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HP Blackbird 002 - Voodoo Powered

HP Blackbird 002 - Voodoo Powered

Fwwwwwwwwwwoooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!!! /Licks Screen.

First off the bad news - it's only available in the States. Sorry.

Next, for everyone left still reading, I'll explain. The Blackbird is the outcome of work between Voodoo and HP after the acquisition of the former by the latter a year ago.

The Blackbird 002 features a completely new chassis built from the ground up with a very distinct cast aluminium stand that suspends the PC over the floor and is able to hold up to 600 lb (or 272.16Kg for everyone in the modern world). It may look very integrated and hard to work with, but it's entirely tool-less and shown to be exceptionally easy to get into (according to the funky flash animations on the HP site). The overall design is specifically catered for maximising the cooling potential of the case, however we've yet to see the exactly details of this.

Inside is a massive 1.1kW PSU, Corsair Dominator PC2-8500 EPP memory, (optional) 10,000RPM Western Digital Raptor hard drives and RAID-5 array (although we suspect, onboard only), with five bays incorporated into the design there's tons of room for expansion. The design is actually said to lend itself to a mere 10 second disk swap.

The Intel Extreme Edition or AMD FX CPU comes pre-overclocked from the factory and is cooled by a watercooling system designed by Aestek. The graphics also get watercooled and both ATI CrossFire and Nvidia SLI are supported. To top things off, a Creative X-Fi and PhysX card are available as an extra.

For the Intel version, an Asus Striker Extreme is used for the SLI options and although we've yet to know what is used with the CrossFire boards we expect it'll be an X38 also from Asus.

HP states that it includes a "performance BIOS", but whether this is just marketing speak for "we used a performance motherboard off the shelf that came with a performance BIOS" or whether HP has tweaked it for personal use we've yet to know. We suspect the former, but with a HP Blackbird 002 logo on the front instead of a Striker Extreme.

If you're interested though then prepare to fork out anywhere between $2,500 to $6,500 for one, depending on what you want inside.

I think the main point we need to take home here is that while most of us won't be tempted by an expensive uber-performance PC we can build ourselves if need be: where can we buy the case?? Plllllllllleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaassssseeee HP sell it on its own!! Don't be mean like Dell is with its XPS!

Want to publicly add the case to your wishlist, or do you hate the design utterly? Let us know in the forums.

Finally glad the HP-Voodoo combination is producing something enviable or would you just prefer an Alienware, XPS or Vadim? Let us know in the forums.

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atanum141 7th September 2007, 14:14 Quote
much better than what Dell has ever came up with.
DarkReaper 7th September 2007, 14:20 Quote
That does look very very nice... It makes my P180 look, well, not quite ugly (I love the thing!) but not so sleek and pretty!
Mankz 7th September 2007, 14:23 Quote
I'd happily pay £250 for that case.
Nexxo 7th September 2007, 14:23 Quote
Only available in the US, huh? Is anyone else thinking import? :D
Salazaar 7th September 2007, 14:29 Quote
I'd be a very happy puppy if I could get that case on its own.
Redbeaver 7th September 2007, 14:36 Quote
*droooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool*

ps: for the love of Gandalf, please check out the website lol...... again.... *drool*
wuyanxu 7th September 2007, 14:56 Quote
any chance of getting that case along?
Tulatin 7th September 2007, 15:37 Quote
Not TOO special a case. Just looks like a Cosmos that's been ribbed for geek's pleasure.
Mankz 7th September 2007, 15:41 Quote
Also, on the link on the main page, there is no space between the now and the the so it reads 'nowthe'
g3n3tiX 7th September 2007, 15:54 Quote
I posted this yesterday, http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=139018.

Still love it ! And it's cool it made the news.
When are you getting it? I want the Martin test performed on that one !
Quote:
Weight (full configuration): 72 pounds (32.659 kg)

The website itself is really well done flash stuff !
Bluephoenix 7th September 2007, 16:30 Quote
meh, I don't see the point.

all these super-powerful workstations built by dell, HP, etc come at a massive price premium and often are not anywhere near as easy to upgrade as a custom-built PC.

the area where I go to uni is right in a major research area (lots of companies with govt and other research contracts) and I've made a reasonably profitable business out of building tailored solutions to projects at 3/4 to half the cost of these commercial solutions.

I provide support as well, so don't wave that in my face as a reason for such a high price tag on these kind of systems.

the other thing that these systems fail to address is that only in a few very select applications is both massive graphics and massive CPU capability required, usually its just one or the other.
TheVoice 7th September 2007, 17:21 Quote
^Evidently people want to buy them, else they wouldn't make them.

