HP’s latest Voodoo rig, the HP Firebird, is a fine machine for gaming and video/photo buffs. With two SKUs to appease all sides the Firebird is sure to give PC users everything they want or even need in a relatively small and extremely quiet high performance package.
The 802 features an Intel Core 2 Quad Core 2.66GHz processor while the 803 packs a 2.83GHz processor. Both come with Vista Home Premium 64-bit editions. Graphics are taken care of with dual Nvidia GeForce 9800S cards in an SLI config. To keep the rigs cool under pressure, the Voodoo team equipped the Firebird with a liquid cooling system to ensure the proc, chipset (Nvidia nForce 760S) and graphics cards don’t have a major meltdown while you’re fragging or editing. Both come with 4GB of DDR2 RAM.
The 802 comes with two hot swappable 250GB hard drives for half a terabyte of whatever you want to store. The 803 bumps up to 640GB total and comes with a Blu-ray player and SuperMulti DVD burner. The 802 settles for a DVD optical drive. There’s an external 350W power supply that is extremely quiet.
The Firebird is somewhat modular and having seen it in person I walked away very, very impressed. For example, the fans are removable to make cleaning extremely easy and the hard drives can be removed effortlessly (which can be seen in the images). Despite the high price tag, I’d say these are some mighty fine PCs. The 802 starts at $1,799 with the 803 starting at $2,099.
HP and the Voodoo team also announced a new keyboard, the NC730AA. More details on this coming soon.
The HP Gaming Keyboard with Voodoo DNA has backlit illumination with cluster lighting options so gamers never miss a shot. Fully programmable keys have macro capabilities, while the gaming cluster has anti-ghosting capability.