 1440p. At 4K you may need to start lowering the settings, but this applies to any system right now, especially if you want to take full advantage of the higher refresh rate offering. Technology is nowhere to be seen where 4K is easy.
The Core i9 12900K in my review unit absolutely kills in processing power; It burned all my tests. Intel’s Alder Lake CPUs have reignited the competition against AMD for a reason, and my results show it. It launched with my Cinebench R20 and X264 display tests. For the pre-built buyer, this means that the Omen 45L at its full price will handle things like streaming and video editing with ease. This is a boon for people who want to get involved in these things or who plan to use the Omen 45L as a workstation.
The CPU peak only reached around 91°C during my use and benchmarks. Generally it sat around 60°C to 70°C. In my tests, the heatsink design didn’t affect temperatures in a noteworthy way, but it also didn’t hurt them, so the gimmick is pretty neutral unless you hate what the case looks like.
The Omen 45L is a solid choice if you want a pre-built gaming PC that can play just about anything you throw at it, especially in 4K. While you can stream and edit video with lower specs, the better version will handle these tasks beautifully.
This review unit is the best you can get, but the options on the HP website are still promising if you don’t need all that. A machine with 16GB of memory and an RTX 3080 or 3060 is perfectly fine for most people, and it’s one way to really get the GPU on while on a chip. Specifically, I would suggest taking a file GT22-0450t version For PC and upgrade the memory to 32GB and add more storage if needed. The way things are going now, you’ll likely be paying more by buying on-demand components.
With the Omen 45L, you get a PC that works out of the box, has virtually no bloatware (ExpressVPN and McAfee are very easy to ditch), and plays modern games without hesitation. The one-year warranty could be better, especially considering the condition of the packaging, but you get something more reliable than oddly-named pre-configurations with obscure parts that can be found in the depths of Amazon.