HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Specs
Price: Up to $3,280
Processor: Up to 10th Gen Intel Core i9-10900K
RAM: Up to 64 GB
Graphics Card: Up to Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090
Storage: Up to 2 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD
Accessories: HP USB Wired Keyboard, HP USB Wired Mouse
Ports: USB-A, USB-C, SD card, 3.5 mm audio, Ethernet, DisplayPort, HDMI
Size: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches
Weight: 28.4 pounds
EDITOR'S NOTE: The HP Omen 30L won a "highly recommended" honor for best gaming desktop at the Tom's Guide Awards 2021 for gaming.
The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop has one significant advantage over many of its competitors: It's quiet. It turns on with a gentle whirr, and provides ambient white noise when you're running demanding games. Compare and contrast to the jet engine sounds of other modern gaming rigs, and the Omen 30L has a lot going for it, even just as an everyday productivity machine.
And yet, once you do load up your favorite games, the Omen 30L renders them beautifully, running them in high resolutions, with fluid frame rates. Armed with an Nvidia 3080 GPU, an Intel Core i9 processor and 32 GB RAM, this machine can handle just about everything, from word-processing and music, to graphic design and video playback, to fully immersing you in demanding single- and multiplayer games.
Granted, you can't experience the Omen 30L's power if you can't find a unit. Tracking down one of these machines isn't necessarily easy, due to confusing availability and high prices. Furthermore, you'll have to uninstall a whole lot of needless bloatware, and replace the included mouse and keyboard ASAP.
Still, the Omen 30L is arguably one of the best gaming PCs, if you can get your hands on one. Read our full HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review for the full story.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Price and availability
The HP Omen 30L — like a lot of machines with Nvidia GeForce RTX 30-series GPUs — isn't easy to get ahold of right now. And if you can find one, it's not cheap.
The least expensive Omen 30L model on HP's website is the GT13-0295xt model. This costs $2,000 and comes with an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Super GPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage, and an air cooling system. This is out of stock at the time of writing.
Compare and contrast to the most expensive model: the Omen 30L GT13-0380t, which starts at $3,280. That will get you an Intel Core i7-10700K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090 GPU, 16 GB RAM, 512 GB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage and a liquid cooling system. This model is in-stock — possibly because of its high asking price.
Our review model was the GT13-0093, which is somewhere in the middle. It's not currently available anywhere at MSRP, although an Amazon listing pegs it at $3,699. This model comes equipped with an Intel Core i9-10900K CPU, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, 32 GB RAM, 2 TB SSD + 2 TB HDD storage and a liquid cooling system. It's an incredibly powerful machine, and given the high demand for 3080 GPUs, we're not surprised it's sold out at the moment.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Design
The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is a gorgeous machine. It might actually be the best-looking gaming desktop I've ever reviewed, combining a sturdy black chassis, a striking front design and a handsome glass side panel. The front of the machine has a glass face with a colored LED diamond, and colored LED fan lighting; the side of the machine lets you see the gorgeous RGB components within. There are plenty of holes for ventilation on the sides, and they look like artistic choices rather than mechanical necessities.
The device isn't obnoxiously large or heavy, either: 17.1 x 16.6 x 6.7 inches, and 28.4 pounds. This machine could probably live on top of a sturdy desk, although I kept our review unit on the floor with no ill effect (as is the case with many of the best gaming desks). Neither boring nor overdesigned, the Omen 30L illustrates that gaming desktops can look downright elegant with the right aesthetics.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Ports and upgradability
There are plenty of ports on the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop. Whether they're the ports you need, where you need them, is another matter. On the front of the machine, you get two USB-A ports, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a 3.5 mm mic jack and an SD card reader. You might notice that there's no USB-C port in the front; I certainly did. It's a strange, inconvenient oversight in what is otherwise such a powerful device.
Granted, you do get a single USB-C port on the back, along with five more USB-A ports, an Ethernet port and a handful of 3.5 mm audio ports. You'll also get DisplayPort and HDMI options, depending on your GPU. There's no optical audio port, which may come as a disappointment to audiophiles. Check out our picks for the best gaming headsets that will work with the Omen.
The inclusion of only a single USB-C port — on the back of the machine, no less — feels at-odds with the Omen 30L's state-of-the-art components. Many gaming peripherals (not to mention phones) have embraced USB-C connectivity, and that's not likely to change within the next few years. I can't imagine that the majority of gamers would rather have a front-facing SD card reader.
