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HP Firebird PC 803  (Source: Engadget)
HP's new Firebird gets leaked and looks pretty sweet

Voodoo was a long time player in the boutique gaming PC industry and when it was purchased by HP many gaming enthusiasts figured that Voodoo would be gelded. However, the gaming company continued making some interesting desktop and laptop gaming machines.

The first Voodoo and HP system to come from the purchase was called the HP Blackbird 002. It was an interesting rig with a price tag that was higher than most were willing to spend. Add the cost to the fact that you could build the rig for much less than HP and Voodoo were asking for it and the machine was scorned by many gamers and computer enthusiasts.

Engadget has posted up some details on the next Voodoo DNA infused computer to come out of HP. The machine is called the HP Firebird PC 803 and looks like a much larger version of the Eee Box to my eyes. To save space most of the internal components are turned on their side, making for a chassis that is thinner on the front than typical computers.

Crammed inside the attractive case is an Intel Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83 GHz CPU, NVIDIA nForce 760i SLI chipset, 4GB of RAM, dual NVIDIA 9800S video cards, Wi-Fi, and dual 320GB HDDs. A Blu-ray player is also integrated to make the machine a capable HTPC as well.

One interesting feature of the Firebird is that it uses an external power supply to allow for the thin form factor. That also helps reduce the heat produced inside the chassis. Perhaps the most important specification of the system is still unknown -- the price. Anything with Voodoo's name on it isn’t cheap, so don’t expect a bargain, but it should be considerably cheaper than the Blackbird 002.

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By g35fan on 12/23/2008 2:05:50 PM , Rating: 2
too bad no one is going to buy this version either, lol. fail.

RE: impressive!
By Murloc on 12/23/2008 2:12:50 PM , Rating: 2
just a eee box and similar low powered PCs ripoff.
while it could be nice, the video card is just crappy. No way anyone is gonna buy it.

RE: impressive!
By afkrotch on 12/23/2008 3:03:19 PM , Rating: 2
The video cards are better than anything any of the Eee Box will have. It'd be more than capable of playing any of the latest games right now.

But think all of us know it'll be overpriced.

RE: impressive!
By DJMiggy on 12/23/2008 6:47:24 PM , Rating: 2
oh yea you can compare an Intel Atom processor to a Quad Core?

RE: impressive!
By Chadder007 on 12/24/2008 9:05:07 AM , Rating: 2
^ What he said....

RE: impressive!
By whiskerwill on 12/23/2008 3:03:55 PM , Rating: 2
too bad no one is going to buy this version either
I bought one of the HP Blackbirds...

Ok, I lied. I didn't buy one...but I drooled a bit over the pretty case.

RE: impressive!
By afkrotch on 12/23/2008 3:15:05 PM , Rating: 2
I saw pics of the Blackbird. The only thing I could think was....god, that's got to be a bish to work with. I prefer cases with wider open spaces to work in. All those partitions and crap in that case would annoy me.

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