Thursday, January 1st 2009

Pricing, Availability and More Details Trickle in for the Upcoming HP Firebird

Following the initial information and shots which we covered here, PCWorld has got further information on availability and pricing, whilst also discussing the new system with Rahul Sood, Chief Technology Officer for HP's Global Gaming Business. Sood mentioned that, "... the new systems use compact, power-sipping components usually found in notebook PCs, providing a reduced footprint and maximum energy usage -- 350 watts, or one-fifth the energy used by an average high-performance desktop PC... By pulling the power supply out of the case, the Firebird systems can get away with "way quieter" fans than other high-performance PCs... The high-performance PC space seems to have gone out of control when power supplies exceed 1.6 or 2 kilowatts, drawing more than the wall can handle, and people have 3-4 video cards and spend $5,000 to 6,000 on a machine just to play a videogame."
The HP Firebird, is said to start at $1,799 (excluding monitor) and will be available at voodoopc.com from January 9th, and at yet to be announced retail stores sometime in February.Source: PCWorld
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5 Comments on Pricing, Availability and More Details Trickle in for the Upcoming HP Firebird

#1
crazy pyro
What the hell are the on about with 350W being a fifth of a high performance PC's power consumption?
Also surely if it's using laptop components it's going to be more expensive but perform worse?
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Paulieg
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by: alexp999
Following the initial information and shots which we covered here, PCWorld has got further information on availability and pricing, whilst also discussing the new system with Rahul Sood, Chief Technology Officer for HP's Global Gaming Business. Sood mentioned that, "... the new systems use compact, power-sipping components usually found in notebook PCs, providing a reduced footprint and maximum energy usage -- 350 watts, or one-fifth the energy used by an average high-performance desktop PC... By pulling the power supply out of the case, the Firebird systems can get away with "way quieter" fans than other high-performance PCs... The high-performance PC space seems to have gone out of control when power supplies exceed 1.6 or 2 kilowatts, drawing more than the wall can handle, and people have 3-4 video cards and spend $5,000 to 6,000 on a machine just to play a videogame."
The HP Firebird, is said to start at $1,799 (excluding monitor) and will be available at voodoopc.com from January 9th, and at yet to be announced retail stores sometime in February.

Source: PCWorld
These kinds of news stories should be brought to the attention of News staff, and posted by them. Thanks!
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#3
crazy pyro
You can't open a new thread in the news section if you're not staff correct?
This just seems like a silly idea though ( I mean the system)
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#4
alexp999
Staff
by: Paulieg
These kinds of news stories should be brought to the attention of News staff, and posted by them. Thanks!
by: crazy pyro
You can't open a new thread in the news section if you're not staff correct?
This just seems like a silly idea though ( I mean the system)
I am news staff, dont worry. :)
And your right crazy pro, you have to have newsie privelages to post on the front page/news section, which W1zzard gave me last August.

:toast:
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#5
KBD
thats way too much money for the rig posted in the other article. For 1,800 i can build a corei7 rig with like 3 4870 in xfire. But 350W may not be enough for a system like that especially if the BIOS allows CPU overclocking.
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