Monday, November 6, 2017

HP Omen 15-ce087TX Gaming Notebook Review


Omen gaming laptop from HP finally experienced a total overhaul in its latest line. Appearance is one sector that undergoes a thorough improvement. Previously, Omen's gaming laptop from HP looked remarkably similar to the appearance of the Pavilion series but with the distinctive "skin" of the Omen series. The redesign of the Omen gaming laptop from HP seems to be sweet with the appearance of being more "gahar" and cool, in accordance with the taste of today's gamers.

Of Omen gaming laptop from Hp not only experienced a reshuffle on the side of the course. Now it also offers greater hardware expansion capabilities, easy and comprehensive access to internal components, more complete and diverse connectors, and is ready to handle VR content though. Even to ensure the best experience when playing games, Omen's gaming laptop from HP features "gaming grade" components ranging from processor, graphics card, memory / RAM, storage, keyboard, screen, even cooling system.

In this article we will review one variant of Omen gaming laptop from HP in class price 26 millions rupiah. Special variant of this one has adopted the latest variant of graphics card from NVIDIA laptops that offer more efficient gaming performance. Let's take a closer look at the greatness offered by HP Omen 15-ce087TX in this article.

Specification


Intel Core i7 7700HQ processor has become a popular choice among gaming laptop manufacturers so it is not strange if HP Omen 15-ce087TX use it. Core i7 7700HQ is built on Kaby Lake CPU architecture with 14+ nanometer fabrication process. Core i7 7700HQ is a four-core processor but thanks to Hyper-Threading technology it is able to work on eight computing processes at once so it is suitable to handle applications with the demands of a massive thread count. The base clock speed of Core i7 7700HQ is 2.8 GHz with Turbo Boost 2.0 clock speed of 3.8 GHz when one core works, 3.6 GHz when two cores work, and 3.4 GHz when four cores work.

HP Omen combines Core i7 7700HQ processor with FCBGA1440 socket-based motherboard based on the latest chipset for Core i 7th Generation, Intel HM175.


HP Omen 15-ce087TX features DDR4 (1.2-volt) memory / RAM with 16 GB capacity so that this gaming laptop is ready to handle the most voracious modern applications of memory though. The speed of memory / RAM used is 2400 MHz which is the standard speed on the Core i 7th Generation platform. Memory / RAM in configuration in dual channel so that system performance is more optimal. HP Omen 15-ce087TX alone supports up to 32 GB maximum memory / RAM.

HP Omen 15-ce087TX is a gaming laptop that rely on GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card with Max-Q Design. GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design itself is the latest variant of NVIDIA laptop graphics card built on hardware-based similar to GeForce GTX 1060 Notebook.


There are three variants of graphics card laptop with NVIDIA Max-Q Design technology that is GeForce GTX 1080, GTX 1070, and GTX 1060. Implementation of technology allows manufacturers to create thin gaming laptop with a thickness of not more than 18 mm. The key behind Max-Q Design technology is to look for the highest point of work efficiency in which GPU clock increments still result in relevant performance increases. NVIDIA finds as it passes through a certain point, the GPU clock rise does not result in a performance increase commensurate with the use of electrical power and also the heat generated. Therefore graphics card with NVIDIA Max-Q Design technology is operated at the most efficient clock speed, not as high as the standard variant. With such clock speed specifications, the heat generated graphics card becomes lower so that the laptop cooling system can be made smaller. The size of the laptop can be made smaller and thinner. Not only that, the fan can also be operated at a lower speed so the noise is reduced.

GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design at HP Omen 15-ce087TX has 1063 MHz GPU base clock specs with GPU 1342 MHz boost clock. For comparison, GeForce GTX 1060 Notebook has a specification base clock GPU 1404 MHz with boost clock GPU 1670 MHz. This GPU clock specification makes the Graphics Power value down from 120 Watt for a standard variant, ranging from 60 to 70 Watt on GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design. Fortunately for the specs other than the GPU clock, the Max-Q Design version remains the same as the standard version as in the fixed memory clock at 8008 MHz.

