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hp Logo HP HP OMEN Obelisk Gaming Computer (Refurbished) Intel Core i5 GHz Processor; NVIDIA GTX 3GB GDDR5; 16GB DDR RAM; 2TB HDD + GB SSD

  • (Refurbished) Intel Core i5 GHz Processor
  • NVIDIA GTX 3GB GDDR5
  • 16GB DDR RAM
  • 2TB HDD + GB SSD
  • 10// LAN + WiFi 5 WLAN
  • Windows 10 Home

Let nothing stop you from playing at your best. With the industry's latest components, micro-ATX compatible upgradability, and a design that you can personalize, the OMEN Obelisk delivers performance to achieve new heights.

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HP Omen Obelisk Review_

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The Omen Obelisk HP gaming PC is a beast thanks to the included hardware, and the words &#;best gaming pc&#; comes to mind. Being a custom build, buyers can further improve the gaming performance by adding more RAM, and other components. Like other similarly priced gaming PCs, this one is VR ready as well.

Why We Like It &#; HP Omen Obelisk Review

The HP Omen Obelisk has a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 processor, and an Nvidia GeForce RTX video card with ray tracing technology. This desktop PC can play anything you throw at it, including the latest games. It gets top points for design thanks to the transparent side panel and compact gaming case.

Pros

  • Intel Core i9 chipset with liquid cooling
  • W Platinum efficiency power supply
  • Nvidia GeForce RTX Super 6GB graphics card

Cons

  • Fans can get loud
  • Bottom of the case needs more ventilation

Performance

The Obelisk is powered by a 9th generation Intel Core iK processor, which is liquid cooled for optimum performance. HP has installed the Nvidia GeForce RTX Super graphics card with 6GB memory, which features ray-tracing technology. However, you can also choose to equip the system with Intel Core i CPU, and Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics. For smooth gameplay, the PC comes with 32GB DDR4 RAM upgradeable to 64GB. If you’re looking for a gaming PC that’s cheaper and supports VR games, then try out the CyberpowerPC Gamer Xtreme Gaming PC.

Design

The Omen Obelisk features a transparent side panel that not only provides the case a nice look, but also makes it easy to upgrade parts. The panel is easily removable and lets you clean the internals without any fuss. HP has utilised an angled design that enables easy opening of the case without needing much tools. It comes with two fans that help with cooling, and you also get internal RGB lighting that can be customised with the Omen Command Center. Those who want a flashier PC with more fans and lights, should check out the iBUYPOWER Pro Gaming PC.

Value

Compared to other similarly spec’d gaming PCs, the Omen Obelisk is much better value for money. HP has taken some shortcuts to reduce the pricing, but you do get more powerful hardware, a W power supply unit, and a 1TB SSD hard drive. The command center software from Omen lets the user control several aspects of the PCs performance with network task prioritisation, etc. HP also bundles a wired optical mouse, a keyboard and in-built Wi-Fi. If you prefer an AMD Ryzen powered computer, then the SkyTech Blaze II Gaming PC is a good alternative.

HP Omen Obelisk Review Wrap Up

The HP Omen Obelisk is a great gaming PC that is powered by a 9th Gen Intel Core i9 chipset, Nvidia GeForce RTX GPU, and a W power supply. It also gets liquid cooling for the CPU, in-built Wi-Fi, plenty of RAM and storage, and looks sleek with its compact design. Our only gripe with it is that the fans get too loud and the overall cooling isn’t adequate.

Performance9

Design8

Value8

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HP OMEN Obelisk Gaming Desktop Computer - Intel

