HP Berlin 2008: Voodoo Offers Up An Omen

Not of doom, but of performance computing.

Having launched the Blackbird PC last year, the first VoodooPC designed HP desktop since the computing giant took over the Alienware-esque specialists, another effort has been mustered, under the guise of the Voodoo Omen.

Notable features include the striking all-aluminium case design, with the top two front drive bays sporting a 7in, 800 x 600 LCD screen to display information. We presume such data as internal temperatures, fan speeds and so forth is likely to be shown here.

Inside the specs are undeniably impressive, with dual-processor options and “next-generation” nVidia and AMD graphics – RV770 and GTX 200 then HP? Processor wise there will be dual-CPU (read: Skulltrail) configurations going all the way up to a pair of 3.2GHz QX9770s, while up to 8GB of RAM can accompany these components and we’d be very surprised if there weren’t SSD and Velociraptor hard drive options, too.

Watercooling will be used to keep all the internals at reasonable temperatures. Things tend to get a bit toasty when up to two CPUs and four GPUs are trapped in a metal box!

All this silicon, metal and water comes at a price. Voodoo Omen prices start from $7,000 (about £3,500) and will spiral up towards infinity from there. Depending on your point of view, the good news for us Brits is there no comments have been made about availability outside the US. Good for our bank balances, bad for our thirsts for power.

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