Omen laptops latest generation gaming laptop line has undergone a complete overhaul of the body design as seen on the HP Omen 15-ce087TX. Compared to one previous generation, Omen gaming laptop by HP now presents a body design with many tapered corners. Changes are also made on the screen hinges of the two-point design on the right and left sides into one in the middle. Of course the characteristic colors of Omen by HP products with black dominance and red elements in certain components are maintained.

Most of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX body is made of plastic material while the area around the keyboard and touchpad using aluminum material with metal brush finish motif. Plastic material feels to have high quality and so sturdy.


The surface of the back side of the screen did not escape the touch of designer hands gaming laptop Omen by HP. Motifs of carbon fiber and metal brush finish combined with Omen logo and red X marks make the appearance of HP Omen 15-ce087TX looks more "gahar".

HP Omen 15-ce087TX body has a size of 38.85 x 27.55 cm for long and wide sides with a thickness of 2.48 cm. Quite unfortunate use of GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design is not followed by the use of thinner body design. However, the laptop with a thick body generally equipped with a cooling system with the ability to handle high TDP components. But the dimensions of such a body ultimately paid by the weight of HP Omen 15-ce087TX which reached 2.62 kg.


The HP Omen 15-ce087TX features a 15.6-inch LED-size LCD screen with Full HD / 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution that generates a pixel density of 141 PPI. Special, the HP Omen 15-ce087TX screen supports a refresh rate of up to 120 Hz which makes the motion animation smoother than the conventional 60 Hz screen. The frame rate limitations go up to 120 fps when the anti-image tearing feature, V-Sync, is enabled. Not only that, the HP Omen 15-ce087TX screen uses an IPS panel that is known to display richer and more accurate colors and has a very wide viewing angle of up to 178 °. HP also designed the surface of the screen with a layer that is not shiny so it does not have the properties of bouncing like a mirror that makes the use becomes more comfortable.

The totality in the HP Omen 15-ce087TX display technology is increasingly felt with the inclusion of NVIDIA G-SYNC technology. Experience playing the game will be more perfect with the disappearance of symptoms of image tearing, input lag, and stuttering. However, the implementation of NVIDIA G-SYNC technology makes the absence of NVIDIA Optimus technology so that the discrete graphics card will continue to be active in idle state. NVIDIA Optimus technology makes active graphics card can be turned off and replaced IGP when not running the game so the battery becomes more efficient.


On the left side of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX can be found 1x microphone-in jack connector, 1x headphone microphone combo jack, 1x Type-C USB 3.1 Gen 2 / Thunderbolt 3.0 (40 Gbps), 1x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps ), 1x RJ45 (Gigabit Ethernet), 1x HDMI 2.0b, Mini Display Port 1.4, and security slot holes. Both USB connectors support HP Sleep and Charge technology.

While on the right side can be found DC-IN connector with indicator light condition of power adapter as well as battery, 2x Type-A USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps), and memory card reader. The storage activity indicator light can be found on this side.


The HP Omen 15-ce087TX keyboard adopts a chiclet button design with a wide cross-section size that is ready for the user with large fingers though. Each button is placed at a wide enough distance thus reducing the risk of a compressive error. HP also put the arrow keys and numpad slightly away from the main keyboard with the same purpose.

The HP Omen 15-ce087TX keyboard feels so comfortable when used without a bounce sensation when pressed. The response of each key feels fast and the implementation of 26-key rollover technology as well as anti-ghosting allows gamers to press up to 26 buttons simultaneously while playing the game, without fear of having a command error. ASDW buttons are also given different colors so that more easily distinguished.


For the area around the keyboard and touchpad looks a touch of metal brush finish on the surface which unfortunately easily attached to the touch marks though gives the impression of elegance. Meanwhile, the touchpad components are surrounded by diamond cutting lines and equipped with separate buttons for left and right clicks.

The HP Omen 15-ce087TX keyboard features backlit lights with two light colors, white for ASDW and red buttons for all other buttons. The backlit light can be set to turn on all buttons or in ASDW buttons only by using a Fn + F4 key. This design also makes ASDW buttons can be easily distinguished from other buttons. Quite unfortunately HP does not include other color choices for backlit keyboard light.


Although it will be very rarely seen, the designer HP Omen 15-ce087TX looks serious work on the appearance of the lower side of the laptop. There are two areas where the air vents enter into the body of the laptop.