Operating system Windows 10 Home 64 Memory HyperX® 16 GB DDR MHz RAM (1 x 16 GB) Memory Note Transfer rates up to MT/s. Memory Slots 2 UDIMM Internal Storage GB PCIe® NVMe M.2 SSD Storage type SSD Cloud service 25 GB Dropbox storage for 12 months4 Processor Intel® Core iK ( GHz base frequency, up to GHz with Intel® Turbo Boost Technology, 12 MB L3 cache, 8 cores)5 6 Processor family 9th Generation Intel® Core i7 processor Graphics Integrated
Discrete Graphics (integrated) Intel® UHD Graphics  Graphics (discrete) NVIDIA® GeForce® RTX SUPER (8 GB GDDR6 dedicated)7 Minimum dimensions (W x D x H) x x in Keyboard USB black wired keyboard and mouse combo Audio features DTS Studio Sound, DTS Headphone:X Expansion slots 1 PCIe x16
2 M.2 I/O Port location Front
Rear Ports 2 USB Type A
1 headphone/microphone combo
1 USB Type-C
4 USB Gen 1
1 USB Gen 2
1 audio-in
1 audio-out
1 microphone-in Network interface Integrated 10// GbE LAN Wireless Realtek a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi® and Bluetooth® combo8 Video connectors 1 DVI
1 HDMI
2 DisplayPort
1 Virtual Link (USB-C) Product color Shadow black front bezel, dark chrome logo, glass side panel Ecolabels ENERGY STAR® certified Software included McAfee LiveSafe9 Software - Productivity & finance 1 month trial for new Microsoft customers10
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For something so simple, the HP Omen Obelisk is surprisingly attractive. With its glass side window and obelisk-inspired facade trimmed with the renegade Omen logo, it’s got a lot of style in its otherwise straightforward chassis. This is an appealing gaming PC that isn’t so over-the-top in its gaming aesthetic that it ends up looking gaudy.

But, how does it fare against its powerhouse brother, the HP Omen Desktop PC. The Obelisk looks good, for sure, and it fits perfectly on the desktop of a gamer who values elegant design, but a gaming PC can’t just get by on looks alone. Can it match the Omen Desktop’s brute strength when you're playing the best PC games?

Short answer is yes. The long answer… well, it’s more complicated once you look at pricing, specs and its available configurations. The Omen Obelisk plays games like butter, but only if you’ve splurged on its innards. If you only have enough budget for one of the cheaper configurations, it might not be powerful enough.

The good news is the HP Omen Obelisk is expected to get some decent discounts on Black Friday and Cyber Monday. If you're not completely convinced, we recommend waiting until then to hit that buy button until Black Friday and Cyber Monday roll around at the end of November.

Spec Sheet

Here is the HP Omen Obelisk configuration sent to TechRadar for review: 

CPU: 8th Generation Intel Core i (hexa-core, 12MB cache, up to GHz)
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce RTX (8GB GDDR6 dedicated)
RAM: HyperX 32GB DDR SDRAM (2 x 16 GB)
Motherboard: Edoras micro-ATX
Power Supply:  Shadow Black tower with W Bronze efficiency power supply and side window
Storage: GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD / 1TB rpm SATA
Ports (front): USB Gen 1 Type A with fast charge, USB Gen 1 Type A, audio combo jack, mic jack
Ports (rear): USB Gen 2 Type A, USB Gen 2 Type C, 4 x USB Gen 1 Type A, RJ, 3 x audio outputs, 3 x Displayport, HDMI , DVI8
Connectivity: a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) Wi-Fi and Bluetooth M.2 combo
Operating System: Windows 10 Home
Weight: lb ( kg)
Size: x x in ( x x cm)

Price and availability

Thundering specs help put our review model of the HP Omen Obelisk on the gaming PC map. It swaggers with an 8th generation Intel Core i7, 32GB RAM, GB SSD + 1TB HDD storage and the Nvidia GeForce RTX – a GPU far superior than the and has advantages over the Ti that was in the Omen Desktop we reviewed a while back. This configuration is unsurprisingly expensive at $, which includes the glass side window so you can showcase those amazing specs every chance you get. Although, at the time of the review, HP did knock $ off the price and will most likely do so again.

A similar configuration is on hand in the UK with a couple of differences: it has half the memory, at 16GB, and a storage combo of GB SSD + 2TB HDD. That configuration, which is the most expensive in the UK, sets you back £1,, which makes it more or less $ pricier than its US counterpart. 

Unfortunately, Australian buyers won’t find a similar configuration. The closest you can get is an HP Omen Obelisk at AU$2,, with considerably lower specs: AMD Ryzen 7 , Nvidia GeForce GTX , 16GB RAM and GB SSD+2TB HDD storage. It’s the most expensive option as well as one of the only two configurations available in Australia, the other being featuring an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU, GB SSD+1TB HDD storage, along with the same GPU and RAM for AU$2,

If you want to completely splurge on the specs in the US, you can kit the HP Omen Obelisk out with an Intel Core i9, 64GB of RAM, GB SSD + 3TB HDD + 3TB HDD, and the Nvidia GeForce RTX Ti for a whopping $3,

Going down to the entry-level in the US, and you’ll find a $ configuration featuring an AMD Ryzen 5 X CPU, Nvidia GeForce GTX , 8GB RAM and 1TB of HDD storage. It’s far from being a game-changer. If you want to save some money and still have a quality gaming experience, upgrading this to boast an AMD Ryzen 5 CPU and 16GB RAM will only cost you $ more and give you solid AAA gaming on medium to high settings.

