Eager to be a part of the VR-Ready crew, Hewlett-Packard (HP) has unveiled the Omen X. A brand new gaming PC for VR enthusiasts.
Much like the belief that omens signify advents of change, this might be quite a game changer for the Palo Alto based company. HP’s new Omen brand will go head to head with the likes of Dell’s Alienware. The new computers will feature state of the art hardware that can be customised and configured at will. The Omen brand is one that HP hopes will pack a punch in both hardware and design (it looks pretty awesome)!
The Omen X desktop PC is designed to be a gaming enthusiast’s dream. It can be configured and customised in just about every single way; barring its unique cuboid chassis. The Omen X stands in place on one of it’s edges thanks to the support of two thin legs that do not take away from its design. This gives it an almost No Man’s Sky or Destiny styled look. In addition to being fully customisable, HP also offers a number of preset models to choose from: the 900-010, 900-030, and 900-011. All of aforementioned models feature a galvanised steel cuboid form factor.
The front of the chassis sports three ventilation holes while the back has two. This way, the Omen X can pull in a lot of cold air to cool its gaming focussed innards. In fact, it relies on a custom liquid-cooling method that runs through the system.
Omen X 900-010
The 900-101 is the entry level machine, and it is already quite a beast. It has sixth-generation Intel Core i7-6700K processor, 8 GB of DDR4 system memory at 2,133MHz; as well as an AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card with 4 GB of GDDR5 memory. For storage, it has a 2 TB Hard Disk Drive (HDD).
Omen X 900-011
The 900-011 acts as a base-line template for all gaming enthusiasts that prefer to select their own specifications. Basically, this is the model to pick if you want to customise the machine to your own liking versus selecting a pre-made chassis.
Omen X 900-030
In the high-end corner is the beefier 900-030, which packs quite a punch. This model boasts the same Intel Core i7-6700K processor as the 900-010, but unlike its smaller counterpart it boasts double the RAM: 16 GB at 2,133MHz. The Omen X 900-030 also sports Nvidia’s latest Geforce GTX 1080 with a 8 GB of super fast GDDR5 memory. For storage, it has a 2 TB internal HDD as well as an additional 256 GB M.2 Solid State Drive.
Omen X Design
The galvanised steel chassis for all Omen X models features an easy, tool-less tri-chamber design. This unique design separates the hard drives from the processor, graphics card and power supply. This way, gamers can easily swap out any components or add new ones at any time. Each computer has four hard drive bays including the pre-installed drives. The tri-chamber design also helps keep the air flowing through the system nice and cool.
The overclocking capabilities of the Intel Core i7-6700K will ensure that the Omen X lineup will stay relevant for quite some time. It is also a computer that has obviously been designed for Ultra High Definition 4K and VR gaming. However, it is not cheap.
The HP’s Omen X PCs have a starting price of $599 USD (~R8.500 ZAR), which is just for the 900-011 chassis, and go up to the 900-030 at $1.799 USD (~R26.000 ZAR).