Thorough access to HP Omen 15-ce087TX internal components is now easier to do just by removing one cover on the underside. HP Omen 15-ce087TX appears to be using a cooling system with two separate heat-discharging areas for processor and graphics card components. Two separate heat discharge areas make the workload of each heatsink fins lighter so that cooling performance becomes more optimal. Also seen HP put the battery components away from the processor and graphics card, the two components of the highest heat generator, so it can make the battery life becomes more durable.


The HP Omen 15-ce087TX cooling system relies on three heatpipes and two fans. It appears that one heatpipe has a diameter larger than the other two that perform the task of delivering heat from the processor and graphics card components. While the baseplate component of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX cooling system is not only used to cool the processor and graphics card but also the VRM and memory / VRAM components.


The area on this side is used specifically to cool the graphics card components. Heat is sent to the heatsink fins using three heatpipers to the two hot release areas.

The area on this side looks to have a heavier workload. HP designed this release area to receive heat shipment from processor and graphics card components as seen from the heatpipe design connected to the two baseplate. Quite unfortunate with such a design will make some of the hot graphics card come to heat the processor especially when playing the game.


The HP Omen 15-ce087TX features two DDR4 SO-DIMM slots with the capacity of one memory / RAM up to 16 GB and 2400 MHz speed. Our test unit is directly equipped with two pieces of memory / RAM DDR4 @ 8 GB 2400 MHz. HP Omen 15-ce087TX also features one M.2 slot with SATA III 6 Gbps SSD support or NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4. Our test unit uses the 256GB size SSD Samsung MZVLW256HEHP as the primary storage.


HP Omen 15-ce087TX provides support for 2.5-inch SATA III 6 Gbps storage. Our testing unit is equipped with Hitachi 1 TB 7200 RPM HDD as secondary storage. Right next to the HDD there is a memory card reader and speaker module.

HP Omen 15-ce087TX delivers audio solutions from leading Bang & Olufsen manufacturers with two speaker components on the front side of the laptop.

Intel chipset / PCH HM175 component and wireless Dual Band Wireless-AC 7265 wireless card that provides wireless connectivity Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth V4.2.

The HP Omen 15-ce087TX power supply device is capable of supplying electricity up to 200 Watt. Categorized as big for laptop specification with Core i7 7700HQ + GTX 1060 though. With the ability to supply power of that size is not strange if the size is classified as massive weight.

Test Results - System Benchmark

PCMark 7 Creativity contains a set of tests to assess system performance in viewing, editing, transcoding, and storing photos and video files.

PCMark 7 Entertainment contains a set of tests to assess the performance of the system in recording, viewing, streaming, and transcoding television shows and movies. The performance of the system in importing, organizing, and browsing music files along with playing games are also tested here.

PCMark 7 Productivity contains a set of tests to assess system performance in loading wirsite pages and running home class office applications.

PCMark 7 Computation contains a set of tests to assess CPU and GPU computing performance.

PCMark7 Storage contains a set of tests to assess the performance of storage components on a system.

Temperature & Power Consumption
The HP Omen 15-ce087TX cooling system performance test in a 3D rendering scenario with a processor shows a high enough temperature. Quite unfortunate that HP Omen 15-ce087TX does not provide the option to adjust the fan speed which might make the working temperature lower. However, despite being hit by such a high temperature, the HP Omen 15-ce087TX did not show any problems at all.

While testing the performance of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX cooling system in the gaming scenario shows satisfactory results for graphics card temperatures. Rarely do we find a laptop graphics card capable of incised working temperature below 80 ° C with Auto fan speed. Unfortunately, the design of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX cooling system proved to make more heat flow to the processor area. The temperature of the processor while playing the game goes up beyond when we tested in 3D rendering scenarios. Fortunately there were no symptoms of instability with such high temperatures.

Power Consumption

The use of HP Omen 15-ce087TX power appears far below the power adapter capable of supplying up to 200 Watt. This makes the power adapter does not need to work very hard to meet the electricity needs of HP Omen 15-ce087TX. Quite unfortunate power adapter 200 Watt has quite heavy weight.