On the other hand, the entry model in the UK has an Intel Core i5, Nvidia GeForce GTX , 8GB RAM, GB SSD+1TB HDD storage and the glass side window. It will set you back £

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Design

Those who are more partial to over-the-top gaming looks might find the HP Omen Obelisk’s aesthetic a tad underwhelming. Not that it doesn’t have gaming flair of its own – you can upgrade to a glass side panel so you can show off the innards, spotlighted by the RGB lighting on the chassis ceiling. The facade has its upper and lower sections tapered, reminiscent of the type of monument its named after, with the RGB-lit Omen logo etched on the upper section. Finally, the RGB lighting in both spots are customizable via the Omen Command Center software, which we will discuss in detail later.

Beyond that, however, the Omen Obelisk doesn’t have any design frills, which we honestly appreciate. We also like it better than the Omen Desktop’s aggressive Decepticon look. It reminds us of the old towers we use to have in the '90s, in that it’s a straight up rectangular tower – except it’s painted black, it’s classier and has the aforementioned trims for a modern aesthetic. Additionally, unlike the Omen Desktop, it’s slim rather than bulky.

Like the Omen Desktop, it boasts a tool-less design, even if it isn’t as extensive. The side panel pops open effortlessly; all you need to do is press the large, textured button on the back. This gives you easy access to the interior, especially if you’d like to upgrade or customize. The two hard drive bays located behind the front panel use tabs to lock the hard drives in place and pop them out quickly should you need to. In the spirit of upgradability, it’s made to micro-ATX standards so you can easily do so with many aftermarket parts.

The HP Omen Obelisk has a diverse number of available ports, also like the Omen Desktop, with some in the front and a few others in the back so you have several different ways of connecting your different peripherals and devices.

The only thing we don’t like about the Omen Obelisk’s design is the fact that it’s missing the top handle, perhaps to maintain the minimalist aesthetic. This exclusion is a little disappointing, as it makes the PC much harder to pick up and carry around. To do so, you’d have to pick the whole thing up from the bottom.

Our review unit does come with its own keyboard and mouse. They’re definitely not ideal for gaming, but since most, if not all, gamers invest in peripherals specifically designed for gaming, anyway, getting into details about these isn’t necessary.

Benchmarks

Here’s how the HP Omen Obelisk performed in our suite of benchmark tests:

3DMark:Sky Diver: 43,; Fire Strike: 19,; Time Spy: 9,
Cinebench CPU: 1, points; Graphics: fps
GeekBench: 4, (single-core); 26, (multi-core)
PCMark 8 (Home Test): 4, points
Total War: Warhammer II (p, Ultra): fps; (p, Low): fps
Shadow of the Tomb Raider (p, Ultra): fps; (p, Low): fps

Performance

Because the HP Omen Obelisk has three main configurations that are pretty distinct, it’s hard to generalize the performance of this gaming PC. For this review’s sake, therefore, we’ll focus on our review unit, which, while souped up, isn’t the most expensive option available in the US.

One awesome thing about this Omen Obelisk configuration is that it touts the new Nvidia GeForce RTX This, we want to mention again, is a GPU far superior than the and has certain advantages over the Ti that the Omen Desktop has. Not only does it run faster, but its Turing architecture also allows for real-time ray tracing and deep learning supersampling (DLSS), which is an improvement over traditional Temporal Anti-Aliasing.

While ray tracing is not currently being utilized in many games, this functionality does make the RTX future-proof, as well as a powerhouse when handling demanding, AAA games on Ultra settings and high resolutions.

HP pairs this GPU with an 8th Generation Intel Core i7 and 32GB RAM, both designed to handle very demanding games and applications, to guarantee top-notch gaming performance.

We do see some minor frame drops in Total War: Warhammer II, but it also averages close to 65 frames per second (fps) on Ultra, which is good. There are also a couple of frame drops in Shadow of the Tomb Raider, but it also averages at fps on Ultra.

In other AAA games, however, everything plays like butter. Whether we’re playing Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Final Fantasy XV, The Witcher 3, Sekiro, Far Cry 5, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Total War: Warhammer 2 or Hitman 2, we run into almost zero issues, even with all maxed out settings. That is, we don’t experience any latency or tearing, only smooth movements and rock-solid performance. Hitman 2 did crash on us just once, but only once. 