On the other hand, it's not too difficult to upgrade the Omen 30L. You can remove the side panel without using tools, and the layout inside is both spacious and clean.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Gaming performance
The HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop delivers the kind of performance you'd expect from a PC with an Intel Core i9 processor and a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU. In the following chart, we've compared the Omen 30L to both the Dell XPS 8940 and the Corsair Vengeance i7200. They're both powerful gaming desktops that can — but don't have to — cross the affordability threshold. The chart measures frame rates in frames per second, at both 1080p and 4K resolutions, with game settings turned up to Ultra.
|HP Omen 30L||Dell XPS 8940||Corsair Vengeance i7200|
|Assassin's Creed Valhalla||81 / 51||83 / 46||98 / 55|
|Grand Theft Auto V||150 / 54||135 / 42||161 / 56|
|Metro Exodus||118 / 64||99 / 49||126 / 68|
|Shadow of the Tomb Raider||143 / 56||118 / 41||151 / 59|
The results are pretty clear across the board. The HP Omen 30L performed better than the XPS 8940, but not as well as the Corsair Vengeance i7200. In the case of the Dell, this makes sense, as that machine has an RTX 3070 GPU rather than an RTX 3080. It's interesting that the Vengeance i7200 performs better, however. While both systems have RTX 3080 GPUs, the Vengeance i7200 actually has a less powerful processor.
There are some significant differences in 1080p performance between the Omen 30L and the Vengeance i7200; almost 20 fps in Assassin's Creed, and more than 10 in GTAV. The 4K performance between the two is comparable, however, so bear that in mind if you plan to play in UHD.
Qualitatively speaking, the Omen 30L runs games beautifully. I tested the machine with Age of Empires III: Definitive Edition, Doom Eternal, Baldur's Gate III and Final Fantasy XIV. Even with the graphics cranked up to Ultra on a QHD monitor, frame rates usually exceeded 60 fps, and the games themselves looked phenomenal. The Omen 30L can handle any PC game on the market with ease, and the outlook for the next few years looks good as well.
It's worth noting that if you want to expand your storage options, HP will offer you HDD space by default. You may want to simply install your own SSD instead; the difference in load times is considerable.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Overall performance
When it comes to everyday productivity, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is no slouch, either. Running all of my everyday programs at full tilt (word processor, music player, chat programs, e-mail client, etc.), I used about one-third of the system's memory and less than 10% of the CPU. As with most gaming desktops, office work can do very little to faze the Omen 30L.
Likewise, the Omen 30L actually performs better than the XPS 8940 and the Vengeance i7200 in certain productivity metrics. It can copy over 25 GB of media from a thumb drive at a rate of 1,166 MBps. Compare and contrast to the XPS 8940 at 439 MBps or the Vengeance i7200 at 824 MBps.
In terms of raw artificial metrics, the Omen 30L scored an 11,258 on the Geekbench 5.4 benchmarking test. We have not yet used Geekbench 5.4 to benchmark other gaming PCs, so it's difficult to say how the Omen 30L stacks up against competitors. In a vacuum, it's a high score, however. Everyday productivity machines can score around 1,500, as a point of comparison.
As mentioned above, the Omen 30L's liquid cooling system is a thing of beauty, keeping the GPU cool (up to 35 degrees Celsius for productivity; up to 80 degrees Celsius for gaming) and the system very quiet.
However, there are two components of the Omen 30L that will hamper your workflow, and those are the included mouse and keyboard. The HP USB Wired Keyboard and the HP USB Wired Mouse are, without a doubt, the worst pack-in peripherals I have ever tested, and I cannot recommend them, even just as a stopgap while you pick out better accessories.
The keyboard has an extremely low profile and shallow key travel, with little space between the keys and a design that puts the vital F and J keys slightly off-center. The mouse is likewise extremely low to the ground, and has a tiny, inefficient scroll wheel. These are not good gaming gadgets; they're not even good productivity gadgets. HP actually makes a handful of decent gaming accessories, and I cannot fathom why it didn't include some of those.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Software
Another area where the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop falls short is in its included software package. There's a fair amount of preinstalled software, and none of it is really useful. There's an audio manager, which is no better than the regular Windows sound system. There's the HP JumpStarts program, which seems like a whole lot of ads on top of a serial number, and not much else. The Omen Gaming Hub controls the PC's lighting, which is useful — but it also delivers ads, and offers to manage your games in ways that the Nvidia GeForce Experience software already does better.
