The thermal paste may hardly be dry from Spode’s review of Kentsfield, Intel’s first Quad Core processor, but already the first system has appeared from perhaps the world’s most famous hardcore system builder.
Housed in familiar VoodooPC desktop casing, the ‘OMEN Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core’ – rather clearly – has an Intel Core 2 Extreme Quad Core processor at the heart of it. Voodoo quotes Intel’s figure of up to 70 per cent more processing power than regular dual core chips but at this stage this is based on multitasking benchmarks and will not translate to games until titles are patched or coded from scratch.
Despite this the OIC2EQ, as I’m calling it for short (well short-ish) is one mother of a system and can be equipped with a choice of ATI CrossFire or nVidia SLI graphics and motherboard chipsets. RAM can be scaled up right up to 4GB and storage compiled to an incredible two terabytes using four 750GB Seagate 7,200RPM hard drives.
There are no high definition optical drives available through Voodoo currently so a dual layer DVD writer will have to do for now but a 42in Samsung SyncMaster 8ms gaming monitor can be added to the package for $5,482.40 if you feel the need to overcompensate for this loss. For such a beast the OMEN is quiet as a kitten too since Voodoo claims the airflow layout of its case will reduce heat and help to minimise noise.
The OIC2EQ hasn’t appeared on the company’s site yet but it shouldn’t be long before HP’s new pet pushes out its latest and greatest. For those on a limitless budget you should… frankly, drop down dead!