Honestly, our only regret is that we can’t test it with the HP Omen 27 Gaming Monitor, which can be overclocked to Hz and has G-Sync technology.

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Let nothing stop you from playing at your best. With the industry's latest components, micro—ATX compatible upgradability, and a design that you can personalize, the OMEN Obelisk delivers performance to achieve new heights.

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Experience powerful, fluid gaming with the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX graphics and the latest Hexa-Core 8th Generation Intel® Core™ i7 processor. 

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Key Features:

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Processor:Intel Core i GHz (Turbo up to GHz)
12 MB Cache
Processor Core:Hexa-Core
Memory:HyperX 16GB DDR SDRAM (1 x 16 GB)
Max Memory:Upgradeable to 32GB (2 DIMM slots)
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX (3GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Hard Drive:1 TB rpm SATA hard drive
GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Optical Drive:None
Sound:DTS Studio Sound, DTS Headphone:X
Wireless:a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth M.2 combo
Network:Integrated 10// Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Media Card Reader:Yes; multi-format
I/O Ports:
(1) DVI
(1) HDMI
​(3) DisplayPort
(6) USB Gen 1
(1) USB Gen 2
(1) USB Type-C
(1) Headphone/microphone combo
(3) Audio-in
(1) Audio-out
Expansion Slots:
(1) PCIe x16
(2) M.2

Internal Drive Bays:
​(2) " occupied
Operating System:
Windows 10 Home bit
Power Supply:
W Bronze efficiency power supply
Dimensions:
x x in

 

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  • HP OMEN Obelisk Gaming Minitower Desktop, Intel i GHz, NVIDIA GTX 3GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SATA + GB M.2 SSD, ac, Bluetooth, Win10Home
  • USB wired keyboard
  • USB wired optical mouse
Specifications:
Processor:Intel Core i GHz (Turbo up to GHz)
12 MB Cache
Processor Core:Hexa-Core
Memory:HyperX 16GB DDR SDRAM (1 x 16 GB)
Max Memory:Upgradeable to 32GB (2 DIMM slots)
Graphics:NVIDIA GeForce GTX (3GB GDDR5 dedicated)
Hard Drive:1 TB rpm SATA hard drive
GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
Optical Drive:None
Sound:DTS Studio Sound, DTS Headphone:X
Wireless:a/b/g/n/ac (2x2) and Bluetooth M.2 combo
Network:Integrated 10// Gigabit Ethernet LAN
Media Card Reader:Yes; multi-format
I/O Ports:
(1) DVI
(1) HDMI
​(3) DisplayPort
(6) USB Gen 1
(1) USB Gen 2
(1) USB Type-C
(1) Headphone/microphone combo
(3) Audio-in
(1) Audio-out
Expansion Slots:
(1) PCIe x16
(2) M.2

Internal Drive Bays:
​(2) " occupied
Operating System:
Windows 10 Home bit
Power Supply:
W Bronze efficiency power supply
Dimensions:
x x in

 

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  • HP OMEN Obelisk Gaming Minitower Desktop, Intel i GHz, NVIDIA GTX 3GB, 16GB DDR4, 1TB SATA + GB M.2 SSD, ac, Bluetooth, Win10Home
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HP Omen Obelisk Review

HP Omen Obelisk review

HP Omen Obelisk

DT Recommended Product

“The HP Omen Obelisk has the power serious gamers need at a surprisingly affordable price.”

Pros

  • Sleek, compact design
  • Ray tracing-ready and VR-capable
  • Designed for upgradeability
  • Accessible ports
  • Competitively priced

Cons

  • Ships with older CPU and slower storage
  • Nvidia RTX Ti not an option (yet)
  • Glass window doesn’t help with boring internal design

Prebuilt PCs were once the subject of ridicule among enthusiast gamers. HP hopes to change popular opinion and the conversation in gaming circles with its newest Omen Obelisk.

This gaming PC targets more serious gamers with features like Intel&#;s Core i7 or AMD Ryzen processors, fast HyperX RAM, optional Intel Optane memory, and Nvidia&#;s latest GeForce RTX graphics. And the best part is that this compact gaming desktop tower still comes with enough internal space to support future upgrades.

The Omen Obelisk has a modest sub-$ starting price, but you won’t be impressed with those specs. Our upgraded $1, review unit comes is the one you want with its sleek case,  large tempered glass window, and high-end components. You might be surprised how much gaming goodness HP managed to pack into this package.

