HP has introduced a new enthusiast level machine; the Blackbird 002 Alpha. This powerful new desktop is based on Intel’s Penryn Core 2 Extreme QX9650 quadcore processor. Graphics processing is handled by a pair of Radeon X2900 video cards with 1GB of video RAM. The system also packs in 2GB of system memory, a 160GB 10,000 rpm hard drive, a 16× combo drive, a 15-in-1 memory card reader, and a 16× DVD-RW drive.
The system also features an Ageia PhysX 100 Series PCI-E accelerator card to boost hardware acceleration in supported games. The system CPU is cooled with a liquid-cooling solution that comes factory-sealed to prevent leakage.
“We’re thrilled to offer gamers the speed and strength of the new Intel architecture,” said Rahul Sood, CTO of HP’s global gaming unit, in a statement. “The HP Blackbird 002 was designed to redefine the gaming experience and delight even the hardest-core user. Intel’s new technology helps us to continue to deliver on that promise.”
The Blackbird 002 Alpha comes with Microsoft Vista Home Premium and sells for a starting price of $5,499 (for the base model).