HP Voodoo Firebird Gaming Tower Leaked

firebird-top-1Remember that Voodoo Designed HP Blackbird 002?  It was large in every sense of the word – including the price!

Now it looks like the dynamic duo of HP and Voodoo are going for a more realistic size, and hopefully RRP, with the all-new HP Firebird PC 803.

It’s practically a gaming tower that has flipped the disc drive and most other components on their sides to save on space.

The resulting kit seems to have more in common with gaming consoles than desktop PCs in terms of design, with very little configurability or expansion available – but I still reckon that most PC gamers will dig it as well as those that find themselves glued to the consoles.

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So – here’s the spec sheet:

  • NVIDIA nForce 760i SLI chipset
  • Core 2 Quad Q9550 2.83GHz processor
  • 4GB of RAM
  • Dual NVIDIA GeForce 9800S cards
  • Two 320GB SATA drives
  • Blu-ray
  • 5-in-1 card reader
  • 6 USB, 1 FireWire, 2 eSATA, 1 S/PDIF and 1 DVI dual-link
  • Bluetooth
  • 802.11n WiFi

To save on space (and heat), the Firebird actually uses an external power supply, but we suppose the included wireless keyboard and mouse should help to make up for that clutter. As you’ve probably gleaned from the specs, those small form factor 9800S cards aren’t going to be putting away the frame rates quite like the cutting edge cards from NVIDIA and AMD, and the seeming lack of expandability makes the (theoretical) up-front cost savings seem a bit less exciting, but for a certain type of gamer the Firebird could be a welcome relief from those huge performance towers.

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