Understated appeal

Though it likely won&#;t appeal to gamers seeking a flashier system, the Obelisk&#;s more demure aesthetics make it fit more easily into a home office setup. With its all-black metal construction, sleek tempered glass side window, and subtle LED lighting, HP is clearly targeting home users who may need this desktop to serve dual purposes for work and play.

HP Omen Obelisk

Unless you’re able to spot the glowing LED-lit Omen logo at the top of the pyramidal-shaped Obelisk in the front or notice the glowing backlight through the glass panel, the Omen Obelisk can easily pass as a standard consumer desktop. HP doesn’t downplay the Obelisk’s Omen gaming heritage though. It’s just a stylish tower that foregoes the garish flourishes that are traditionally linked to gaming PCs.

With a name like Obelisk, you&#;d expect HP&#;s desktop to tower on your desk. Fortunately, that&#;s not the case, as the Omen Obelisk is a compact desktop even though it comes in a familiar tower form factor. Our review unit supports a microATX Edoras motherboard and full-size graphics card, helping to keep the overall footprint to a minimum on your desk. You still have access to an array of ports and plenty of space inside the case for future upgrades.

Despite a showy, un-tinted tempered glass window, there isn&#;t much visual interest inside.

The Obelisk&#;s x x inch (width x length x height) dimensions is comparable in size to the Asus ROG Strix GL12CX gaming desktop, making both towers fairly compact for the RTX graphics power that’s inside. The ROG benefits, however, from a larger ATX-sized motherboard and a newer processor but comes with a significantly more expensive $3, price tag.

But if size is a concern, boutique gaming firm Origin PC’s recently refreshed custom-built Neuron ships with a microATX motherboard with a 9th-Gen Intel Core i9 and beefier RTX Ti graphics. The Lenovo Legion C is smaller still, but that cooler-inspired PC comes underpowered with last generation’s GTX graphics.

Under the looking glass

Despite its un-tinted see-through side tempered glass window, there really isn&#;t much visual interest inside. Like competing gaming systems, there&#;s configurable RGB lighting, and the handy cable management system keeps things organized and tidy. But you won&#;t find a fancy RTX graphics cards with glowing logo or a fancy radiator.

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HP Omen Obelisk

Where the glass panel design really comes into play is on the upgraded Omen Obelisk configuration that was announced at CES This newer model tops out with a newer Intel Core i9 processor and more powerful RTX Ti graphics. The eye-catching elements from this model include the radiator and pipes from the liquid cooling system, which should help provide more visual interest when you&#;re looking through the glass.

HP is clearly targeting people who may need this desktop to serve dual purposes for work and play.

For DIYers who want more control of their desktops, the EMI-coated glass panel can be accessed without tools. HP claims that the clear EMI coating helps to prevent any radio or magnetic interference. By pulling a latch on the rear of the tower, the side panel can be quickly removed, giving access to all the internal components. Inside, you&#;ll find access to two RAM sockets, two M.2 sockets, full-height graphics card, fan, hard drive, and a watt power supply unit (PSU). Though the low watt rating on the PSU may seem underwhelming given the RTX graphics card, we encountered zero issues with this configuration.

Although our build doesn&#;t come with much in terms of active cooling, the Obelisk did manage to keep temperatures in check with strategically placed vents along the rear, sides, and top. The bottom-mounted PSU also helps with heat dissipation, and two non-LED-lit fans help with air circulation. In use, the fans sounded a bit louder than some competing premium gaming PCs that we’ve tested in the past. There&#;s also a dust filter, which comes in handy to keep things looking clean when you have a large see-through glass panel.

The tower supports plenty of room for expansion, should you need to swap in a beefier PSU or decide to upgrade to a GeForce RTX Ti card in the future. RAM and storage are both quick upgrades. The Omen Obelisk also ships with HP&#;s USB keyboard and mouse, but serious gamers will either bring their own peripherals or upgrade the stock accessories.

Reachable ports

The Omen Obelisk includes two arrays of ports to help you connect your monitor, keyboard, mouse, and other peripherals. Mainstays, like the power cable, display output, and speaker connection, can be plugged into the rear. Five USB ports, a single USB-C port, HDMI, and three DisplayPort connections, Ethernet jack, and audio ports line the back of the unit.

HP Omen Obelisk

On this generation of the Omen Obelisk, HP redesigned the top ports with a front-facing design for easier access. On the prior generation, the Obelisk was designed with rear-facing ports, making for a sleeker and cleaner design at the expense of port accessibility. Up top, you&#;ll find two USB ports, headphone jack, microphone jack, and the power button.

