The Hp Omen 25l Looks The Part, But Its Build Quality Leaves Us Wanting More

Modular off-the-shelf components

Fast Nvidia RTX 3070 GPUCons

Terrible airflow and temperature management

While the HP Omen 25 has powerful internals, its questionable build-quality hampers performance.About the HP Omen 25L

Credit:Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The HP Omen 25L’s CPU Cooler is beautiful, but the amount of air it pushes barely amounts to a tickle.Processor: AMD Ryzen 5 3600CPU Cooler: HP Omen proprietary heatsinkMemory: HyperX Fury 8GB DDR4 3200MHz RAM Memory Slots: dua DIMM up to 16GB DDR4-3200MHzStorage: Western Digital Black 256GB PCIe tiga.0 M.2 SSDMotherboard: HP ATX Moria 3 87C3 AMD B450 Front Ports: 2 x USB tiga.0 Type A; 1 x tiga.5mm headphone jack; 1 x tiga.5mm microphone jackBack Ports (Motherboard): 1 x USB tiga.1 Gen dua; 1 x USB C 3.0; 4 x USB 3.1 Gen 1; 1 x Ethernet; 1 x 3.5mm microphone jack; 1 x tiga.5mm audio out jack; 1 x tiga.5mm audio in jackBack Ports (Graphics card): 1 x HDMI dua.0; tiga x DisplayPortGraphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX 3070 Founders Edition Custom Graphics Card Wireless: Wi-Fi lima, Bluetooth 5Power Supply: Cooler Master Bronze 500W ATX Power SupplyWeight: 25.tiga poundsDimensions: 6.lima x 15.53 x 17.05 inAccessories: HP wired Keyboard and Mouse comboWarranty: One-year limited warranty

The HP Omen 25L is a midsize modular tower gaming PC, meaning it offers plenty of support for aftermarket hardware and accessories. We tested what we consider to be the best value configuration that you can buy direct from HP, although the Omen 25L can be configured with an Intel processor and other graphics cards in the Nvidia GeForce family.

Like all off-the-shelf PCs, it comes fully built, but the inside can be accessed and modified by removing the glass side panel. What we likeMost of its parts are easily reusable or replaceable

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By presses the “Internal Access” button on the rear of the PC, you can remove the glass side panel and access all the hardware inside the case.

When you’re buying a standalone PC, you have three options: an all-in-one where the PC is built into the display (like the iMac), a DIY tower where you pick out and assemble all the components yourself, or a fully pre-built PC (like the Omen 25L) from a manufacturer.

When it comes to prebuilt PCs, there is a surprising amount of variance in how modular the parts are. Thankfully, the HP Omen 25L is easy to modify with aftermarket or replacement parts down the line. Every component in the PC is replaceable, although you will need to make sure they fit in the rather slim case. We were barely able to squeeze in an EVGA Supernova 850W ATX power supply (a.k.a a big chunky model), which may be necessary if you wanted to add a more powerful GPU down the line.

More importantly, many of its replaceable parts aren’t necessarily worth replacing for most people. Its Ryzen lima 3600 CPU is an excellent processor, as is its Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU and its HyperX Fury RAM. Because we got a contoh with 8GB of RAM, we would recommend getting another 8GB RAM module to fit into the motherboard’s second RAM slot.

While we did replace the power supply to see how complicated it would be, the Omen’s included power supply is decent—the 80+ Bronze Efficiency 500W Cooler Master PSU it comes with will be plenty of power for demanding AAA games. The Bronze rating means that it is over eighty percent efficient at drawing power, which keeps your power draw from spiking too high and helps your power supply and PC components last longer (as spikes can reduce their lifespan). It has a nice aesthetic

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The RGB lighting on the front logo, the CPU fan, and the top of the case are fully customizable.

While the Omen 25L doesn’t have the most unique aesthetic out there, it’s hard to deny that it’s beautiful. The front diamond lights up with an RGB header that’s fully customizable on HP’s Omen Gaming Center software, although it looks beautiful as the default frosty white as well. The stock CPU cooler and the top of the case also have customizable RGB lighting to make your Omen truly yours.