Good to see top-spec pre-built PCs starting to look very good though. The current Dell XPS is fantastic, and I really like the look of this one too. How Alienware and their tacky rubbish can compete is beyond me.
Bluephoenix 7th September 2007, 17:32 Quote
the reason they've started to make them look good is because they're trying to appeal to the top-end consumer market.

most research and number crunching these days is done on servers. those applications that do need a lot of power usually want to have the equipment in a rack for easy storage and then group multiple work areas around said rack (at least thats the preferred arrangement over here)

I have only used a full-tower case for 3 jobs, and those were for small companies. all the other jobs were rack-based.

currently I'm working on a system that is going to be used to process and render ultra-high resolution models of undersea vent activity, and then display them on a wall of 12 30" displays. HP quoted them about twice the price for its proprietary system as I did for one made using readily available components. (the only not-so readily available parts being an Nvidia Tesla unit and a Quadro-Plex)

the great part is that Nvidia itself provides support for anything relating to the tesla and quadro-plex, and the company is writing the crunching software themselves in-house on CUDA. that means that I only have to build and set up the controlling server, and support that; while HP would have had to build, set-up, and code the whole thing.
13eightyfour 7th September 2007, 17:50 Quote
I really like the foot thingy, but overall dont really like the design of the case, and cant see the case becoming available because they'd never sell a complete system then and surely thats where all the money is ??
lamboman 7th September 2007, 18:05 Quote
Thought I would just say this guys, although the case looks quite nice from this side view, it doesn't actually look that good overall and on the front. It has a sort of Dell about it.
completemadness 7th September 2007, 19:29 Quote
10 second disc swap ?

how is that measured ? take the side off, unplug disc, take disc out, put in new disc, plug in new disc, side back on (i doubt it)

If its just disc out, disc in - my Lian Li v2000+ takes about 4 seconds, if you put the special screws in before hand
Its a bit of a nothing statistic to me .... plus who cares if it takes "just 10 seconds to swap a HDD" who's in that much of a hurry, as long as it doesn't take 5 Min's

Edit
P.s. Forum link opens in a new tab ;)
DXR_13KE 7th September 2007, 23:06 Quote
the case is beautiful..... i think i am going to copy it..... :D
mattthegamer463 8th September 2007, 00:07 Quote
I looked through the specs and I see no mention of motherboard, except that it has 3 PCI-E slots. I smell a proprieterrible motherboard in that beast. I wouldn't buy it for the world though, I won't ever trust another desktop vendor again.

HP makes some b!tchin' lappies though.
TheVoice 8th September 2007, 01:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by The article
For the Intel version, an Asus Striker Extreme is used for the SLI options and although we've yet to know what is used with the CrossFire boards we expect it'll be an X38 also from Asus.
mattthegamer463 8th September 2007, 02:35 Quote


Goes to show how well I read things. HP's site didn't mention that as far as I could tell though.
Salazaar 8th September 2007, 12:33 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bluephoenix

all these super-powerful workstations built by dell, HP, etc come at a massive price premium and often are not anywhere near as easy to upgrade as a custom-built PC.

You're not really comparing like for like though, these (and the Dell XPSs) aren't meant to be high end workstations for business, they're high end gaming rigs for the home and they demand the same premiums as any high end entertainment equipment.

Yes, you can build an equivalent PC for less (and I assume most people on this forum do), but that's always been the case with home builds vs off the shelf. And I certainly doubt any IT manager with an ounce of sense would buy anything remotely like this for their business!
TheVoice 8th September 2007, 12:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by mattthegamer463
Goes to show how well I read things. HP's site didn't mention that as far as I could tell though.

Another article I was reading about the Blackbird yesterday mentioned something interesting; it'll be doing SLI and Crossfire on the same nVidia-based board. HP haven't said how, but they must have twisted nVidia's arm somehow.
xtroid22k 10th September 2007, 01:43 Quote
Well,

Being that I work as a desktop lead for HP at there site in Fremont CA, it feels good that the company I work for comes out with high quality products. No, its no home built machine; but hey after working 8 hours a day on computers who the hec wants to come home and tinker with their machines even more. I look forward to the TV, internet, and other things. Well I am still a geek at heart so I do have a linux box and a sever setup and all the good stuff. But my main usage is on my good ole fashioned DELL. I support lots of people so when I come home I don't have an issue paying for a warranty. Call Dell and say hey send me another drive; they deal with RMA.

Thanks
Bluephoenix 10th September 2007, 02:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by xtroid22k
Well,

after working 8 hours a day on computers who the heck wants to come home and tinker with their machines even more.

Me!!!!
xtroid22k 10th September 2007, 23:42 Quote
Well,

Bluepheonix congrats cause when I get home I spend time with my Fiance, eat dinner, maybe a few minutes on the computer and go to bed and do it all over again the next day. Yeah buddy.
Bluephoenix 11th September 2007, 00:51 Quote
aside from studying, I don't really have much else to do, especially in the heat wave we've been having over here.

plus the uni labs allow me to tinker with some normally infeasible ideas.
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