Priced to perform

In a move to keep costs down, and likely in a rush to release the Obelisk sooner to gamers, HP opted not to wait for Intel’s newer 9th-Generation processors. As a result, the Omen Obelisk units that shipped in late came with 8th-Generation Intel processors. Our review system came configured with an Intel Coffee Lake Core i CPU with six cores and 12 threads.

The slower performance of Intel’s previous generation processor is apparent, however, when running processor benchmarks. The Omen Obelisk posted lower single- and multi-core scores than competing systems that use 9th-Generation Intel Core iK processors, like the Origin Chronos, Digital Storm Aventum X, and Asus ROG Strix GL12CX. Compared to the Alienware Area R5’s Intel Core iXE processor, the Obelisk posted mixed results, scoring points higher on the single-core test and more than 3, points lower on the multi-core test. When we used Handbrake to encode a sample 4K movie, the test performed 38 percent faster on the ROG than the Omen Obelisk.

And even though our unit comes with a GB Mformat solid-state drive made by SK Hynix, the drive was on the slower side, with Mb/s read and Mb/s write speeds. These speeds are slower than competing Samsung, Toshiba, and Western Digital Drives on other units we&#;ve reviewed, like the Aventum X, Microsoft Surface Studio 2, and Huawei MateBook It&#;s even slower than the Lenovo Legion C, which comes with a smaller GB SK Hynix SSD.

There&#;s also a 1TB hard drive on this system, and users who need more storage capacity can add a third drive. Both hard drives are easily accessible in the hard drive bays, and swapping out the M.2 SSD is an easy task, only requiring unscrewing a single Phillips-head screw.

Ray tracing ready gaming

Thankfully, despite somewhat slower processing speeds relative to contemporary rivals, the Obelisk remains competitive in the graphics department, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics. Still, despite sharing a similar graphics card as the Asus ROG Strix GL12CX, the Omen Obelisk performed slightly worse across 3DMark Time Spy, Sky Diver, and Fire Strike tests. Both units’ scores were similarly lower than the Origin Chronos, which is to be expected given that the Chronos ships with an RTX Ti card. With 3DMark’s new Port Royale benchmark, which measures ray tracing, the Obelisk scored 5, points with an average of FPS (frames per second).

In our gaming tests, the Omen Obelisk again delivered similar performance levels as other systems with Nvidia’s RTX graphics. In general, marks across the board in titles like Civilization VI, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Battlefield I, and Rocket League were slightly lower on the Obelisk than the Origin Chronos.

In Battlefield I, Civilization VI, and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, the Obelisk delivered well over 60 FPS across all game settings, even in 4K resolution. In Deus Ex: Mankind Dividedat 4K in Ultra mode, there was a noticeable dip in performance, but the Obelisk performed 10 FPS better than the Asus ROG Strix GL12CX’s 39 FPS mark despite both systems sharing similar graphics cards. This shows that even with an aging 8th-gen Intel processor, the Obelisk was still able to keep up with competitors running newer 9th-gen silicon.

Given the consistently strong performance of the Obelisk, gamers may not notice much of a performance gap, even with an older processor. In general, we found that the RTX series graphics delivered more consistent results across , p, and 4K resolutions than the older GTX series, which showed a slowdown in framerates at higher resolutions.

With the real-time ray-tracing enabled on Battlefield V, we noticed that the game appeared more realistic, and we appreciated the added level of details. The feature, however, does tax the system at higher resolutions, and there’s a noticeable dip in performance when ray-tracing is cranked to “ultra” in 4K resolution. With ray-tracing off and HDR enabled, the game played on average between 56 to 59 FPS in p, p, and 4K resolutions at approximately 60Hz. When ray-tracing is enabled, framerates remained consistent at lower p and 2K resolutions, but in 4K, performance in the “Nordlys” mission dropped to just 32 FPS.

Warranty

HP offers a standard one-year off-site warranty covering parts, labor, and shipping fees to send the unit to a repair center. Gamers who want longer peace of mind can choose an upgraded two-year warranty for $ or a two-year plan with accidental damage protection for $ The latter covers unexpected events, like water spills or even drops, which can come in handy if you find yourself frequently toting the Obelisk to LAN parties.

HP&#;s base one-year warranty falls in line with what mainstream brands, like Dell&#;s Alienware and Lenovo&#;s Legion offers, but these rivals offer longer premium packages that can extend the protection of your system for up to five years. More expensive build-to-order systems from boutique brands like Origin PC and Digital Storm come with a base three-year limited warranty.