The real bugbear, however, is the preinstalled McAfee Antivirus. I've written before about how McAfee eats up system resources, while false-flagging game files and forcing you to run the program at all times. Uninstall it and use Windows Defender instead; you and your PC will both be happier. Better yet: As soon as you get the Omen 30L, just wipe it clean and install a fresh copy of Windows 10. You can download the Omen software to manage lighting separately.
HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop review: Verdict
In spite of some questionable accessories and software, the HP Omen 30L Gaming Desktop is a thing of beauty. It's elegant, quiet and powerful. It's also extremely expensive, and it can be pretty confusing to buy the right one, so be prepared to do a little research if it sounds like the gaming rig for you.
The Corsair Vengeance i7200 is arguably a more powerful machine in the same general price range, and that's also quite a pretty machine. But the Vengeance is also slightly larger and bulkier, and there's nothing wrong with wanting to save a little space on top of your desk — or underneath it.
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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.
- Elegant looks
- Fair pricing
- Standardized parts
- Limited cooling options
- No front USB-C
The HP Omen 30L is a slightly slim beast of a gaming PC that can pack some seriously fast components into a narrow and elegant chassis that shows them off. This gaming PC 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Choose up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processor2 with up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3090 graphics, you’ll be playing with power.
Plus, the NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX™ 3090 offers features like real-time ray tracing for cutting-edge hyper-realistic graphics.
Some say looks don’t matter, but let’s be honest, they do. With tempered glass panels, a full-metal frame, and complete RGB control, this PC is for those who enjoy the finer things—like buying virtual hats just so you can flex on your friends.
Choose up to AMD® Ryzen™ 9 3900 processor3 with up to AMD® Radeon™ 5700XT graphics, plug in and play on your level.
AMD RadeonUp to AMD® Radeon™ 5700XT
Skills are half the game and with the OMEN 25L or 30L Desktop, you really can’t make any excuses for losing.
Choose up to 10th Gen Intel® Core™ i9 processor2 or AMD® Ryzen™ 9 3900 processor.3 With up to NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX 2080 SUPER™ or AMD® Radeon™ 5700XT graphics, you’ll be playing with power.
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Dad jokes aside, get the most out of your system with the Cooler Master 120mm RGB Fan,7 which increases air-flow and enhances your thermal performance.
NOBODY LOVES LOADING
A Western Digital Black PCIe M.2 SSD boosts your entire system with faster response times and less loading.
More Memory No Problems
Push the performance of your PC with speedy RAM speeds thanks to HyperX RGB Memory—customizable RGB means you can style it your way.
With toolless access, this machine is easy to upgrade and with customization and optimization features, you really can do whatever you want.4
Delivering your every gaming wish, except maybe the unlimited lives one.
Always get that perfect color scheme. With an RGB spectrum of 16.8 million colors to choose from and animations for days, you can customize the lighting across your OMEN devices any way, any day.
Lagging out during a team fight is the worst. Network Booster bumps your game up to VIP status and prioritizes it over everything else while Dual Force functionality sends gaming traffic over the fastest connection for the fastest speeds.
SEE YOUR SYSTEM VITALS
Display all your OMEN PC's key metrics in real time, from utilization to the temperature of the CPU, GPU, and memory.
We don’t always need our PC to be ready for a full blown war. Choose between three fan speeds to match it up with whatever’s coming your way.
• 2x SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate
• Headphone/Microphone Combo
• Microphone Jack
• 4x SuperSpeed USB Type-A 5Gbps signaling rate
• 1x SuperSpeed USB Type-A 10Gbps signaling rate
• 1x SuperSpeed USB Type-C® 10Gbps signaling rate5
- Model shown is OMEN 30L Desktop equipped with Intel 10th Gen 10-core processor and NVIDIA 2080Ti GFX.
- Multi-core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. Performance and clock frequency will vary depending on application workload and your hardware and software configurations. Intel’s numbering, branding and/or naming is not a measurement of higher performance.
- Ultrabook, Celeron, Celeron Inside, Core Inside, Intel, Intel Logo, Intel Atom, Intel Atom Inside, Intel Core, Intel Inside, Intel Inside Logo, Intel vPro, Itanium, Itanium Inside, Pentium, Pentium Inside, vPro Inside, Xeon, Xeon Phi, Xeon Inside, and Intel Optane are trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the U.S. and/or other countries.
- This device has been engineered for optimal performance. Upgrading the PC may affect warranty coverage.
- USB Type-C® and USB-C® are trademarks of USB Implementers Forum.
- DisplayPort™ and the DisplayPort™ logo are trademarks owned by the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA®) in the United States and other countries.
- Only available on 30L.
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