HP Omen Obelisk 875-1040st review — The top of the line

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HP Omen Obelisk 875-1040st PC review

You don’t always have to spend thousands of dollars to get into PC gaming, but sometimes you want a product that takes all the guesswork out of it. Step into the HP Omen 875-1040st premium gaming PC. This line of customizable PCs lets you focus on the level of gaming you need. What’s contained inside this surprisingly small case is exactly the kind of performance you’d expect given the premium components.

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HP Omen Obelisk 875-1040st Exam Model Specifications

HP’s Omen Obelisk series starts at around $ 900 and can go up to $ 1,600 for their stock. In this case, we have a custom $ 3,999 beast of a machine designed with high-end components.

  • Operating system: Windows 10
  • CPU: Intel i9 9900k 8 cores / 12 threads 3.6 GHz (4.8 GHz Max Boost)
  • GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080ti with 11 GB DDR6 memory
  • Memory: 64 GB HyperX DDR4 RAM (2666 MHz)
  • Storage: 2TB Intel 660p M.2 NVMe SSD; 3TB Toshiba 7200 RPM Hard Drive
  • Motherboard: HP 8509
  • Rear entrances: five USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports; a USB-C port, Ethernet port; 3.5mm audio jacks for stereo speakers, mic, and optical audio
  • Front / side entrances: Two USB 3.1 (Gen1) ports; 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks
  • Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11a / b / g / n / ac (2 × 2) and Bluetooth 4.2 M.2 combo
  • Measurements: 14.06 x 17.05 x 6.5 inches

The PC itself will do a quick job on any 1080p game you feed it, but if you go for something this powerful, you probably won’t be happy with the old, regular HD. This machine is specially designed to handle the magnificent 4K at 60 FPS and 1440p at 144 FPS, so this is where we’re going to focus.

Obelisk design

Aside from a shiny LED Omen logo on the front of the case, HP has kept the garish design of gamers to a minimum. The aesthetic is clearly meant to reflect the name “Obelisk” – a black tower with a ton of power inside. The components are discreetly presented behind a transparent panel on the left side of the case with numerous LEDs customizable to match the configuration in which it is placed.

The interior itself is airtight but cleanly packaged. The processor has a short, closed-loop water cooler leading to a fan at the top of the case, leaving the computer quiet most of the time. Although there is little room inside the case, it is not too crowded. There is still room for air to circulate, with every component exposed. Honestly, the most surprising thing about this release is how HP managed to pack so much power into such a small package. The whole of this PC could be installed in a medium tower case.

HP Omen Obelisk 875-1040st PC review

The front of the tower is probably my only complaint. It is made up of four polygons that extend on a single line that goes down to the center. A flat front surface would probably be preferable for most people, but given that HP has managed to eliminate some components inside that space, it’s a reasonable compromise.

HP Omen Obelisk 875-1040st PC review

At the top of the case is an entrance that houses the power button and two USB 3.1 ports. The rear has five USB 3.1 ports as well as a USB-C port. It should be noted that there are no built-in video ports in this version, so you will have to rely on a graphics card. That said, at this price point, you won’t need any integrated graphics anyway. Finally, with a built-in Wi-Fi and Bluetooth adapter, this PC is essentially ready to use.

The best performance money can buy

The HP Omen tested here clearly swings for fences. With 2TB of NVMe SSD storage, even the biggest games can be stored on your fastest drives. Anything that doesn’t need a quick load can be placed on the fairly fast 3TB 7200RPM hard drive also included in this rig. These upgrades don’t come cheap, however. The base model has only a single 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive. Upgrading to SSD increases the price by $ 275. Adding a second SSD in raid configuration and a tertiary HHD pushes the price up an additional $ 355. Not to mention that upgrading to the 64GB RAM in this kit will add $ 700 to your tab. Add an additional $ 650 for the 2080ti upgrade.

Is all that hard-invested money translating into performance? Absoutely. This kit easily shoots over 100 FPS with maximized settings and ray tracing at 1440p Call of Duty: War Zone. At 4K, performance still holds up pretty well around 60 FPS, with occasional drops in the low 50s and high 40s. With ray tracing off, at 4K that number is roughly locked in at 60 and 1440p around. of 115 images. Either way, large amounts of gamers and particle effects in an area can drop those numbers in the 30s at 4K and 90s at 1440p.

What about other games with RTX?

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is a little more resource intensive. With settings of up to 1440p with ray tracing, images can drop to as low as 30 in crowded cityscapes. Wider views skyrocketed into the 100+ range, but on average held around 55 most of the time. Eliminating ray tracing alone increases those numbers by about an additional 30 frames per second overall. Those same cityscapes never dip below the mid-’70s. That said, the trade-off might well be worth it at 1440p, as ray tracing takes this game from stunning to jaw-dropping. At 4K those numbers drop a bit, but averaging around 54 without ray tracing and 29 with.

Minecraft at 4K kept a very solid clip around 60 FPS with occasional dips as low as 45 FPS in busier areas. Once RTX launched, the game managed to hold up in the mid-1950s, but would average around 45 FPS with dips in the mid-1930s in dense areas like the Neon District RTX map. At 1440p with RTX on, the frame rate, even in the busiest areas, maintained itself through the 60s on average without dropping below the 60 FPS gold standard. All in all consistently impressive performance and certainly a really nice way to go if you are looking for diamonds.

Control your limits

Remedy Interactive Control seemed to be one of the most difficult games, even for the 2080ti, to run at maximum settings. At 1440p with ray tracing enabled, the game would struggle to maintain frame rate in the mid-40s with drops all the way to 30 during combat. However, disabling RTX really took the weight off, doubling mid-frame frames down to the low 80s and removing any dips below 60 FPS. At 4K, performance started to get a bit risky. With RTX turned off, gaming averaged 36 FPS with lows around 33, which isn’t too bad all things considered. Activating RTX seemed to point out the limits, however, averaging around 20 FPS with drops within 10 seconds.

For a few more benchmarks …

Where this HP Omen really shines is with non-RTX games. A recent title like Gears 5 at 1440p holds an average of 83 FPS. In 4K, it’s basically locked in at 60 FPS, which is all you can ask for from current technology.

Last years Division 2 is a little more to address. At 1440p you can expect an average of 82 FPS, which is in line with that of Gears 5. However, at 4K you can expect a bit more success with the game averaging just 44 FPS.

An HP omen of things to come

So what is the result? On the one hand, the HP Omen is about as nice a computer as anyone can ask for. It’s small, sleek, quiet, and incredibly powerful. On the other hand, we are really starting to see the edge of a technical generation. As it stands, there really aren’t many systems that can run modern games at 4K with RTX at maximum settings at a solid 60 FPS.

That said, the beauty of PC gaming is the freedom to tweak the settings to your liking. Do you want the best visual fidelity and don’t worry about a lower frame rate? Then it is the best machine you can buy. Don’t you mind sacrificing a bit of resolution for those juicy frame rates? Well, this machine can put its weight on it too.

So the only other consideration is the price. At $ 3,999 for the version I reviewed, that’s an incredibly steep demand at first glance. However, once you consider that the parts inside are installed with water cooling inside a very waterproof case, it becomes a matter of convenience. Competitive products like Alienware’s Aurora R8 are in the same price range but are considerably less visually appealing and much heavier for the same components. Chances are, if you’re looking for a high-end pre-built PC, you’d be hard pressed to find a better deal.

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