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HP Omen 880-020 Review


Aesthetically fit, Gamer and Budget PC

HP Omen 880-020 Review

We can all agree that despite the constant allure of gaming consoles and other gaming systems, PC gaming is the most pivotal of all gaming systems. And I would love to say, it is alive, well and kicking. But that’s not the focus today. I would like to point out at the world of PC cases that graces out tables these days.

This past decade has seen the rise of the most bizarre cases with some of the most standout designs in computer history. PC builds have encouraged this innovation with custom PC paint jobs on the designs to extravagantly crafted pieces with translucent side panels, super-bright LED strips and changing backlights. To the newbie eye, it’s definitely amusing especially with the intergalactic themed designs on PCs and laptops; for instance the Borg VR Cube PC created by the Star Trek Sci-Fi Fans, Alienware Area 51 and the Transformer-like Asus ROG GT51.

For most part, the HP Omen 880-020 embraces this new ideology with plenty of appeal on its design and case. It features an out-of-the-world design that’s unique and completely within the “gamer” aesthetic realm. Aside from that it spots some legit high-end components that add to its flair and versatility. Read the HP Omen 880-020 Review


 Pros

  • Impressive design with gamer aesthetics
  • High-end components
  • Plenty of ports
  • Plenty of storage
  • Fast boot time
  • Great starting price
  • Great gaming performance –overclocking capable processor
  • Easily Upgradeable

Cons

  • Weight leans on the heavy side.

Verdict

With an aesthetically fit case and design, the HP Omen 880-020 is a fairly unique gaming desktop that offers expandability and performance at a budget friendly price. We recommend it as a viable choice for entry-level gaming.


HP Omen 880-020 Specs

Processor 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor (max turbo boost – 3.4 GHz) 8 MB cache
Memory 8GB DDR4 2400 SDRAM (Upgradeable to 16GB)
Memory Slots 2 DIMM
Storage 1TB HDD 7200 RPM SATA and 256GB SSD
Graphics 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 580
Motherboard Basswood
Motherboard Form Factor uATX: 24×24 cm (9.4×9.4 in)
Chipset AMD Promontory 2
Ports Front:

  • Single USB 3.0
  • Single USB 3.0 Type-C
  • Headphone/Microphone

Rear:

  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • LAN (Ethernet)
  • HDMI out: 2
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio: Line in, Line out and Microphone
Connectivity Wireless LAN 802.11B, 802.11G, 802.11nand Bluetooth 4.2 M.2
Expansion Slots
  • 1 PCIe x1
  • 1 PCIe x16
  • 2 M.2
Operating System Microsoft Windows 10 Home (64-bit)
Dimensions 17.4 x 7.6 x 16.4 inches (HWD)
Weight 33.8 lbs
Optical Drive DVD Writer
Media Card Reader 7-in-1 media card reader
Power Supply 300 W internal ATX E-STAR 6.0 Bronze power supply
Warranty 1 year limited hardware warranty

Design and Features

HP really stepped up the game for this gaming rig. The design is not understated as the last budget PC we reviewed (HP Pavilion Power 580-130 desktop). Not only does it look beautiful in a red and black accented sort of way, but its intergalactic out-of-the-world contours and aesthetics make it stand out. According to HP, the design is inspired by a jet-fighter with carbon-fiber like finish. As if to complete the jet-fighter theme, the DVD-RW pops out at the front face and some parts fold into perfect oblivion; really neat if you asked me!

Front and side view of the HP Omen.

Measuring at 17.4 x 7.6 x 16.4 inches (HWD) and weighing 33.8 pounds, the HP Omen 880-020 is a fancy-shmancy mammoth in its own right. First of all, forget about portability if you’re looking for a lightweight PC. The strain involved in moving this PC from one room to another might not be easy on everyone. But on the bright side, HP integrated a handle at the top of the case to enable easy transportation of the load. In comparison, the CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A4 Desktop (7.87 x 18.46 x 17.89 inches) is a tad larger but less heavy. In the same light, the HP Pavilion Power 580-023w Gaming Tower (9.23 x 19.29 x 16.3 inches) is taller and longer.

