HP Omen 15 – COOLEST Ryzen Gaming Laptop I’ve Tested!
The results are very impressive. Lets check out thermals and see what performance improvements can be. Made. Ive tested temperatures with AMDs 8 core Ryzen, 7 4800H and Nvidias GTX 1660 Ti config to find out just how hot it gets and see where the limits lie. Air comes in through the fairly large vents underneath towards the back. As we can see on the bottom panel, though its not fully open, but still a fair amount., There also seems to be some sort of ventilation above the keyboard. Air is then exhausted out of the back corners and from the rear vent on the right side. Theres. No exhaust on the left. There are a couple of fans inside and two heatpipes shared between the CPU and GPU and looks like weve got full VRM coverage here. The Omen Command Center software lets you select between different performance modes, which, from lowest to highest, are comfort Default and performance – and you have the option of enabling max fan speed with any of these modes, but theres no further granular fan controls. For the first time. Ive also used the Ryzen controller software, which can be used to boost the CPU power limits and well see how this affects performance and thermals compared to stock settings. No undervolting is possible here. Though. Thermals were tested with a 21 degree Celsius. Ambient room, temperature. Idle results down. The bottom were good. Worst case. Stress tests were done with the Aida64 CPU stress test, with CPU only checked and the Heaven benchmark at max settings.
At the same time, while gaming was tested with Watch Dogs 2, as I find it to use a good combination of processor and graphics. Comfort mode was running the coolest. However, as youll hear later, for some reason, the fan was basically maxed out in this mode. Im. Not sure if its a bug or maybe HPs definition of comfort is a cool feeling machine without considering your ears. Default mode is warmer, but as youll see next, it performs better. Too. Performance mode was a bit cooler, as the fans were now louder. Here, though, unlike the lowest mode, this makes a bit more sense., With the fans set to max speed were able to get a little extra improvement and then a few more degrees can be taken off with a cooling pad. So all things considered the results with the default performance mode, even under these heavy loads, are quite excellent.. These are the average clock speeds while running the same tests.. The GPU speed doesnt change too much as no GPU overclocking is done by default in any of these modes, so were mostly looking at changes to CPU performance. Comfort mode was the lowest speeds improved in default mode, then more in performance mode, but I wasnt really seeing Any change by using the Ryzen controller software to boost the power levels., The cooling pad, also didnt change performance, much as thermals werent, a limitation but lower temps may help a little with boosting, which is probably what the small difference is.
. When we look at the power levels, we can see that the GTX 1660 Ti was running at its 80 watt limit, regardless of the mode in use, and this is why the clock speeds are basically the same as we just saw.. The CPU power limit was capped at 25 watts in the lowest comfort mode, and this is why the temperatures were so low, less power plus full fan. Speed., The power limit seems to raise up to 35 watts in default mode well, at least in the stress test.. For some reason, with this game running, we werent seeing more than this regardless of mode in use and the Ryzen Controller software didnt seem to affect the processor in these CPU plus GPU workloads. In performance mode. With the stress test, though, the processor was able to get to around 42 watts. Sounds low, but hey its running above 4.1GHz over all 8 cores. So no complaints from me, assuming of course, theres no issue with HWinfo reading the sensors. In a CPU. Only stress test with the GPU now idle comfort mode, still limits the processor to 25 watts. However, the other modes see further boosts. In performance mode, with no modifications the CPU would indefinitely run at 53 watts all day without issue after all, boosts have expired. However, I was able to raise this up to 63 watts very easily with the Ryzen controller software. Basically, I just set everything to max, and this is what we got.
. Although that improvement sounds nice. I only saw around a 100MHz boost in this stress test with Ryzen controller modifications, which makes it seem like HPs. 53 watt. Cap is already in a pretty good sweet spot, and this is further confirmed when looking at temperatures, as were basically seeing a 9 degree. Hotter processor, just for 100MHz, so definitely diminishing returns at play by boosting it. Ive used Cinebench. To show you how these different modes perform. Using the Ryzen controller software to boost the limits, increased the multicore score by almost 6. Otherwise, single core performance was the same. Regardless of the mode used., When we look at how these scores stack up against others, well its just ever so slightly ahead of the Eluktronics RP 15, an excellent result and basically only being beaten by far thicker and more expensive machines with desktop tier processors. Theres. Not that much difference in a game when comparing the different performance modes, though this is more of a GPU heavy test, and if you recall the GTX 1660 Ti was running at its 80 watt limit no problem, regardless of the mode in use., We could boost average Fps by almost 7 by overclocking, the GPU, using a cooling pad and Ryzen controller, though well, the Ryzen controller part didnt change anything in this CPU plus GPU load.. If you want to see more gaming benchmarks from the Ryzen based HP, Omen 15 check the card in the top right or link in the description where Ive tested 20 games at all, setting levels.
. As for the external temperatures, where youll actually be putting your hands at idle in comfort mode, its in the low 30s, I usually see all normal. With the stress tests running in this mode, its not that much warmer for some reason, with heavy load running in comfort Mode, the fans max out and as we saw earlier, the CPU is capped to 25 watts. So the result is a cool exterior. In default mode, the fans are slower and the processor is able to use more power now so were seeing mid 40s in the center. Just a bit warm and no issues. In the highest performance mode, its a bit cooler. Now, owing to the fan, speed, increase and notice that the WASD keys have always been cooler than the rest and when combined with the cool wrist rest, it always felt fine. Even after gaming for hours lets have a listen to those fans. When idling in comfort mode. The fan speed would occasionally ramp up a bit, which is why Ive recorded two different levels., As mentioned for some reason: comfort mode maxes. The fans out with the stress tests going while default mode is more normal, comparatively.. Interestingly, in performance mode, it was basically the same as with the fan manually set to maximum. But if you recall earlier, I was seeing some temperature improvement with max and I didnt notice. It ramp up higher than this. Now this is a little awkward because in the Eluktronics RP 15 thermal testing video.
I already said it was the coolest Ryzen gaming laptop and look. That was the case, but perhaps no longer, as the HP Omen is running cooler, while also achieving higher clock speeds and is reaching what Id say is equivalent performance in Cinebench. A few points is margin of error, stuff. To be fair to the RP 15, though its using a higher wattage RTX 2060 GPU, which can boost up to 110 watts, so higher temperatures should be expected there, and this does result in the RP 15 outperforming this GTX. 1660 Ti configuration of Omen 15 in games, but either way these are still impressive results for a Ryzen gaming laptop and seriously put competitors like the ASUS TUF A15 to shame. In terms of thermals theres, not much to complain about here. The main issue is that the lowest comfort mode maxes the fan out to ridiculously high levels when under load again, not sure if thats a bug or just HPs idea of what equals comfy, I suppose well see with future updates as they come out.. As things stand. Theres no option for those that want the option of gaming at higher temperatures, but with a quieter system that trade off just doesnt seem possible here.. The other thing is the lack of fan, control yeah, being able to enable max speed. Is nice Im looking at you Lenovo 7i, but given how loud full speed is giving the user some level of granular control to choose the levels theyre comfortable with, would have been icing on the cake.
Being able to boost CPU only performance with the Ryzen controller software Was also a nice bonus for the enthusiast crowd, so yeah all things considered Im quite impressed with what the Omen 15 is offering, especially after testing out the Dell G5 SE furnace and ASUS TUF A15. This is how a Ryzen gaming laptop should be.. Let me know what you thought about the thermals from the HP Omen: 15 gaming laptop down in the comments and, if youre new to the channel youll definitely want to get subscribed for the upcoming full review to see everything.