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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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RE: Ho-Hum
By wideout on 12/23/2008 3:22:28 PM , Rating: 4
Do you remember when you use to game with a 200MHz Pentium with 32 MB of Ram? You remember that if you wanted top tier gaming performance you would buy a $149 Voodoo graphics card? Can't really do that anymore.

I think he has a valid point. When you have to start calculating the power used from your PC as a factor in your budget, you have to start thinking something needs to change with PC Gaming.


RE: Ho-Hum
By noirsoft on 12/24/2008 1:40:08 AM , Rating: 3
By the time a Voodoo card was $149 it was far from top-tier. The fact is, top-tier video cards have always been in the $300 to $500 range. I paid that much for a 4 meg video card 15 years ago, and again every few years up to when I bought my 7900GX2. I've finally decided that mid-end cards are "good enough" and doubt I will spend that much again.

Furthermore, top-of-the-line PCs used to cost in the $3k to $5k range, even if you built them yourself. It's only in the past few years that you could build a top machine for under $2k. For computers, there are no "good old days" it was always slower and more expensive.


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