The dark gunmetal finish on the front panel paired with the glass side panel give the Omen the “gamer” edge that RGB fans love, but it’s also classy enough to please those who prefer a more subdued aesthetic. When you look through the glass panel, the insides of the PC look clean thanks to the tucked away cables and all-black components.It can run 4K games at reasonable frame rates

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The RTX 3070’s custom shroud is thin and light, letting the GPU blend into the background of the case.

With an Nvidia RTX 3070 GPU and an AMD Ryzen lima 3600 CPU, it’s no surprise that the HP Omen 25L is a capable gaming machine. You should have little trouble running 1080p games at very high frame rates, and even most 4K games will run at or above 60 frames per second. The monstrously demanding game Cyberpunk 2077 ran at about 45 frames per second at 4K with ray tracing enabled (if you’re new to ray tracing, it’s a power-hungry way of generating shadows and reflections that makes games look more realistic than ever).

Meanwhile, Shadow of the Tomb Raider averaged about 47 frames per second at 4K highest graphics, and Overwatch consistently hovered around 150 frames per second on 4K highest graphics. Unless you’re running Microsoft Flight Simulator in VR on its most realistic graphics settings, you probably won’t run into trouble with the RTX 3070.

For more varied tasks, the Omen’s Ryzen 5 processor is fantastic. Streaming, movie editing, and multitasking are all smooth and painless. In Cinebench R23, the Omen 25L scored a respectable 9,150 points, which puts it close to Intel’s premium Core i7 10700 CPU. Unless you’re a dedicated streamer or frequent 3D animator, you probably won’t even get close to maxing out the Ryzen lima’s capabilities.What we don’t likeIt underperforms because of terrible cooling

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The only fans the PC comes with are the one on the CPU cooler and the one on the rear. There is a vent where the power supply’s cables lie, although it is small. The top vent has a shroud over it for SATA drives, not fans. You will need to mod the case somehow to make your own fan mounts.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of issues with the HP Omen 25L, and it all starts with its underwhelming cooling performance. While the PC is clearly capable of quality 4K gaming, many elements in the HP Omen 25L hold back the powerful hardware’s potential, leaving both the Ryzen lima and RTX 3070 to perform under expectations by lima% or more.

Within a minute of booting up Shadow of the Tomb Raider, the CPU’s temperatures surpass 85 degrees Celsius and the GPU peaks at 93 degrees Celsius—way, way too hot for safe performance, let alone optimal performance. Past 95 degrees Celsius, the CPU and GPU can both sustain thermal damage, and keeping close to 95 degrees will wear away at their lives much more quickly.

The main issue is that the cooling is inadequate for the powerful CPU and GPU, despite the case being large enough. Let’s compare the 25-liter Omen 25L’s thermal performance to my personal small form factor (SFF) PC, built in a 7-liter DAN A4 case. Normally, more liters mean more air to cool a PC, so you should expect SFF PCs to run hotter than their larger counterparts. At idle, both the DAN’s and the HP Omen’s components are about 40 degrees. When running OCCT, a benchmarking perangkat lunak, the HP Omen takes about 30 seconds for its CPU to climb to 95 degrees.

Meanwhile, the DAN’s water-cooled CPU never surpassed 72 degrees when it ran the same benchmarks for a full minute. Mind you, 72 degrees is still hot, and it has an unfair advantage with water cooling, but the HP Omen’s 25-liter case is more than large enough to accommodate a similarly effective cooling system to keep the temperatures at least below 75 degrees (and ideally below 70 degrees).

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The 7 liter DAN A4 case has airflow vents covering four of its six faces. Meanwhile, the 25 liter HP Omen PC has three vents.

So, if the “large” HP Omen 25L is so big, why does it run so hot? Well, size isn’t everything: the HP Omen’s stock cooler and stock case fan push far too little air to cool everything inside the PC. Because of the case’s structure, the GPU and PSU receive inadequate airflow, and the case overall has negative airflow (which means it’s pushing hot air out without pulling cold air in). There are very few vents around the case—just one on top, one next to (but not below!) the PSU, and one where the rear fan is located. The two front grilles are only decorative.