Still, at its given dimension the HP Omen 880-020 will easily find a continual favorite among system builders and many users owing to its upgrade capacity. The case has ample room for custom builds and a clean overall and versatile matte black design. It offers great ventilation allowing for air circulation, routing of cables and storage of extra storage/memory. Admittedly, this case takes the crown of top-tier budget cases for an easily accessible hatch. That means should you need to upgrade, there’s a tool-less door for easy access and maintenance. Our reviewed unit came with plain side panels. But you can also own the same PC with tempered glass panels that allow you to view the heart of your system.

Ports

The HP Omen 880-020 has a couple of ports at its front top for proximity

As expected from a PC of this caliber, it supports a full range of ports both at the front and rear. The top I/O are on the right side of the case ceiling. They include HP 3-in-1 Media Card Reader, 2 USB 3.0 Type-C, a single USB 3.0 port, a Microphone jack and finally a Headphone/Microphone Combo jack. As design bonus, the case ceiling has access panels that fold way when not in use. These secure the ports and the three hard drive bays where you switch out storage.

The rear ports include:

  • 2 x USB 2.0
  • LAN (Ethernet)
  • HDMI out: 2
  • 2 x USB 3.0
  • Audio: Line in
  • Line out
  • Microphone

Outstanding Performance

The Omen 880-020 comes with a 3.2GHz AMD Ryzen5-1400 Quad Core processor, 8 GB DDR4 memory and integrated 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 580 graphics card. The combo makes for a high-performance gaming rig for day to day use, multimedia tasks and gaming. On a performance basis, the AMD Ryzen 5 series competes with the entire spectrum of Intel’s Quad Core Kaby Lake series. It is a processor made for gamers and enthusiasts on a budget and it delivers the threads for handling multitasking too (four cores, eight threads).

8GB DDR4 memory works pretty well with this PC. But of course the question of whether 8GB is enough arises. Well, your GPU renders most of your gaming and uses the 4GB DDR5 memory to run. As long as you don’t have multiple intensive tasks running simultaneously, you should be fine. Anything beyond that would require the 16GB DDR4 memory if you can afford it.

Plenty of Storage

Not content to stop there, HP also included 1TB hard drive storage and 256GB solid state drive storage. As far as storage goes, that’s plenty of space to save your movies, data, multimedia and games. The solid state drive also adds some space for storage while cutting short boot times and loading times for software.

For gaming, the HP Omen 880-020 brags of the 4GB GDDR5 AMD Radeon RX 580 GPU. This graphics card is a midrange card capable of giving a butter smooth gaming experience on AAA titles. The resolution that works marvelously for this GPU is mostly Full HD (1080p) and 1440p which means a steady rate of frames per second and minimal to no tearing. Playing online games is a cinch and shouldn’t present a problem, so is gaming on websites like Casino.com.

On our gaming test, we ran a few games to put the GPU on its paces and here are the benchmarks:

Battlefield 4 183 fps on high 1280×1080
Mass Effect Andromeda (2017) 66.5 fps  on high 1280×1080
Rise of the Tomb Raider 83.9 fps on high 1280×1080
Dirt 4 2017 120.1 fps on high 1280×1080

As noted, most games played well above 60 fps with little to no drag on most scenes.

Moving on, not everyone might be comfortable with an AMD card so HP made options for the GPU. There are a couple of configurations you can choose from but take note the price changes quite a bit.

Configuration:

Graphics Card
Processor

Conclusion

Most entry-level gaming PCs focus on having the cheapest versions of high-end components that can perform. The HP Omen 880-020 is an entry level gaming PC, but it certainly is not a no frills desktop. From its carbon fiber aesthetics to its components, it is a landmark to behold. Specifically, you get the best components at a steal which is a hard bargain to walk away from. And the butter smooth gameplay don’t make it any easy to walk away either. So, if you’re in the market for a PC and don’t have the time to worry about building from scratch, then this is an offer for you. In a broader spectrum, you really don’t have to get your hands down and dirty to build one; it is cheaper than a build and ultimately is a great bang for buck deal.

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