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HP Blackbird 002 - CrossFire on nForce!

HP Blackbird 002 - CrossFire on nForce!

The Blackbird 002 - apparently "kicks the living crap out of the (Dell) XPS"

According to an interview by CustomPC with head honcho at HP Gaming, Rahul Sood, apparently the new HP Blackbird 002 machine uses the same Asus Striker Extreme base for both Nvidia SLI and AMD CrossFire. This has been previously locked out until now because Nvidia wants its chipsets to only be available for SLI, even though the PCI-Express lanes can theoretically work with either technology.

It seems HP/Voodoo has twisted Nvidia's arm enough for it to let them open it up on one board at least:

"If I could look at the face of my Nvidia rep right now and see what he was thinking, I’d probably say that he gets it."

In other words - he knows already.

What we're wondering is whether HP/Voodoo commissioned Asus to do this for them, they hacked the Striker Extreme BIOS in house or Nvidia gave them special drivers.

At the time of writing we're still trying to get a comment from Nvidia and Asus, but being Friday afternoon (evening in Taiwan) everyone has gone home for the weekend. We'll ruffle some feathers for the full story as soon as possible though.

If it is a software hack - either BIOS or drivers, how long before someone drops it on the net? If it's drivers than the generic nature of Nvidia's Forceware should open it up to any nForce 680i SLI motherboard, but if it's a BIOS it'll limit it to other Striker Extreme owners. That is of course, providing you actually want ATI CrossFire over Nvidia's SLI. Intel X38 is just a few short days away which will enable CrossFire on a pair of full PCI-Express x16 slots anyway, and the price of those boards should be around that of Nvidia's 680i SLI.

Another few notes from the interview:

"From a technology standpoint there’s no comparison, right? This kicks the living crap out of the XPS and pretty much everything in its class."

That's a bold statement if ever we saw one, at least Mr. Sood isn't beating about the bush being diplomatic. Hopefully this will strike some further innovation from the major industry players in order to up their own games. There's also further discussion about bringing the Blackbird to the UK in the full interview which you can read here.

And how about this little gem:

"...we’re not going to put crap inside it."

Um... Fizz-Ex?

Here's one for the discussion forums:

"We also think that the DIY market will be hard pressed not to want one of these."

Do you really think that's possible? Will you be pining for one in your next upgrade? Let us know your thoughts here.

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Gunsmith 7th September 2007, 18:30 Quote
crossfire on nforce? its like pissing in fine wine :/
Mankz 7th September 2007, 18:36 Quote
I love the comment on it against the XPS.
DarkLord7854 7th September 2007, 18:38 Quote
I just want the case >.>
2JSC 7th September 2007, 18:43 Quote
^^^ I'm with ya on that statement... but if I can't have it, I'd try and replicate it with a TJ07 or something.
capnPedro 7th September 2007, 18:43 Quote
Saywha?
Quote:
...we’re not going to put crap inside it."

Um... Fizz-Ex?
May not be crap yet... we need to see what the UT III launch is like.
p3n 7th September 2007, 20:28 Quote
"We also think that the DIY market will be hard pressed not to want one of these."

since when did custom builders want to spend 20% more for the same thing? moronic thing to say.
devdevil85 7th September 2007, 20:53 Quote
/\ QFT

Give me atleast $4000 and I will make it look like "crap".....
Redbeaver 7th September 2007, 21:20 Quote
"We also think that the DIY market will be hard pressed not to want one of these."

um.... wha???

if he meant the case, i can see that; but the whole system? not for that price....
Supra55 7th September 2007, 21:46 Quote
Well always thought there would be a hybrid one day just hope its not like all my other HP products that like to crap out a year in.
Bluephoenix 7th September 2007, 21:49 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Gunsmith
crossfire on nforce? its like pissing in fine wine :/

QFT
Bindibadgi 7th September 2007, 22:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by capnPedro
Saywha?

May not be crap yet... we need to see what the UT III launch is like.

Why hasn't anything else on the UT3 engine used it? £100 investment for one game? The card is already 2 years old as it is.
capnPedro 7th September 2007, 22:12 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Why hasn't anything else on the UT3 engine used it? £100 investment for one game? The card is already 2 years old as it is.

You obviously have no idea how much I love UT.
HourBeforeDawn 7th September 2007, 22:18 Quote
oh that is awesome, its like turning water into wine. ^_^
Woodstock 8th September 2007, 00:37 Quote
i think the case looks like s**t
speedfreek 8th September 2007, 02:18 Quote
I think it looks better than the xps but I still have more fun building from parts than I ever would just going out and buying one.
C-Sniper 8th September 2007, 02:28 Quote
The only thing i like about the case is the single "foot". However it does look like it could make it top heavy and prone to tipping over. I would rather build a case and PC than pay for that though.
Aankhen 8th September 2007, 09:06 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Why hasn't anything else on the UT3 engine used it? £100 investment for one game? The card is already 2 years old as it is.
So what? Yes, it's expensive, and developers aren't putting any effort into building games for it. That doesn't mean the card is crap, only that no one wants to work on in-depth physics simulations that can't be played by the majority. :)
topher 8th September 2007, 09:20 Quote
Where can you buy the case on its own?
Henk 8th September 2007, 14:53 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bindibadgi
Why hasn't anything else on the UT3 engine used it? £100 investment for one game? The card is already 2 years old as it is.

Now, if I'm not mistaken, Medal of Honor: Airborne uses AGEIA PhysX, at least the demo installs the drivers along with the demo... Has anyone tried Airborne with a PhysX card?
zhangmaster12 8th September 2007, 18:31 Quote
um its a hp desktop. it says hp. me no want no more.
Mother-Goose 9th September 2007, 10:35 Quote
I'd pay for it....if it was a dell.
Bluephoenix 10th September 2007, 00:27 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mother-Gooser
I'd pay for it....if it was a dell.

:):):):):):):)
[USRF]Obiwan 10th September 2007, 12:43 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by topher
Where can you buy the case on its own?

I was thinking the same thing!
Its a excelent case for a building project. My brain almost explode with ideas and things i can do with the case

If i had oozes of money, i would probably buy the thing, strip it and build something better...
Mother-Goose 10th September 2007, 15:28 Quote
Probably couldn't make it an awful lot better looking at those specs.
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