Our Take

HP made some sacrifices to rush the Omen Obelisk out at the end of , and this means that the unit doesn’t top out with the best CPU or GPU at the best configuration. Still, at a sub-$2, price point, the Obelisk’s 8th-Gen Intel – rather than the newer 9th-Gen silicon – processor and RTX graphics does a commendable job at handling framerates in game play.

In our benchmarks, we found that HP’s decision to go with Intel’s last generation processor didn’t have much of an impact on gaming performance. And unless you’re pushing the gaming envelope with ray-tracing titles at the highest game settings at 4K resolutions, going with the Obelisk’s RTX graphics, instead of the flagship RTX Ti will likely save you a bit of cash, as performance with ray-tracing enabled generally only dropped at resolutions greater than p.

Is there a better alternative?

If you’re okay with Intel’s last generation processors, HP’s Omen Obelisk is very competitively priced for its specifications. Asus’ competing ROG Strix, for example, costs approximately $1, more than the Obelisk at $3, At that price, you’re getting a newer 9th-Generation Intel Core i processor. Dell’s Alienware Area desktop costs the same price as the ROG Strix, but you’re getting an eight-core Intel Core iX processor, 16GB RAM, and GB M.2 solid-state drive coupled with a 1TB hard drive.

Boutique PC manufacturer Origin PC’s Chronos desktop also comes in a similarly compact package. When configured with an Intel Core iK processor and an RTX graphics card, the Origin starts at $2,, which is a $ premium over the Obelisk. Origin offers far more customization options if you like to trick out your rig, but the Chronos doesn’t come with HP’s single-pane window design.

If you’re a more serious gamer, you’ll want to wait for the version of the Omen Obelisk that HP announced at CES. The Obelisk maintains the same aesthetics and design as our review unit, but the improved configuration maxes out with newer Intel Core i9 processor, better RTX Ti graphics, and a radiator for liquid cooling. This updated model is expected to deliver more power for computational tasks and improved gaming performance. It’s slated to arrive in March starting at $2,, so pricing on the 8th-gen Intel configuration could drop at that time.

How long will it last?

Regardless of which configuration you settle on, the HP Omen Obelisk will satisfy your gaming needs for years to come. All the internal components are upgradeable, and if you opt for an RTX series graphics card, you’re buying a future-proof PC. The challenge for most gamers who purchase this and other RTX-equipped system is waiting for developers to add support for ray tracing into their titles, and that process can take a while.

Should you buy it?

Yes. If you don’t have the patience to source your own parts to build your own PC, HP’s Omen Obelisk is a great pre-built alternative that’s competitively priced and well equipped to deliver the performance most gamers need. Though it’s a gaming tower that’s targeted at mainstream gamers, it’s got enough features – ease of upgrade, RTX power, and a modern design – that makes this desktop appealing to the enthusiast.

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WIth an origin story that dates all the way back to a tiny Palo Alto garage in the s, Hewlett Packard has been one the premiere names in prebuilt PCs for a very long time. Their Omen line of desktops and laptops is their midrange play, aimed at gamers who value performance but don't have a massive budget to burn on their hobby. The Obelisk is the desktop offering, and it's constructed from some powerful parts at a price very near what you'd pay to assemble it yourself. 

The Obelisk won't wow you with its aesthetics, and it doesn't have a lot of room for further upgrades and expansion, but if you're in the market for a PC that can handle the current generation of games at 4K and will easily tide you over for several years into the next generation, the Obelisk is an excellent choice. It's solid value and demonstrates HP's long-running reputation of focusing on the important elements of prebuilt machines without bloating the budget with needless extras.

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HP Omen Obelisk - Design

The Obelisk is packed into a fairly standard micro-ATX case and while the interior is pleasantly open there's very little wasted space. This means that the Obelisk is pretty slender, though slightly taller than many desktops - it's easy to tuck out the way under or alongside a desk or to slide into the chamber of an entertainment center. The exterior of the case is fairly simple and attractive, with hard black lines and a triangular design clearly inspired by the machine's namesake, and the logo centered on the upper front panel can be lit via the Omen Command Center to any color your heart desires. There's a tempered glass pane on one side of the case adorned with the same logo, through which you can see the PC's internals.

