Tuesday, January 6th 2009

HP Launches Firebird with Voodoo DNA Desktop System

In addition to the several new notebooks, HP today released the successor of the award-winning HP Blackbird 002, called HP Firebird. Designed for photo and video editing, music creation, gaming and other demanding tasks, the HP Firebird comes in an extremely sleek and original chassis, but that's not all. Inside this beautiful shell HP has integrated a complete watercooling system that cools the CPU, the two graphics cores and the motherboard's chipset. Speaking of CPUs and VGAs, the Firebird is partly customizable. It supports the latest Core 2 Quad processors (Q9400 - 2.66GHz or Q9550 - 2.83GHz), up to 8GB of DDR2 RAM, and comes with dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S small form factor graphics cards in SLI configuration and two hot-swappable 320GB hard drives. Also, the Firebird ships with a 350W external power supply, to help keeping the system as cool as possible. The HP Firebird with Voodoo DNA will be available online at VoodooPC.com on January 9th starting at $1,799. Customers also can purchase the product in select retail stores nationwide starting on February 1st. Find more information here.

Source: HP
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12 Comments on HP Launches Firebird with Voodoo DNA Desktop System

#1
DanishDevil
Wow an external PSU. Interesting. It certainly stands out against other competitors' offerings, but the customization and expandability sadly make it bland for our enthusiast users :p Definitely a cool little machine, though.
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#2
ShadowFold
So its a desktop with laptop stuff? Those two blocks on the left are the 9800's I'm guessing.
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#3
thebeephaha
Just what we didn't need. More proprietary hardware.
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#4
Ripper3
The case and motherboard and probably the only two proprietary parts on this computer, the graphics cards are likely MXM modules (and since they have space for it, most likely MXM III, so you have the choice of going with MXM I, II or III modules later on, since they'll all fit). The CPU will use a standard Intel socket, and the RAM is just DDR2 (but I hate how they're missing two memory slots, but there are solder points for them). The hard drives are hot-swappable SATA drives.
Well, I didn't count the PSU and watercooling on that proprietary list, but those are obvious.
A 350W external PSU... I thought the 360's PSU was big, jeez. That must be enormous, and I wonder if it's passively cooled.
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#5
Baum
hurray mxm ;-)

whats voodoo DNA?
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#6
punkeren
Well just to let you know the images are most likely of a pre-production unit since the hoses are not the same. Really don't think HP will sell this with different colors inside. So maybe the 2 unused RAM slots will be used in the final retail version.

Also if you didn't notice the cooling system looks almost identical to the Asetek LCLC so its probably those guys that did the cooling design, as it was with the Blackbird 002.

Looks like HP likes what Asetek can provide :)
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#7
DanTheBanjoman
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by: Baum
whats voodoo DNA?
VoodooPC design+logo basically.


Ugly design and most likely overpriced. The whole MXM story is nice, but if you'd look up the price and availability of MXM modules it really doesn't matter.
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#8
From_Nowhere
So the HP Firebird is a supercharged office machine...
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#9
DEFEATEST
It only has a 350w power supply????
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#10
DanishDevil
You'd be surprised at how little power some things really need...
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#11
Metzen
by: punkeren
Well just to let you know the images are most likely of a pre-production unit since the hoses are not the same. Really don't think HP will sell this with different colors inside. So maybe the 2 unused RAM slots will be used in the final retail version.
The two unused RAM slots are actually for DDR3. The chipset has problems with DDR3 so when a working chipset is available a dropin replacement for the chipset will happen and DDR3 support will be automagically enabled.
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#12
Left4Bread
i currently have a brand new visiontek radeon 4870
and
i am thinking about getting this pc, but im not sure about three things

1.are the dual 9800S's better than the 4870

2.and if the 4870 is better is it possible that this machine supports it

3.how much can you not change in this machine, as it seems there is a lot
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