HP’s new gaming computer moves cooler out of the box

HP’s gaming brand Omen often occupies a place in List of the best gaming PCsThanks to affordability and, in recent years, the shift to brand name parts. The latter is still in focus with the company’s new Omen 45L, but the case is made noticeably larger, thanks to an external “Cryo Chamber” on the case. It is separate from the interior of the case, allowing cool outside air to be sucked into the 240mm radiator located inside.

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The front also has a similar air gap, allowing three 140mm RGB fans to draw in fresh air while still giving the front of the system a glossy glass look throughout.

HP Omen 45L Configurations

While we haven’t had a chance to fully test the system yet, performance shouldn’t be a huge concern, as the HP Omen 45L will sell with up to Intel Core i9-12900 K And the RTX 3090. Pair that with 64GB of DDR4 (sorry, DDR5 diehards) and a pair of spacious 2TB NVMe SSDs (and, of course, Windows 11) and you’ve got our review configuration, which HP says will retail for around $5,000.

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If that’s too much for your wallet, the company will also offer a $2,299 configuration based on a file Ryzen 7 5800X And the RTX 3070. The system can also be configured to order, with a large number of component options, mostly brand name and standard. The SSD is a WD Black model. The Cooler Master makes the power source (800W 80 Plus Gold model in our configuration) and the RAM is HyperX branding (unsurprisingly) HP bought HyperX last year).

HP is doubling down on its efforts to integrate standard, branded components into its Omen gaming PCs, which is good for your peace of mind and future upgradeability. But the company would do well to extend that policy to its motherboards.

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The Omen-branded HP Micro-ATX board included in our configuration looks part of it, with some elaborate stenciling and large VRM heatsinks. But it’s far from as feature-packed as you might expect in a system that costs thousands of dollars.

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Aside from the lack of DDR5 (which doesn’t really matter for gaming), there’s no mention anywhere of PCIe 5 support. The board also has only two M.2 PCIe Gen4 slots, and a completely barren rear IO with only six USB ports and not many. There are, somewhat surprisingly, two USB-C ports here, but note that one is basically an old-school USB 3.0 port, rated at 5Gbps (the other is 10Gbps). There are, at least, four more USB-A ports on the top of the case, along with the power button and separate headphone and microphone ports.

Heatsink on HP Omen 45L

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The upper Cryo chamber is arguably the Omen 45L’s most interesting feature, as it houses a 240mm AIO cooler outside the main body of the case, giving it a large gap to draw in and expel cool air from the top. HP says this results in CPU temperatures of up to 6°C under full load. And some quick tests tell us that CPU temperatures aren’t an issue here.