It's here that the aesthetic design of the Obelisk stumbles. The interior of the case is illuminated but the colored lighting can't be adjusted, meaning you're stuck with the sort of gloomy yellowish-red that's the system default. While the poor lighting doesn't do it any favors, the interior build isn't the sort of showcase that would look particularly gorgeous even under ideal conditions. The CPU cooler is offset diagonally, which looks sort of clumsy, and aside from the RTX the performance parts are very bland looking. It's a workmanlike presentation that belies the sleek, monolithic black design of the rest of the case. The lower-spec model of the Obelisk replaces the glass panel with opaque black plastic, and I actually prefer the look of the cheaper offering.

 HP Omen Obelisk - Performance

Performance is the category where the Obelisk shines. The model I reviewed comes equipped with a Core i, a Nvidia Geforce RTX , 32GB of HyperX DDRMHz RAM, and a GB SSD (as well as a 2TB HDD for additional storage). The 32GB of RAM is very welcome, and works in tandem with Nvidia's shiny new ray tracing card and the 8th gen processor to manhandle games at p Ultra and even admirably chew through newer titles at 4K Ultra. 

Using Shadow of the Tomb Raider's internal benchmark utility, the Obelisk returned an average of 89 FPS at p and a very respectable 39 FPS at 4K. The Total War; Warhammer 2 results were slightly less impressive but still solid, with the Obelisk managing frames per second at p but struggling at FPS at 4K. It's a solid baseline performance even at 4K, and turning down a couple of dials easily yielded over 60 FPS in several other games I tested at 4K. Of course, neither of the titles we used for benchmarking support ray tracing or DLSS, which are reportedly fairly demanding rendering techniques, so with those enabled 4K may be a less viable resolution on the Obelisk without significant frame drops. That's purely speculation at this point, however, and will largely depend on how well optimized devs implementation of DXR is from title to title.

As we'd expect from Intel's 8th gen Core i7, the clocked in at a strong cb in  Cinebranch's CPU benchmark, and at cb in single core performance. That's right around where we'd expect the to land, and similar to results returned by other machines with the same processor. The is an excellent choice for gaming PCs because while it's a very capable CPU, it's not ridiculously overpowered (CPU performancing being a fairly secondary concern for gaming) and is thus reasonably affordable, leaving some room in the budget for builders to splurge on other parts like the Obelisk's 32GB of RAM. It is a shame, however, that we get the non-K processor which can't be overclocked, something of a theme across the Obelisk - what you see is what you get, and there's little room to upgrade.

 HP Omen Obelisk - Features

While the 32GB of included RAM is nice, it's a good thing the initial allotment is so generous because the Obelisk only has two DIMM slots. There's also only a single additional storage bay for another drive, which comes as something of a disappointment for someone who's gathered a massive collection of hard drives over the past several years. And there's no room to SLI in an additional video card, which looking at the included doesn't feel like much of an issue in the present, may seem limiting a few years down the road. While the Obelisk does have really handy toolless interior access (the glass panel pops easily off at the press of a button on the rear of the case), the overall sense I get from the machine is that it's designed to be used as is and the hardware has been appropriately future proofed as a result. While this makes sense in the review unit we tested, it becomes more of an issue with the lower-specced iterations of the Obelisk that are available. 

On the upside, the Obelisk comes with a fairly generous range of ports, with two USB Gen 1 Type-A ports and mm audio jacks on the front, and another four USB Gen 1 Type-A ports as well as a USB Gen 2 Type-A port and USB Gen 2 Type-C port on the rear. 

Overall - should you buy it?

The Obelisk delivers where it counts: performance and value. At less than $2,, the Obelisk is a lot of machine at a very competitive price, and we've seen a model with 16GB of RAM going for as little as $ At that price, it goes from solid value to an absolute steal, but even at MSRP the Obelisk is a good deal, priced competitively with similarly specced machines like Corsair's Vengeance , which packs 16GB less RAM but adds features like liquid cooling and and an over the top RGB lighting package. 

That's illustrative of the Obelisk as a whole - it eschews flashy extras and frills and instead delivers a package that's laser focused on delivering performance right now, with little to no fuss. It's a very plug and play - if you don't want to tinker with it, you can go from plugging it in to playing AAA games in 4K in a matter of minutes. While it may not be perfectly oriented to be the machine of tomorrow, it makes a very strong case that it's perfectly suited to be the machine of today. 

HP Omen Obelisk gaming PC review: "A mighty machine short on extras but strong on performance"

A user-friendly PC with a bellyful of powerful parts that falls a little short on the aesthetic and upgrade side

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