Battery Life


Setting: Windows Power Option - Balanced | Windows Brightness - 1/10 | Speaker Volume - 20% | Airplane Mode - On (Video Playback) | WiFi On & Bluetooth Off (Web Browsing)

The absence of NVIDIA Optimus technology has a huge impact on battery life. HP Omen 15-ce087TX has only succeeded in achieving a maximum of 3.5 hours of endurance in continuous video playback testing scenarios. Even the battery life when used to explore the virtual world reduced by more than an hour compared to when playing the video. However, for similar activities that are not done continuously, battery life should last much longer.

HP Omen 15-ce087TX battery life in the gaming scenario is quite satisfactory with the incision about 70 minutes. Quite unfortunate use of Battery Boost feature was only able to add 23 minutes of battery life when playing the game. With such battery life, you should always use the power adapter while playing the game.

Conclusion



The redesigned step from the start proved successful giving a fresh new look to the Omen gaming laptop from HP as seen in the HP Omen 15-ce087TX. Rarely do laptops manufacturers make a complete overhaul of the body design that gives the appearance of 180 ° is very different than its predecessor. Especially changes in body design is not impossible to be followed changes in the design of other components that make the development process becomes more complex. However, for HP this seems to be important to further prove their commitment to the world of gaming on the PC platform. However, at a glance the latest design of the Omen gaming laptop body from HP is similar to other brand gaming laptops we've encountered before, so it feels less original elements.

The HP Omen 15-ce087TX variant is powered by GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design graphics card. Our tests show the use of lower GPU chip work speeds on the GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design resulting in a performance difference of about 7-15% compared to the standard GTX 1060 Notebook variant. Interestingly with the performance difference as close as it is, the GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design (60-70 Watt) offers a graphics power value of only half the standard variant of the GTX 1060 Notebook (120 Watt). The use of electric power and working temperature variant Max-Q was not as high as the standard variant. We ourselves encountered a power consumption difference of about 17 Watt when compared to other gaming laptops with Core i7 7700HQ + GTX 1060 Notebook. Even the GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design at HP Omen 15-ce087TX has a working temperature in the range of 70-80 ° C only with Auto fan speed, while maintaining noise levels below 40 dB which is one of the requirements of gaming laptop with NVIDIA Max graphics card -Q.

Although not as fast as the standard variant, the overall performance of GeForce GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design while playing the game quite satisfactory. Combination with Full HD display ensures HP Omen 15-ce087TX is ready to handle 3D games in maximum visual quality without fear of sacrificing comfort factor playing due to low frame rate. Even the 120 Hz screen with NVIDIA G-SYNC technology is ready to bring the experience of playing games to different levels where the game performs more perfectly in high frame rates with no symptoms of image tearing, lag input, and stuttering. GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design is also supported with a capacity of 6 GB of memory / VRAM is ready to handle the most greedy 3D games though. Graphics card also makes HP Omen 15-ce087TX ready to handle VR content (Virtual Reality) perfectly.

HP Omen 15-ce087TX daily computing performance no doubt. Core i7 7700HQ at HP Omen 15-ce087TX not only makes GTX 1060 with Max-Q Design able to exert overall performance but also makes HP Omen 15-ce087TX ready to handle even heavy computing. Doing 3D rendering objects, doing professional image / video editing classes, make animation not a significant constraint for this 26 million gaming laptop. DDR4 memory / RAM with large capacity combined SSD NVMe PCIe 3.0 x4 storage becomes another important key behind the high performance of HP Omen 15-ce087TX either when running 3D games or other non-gaming apps.

The high performance of the HP Omen 15-ce087TX gaming is enhanced by incorporating other top quality components such as the famous IPS panel display that is accurate and rich in producing color, audio solutions from leading Bang & Olufsen producers and keyboards with 26-key rollover technology as well as anti-ghosting equipped with backlit lights. Availability of HDMI connector, mini Display Port, and Thunderbolt also make HP Omen 15-ce087TX ready to handle three external display devices. This gaming laptop is also ready to handle high speed data transfer with the availability of a number of USB connector 3.1 Gen 1 (5 Gbps) and also USB 3.1 Gen 2 / Thunderbolt 3.0 (40 Gbps). High speed wireless connectivity is supported thanks to the Intel Dual Band Wireless AC 7265 module.

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