Pre-built, high-quality gaming PCs like the HP Omen 45L are more important in 2022 than they ever were: Due to unprecedented graphics shortages, building your own gaming PC has become a luxury that few people can afford significantly. Reasonable. So enthusiasts are once again turning to the previously built computers.
With this newfound interest from enthusiasts, manufacturers are introducing more extreme versions of their PC lines in hopes of appealing to this audience. HP has taken a leap in this direction with the Omen 45L – a super massive tower for gaming PCs.
The configuration we received for review contains some of the most powerful PC components you will find on the market. It features an Intel Core i9-12900K processor, an Nvidia GeForce RTX 3090, and a massive 64GB of RAM. If that’s not enough, it also has two 2TB SSD drives, making sure you never run out of space. It’s kind of a dream configuration for hardcore PC gamers, but that dream also comes at a fantastic price.
You’ll pay about $5,000 for this configuration – or at least if this configuration is already available. closer to you. You can get a single 2TB SSD and a 2TB HDD, which is pretty close – that’ll set you back $4,278 (around £3,200, AU$5,920). This configuration is only available in the United States.
In the UK, it beats the same basic specs, but with 32GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD, which will set you back £2,999. In Australia, you can’t even buy an HP Omen 45L.
That sounds like a lot of money, but when you consider that an Alienware Aurora R13 with similar specs will cost you $4,629 (about £3,470, AU$6,410), that high price tag doesn’t really sound that bad. Then again, you get a less compact chassis design, and a design that looks a lot like a classic gaming PC – but honestly we’re the kind of person we live in.
And when we say the HP Omen 45L looks like a classic gaming PC, we in no way mean to underestimate the thing. It’s a stunning black obelisk for a gaming PC with three RGB fans illuminating the front panel and white backlighting in the front and center. If you’re familiar with the HP Omen branding, you’ll recognize the brand symbol, but since it’s usually depicted in red, we like white here too.
It is also very huge. When you see the name “HP Omen 45L”, the 45L is the size of the chassis. Yeah. it is big. The device is 21.85 inches tall and 18.5 inches tall. This means that you will need a large desk space to fit the machine. We have it in our living room, which is about the length of our TV stand. Fortunately, the black color makes it a good fit in there.
It’s heavy, too: The Omen 45L weighs about 50 pounds. So if you live in a 3rd floor walking block in New York City like we do, be prepared for some heavy lifting to get her upstairs. And when you set it up well, you won’t want to move it.
At the top of the chassis there is a selection of primary ports; You’ll find four USB Type-A ports and dedicated 3.5mm audio jacks for both headphones and microphone. To the right of all these ports is a small power button. Beware of the button at the top: if you have a cat, it will be easy for your kitty to jump on her when she is in the middle of the game.
Although there are plenty of USB ports on top, there isn’t much on the back of the HP Omen 45L. Back there, you’ll only get four USB-A ports and one USB-C. There’s also an Ethernet LAN and three audio connections, but it’s too dim for gaming PCs – especially at this large.
This is likely because HP is not using a ready-made motherboard as more PC builders such as Maingear and Origin PC might do. Instead, HP includes its own dedicated motherboard, and it is Fine.
You can access the internal parts of the gaming computer by pressing one of the convenient access buttons located on the top of the chassis, in the so-called “heatsink”. This is basically a gap between the top of the chassis and the radiator at the top, which we can only assume will separate the rest of the components from the hot air coming out of this component.
Once you open it up, you have extensive access to every part of the system, more than we usually expect from a major manufacturer. And although the motherboard is proprietary, it has everything you need to upgrade it in the future. Plus, if you like the chassis (we definitely like it), fortunately the motherboard is a standard ATX board, which means you can trade it all in later with something you buy at the store.
Fortunately too, the power supply is a standard Cooler Master model, which means that won’t stop you from using this chassis for years to come. This is one of the best parts of the HP Omen 45L. HP targeted people who like to tinker with their computers, and they succeeded by launching a PC for you It can be tampered with. Other major PC manufacturers should take a lesson. This is how a high-end gaming computer should be made.
The only thing we would honestly change for components is to get a motherboard that has more I/O around the back. We can’t speak for everyone, but when we’re looking to play some VR games we have to separate the other things just to make room. If you’re the type to have dozens of things plugged into your computer at once—we know we’re not alone—you’ll have to invest in a USB hub. And that’s not something you should do with a full-size gaming PC like this one.
Fortunately, with a computer this big – and let’s be honest, expensive – you can easily play any game you throw at it with all the settings maxed out without actually trying.
We’re in the midst of Elden Ring mania, like many people are, and the Omen 45L plays it in 4K with max preset graphics like magic. Now, don’t get us wrong, there’s an occasional frame drop with Elden Ring, but that’s more about the game itself than the monster components on offer.
Likewise, she was able to get us through playing Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy without any problem at all. And even with all settings maxed out, including ray tracing, we couldn’t see it drop below 60fps for the duration of that game. This truly is a dream machine if 4K gaming is on your list.
And because of the Intel Core i9-12900K processor and 64GB of RAM in our review configuration, this would also be a gamer’s dream who’s also a content creator – something that’s become more and more popular lately. The HP Omen 45L easily reaches over 22,000 points on the Cinebench R23, making this one of the fastest computers on the market right now.
That performance won’t have to go away anytime soon either. The upgradeability we discussed means you can keep your HP Omen 45L updated for years to come. You won’t have to go out and buy a whole new gaming PC for long.